SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (6-27-11)

(REPORT COURTESY FISHERIES BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)

SALMON AND STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – At the barrier dam, 19 bank anglers kept 5 adult and 3 jack spring chinook, 1 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 118 spring chinook adults, 158 jacks, nine mini jacks, and 226 summer-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released ten spring chinook adults and 145 jacks into Lake Scanewa.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,100 cubic feet per second on Monday morning, June 27.

Wind River – No report on angling success.  June 30 is the last day to fish for spring chinook.  Salmon fishing on the lower river will re-open August 1.

Drano Lake – No report on angling success.  Effective July 1, open 7 days per week and the area near the outlet will be open to angling from a boat.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,225 salmonid anglers (including 228 boats) with 225 adult and 79 jack summer chinook, 152 steelhead, and 36 sockeye.  141 (63%) of the adult and 65 (83%) of the jacks were kept as were 123 (81%) of the steelhead and all but one (97%) of the sockeye.

Just under 1,100 salmonid bank anglers and 464 boats were observed on the lower Columbia mainstem during last Saturday’s (June 25) effort flight count.

Bonneville Pool – Light effort except for some bank anglers at Cascade Locks.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some summer chinook.

Lake Umatilla Summer Chinook Harvest Report June 20-26: An estimated 12 adult summer chinook and 9 jacks were harvested this past week in the John Day Pool. No wild chinook or steelhead were caught. Effort was fairly light with an estimated 220 angler trips for the week.  WDFW staff interviewed 39 anglers, 19% of the overall effort.  For the fishery that began June 16, 18 adult hatchery summer chinook and 25 hatchery jacks have been harvested.

WDFW staff also collect information from all other anglers. Walleye fishing has been very good for this time of year and shad fishing is improving.

Bass (1 boats, 2 anglers) 0 bass

Walleye (22 boats, 51 anglers) 50 walleye

Sturgeon (2 boats, 3 anglers) no fish (Catch & Release Only)

Shad (6 boats, 17 anglers) 67 shad

STURGEON

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines downstream – Catches improved at the Deep River/Knappton ramps where boat anglers averaged a legal kept per about every 4.5 rods.  The ports of Chinook and Ilwaco summaries will be sent in another e-mail, possibly later today.

Mainstem Columbia and its tributaries from Buoy 10 upstream to the Wauna powerlines (including all adjacent Washington tributaries) – White sturgeon may be retained daily through July 31.  Daily limit is 1 fish.  The minimum fork length is 41 inches and maximum fork length 54 inches.  Catch-and-release fishing is permitted on non-retention days.

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Navigation Marker 82 – We sampled a legal kept by a boat angler in the Camas/Washougal area and one in Vancouver.

Navigation Marker 82 downstream – During the Saturday June 25 effort flight count, 287 private boats and 13 charters were tallied with the majority of the fleet observed in the estuary.

Mainstem Columbia from Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam including all adjacent Washington tributaries – Sturgeon may be retained June 30-July 2 and July 7-July 9.  The daily limit is 1 fish, minimum 38” fork length and maximum 54” fork length.  Catch-and-release fishing is permitted on non-retention days.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some fish.

WALLEYE AND BASS

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers continue to catch walleye and bass.

TROUT

Mt. Adams Pond in Klickitat County – Planted with 2,200 half-pound and 10 three pound rainbows June 17.  No report on angling success.

SHAD

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Based on mainly incomplete trips, bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam averaged about 3.5 shad per rod when including the few fish released.  Some shad were caught by boat anglers in the gorge while the Camas/Washougal area continues to be slow.

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