Columbia River Fishing Report 02-23-2016

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02/23/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia

Columbia River Fishing Report

 

This weeks Columbia River Fishing Report indicates the Columbia river has been running high and green with about 2-3 feet of visibility. There are a ton of smelt in the river as well as a few Spring Chinook starting to show. I would definitely focus around the Holding flats from Kalama to Mouth of Lewis River all the way up to Vancouver. These are prime areas that the chinook like to hold before moving up river. Methods that have been working well are trolling Herring with a 1 foot dropper, make sure to shorten your leaders up 4-5ft, You want to tap the bottom every 5 seconds or so to keep it in the Zone.

 

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WDFW to allow public comment on lower Columbia river hatchery reform plan.

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December 4, 2015 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia

 

The state has decided to extent the courtesy of public comment on the current hatchery reform plan for the lower Columbia River. 

 

OLYMPIA – The public is invited to comment on a new plan designed to align state fisheries and hatchery operations to support the recovery of wild salmon and steelhead populations in the lower Columbia River Basin.

The Lower Columbia Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries Plan, jointly produced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board (LCFRB), is available for review at www.lcfrb.gen.wa.us

Comments on the plan will be accepted through Jan. 22 via email at info@lcfrb.gen.wa.us or postal mail: LCFRB, 2127 8th Ave, Longview, WA 98632.

The new management plan is based on the statewide Hatchery and Fishery Reform Policy adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2009. It also reflects the findings of the Hatchery and Scientific Review Group (HSRG), established by Congress in 2000 to guide state reform efforts.

Management strategies outlined in the plan include those put into action since 2009 and others proposed for the future, said Cindy Le Fleur, WDFW fish manager for southwest Washington.

“The goal of this plan is to return natural-origin salmon and steelhead populations to healthy, harvestable levels in the Columbia River Basin,” Le Fleur said. “We’ve already taken significant steps toward that goal, and we want to hear what people have to say about past and proposed actions.”

Current initiatives range from increasing the use of wild fish for hatchery broodstock to suspending production of hatchery steelhead on rivers designated as “wild steelhead gene banks.”

These and other actions described in the plan are designed to minimize risks to wild salmon and steelhead populations posed by hatchery fish and hatchery operations.

Known hazards include interbreeding, disease, and competition for spawning areas, as well as hatchery structures that block the movement of wild fish upstream.

NOAA-Fisheries has frequently cited these risks as a contributing factor in listing wild salmon and steelhead populations for protection the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Jeff Breckel, director of the LCFRB, said the new hatchery and fishery reform plan for the Columbia River Basin is consistent with the goals of the recovery plan for the region approved by NOAA-Fisheries. The board was created by the state Legislature to lead a collaborative effort to recover salmon and steelhead in Southwest Washington.

“Our organization is pleased to be a partner in developing this plan,” Breckel said. “It represents a big step forward in efforts to recover threatened salmon and steelhead, while continuing to provide hatchery fish for harvest.”

Under the adaptive management approach described in the plan, all initiatives will be assessed based on how fish populations respond to those changes. Key actions taken to date include:

  • Incorporating wild fish into the hatchery broodstock for chinook, coho and steelhead production.
  • Designating three rivers as wild steelhead gene banks by discontinuing hatchery releases in the East Fork Lewis and North Fork Toutle/Green rivers, as well as continuing the strategy of not releasing hatchery steelhead on the Wind River.
  • Installing weirs to control the number of hatchery fish on the spawning grounds on the Grays, Elochoman, Green, Coweeman, Cowlitz, Kalama, and Washougal rivers.
  • Testing the use of purse seines and beach seines to selectively harvest hatchery salmon in designated areas of the lower Columbia River.
  • Expanding mark-selective recreational fisheries, and requiring anglers to retain any hatchery steelhead they catch in some waters.

The Lower Columbia Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries Plan is also available for review on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01767/

 


Columbia River Fishing Report – 07/22/2015


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07/22/2015 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia

 

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The Columbia river is offering up some excellent fishing. Lots of salmon and steelhead working through the river system providing prime time fishing through pretty much the entire river. My friend Dave Graybill says that the Brewster pool is the place to be. regular limits of Sockeye are being caught and decent numbers of Chinook as well.

On the lower Columbia, top fishing guide Perry Harmon says, they have been getting regular limits and catching a tons of steelhead and sockeye as well.

This concludes our Columbia River Fishing Report

 


Columbia River Fishing Report – 07/10/2015

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07/10/2015 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia 

 

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The Columbia river has been Hot! Hot! Hot! The lower is producing excellent Chinook opportunities and the Sockeye are coming on strong. The upper is giving anglers plenty of Sockeye action and some Chinook as well.

If you have the chance this weekend hit the Columbia. Right now it’s the hottest fishing in town.

