Fishing report 8/10

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Salmon season at Buoy 10 started off with a decent catch rate for early August, then went downhill last weekend.

Tides this week have not been the most conducive for fishing, but get better next week.

Outside of Buoy 10, salmon angling effort is low and the catch poor in the lower Columbia River.

Washington sampled 400 anglers in the first few days of August in the lower Columbia with just four adult fall chinook and two jacks kept, plus 11 steelhead released.

For the first week of August, the cumulative chinook count at Bonneville Dam is 2,009 adults. The temperature on Monday was 72.6 degrees. A year ago, the count was 5,495 chinook for the same period and the temperature was 70.5 degrees.

State, federal and tribal biologists are forecasting a return of 613,800 chinook and 319,300 coho in 2017.

Walleye fishing remains good in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Angler sampling by the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:

Lower Columbia — Buoy 10 to Tongue Point, 972 boaters with 138 adult fall chinook and 12 coho kept plus 28 chinook and six coho released. (ODFW)

Tongue Point to Portland, 86 boaters with five adult chinook kept plus one adult chinook and one steelhead released; five boaters with four walleye kept. (ODFW)

Downstream of Puget Island, two boaters with no catch; six bank rods with no salmon. (WDFW)

Cathlamet, 11 boaters with no catch; 10 bank rods with two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Longview, 19 boaters and 37 bank rods with no catch; four boaters with one legal, one oversize and six sublegal sturgeon released; five bank rods with one legal and five sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, five boaters with no catch. (WDFW)

Kalama, 36 boaters and 55 bank rods with no catch; 18 boaters with one oversize, 24 legal and 25 sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Woodland, 71 boaters with two fall chinook kept plus one chinook and two steelhead released; 50 bank rods with one adult fall chinook kept. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 16 boaters and 42 bank rods with no catch; three boaters with two sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, seven boaters with no catch; one bank rod with one jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 16 boaters with no salmon; 11 boaters with five walleye kept and two released. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 17 boaters with no catch; two boaters with no walleye. Eighteen boats targeting walleye were counted in the Camas-Washougal area on Saturday. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 15 bank rods with one jack chinook and three steelhead released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), three boaters with no catch; 18 Oregon bank rods with three steelhead released; two boaters with no walleye. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, six bank rods with no catch; two boaters with two steelhead released; three boaters with one oversize sturgeon released. (ODFW)

The Dalles pool, eight boaters with 43 walleye kept and six released. (ODFW)

John Day pool, 54 boaters with 155 walleye kept and 52 released; seven bank rods with 20 walleye kept and one released. (ODFW)

Cowlitz — Downstream of Interstate 5, three bank rods and six boaters with no catch; upstream of I-5, 75 boat rods with 26 steelhead kept and 26 cutthroat trout released; 84 bank rods with 19 adult spring chinook and six steelhead kept plus three adult spring chinook, three jack spring chinook and one cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Eight boaters with three adult and two jack fall chinook kept and two steelhead released. Twenty-seven boats were counted trolling on Saturday morning. (WDFW)