Buoy 10, Lower Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (8-15-11)

The number of anglers at Buoy 10 is beginning to ramp up and the latest catch stats show about a half a Chinook a boat.

A pair of Northwest Sportsman readers actually did better than that last week.

Spencer and Andrew Davies of Longview spent three days fishing near the mouth of the Columbia and report hooking seven and bringing three over the side.

“We were using green Delta Divers and green flashers with Bob Toman spinner (white/orange with a pink squid) and also a Spinner Dave’s (green/chartreuse w/chartreuse squid and chartreuse/orange w/chartreuse squid),” says Spencer via email.

THE DAVIES BOYZ OF LONGVIEW GOT INTO A FEW KINGS AT THE BUOY 10 FISHERY, WHICH EXTENDS FROM THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA UPSTREAM ABOUT 14 MILES TO ASTORIA. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

Meanwhile, kings and a TON of steelhead are being caught further up the Columbia, according to the latest dispatch from fisheries biologist Joe Hymer in Vancouver. To wit:

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – Steelhead are being caught throughout the river with the best catches around the trout hatchery.  Sea run cutthroats are being caught on the lower river.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 44 spring chinook adults, 25 jacks, 33 mini-jacks, 631 summer-run steelhead, three sea-run cutthroat, one fall chinook adult, and two sockeye salmon during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 51 spring chinook adults, 16 jacks, and one fall chinook adult into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 63 spring chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park, three sea-run cutthroat into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, and one summer-run steelhead and two sockeye salmon adults into the Cowlitz River at the Barrier Dam boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,720 cubic feet per second on Monday morning, August 15. Water visibility is 13 feet.

Kalama and Lewis rivers – Some steelhead are being caught.

Wind River – Light effort with just a couple boats daily at the mouth.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers averaged about ½ steelhead per rod last week.  Effort is increasing with up to 45 boats counted last Saturday morning.

White Salmon River – Bank anglers are catching some steelhead.  About 30 water craft here early Saturday morning; no report on angling success.

Buoy 10 – Chinook catches are slowly improving with nearly ½ chinook per boat average yesterday.  A few more coho are also showing in the catch.  Daily sampling summaries can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/buoy10/.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled just over 2,700 salmonid anglers (including 313 boats) with 58 adult and 16 jack fall chinook, 1,151 steelhead, and 1 sockeye (released).  We still haven’t sampled our first coho.  691 (60%) of the steelhead were kept.  All the adult fall chinook were kept and a few “small” jacks were released.

Bonneville Pool – Good catches of steelhead outside the mouths of Drano Lake and the White Salmon River.  About 20 boats each morning off the White Salmon and similar numbers off Drano.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia from the mouth to the Marker 82 line – Only a few anglers were sampled during the current catch-and-release only fishery.

WALLEYE AND BASS

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Some walleye are being caught by boat anglers from Woodland to the gorge.

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