Fishing report 8/8

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Buoy 10 season at the mouth of the Columbia River is off to a decent start although Tuesday's sampling at the Washington ports was 86 anglers with just nine chinook and five coho.

Washington's sampling since the opener totals 355 anglers with 39 chinook and 27 coho. Oregon's sampling at Buoy 10 last weekend included 772 anglers with 132 fall chinook, nine coho and two steelhead kept plus 45 chinook released.

Gillnetting resumes Sunday

WOODLAND — Gillnetting between the mouth of the Lewis River and Beacon Rock in the Columbia River resumes Sunday.

Netting is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, Aug. 15 to 16, Aug. 18 to 19, Aug. 20 to 21 and Aug. 22 to 23. Nine-inch-mesh nets will be required and only four sturgeon may be retained per vessel per week.

Sturgeon may not be retained in the spawning sanctuary upstream of Skamania Island.

State biologists estimate 13,500 fall chinook and 400 sturgeon will be landed in the six fishing periods.

Additional netting is anticipated the week of Aug. 25 with a catch of 23,500 chinook anticipated for the final week of August.

In the ocean, the catch from the Columbia River ports average 1.03 salmon per rod this week, with 70 percent of the catch being coho. Thirty percent of the coho quota has been used.

Steelhead continue to dominate the catch in the lower Columbia upstream of Tongue Point with a surprisingly high percentage of wild fish. Only 42 percent of the catch during the first four days of August were hatchery steelhead.

Yale Reservoir continues to yield excellent catches of kokanee, but the fish are only about 10 to 11 inches in length.

Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:

Lower Columbia — Washington estuary, five bank rods with one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Cathlamet, 29 bank rods with six steelhead kept and five released; 18 boaters with eight steelhead kept and 16 released. (WDFW)

Westport to Portland, 200 boaters with 12 adult fall chinook, three jack chinook and 61 steelhead kept plus 55 steelhead released; 33 Oregon bank rods with three steelhead kept; five boaters with five legal and 20 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Longview, 85 boaters with 25 steelhead kept plus 28 steelhead and two jack chinook released; 228 bank rods with 50 steelhead and one fall chinook kept plus 42 steelhead released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, 13 boaters with one steelhead kept and two released. (WDFW)

Kalama, 130 boaters with four adult fall chinook, two jack chinook and 32 steelhead kept plus 47 steelhead and one jack chinook released; 149 bank rods with 24 steelhead and three adult fall chinook kept plus 44 steelhead and one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Woodland, 186 bank rods with 51 steelhead and two adult chinook kept plus 40 steelhead released; 90 boaters with six adult chinook, three jacks and 21 steelhead kept plus 14 steelhead released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 191 bank rods with 18 steelhead and two adult chinook kept plus one adult chinook and 33 steelhead released; 78 boaters with 13 steelhead kept and 28 released.(WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 30 boaters with two steelhead and one fall chinook adult kept plus three steelhead released; 35 bank rods with three steelhead kept and six released; four boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 114 boaters with six adult fall chinook and seven steelhead kept plus five steelhead released. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, six bank rods with one steelhead released; 24 boaters with three steelhead kept and nine released; three boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 231 bank rods with 20 steelhead, one adult fall chinook and one jack chinook kept plus 60 steelhead released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 43 boaters with 14 steelhead and one adult chinook kept and 30 steelhead and one sockeye released; 62 Oregon bank rods with one adult chinook and five steelhead kept plus seven steelhead released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 11 boaters with one steelhead kept and four released. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 25 bank rods with five legal sturgeon kept and 18 sublegals released; 14 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus three oversize and 53 sublegals released; six boaters with 73 bass released; 20 boaters with 19 walleye kept. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — At the barrier dam, nine bank rods with 14 minijack spring chinook and one steelhead kept. At the trout hatchery, 41 boaters with 18 steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — One-hundred-eighty-five boaters with one adult fall chinook, one jack chinook and 56 steelhead kept plus 110 steelhead released. Sixty boats were counted on Saturday morning. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Twenty-five bank rods with two chinook kept and one released; 32 boaters with six steelhead kept and eight released. (WDFW)

Yale Reservoir — One boater with 16 kokanee.

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