Posts tagged: salmon seasons
FISHING — Salmon fishing on the Snake River has been closed in the lower two spring chinook fishery zones near Ice Harbor and Little Goose, but will remain open in the Clarkston area.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department issued the notice today at 4:20 p.m.
The closure affects Zones A and B:
Zone A) Below Ice Harbor: Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge at Pasco upstream about 7 miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam;
Zone B) Below Little Goose: Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as “the Wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility).
Fishing will still be allowed in Zone C: Open May 19 and 20, and then open two days per week (Sunday and Monday) until further notice.
Zone C) Clarkston: Snake River from the intersection of Steptoe Canyon Road with the Wawawai River Road on the Whitman County shore upriver approximately 12 miles to the Washington state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the WA/ID boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore).
Read on for more details.
FISHING — The long-term news is not great, but in the short term anglers should be prepared this weekend to take advantage of spring chinook streaming into Idaho waters.
Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager just posted an update on all the details. In addition to the above details, he gives the sobering news that last week's surge of salmon hundreds of miles downstream into the mouth of the Columbia has pooped out.
As the Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners prepare to set chinook seasons during a Thursday meeting in Coeur d'Alene, read on for some of the data they'll be working with, as summarized by DuPont:
SALMON — Fishing for spring chinook on the selected open stretches of the Snake River in Washington was good this week, except that Monday afternoon the weather changed and blew a lot of folks off the water, reports Glen Mendel, state Snake River fisheries biologist.
Anglers must check the rules carefully and stay tuned.
The Snake River has taken most of its harvest allocation, Mendel said in an email a few minutes ago.
The lower two zones (Ice Harbor and Little Goose) of the Snake River will close, so they will NOT be open during the next Friday and Saturday or Sunday and Monday (May 17 & 18, and 19 & 20).
The Clarkston area will remain open for another two day period on May 19 and 20, so they will have an opportunity to take the remaining salmon available in the Snake River allocation.
Department staff are in the process to get approval for the emergency closure regulation and provide a public announcement out within the next day or so.
More from Mendel:
The Technical Advisory Committee met Monday morning and reduced the Columbia River upriver spring Chinook adult run prediction to 107,500 (down from 141,400 pre-season prediction). They will meet again next Monday to look reconsider the run estimate.
Now that the in-season run update has occurred, the remaining commercial and sport harvest that is available to the lower Columbia River under the original buffered run prediction can be taken. Therefore, the area below Bonneville is proposed to reopen for harvest. Those fisheries had closed in April below Bonneville, and early May (for zone 6 from Bonneville to the Oregon State line upstream of McNary Dam), and they had left part of their harvest allocations on the table to ensure that they did not affect the Snake River fisheries or overshoot their allocations if the run came in short of the 30% buffered run prediction.
For example, below Bonneville sport had left nearly 30% of their harvest allocation untaken, so now they are going back to get that portion.
Some anglers in the past have been upset that the Snake River closes and the lower river reopens, but each zone (below Bonneville, Bonneville to Oregon line, and the lower Snake River) of the mainstem Columbia River and lower Snake are allocated a certain percentage of the ESA impacts and harvest. As long as the total non-tribal harvest or ESA impacts remain within the limits agreed to with other fishery managers for the determined run size, each zone is allowed to try to harvest their allocation, even if that means reopening after other areas have closed.
FISHING — On Tuesday, anglers got a heads up from an Idaho fisheries manager that jack counts were the highlight of this year's spring chinook run.
He wasn't kidding.
Washington Fish and Wildlif Department fisheries manager Joe Hymer in Vancouver points out that through May 9 the total of 18,032 spring chinook jacks counted at Bonneville Dam is only 97 fish off the record count for the same day logged in 2009.
That year ar record of nearly 82,000 jacks were counted through June 15 (the end of the spring Chinook count at the dam).
So we're on a possible record pace.
Jacks are good eating… and the future for adult returns is bright.
FISHING — Things are looking somewhat better, according to a just-posted report on the run of spring chinook salmon headed for Idaho waters.
Here's what Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game's regional fisheries manager in Lewiston, has to say:
I would say that things are looking better this week than last. For the Clearwater River drainage, it looks like our harvest share will be somewhere between 300 and 1,000 adult fish (see last two columns in the table below). If this trend continues it may allow us to expand the area we have open to fishing. The Commission will be meeting next week on May 16 and will likely make a decision on this. For the Riggins area fishery, it looks like the harvest share will end up somewhere between 1,500 and 2,500 adult fish.
The exciting news is the Jacks are starting to pour over Bonneville Dam like we have never seen before. In my glance over past year’s data, it looks like the only year when we had more Jacks over by this date was 2000, and that was a really early run year. If this continues, the Jacks should provide an excellent fishery especially seeing they tend to be easier to catch than the adults. The Commission may also look at Jack limits during their meeting next week as well.
To date, the only place we have documented harvest of Chinook salmon is in the lower Clearwater River. Based on our creel surveys, we estimated that 6 adults were harvested since the season started. In the future I will also provide a table that shows how many fish were harvested in different reaches so you all can follow along to see where the fishing is good and how close we may be to closing down harvest in various reaches.
Right now decent numbers of Chinook salmon are starting to come over Lower Granite Dam so I suspect fishing will get much better during the next four day stretch on the Clearwater River assuming the river stays fishable. The rivers are all supposed to rise due to these warm temperatures we are experiencing. We have already collected one Chinook salmon at the Rapid River trap so I suspect some fish will be caught over the next week in the Riggins area assuming the river remain fishable.
