Posts tagged: fall chinook
FISHING — Chinook salmon fishing will end in Idaho on the Snake and Clearwater rivers Thursday, Oct. 31 – except a short reach on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam, which closes November 17.
The season opened Sept. 1, on the Snake River between Lewiston and Hells Canyon Dam, in the lower Clearwater River downstream of the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge in Lewiston, and in the Salmon River from its mouth upstream to Eye of the Needle Rapids.
The Snake River, from Cliff Mountain Rapids to Hells Canyon Dam, remains open until further notice or November 17.
The daily bag limit is six adult Chinook salmon, the possession limit is 18 adult Chinook and there is no fall season limit on adult Chinook. Only adipose-fin-clipped salmon may be kept.
Only adult Chinook must be recorded on the angler's salmon permit. There are no limits on jacks, but anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license and salmon permit to fish for salmon.
This year, a record of around 55,000 adult fall hatchery-origin Chinook and about 21,500 jacks have crossed Lower Granite Dam, many of them returning to the Snake River above Lewiston.
FISHING — It's been one heck of a ride for Yakima River fall chinook anglers. Here's the latest report Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologist Paul Hoffarth as the Lower Yakima River season is scheduled to close today, Oct. 22:
The fall salmon fishery in the lower Yakima River is coming to a close. The last day of fishing is Tuesday, October 22, 2013. WDFW staff interviewed 260 anglers between October 14th and 20th. Anglers reported harvesting 102 adult Chinook, 4 jacks, and 1 coho. An estimated 821 adult fall Chinook, 29 jacks, and 4 coho were harvested this past week from 1,961 angler trips.
For the season, 7,903 anglers trips have been taken and 2,478 adult Chinook, 342 chinook jacks, and 87 coho have been harvested. This year’s harvest breaks the record of 2,300 fall Chinook set in 2002 when over 13,000 fall Chinook returned to the Yakima River.
FISHING — The latest fall chinook creel report from the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River says the fishing pressure continues to decline but anglers still working the record salmon run were averaging an excellent 2.7 fish per boat.
However, with the season heading toward the Oct. 31 closure, the quality of the salmon is degrading as they ripen for spawning.
Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist for the area said that, based on anecdotal information from anglers and creel surveyors, he'd say, “Roughly 20% are still edible, 20% are smokers, and 60% are more than ready to spawn.”
Here's Hoffarth's summary of the survey data for last week.
The number of boats on the water in the Hanford Reach continues to decline as the season nears the end. The Columbia River between the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers and Priest Rapids Dam will close to fishing for salmon on October 22. The river from the Hwy 395 bridge in Kennewick/Pasco upstream to the old Hanford townsite will remain open to fishing for salmon through October 31.
There were an estimated 3,981 angler trips for salmon this past week. Anglers averaged 2.7 Chinook per boat and 12 hours for each Chinook caught from the bank.
Staff interviewed anglers from 387 boats (941 boat anglers) and 215 bank anglers fishing for Chinook reporting a harvest of 1,074 adult Chinook and 60 jacks. Harvest for the week was estimated at 4,009 adult Chinook and 224 Chinook jacks.
For the season, 23,332 adult Chinook and 2,588 jacks have been harvested. The adult harvest breaks the previous record of 13,102 adults harvested set last year. There have been 37,062 angler trips for the fishery through October 20. The in-season run update for natural origin adult Hanford Reach fall Chinook returning to the Hanford Reach is 132,692 (updated Oct 15).
FISHING — Through today, anglers have caught 267 marked adults and 161 jacks fall Chinook and caught and released 1,142 unmarked fish in the lower Clearwater River, accordnig to an Idaho Fish and Game Departmetnt creel report.
They caught and kept 861 adults and 671 jacks in the Snake River, for a total of 1,532 fish. Hatchery-origin fish are marked with a clipped adipose fin.
This year, almost 54,812 adult fall hatchery-origin Chinook and about 21,366 jacks crossed Lower Granite Dam, many of them returned to the Snake River above Lewiston.
FISHING — Although steelhead fishing has opened in the Ringold area of the Columbia River's Hanford Reach, most angling pressure has been focused on the record run of chinook salmon packing into the area.
Anglers last week AVERAGED 2.5 chinooks per boat as they set sportfishing records for chinook caught in the free-flowing stretch between the Tri Cities and Priest Rapids Dam. Awesome.
The chinooks also are setting records on the Snake River.
SALMON FISHING — The 2013 record run of chinook salmon that's stampeding up the Columbia River is making history, and so are anglers.
Sport fishermen caught a record number of chinook in the lower Columbia when the run was peaking there.
Now Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife creel surveys have confirmed that anglers alrealdy have set a record for the catch in the Hanford Reach, where they averaged a whopping 2.5 kings per boat last week.
And the season doesn't close until Oct. 22 in that stretch of river.
Here's the report just received from Paul Hoffarth, WDFW fisheries biologist in the Tri Cities.
Angler effort remained strong this past week with an estimated 7,714 angler trips for the week. Anglers averaged 2.5 Chinook per boat.
Staff interviewed anglers from 477 boats (1,191 boat anglers) and 382 bank anglers fishing for Chinook reporting a harvest of 1,099 adult Chinook and 107 jacks. Harvest for the week was estimated at 6,531 adult Chinook and 651 Chinook jacks.