This concludes our 2015 Columbia River Fishing Report


Columbia River Fishing Report – 06/30/2015


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06/30/2015 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia

 

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Columbia River Rule Change – from Hwy. 173 Bridge at Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam Area (545)

Open to Salmon retention from July 1-Oct. 15 Min. size 12″. Daily limit 8. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery CHINOOK and up to 6 may be SOCKEYE. Release COHO and wild adult CHINOOK.

 

This concludes our 2015 Columbia River Fishing Report

 

 

Columbia River Fishing Report – 06/23/2015


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06/23/2015 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia 

 

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The Columbia river from Buoy 10 to the Bonneville dam is getting excellent Sockeye numbers as well as decent Chinook and fair Steelhead. Lot’s for fish coming up the river right now with regular limits being caught at all the regular hot spots. Check your WDFW reg book for details on seasons and catch limits.

This concludes our 2015 Columbia River Fishing Report

 

 

Columbia River Fishing Report – 06/16/2015


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06/16/2015 – J. W. Snyder Fishing The Columbia

 

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The Columbia River area (519) from a true north and south line through Buoy 10 to a projected line from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to HWY 395 Bridge at Pasco.

Salmon and Steelhead season opens June 16, 2015 – July 31, 2015 Min. size 12″. Daily limit 6. Up to 2 may be adult Salmon or hatchery Steelhead  or 1 of each. Release all Salmon other than hatchery CHINOOK and Sockeye.
Check your WDFW reg book for details on seasons and catch limits.

 

This concludes our 2015 Columbia River Fishing Report

 

 

 

Columbia River Fishing Report – 06/02/2015


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06/02/2015 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia 

 

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Hanford Reach salmon fishery changes

Actions: 1) Implements a new salmon fishery management area in the Columbia River near the mouth of the Yakima River in the Tri-cities.

2) Implements protective salmon daily limits in the new management area, while providing more liberal daily limits in the remainder of the Hanford Reach upstream.

Effective date: June 16 through Aug. 15, 2015

Species affected: Chinook and sockeye salmon

Area 1: Columbia River from Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco to the Interstate 182 Bridge at Richland near Columbia Point (new Catch Record Card Code ?534?)

Daily Limit: Daily limit of three (3) salmon, of which no more than one (1) may be adult hatchery chinook and no more than two (2) may be sockeye. Release wild adult chinook.

Area 2: Columbia River from the Interstate 182 Bridge at Richland near Columbia Point to Priest Rapids Dam. (CRC 535, 536)

Daily Limit: Daily limit of eight (8) salmon, of which no more than two (2) may be adult hatchery chinook and no more than six (6) may be sockeye. Release wild adult chinook.

Other information: Anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon and must have a current Washington fishing license, as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE). Anglers may fish with two poles with the Two-Pole Endorsement, except for sturgeon.

Reason for action: WDFW is creating a new salmon fishery management area near the mouth of the Yakima River to manage fishing effort, harvest and provide protective daily limits in this short, six-mile river section.

These changes were proposed and discussed during the North of Falcon salmon season rule-setting public process and will be adopted by permanent rule later this summer and be published in the 2015-16 sport fishing rules pamphlet.

Information contacts: Paul Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-2284 (Pasco) or John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330.

 

This concludes our 2015 Columbia River Fishing Report

 

 

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06/01/2015 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia River

 

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Catch limit for spring chinook salmon on Columbia River rising to 2 per day

OLYMPIA – Starting Wednesday (June 3), the catch limit for spring chinook salmon will increase to two adult fish per day for Columbia River anglers fishing from the estuary to a point 300 miles upstream.

With two weeks remaining in the popular fishery, resource managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to increase the daily catch limit for hatchery adult spring chinook from one to two.

The new rule will allow anglers to catch and keep up to two hatchery chinook salmon, or two hatchery steelhead, or one of each per day from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line in the lower river up to the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles upriver from McNary Dam.

As before, all wild chinook salmon and steelhead with intact adipose fins must be released unharmed.

Fishery managers based the new catch limit on an updated run forecast that projects a return of 271,000 spring chinook salmon to the Columbia River this year, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

That number is up from the 241,000 fish projected in early May.

“Daily fish counts at Bonneville Dam are still in the thousands, which allows us to increase catch levels for hatchery fish,” Roler said. “It’s a strong finish to a great run.”

The spring chinook season ends June 15, but the fishery for summer chinook and sockeye salmon begins the next day from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Priest Rapids Dam.

The pre-season forecast anticipates strong runs of 73,000 summer chinook and 394,000 sockeye this year.

“The sockeye forecast is the fourth highest on record, and we’re also expecting a strong summer chinook run this year,” Roler said.

 

For more information on fishing seasons, see WDFW‘s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

 

This concludes our 2015 Columbia River Fishing Report