Fish should also start showing up at Hells Canyon Dam and I expect a few will be caught there over the next week as well. As a reminder, the Cleawater River drainage is only open to Chinook fishing 4 days a week (Friday through Monday) whereas the Riggins area and Hells Canyon fisheries are open 7 days a week.
FISHING – Setting a summer chinook salmon fishing season is on agenda for the Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting May 15 and 16 in Coeur d’Alene.
A public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday May 15. This session is open for comment on any Fish and Game Department related topic.
Although the full agenda has not been set, routine agenda items for the May 16 session include consideration of the fiscal 2015 budget direction, election of commission chairman and vice-chairman, and a briefing on nonbiological rules for game animals.
FISHING — Following up with today's setting of limited Idaho spring chinook salmon fishing seasons on the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers, the Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager in Lewiston is offering more details to help anglers understand the situation.
“In some areas, I think people will be satisfied with these rules and in others, maybenot so much,” DuPont concluded. “This has certainly been tough on us in Idaho Fish and Game when setting these seasons and rules, as there is still a lot of uncertainty. We also know how important this fishery is to all of you, and it hurts to start the season with such restrictive rules in the Clearwater River drainage.
“For some better news, the Jack run is starting out good. Let’s hope it continues as it could provide us some good fishing opportunities, and it is an indicator of good things to come.”
FISHING — Moments after Idaho announced a limited spring chinook salmon fishing season that will start on May 4, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Snake River fisheries biologist Glen Mendel has just issued this update on spring chinook from his perspective.
As many of you have undoubted seen at the Fish Passage Center website, the Chinook counts at Bonneville Dam spiked at over 5,000 per day, but they quickly dropped within a few days to about 2,500. What we don’t know right now is whether another spike in fish numbers is coming soon or not. If not, the run could be very small this year. As of yesterday, the Chinook run is ahead of last year at this time, but well below the 10 yr average, for Bonneville, Ice Harbor and Lower Granite dams. The next few days could be very informative about the likely run size. The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is likely to update the run prediction next week.
The Ice Harbor (IHR) fishery began last Friday and ran through Saturday. We that fishery to be open again on Friday and Saturday of May 3 & 4. We had staff sampling the fishery on both days last week. We heard about one adult Chinook kept and one lost but we could not confirm that. Our estimates so far are shown below. The daily ladder window counts should increase substantially by this next Friday.
Ave. number of Shore Anglers
Ave. number of Boat Anglers
Catch Rate (hrs/fish)
The Little Goose and Clarkston area fisheries ran on Sunday and Monday. There was almost no fishing effort, and there was no catch, at Clarkston because few Chinook have reached there yet (only about 20-30 per day at Lower Granite Dam). Little Goose had modest angling effort both days, and it was windy on Monday. So far we have observed that they kept 4 Chinook at Little Goose during our sampling surveys. We are still entering data and doing estimates but total harvest here might be 5 or 6 fish. The counts at Little Goose will probably be over 100 Chinook today and continue to climb so fishing should get better soon.
FISHING — As Washington is opening limited spring chinook salmon fishing seasons on specified stretches of the Snake River this weekend (see details here), Idaho has set April 30 as the day fish managers will meet to decide on seasons.
Here's today's update from Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager in Lewiston:
The Idaho Fish and Wildlife Commission will be meeting on April 30 to set our spring Chinook salmon seasons.
Since Monday, the number of Chinook salmon passing over Bonneville Dam has certainly picked up and not surprisingly so have the number of PIT-tagged fish destined for Idaho.
If you look at the table above, notice that the total number of Chinook salmon that we project to pass over Bonneville Dam in almost all cases is higher than what I showed you on Monday. There is still a big gap between what we project the harvest share will be with an average versus late run timing, so we aren’t out of the woods yet. However, it is looking more promising.
FISHING — A section of the Snake River below Ice Harbor Dam near Pasco will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon on Friday (April 26), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has just announced.
Two other sections of the Snake near Little Goose Dam and Clarkston will open Sunday (April 28).
Each section of the river is scheduled to be open two days a week.
All three sections are open until further notice, but the fishery is not expected to remain open for more than a few weeks, said Glen Mendel, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Mendel encourages anglers to review the fishing rule change, posted on WDFW’s website.
Read on for more details from WDFW.
FISHING — After Idaho backed off making spring chinook salmon season predictions for lack of run information this week, Washington's Snake River fisheries biologist added his take today.
Glen Mendel of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife notes the spring chinook returns so far at Bonneville Dam and even at Snake River dams are above last year but well below the 10 year average.
Read on for his detailed update and predictions:
FISHING — Washington’s 2013 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were finalized yesterday during the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) meeting in Portland.
The regulations cover salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington’s ocean and coastal areas and the Columbia River.
In developing salmon seasons, the first priority for state and tribal fishery managers is to meet conservation goals for wild salmon, said Phil Anderson, WDFW director.
As in past years, recreational salmon fisheries in 2013 will vary by area. Click continue reading for details on the seasons and limits for each of the four areas.
SALMON FISHING — A fishing season for fall chinook salmon will open Sept. 1 in the Snake and Clearwater rivers under rules adopted by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.
The harvest season will continue until further notice or Oct. 31, whichever comes first, in the Snake River and the lower Clearwater River.
Fishery managers predict 18,272 adult hatchery origin chinook salmon will cross Lower Granite Dam, the last of four federal dams on the lower Snake River on their way back to Idaho.
Read on for details.