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Willamette Valley/Metro – The summer steelhead closure on the Columbia remains in effect. Passage is going mediocre at Bonneville and way more spring Chinook are crossing than summer steelhead; we have some catch-up to play.
Willamette River anglers fared pretty well on today’s opener, if you were downstream of the I-205 Bridge that is. Anchor anglers above saw poor results, but bouncers and backtrollers working the fast water at the Garbage Hole and along Goat Island were catching fair numbers. Additionally, trollers working Milwaukie, Willamette Park, and Scappoose did quite well today (Thursday) as well. Passage at Willamette Falls doesn’t reflect it, but it looks like the run is coming in.
Shad are in the Willamette, but most are focusing on spring Chinook, especially since the rise in river level and a cooling of the water temperature.
Clackamas and Sandy River anglers will have to put up with more high water this weekend. There are fish present in both river systems so if you are knowledgeable on where to fish in high flows, you likely won’t have much competition. There are summer steelhead in each of these systems as well.
With Michael Teague still on medical leave and passage depressed, there won’t be any upper Willamette report this week. The fact of the matter is, you won’t have much to look forward to in this zone.
Northwest – A bit of a quiet week for spring Chinook on Tillamook Bay. Last weekend’s high tide series kept most effort in the upper bay, where anglers did score some fish, but nasty weather didn’t motivate many fishermen. Softer tides this weekend will draw anglers back down-bay, where herring trollers will likely work the jaws, jetty and maybe even outside, along the south jetty. And yes, while fishing in the Tillamook Bay control zone, you spring Chinook must exhibit a healed-over adipose fin-clip.
River anglers saw a nice bump in the hydrograph, where boaters and bank anglers should have found a few more willing springers close to the hatchery hole. Bobbers remain required in the productive spot, but the rivers, including the Wilson and Nestucca, should have fishable numbers in the systems. That doesn’t mean they’ll be easy to catch mind you.
Summer steelhead should start to show in the Wilson and Nestucca systems as well. Rivers will be ideal for anglers this weekend, especially bank anglers.
Halibut boats did get out Thursday, but Newport boats working the rockpile didn’t do all that great. Chicken Ranch flatfish fishermen got chickens, go figure.
Garibaldi fishers put the wood to ’em however. Limits were the rule for Garibaldi Charters from the traditional 24-mile spot. Here’s Thursday’s catch, quite impressive:
Halibut limits from the D&D out of Garibaldi on 5/18/17
Bottomfishing for sea bass and lingcod has been equally productive when boats can fish.
A busy week of trout stocking here however. Go here to find the district’s schedule.
Southwest – A SW region report is unavailable this week, due to writer Michael Teague on medical leave for a short period of time.
Eastern – An Eastern Oregon report is unavailable this week, due to writer Michael Teague on medical leave for a short period of time.
SW Washington – From the WDF&W web site:
Cowlitz River – 105 bank rods kept 7 adult Chinook. 49 boat rods kept 6 adult spring Chinook.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 110 winter-run steelhead adults, one cutthroat trout, 551 spring Chinook adults, 52 spring Chinook jacks and ten summer-run steelhead adults in five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 61 spring Chinook adults, 20 spring Chinook jacks, and one winter-run steelhead adult into the Cispus River near Yellow Jacket Creek and released 157 spring Chinook adults, nine spring Chinook jacks and 12 winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa located near Randle. Last week, Tacoma employees released six winter-run steelhead adults into the Tilton River located at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and released 122 spring Chinook adults and 14 spring Chinook jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.
Hatchery: Hatchery escapement goal is about 1,500 adults. Forecast return of 17,100 and an estimated separator return of 10,944 assuming a 36% harvest rate. Return as of 5/13/17 is 2,910 hatchery adults and 34 natural origin. The 20 year average return for this date is 20.83%.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 14,600 cubic feet per second on Monday, May 15. Water visibility is six feet and water temperature is 46.4 degrees F.
Kalama River – Hatchery: The hatchery escapement goal is about 400 adults. Forecast return of 3,100 and an estimated hatchery return of 2,015 based on a harvest rate of 35%. Return as of 5/13/17 is 68 hatchery adult, 2 natural origin, 12 Cowlitz origin (ventral clipped), and 0 Lewis origin. The 13 year average return for this date is 8.5%.
Lewis River (including North Fork) – Little to no effort for hatchery steelhead.
Forecast: An estimated 700 adult spring Chinook are expected to return to the Lewis River in 2017.
Hatchery: The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults. Return as of 5/13/17 is 868 hatchery adults and 17 natural origin. The 13 year average return for this date is 36.29%.
North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek (located downstream from Lewis River Salmon Hatchery) upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam –On June 1st, this section will reopen to hatchery steelhead but will remain closed for Chinook.
Wind River – 282 boat rods kept 47 adult and 2 jack spring Chinook and released 1 adult spring Chinook.
Forecast: An estimated 3,600 adult spring Chinook are expected to return to Wind River in 2017. In-season update: 26 four year-old and 1 five year-old Carson National Fish Hatchery (CNFH) PIT tagged adults have been detected at Bonneville Dam as of May 15. Applying the respective juvenile tag rates (1.29% for four year-olds and 2.66% for five year-olds) produces an estimate of 2,015 four year-olds and 38 five year-olds (2,053total adults) over Bonneville.
Hatchery escapement goal: 1,500 adults. Ladder is expected to open May 10. Posted May 12 – Well, we opened our ladder on Wednesday, May 10 and we are still waiting for our first fish. Carson National Fish Hatchery Facebook page address is @ https://www.facebook.com/CarsonNationalFishHatchery
Drano Lake – 477 boat rods kept 68 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and released 1 adult spring Chinook. Hatchery escapement goal: 1,000. Hatchery ladder was expected to open May 1. Posted May 12 – We opened the ladder last week and had single digits come into the holding pond until……a couple of days ago when we woke up to over 1,000 fish in! The hatchery now has 1,600 fish. Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery Facebook page address is @ https://www.facebook.com/LittleWhiteSalmonNFH?fref=hovercard
Klickitat River – 11 bank anglers kept 7 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 1 steelhead. Forecast: An estimated 2,100 adult spring Chinook are expected to return to the Klickitat River in 2017. In-season update: 12 four year-old and 2 five year-old Klickitat Fish Hatchery PIT tagged adults have been detected at Bonneville Dam as of May 14. Applying the respective juvenile tag rates (3.60% for four year-olds and 3.50% for five year-olds) produces an estimate of 333 four year-olds and 57 five year-olds (390 total adults) over Bonneville.
Hatchery: Ladder and trap at hatchery opened May 1. Staff report 0 adults and 0 jacks have returned to the hatchery. The Klickitat Hatchery counts can be found at http://www.ykfp.org/klickitat/hatch_AdultReturns2016.htm
Yakima River – Though many anglers have talked about fishing for salmon none have ventured out. Mainstem Columbia River –Closed for salmon and steelhead but open for shad.
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