SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (7-18-11)

(COURTESY FISHERIES BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)

SALMON & STEELHEAD

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,560 salmonid anglers (including 234 boats) with 93 adult and 26 jack summer chinook, 566 steelhead, and 17 sockeye.  57 (61%) of the adult and 17 (65%) of the jacks were kept as were 305 (54%) of the steelhead and all but three (82%) of the sockeye.    Interestingly, bank anglers reported more wild steelhead released than kept while boat anglers reported just the opposite.

Now closed for adult Chinook and sockeye through July 31.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some adult summer Chinook and hatchery steelhead.

John Day Pool – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW District 4 Fish Biologist, Pasco:   An estimated 7 hatchery chinook were harvested this past week in the John Day Pool. No steelhead or wild Chinook were caught and released.  Effort has been light. There were an estimated 76 angler trips for the week.  For the fishery that began June 16, an estimated 27 adult hatchery summer chinook and 33 hatchery jacks have been harvested.

Bonneville Dam to Hwy. 395 Bridge in Pasco – Now closed for sockeye.  Remains open for hatchery chinook, adults and jacks.

Hatchery summer run steelhead returns to Washington lower Columbia facilities are lagging behind last year.  Through mid July:

Hatchery             2010                       2011

Cowlitz                 3,026                     1,756

Kalama                 1,130                     239

Lewis                    3,606                     727

Skamania            1,354                     1,223

(Washougal)

STURGEON

Lower Columbia upstream to the Navigation Marker #82 line – We sampled legals kept by boat anglers near Cathlamet and a bank angler at Woodland.   Note:  The Deep River/Knappton ramps + Chinook to Knappton bank sampling summaries will follow shortly in another e-mail.

The Dalles Pool – Bank and boat anglers are catching some legals.

John Day Pool – 11 boats/24 anglers caught 19 sturgeon (Catch & Release Only).

WALLEYE AND BASS

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the Camas/Washougal area are beginning to catch some walleye.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged nearly 2 walleye and over 10 bass per rod.  Bank anglers are also catching some walleye and bass.

John Day Pool – Walleye fishing has been very good.  33 boats/75 anglers caught 105 walleye.

TROUT

Merrill Lake in Cowlitz County – Planted with 2,145 catchable size browns July 5.  Fly fishing and catch-and-release only.  No report on angling success.

SHAD

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort and catch and dam counts are waning below Bonneville.   Based on mainly incomplete trips, bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam averaged just over 1.6  shad per rod.

Fishing is much better further upstream.

John Day Pool – Shad fishing was excellent this past week.  30 boats/76 anglers caught 329 shad.

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