For the season, 14,967 adult Chinook and 2,014 jacks have been harvested. The adult harvest breaks the previous record of 13,102 adults harvested set last year. There have been 27,958 angler trips for the fishery through October 6.
The in-season run update for natural origin adult Hanford Reach fall Chinook returning to the Hanford Reach is 181,137 (updated Oct 1).
SALMON FISHING — The 2013 fall chinook salmon run heading up the Columbia has been setting daily records for the past 10 days, and today it surpassed the overall record for the biggest run of salmon or steelhead to head upstream since counting began at Bonneville Dam in 1938.
By 1 p.m. today the fall chinook run had eclipsed the record of 610,700 fish counted in 2003, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists say.
And more chinook are still coming, headed for the Hanford Reach, upper Columbia, Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers.
On Tuesday, regional fish managers predicted the run could go as high as 835,000 adult chinook.
SALMON FISHING — With more upriver fall chinook salmon returning to the Columbia River than any time in the past 75 years, Washington and Oregon fishery managers are expanding sport fishing options below Bonneville Dam beginning Friday, Sept. 13.
“This will be a fishing season to remember,” said Guy Norman, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife southwest regional director. “This year’s run of upriver fall chinook is through the roof, and a positive sign that regional efforts to rebuild this salmon population are making a difference.”
About 92,000 fall chinook have already crossed McNary Dam south of the Tri-Cities and 26,000 have been counted at Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River.
Read on for the details on the lower Columbia rule change announced this afternoon:
SALMON FISHING — It's not a run of fall chinook coming up the Columbia River this season, it's a stampede.
On Tuesday, regional fish managers upped their forecast for this year's fall chinook returns to 835,000 adult upriver brights reaching Bonneville Dam, which would smash the record of 610,436 set in 2003.
The count over Bonneville Dam Wednesday night totaled 573,567 with 42,506 fish coming up on Wednesday alone. That's the sixth highest single-day count since record-keeping started in 1938, and it's probably the DOWNSIDE of the run's peak.
This year's run set three single-day record numbers over Bonneville Dam in the past week, peaking with 63,870 on Monday.
“It’s a string that is mind-boggling, historic — Chin-pocalypse in the words of one angler who stands to reap the benefits, king-ageddon,” exclaims Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman magazine. “It’s not just the Columbia. There are signs that Puget Sound pink salmon were hugely underforecast, and the Oregon and California Coasts’ Chinook season was bonkers.”
The largest percentage of the upriver chinooks crossing Bonneville Dam is headed for the Hanford Reach of the Columbia as well as to the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers in Idaho.
I'll make the easy forecast and predict that thousands of anglers will be there to greet them this season.
Columbia-Snake fish managers adjusted the forecast for A-run steelhead to 205,000 fish, including 86,000 wild steelhead. That's an increase from the previous week's forecast, but still below the preseason forecast of 291,000. The A-run fish provide the fisheries for Snake River tributaries including the Grande Ronde as well as the Upper Columbia and tributaries.
The size of the B-run steelhead bound mostly for Idaho's Clearwater River has not been updated, yet, but it continues to track behind expectations.
UPDATED at 11:35 a.m.
SALMON FISHING — In case you haven't been paying attention, a huge run of fall chinook is heading up the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
If you need more evidence, here it is: 63,870 adult fall chinook were counted at Bonneville Dam Monday, smashing the record of 48,710 set just last Saturday.
The record before that was 45,884 fish on Sept. 11, 2003.
“As far as I can tell going back through the annual counts since 1938, the 63,870 adult chinook counted yesterday at Bonneville Dam may be a RECORD DAILY COUNT FOR ALL SALMONIDS, not just fall chinook,” said Joe Hymper, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist in Vancouver.
“The 475,000 adult fall chinook counted at Bonneville Dam to date is the 3rd highest on record for the entire run (August through December). Only 2003 (610,000) and 2004 (584,000) are larger.”
They'll be showing up on the hooks of anglers in the Handford Reach of the Columbia and the Clearwater River in Idaho soon.
FISHING — Idaho's fall chinook salmon fishing seasons will open Sept. 1 on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers according to these rules adopted today by the state Fish and Game Commission:
The daily bag limit is six adult Chinook salmon, the possession limit is 18 adult Chinook and there is no season limit on adult Chinook. Only adipose-fin-clipped salmon may be kept.
Only adult Chinook must be recorded on the angler’s salmon permit. There are no limits on jacks, but anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license and a salmon permit to fish for salmon.
SALMON FISHING — The Columbia River is getting busy again. Chinook and coho runs are building, and the fortunes of both anglers and gill-netters improving as well.
The catch and fishing pressure in the lower Columbia (from Bonneville Dam 146 river miles down to the mouth) has grown steadily and more growth is expected.
Daily counts of upriver fall chinook passing over Bonneville had slowly ticked up from 100 fish on Aug. 1 to 6,830 on Wednesday.
By the end of August a total of 57,688 upriver fall chinook had passed over Bonneville.
About 399,600 adult “upriver brights” are predicted to will make it back to the mouth of the river on their way to the mid-Columbia’s Hanford Reach, the Snake River and elsewhere.