SW WA Fishing Report

(COURTESY JOE HYMER, PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Grays River – Anglers continue to catch some fall chinook.

Toutle River – North Fork anglers are catching some fall chinook.  The first 14 coho of the season had returned to the hatchery as of Sept. 8.

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho, and steelhead.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,048 fall Chinook adults, 49 jacks, 71 summer-run steelhead, 53 spring Chinook adults, one jack, 12 mini-jacks, 116 coho adults, 14 jacks, two pink salmon, and 14 sea-run cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Tacoma Power employees released 47 spring Chinook adults, one jack, 86 coho adults and 14 jacks into Lake Scanewa, 10 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park, 888 fall Chinook adults, 44 jacks, three sea-run cutthroat and eight coho into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, and 11 sea-run cutthroat to the Barrier Dam boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,490 cubic feet per second on Monday, September 13, 2010. Water visibility is 12 feet.

Kalama River – Bank anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho, and steelhead.

Lewis River – Bank anglers around the salmon hatchery are catching some hatchery fall chinook and coho.

Washougal River – Anglers are catching fall chinook.

Yakima River – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW District 4 Fish Biologist in Pasco – WDFW staff interviewed 75 anglers over the first 12 days of the Yakima River sport fishery. Effort picked up this past week but no salmon have been reported to date.

Buoy 10 – Slow for hatchery coho. Effort is light.

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam – In general, success for fall chinook was better earlier in the week.  Effort was fairly high last Saturday Sept. 11 with 1,645 boats and 529 bank anglers counted during the effort flight count.

From Sept. 6-11 we sampled 612 salmonid bank anglers from Bonneville Dam downstream to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line with 79 adult and 3 jack fall Chinook, 1 adult coho, and 19 steelhead, an average of a salmonid kept/released per every 6.0 rods based on mainly incomplete trips. In addition, we sampled 2,080 salmonid boat anglers (916 boats) with 355 adult and 13 jack fall Chinook, 23 adult and 1 jack coho, and 8 steelhead, an average of a salmonid kept/released per every 2.3 rods based on mainly completed trips.

Chinook retention is prohibited from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point Line upstream to a line projected from Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to Red Buoy #4 to the orange marker atop the dolphin on the lower end of Bachelor Island.  This area remains open for hatchery coho, hatchery steelhead, and hatchery sea-run cutthroats.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort and catch is generally light.  Just 20 boats and 15 bank anglers were counted during the Saturday Sept. 11 effort flight count.

WALLEYE

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the Camas/Washougal area averaged just over two walleye per rod when counting fish released.

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