SW WA Fishing Report

(JOE HYMER, PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – Boat anglers at the Trout Hatchery are catching some steelhead.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 138 spring Chinook adults, 36 jacks, 34 mini-jacks and 224 summer-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Tacoma Power employees released 47 spring Chinook adults and 23 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood and 18 spring Chinook adults and eleven jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Park during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,530 cubic feet per second on Monday, June 21 and are likely to remain steady during the week. Water visibility is 14 feet.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,035 salmonid anglers (including 252 boats) below Bonneville Dam with 135 adult and 12 jack summer Chinook, 87 steelhead, and 25 sockeye.  Overall, 70% of the adult Chinook and 79% of the steelhead caught were kept.  All sockeye were released.

The 25,011 sockeye counted at Bonneville Dam yesterday was the second highest daily count since at least 1938.  The record is 27,112 fish on July 7, 1955.

During last Saturday’s flight, over 250 boats and nearly 850 bank anglers counted.  Effort was spread throughout the river.

River flows as measured at Bonneville Dam are expected to increase the next few days from just below 300,000 cfs to just over the mid 300’s.  At the dam, water visibility has been poor the past couple weeks with just 2-3 feet of clarity.

The Dalles Pool – Windy most of the week.  Including fish released, bank anglers averaged an adult Chinook per every 9 rods.  Fishing from boats was slow.

John Day Pool – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW District 4 Fish Biologist in Pasco WA:   WDFW staff sampled the John Day Pool this past week for summer chinook harvest. Staff interviewed 41 boat and 19 bank anglers with no reported catch.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia below the Wauna powerlines – At the ports of Chinook and Ilwaco, catch rates remains largely unchanged from the past few weeks – slow.  Charter boat anglers averaged a legal kept per every 5.3 rods while private boaters averaged one per every 13.4 rods.  If an angler is lucky enough to catch a fish, there was a 28% chance it would be a legal fish.

Same for the Deep  River and Knappton ramps – Catch rates remain largely unchanged with one in every 7.8 boat anglers keeping a legal size fish.  Fishing from the bank was slow.

Just over 300 private boats and 15 charters were counted during the Saturday June 20 flight.

Saturday June 26 is the last scheduled day for sturgeon retention below the Wauna powerlines.  The states of Oregon and Washington are planning to have a telephone conference later this week.  Stay tuned.

Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to the Marker 82 line – Some boat anglers from the Lewis upstream were catching some legal size fish.  Fishing is slow from the bank.

Less than 100 boats and 10 bank anglers were counted during last Saturday’s flight.

The Dalles Pool – The handful of boat anglers sampled had released an average of a couple sturgeon each.

John Day Pool:  From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW District 4 Fish Biologist in Pasco WA:   7 sturgeon released from the 5 boats sampled.

WALLEYE AND BASS

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged nearly 2 walleye and a bass per rod.  Bank anglers were catching some bass.

John Day Pool – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW District 4 Fish Biologist in Pasco WA:    15 bass and 7 walleye from the 10 boats sampled.

TROUT

Riffe Lake – Bank anglers at the dam and Taidnapum averaged 2 landlocked coho kept/released per rod.

Goose Lake north of Carson – Planted with 2,500 catchable size browns and 3,000 catchable size cutthroats June 15.  No report on angling success.

SHAD

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Catches averaged from 0-2 fish per rod when including fish released.  Less than 100 bank anglers on each side of the Columbia and only a few boats were counted during last Saturday’s flight.

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, bank anglers averaged almost 9 shad per rod.

John Day Pool – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW District 4 Fish Biologist in Pasco WA:    259 shad from the 15 boats sampled.

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