Tag: Columbia River Fishing Reports

Meetings set for March 28-30 on salmon fisheries in sections of Columbia and Snake rivers


 

OLYMPIA – Anglers have three opportunities in March to meet with state fishery managers to talk about salmon fisheries in the mid- and upper Columbia River and lower Snake River before this year’s seasons are set.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled three public meetings to discuss pre-season salmon forecasts and upcoming spring, summer and fall fishing seasons – particularly those proposed for salmon upstream from McNary Dam.

Those meetings are as scheduled:

  • Wenatchee: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 28, Chelan PUD, 327 N Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee.
  • Clarkston: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 29, Walla Walla Community College, Clarkston Campus Auditorium, 1470 Bridge St., Clarkston.
  • Kennewick: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 30, Kennewick Irrigation District, 2015 S. Ely St., Kennewick.

The Kennewick meeting is being held at a new location – the Kennewick Irrigation District – this year compared to the past few years.

These meetings are part of the salmon season-setting process known as North of Falcon, which involves representatives from federal, state and tribal governments and recreational and commercial fishing industries. Additional public meetings have been scheduled through early April to discuss regional fisheries.

Final salmon fishing seasons are scheduled to be adopted at the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting April 7-11 in Sacramento, Calif.

A meeting schedule, salmon forecasts and information about the salmon season-setting process for Puget Sound, the Columbia River and the Washington coast are available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/. Comments about salmon fisheries can also be submitted online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/comments.html

 

 


 

Columbia River Fishing Report Washington 11-04-2016


11/04/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia

Columbia River Fishing Report:

 

WDFW Fishing Rule Change

 

Columbia River reopens for coho, steelhead from the mouth to Pasco

Action: Beginning Nov. 5, anglers may again catch and retain coho salmon and steelhead on the mainstem Columbia downstream of the Highway 395 Bridge near Pasco, Washington.

Species affected: Coho and steelhead

Effective dates: Nov. 5 through Dec. 31, 2016.

Location: Mainstem Columbia from Buoy 10 upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge.

Reason for action: Wild Snake River fall chinook salmon have cleared the Columbia River, and there are more coho and hatchery steelhead available for harvest. Fishing for salmon and steelhead has been closed since Oct. 22 in those waters to protect Snake River fall chinook, which are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Additional information: The daily limit is two salmonids, only one of which may be a hatchery steelhead. The fishery will remain closed from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

 


 

Columbia River Fishing Report 01-29-2017


11/04/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia

Columbia River Fishing Report:

The latest reports on the Columbia river are that the water is cold with visibility at about 3-4 feet. Word is that there’s still some catch and release sturgeon fishing going on up above the Bonneville, but the thing anglers should note, is that the smelt are starting to enter the river. If the smelt are in the river that means the Spring Chinook are there too. Look for the Spring Chinook action to start picking up on the Columbia soon and watch our for those pesky sea lions, there are sure to be there too.

 

This Columbia River fishing report provided by Swannys Guided Fishing 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Columbia River Fishing Report Oregon 11-03-2016


11/03/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia
 

Columbia River Fishing Report:

 

ODFW Fishing Rule Change

 

Columbia reopens to coho and steelhead fishing
CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational coho salmon and steelhead fishing will reopen at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 on the mainstem Columbia River from the mouth at Buoy 10 upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco Wash., under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

Fishery managers opted to reopen the coho and steelhead fisheries, which were closed along with Chinook salmon retention on Oct. 22 to allow wild Snake River Chinook to move upstream. Recent fish passage data at Bonneville and Ice Harbor dams indicate the Chinook migration is now essentially complete. Chinook retention remains closed through Dec. 31, 2016.

The Columbia River coho and steelhead fisheries are expected to proceed without any significant impact on remaining Chinook returns. The bag limit under the new rules is up to two adult salmonids, and may include one hatchery steelhead.

 


 

Columbia River Fishing Report 09-28-2016


09/28/2016- John Snyder – Fishing The Columbia

 

2016 Columbia River Fishing Report:

 

WDFW Fishing Rule Change

 

WDFW extends sturgeon fishing, raises limit in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs

Action: Extend the harvest season for sturgeon

Effective Dates: Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, 2016

Species affected: White sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length

Location: Priest Rapids Reservoir (from Priest Rapids Dam to Wanapum Dam) and Wanapum Reservoir (from Wanapum Dam to Rock Island Dam)

Reason for action: Harvestable surplus of hatchery-origin white sturgeon still remain in both reservoirs. Removal of these hatchery-origin fish is consistent with ongoing actions to rebuild depressed populations of wild-origin white sturgeon in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs.

Other information:

  • A daily limit of three (3) sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length may be harvested from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs.
  • Legal-size fish may be harvested whether or not they are marked by a fin clip, hole punch, or tag.
  • Only one single-point barbless hook and bait is allowed per pole while fishing for sturgeon. However, anglers may fish with two poles with the purchase of a Two-Pole Endorsement license.
  • Anglers are not required to record sturgeon harvested from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs on a Catch Record Card. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs after the daily limit is harvested.
  • Any sturgeon not to be harvested must be released immediately. Oversized sturgeon cannot be removed completely or in part from the water.
  • There is no annual harvest limit for sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length caught in the Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs.
  • Night fishing for sturgeon is prohibited. In the field, anglers must retain eggs with intact carcass of fish from which they came.

All closed-water areas in and around Wanapum, Priest Rapids, and Rock Island dams remain in effect. Check the current sport fishing rules pamphlet for complete details (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/).

Daily and annual limits, harvestable slot length limits, Catch Record Card recording requirements, and all other sport fishing rules governing sturgeon harvest in all other legally open fisheries still apply.

Information contact: Chad Jackson, District Fish Biologist, (509) 754-4624, ext. 250 or Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624, ext. 224 

 


 

Columbia River Fishing Report 09-28-2016

09/28/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia 

 

2016 Columbia River Fishing Report:

 

WDFW Fishing Rule Change

 

Release steelhead marked with hole punch in Upper Columbia River fisheries

Action: Anglers are required to release hatchery steelhead that have a ¼-inch diameter (round) hole punched in the upper lobe of the caudal (tail) fin

Effective dates:  Oct. 1 through Dec. 6, 2016

Species affected:  Hatchery steelhead

Location(s):  Columbia River from the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco to the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers (CRC 534, 535)

Reason for action:  Wild and hatchery steelhead are sedated in a chemical anesthetic, MS-222, during sampling at Priest Rapids Dam. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires a 21-day withdrawal period before human consumption of fish anesthetized in MS-222.  WDFW staff are applying the ¼-inch diameter hole punched in the upper lobe of the tail of sampled hatchery fish so that fishermen can visually identify fish that must be released. Hatchery steelhead marked and released at Priest Rapids Dam may be caught in the Ringold-area fishery downstream because of “fall back” below the dam.  

All other current regulations apply to the fishery affected by this rule change.

Information contacts:  John Easterbrooks, Region 3 Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima).

Lunker’s Guide fishing report is sponsored by Bill Swan of Swanny’s Fishing  

This concludes our 2016 Columbia River Fishing Report

 


 

Columbia River Fishing Report 9/26/2016


09/26/2016 – John Snyder – Fishing The Columbia 

 

2016 Columbia River Fishing Report:

 

I finally got a hold of the Swanny and was able to get the low down on the Columbia river system. Right now above warrior rock the fishing has been decent to fare with good numbers of fish being caught. There were tons of boats in the water with an average of 1.5 fish per boat. The method producing results was fishing pro troll flashers trailing a Brads Super Bait with herring fillet inside or stink.

 


This Report is courtesy of Bill Swann of Swannys Fishing Guide Service. If you are looking for a top notch fishing guide give Swanny a call (360) 446-5177 or (206) 755-1204

 

This concludes our 2016 Columbia River Fishing Report

 


 

Columbia River Fishing Report 9-22-2016


09/22/2016- John Snyder – Fishing The Columbia (FTC)

 

2016 Columbia River Fishing Report:

 

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE

 

 

Columbia River sport fishery for fall chinook remains open

Action:  Allows retention of hatchery chinook on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Warrior Rock. 

Species affected: Hatchery chinook, which can be identified by a clipped adipose fin or a left ventral fin.

Effective dates: Friday, Sept. 23, through Thursday, Sept. 30, 2016.

Daily Limit

  • Buoy 10: Chinook minimum size is 24 inches. Coho minimum size is 16 inches. The daily limit is two fish, of which only one may be a chinook. Only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook (marked with a clipped adipose or left-ventral fin) and coho with a clipped adipose fin.
  • Tongue Point/Rocky Point to Warrior Rock: Minimum size is 12-inches. The daily limit is six fish, but only two may be adults and only one of those adult fish may be a hatchery chinook. Only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook (marked with a clipped adipose or left-ventral fin) and coho with a clipped adipose fin.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery salmon remain available based on current chinook forecasts and harvest estimates to date.

Information contact:  (360) 696-6211. For the latest information press *1010.

 


This Report is courtesy of Bill Swann of Swannys Fishing Guide Service. If you are looking for a top notch fishing guide give Swanny a call (360) 446-5177 or (206) 755-1204

 

This concludes our 2016 Columbia River Fishing Report

 


 

Columbia River Fishing Report 9/22/2016


09/22/2016 – John Snyder – Fishing The Columbia 

 

2016 Columbia River Fishing Report:

 

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

 

 

Buoy 10, Lower Columbia River Chinook seasons extended

 

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Anglers will have through Sept. 30 to keep hatchery Chinook salmon from Buoy 10 upstream to the Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island deadline, under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

The season extension is the third one this month and allows Chinook retention in the ongoing Buoy 10 and Lower Columbia River fisheries to continue through Sept. 30. After that, both areas are scheduled to reopen to retention of any Chinook, effective Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, under permanent rules.

Today’s action means only hatchery Chinook may be retained from Buoy 10 upstream to Warrior Rock through Sept. 30. All wild fish must be released unharmed. The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids a day, of which only one may be a Chinook and only one may be a hatchery steelhead.

For more information, please visit ODFW’s on-line Regulation Update Page and click on Columbia Zone updates.

 


This Report is courtesy of Bill Swann of Swannys Fishing Guide Service. If you are looking for a top notch fishing guide give Swanny a call (360) 446-5177 or (206) 755-1204

 

This concludes our 2016 Columbia River Fishing Report

 


 

Columbia River Fishing Report 3-29-2016


03/29/2016- John Snyder – Fishing The Columbia (FTC)

 

2016 Columbia River Fishing Report:

 

The Springers are definitely here, we are catching limits or near limits of Spring Chinook daily. There are Springers through out the entire River system. I focus our efforts in holding flats or other wise known as staging flats. These fish are in no hurry to get up river, so they will hang around in these areas. Be consistent in your trolling, if you decide to anchor and sit it can either be very good or really tough!

This Report is courtesy of Bill Swann of Swannys Fishing Guide Service. If you are looking for a top notch fishing guide give Swanny a call (360) 446-5177 or (206) 755-1204

 

This concludes our 2016 Columbia River Fishing Report