Posts tagged: steelhead fishing
FISHING — In a correction to the S-R's weekly Hunting-Fishing report, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries managers remind steelheaders that, according to a rule enacted Aug. 30, anglers MUST RETAIN all hatchery-marked steelhead they catch in the Tucannon River up to their daily limit of two.
Following are some specific emergency regulations that anglers need to be aware of when fishing the Tucannon for steelhead:
Reason for action: Steelhead returns to the Tucannon River are not meeting management goals for conservation or for maintaining fisheries and therefore, the fishery for hatchery steelhead must be constrained to provide more protection of naturally produced steelhead in the Tucannon River. The emergency regulations are intended to focus the fishery on removal of stray hatchery steelhead that primarily enter the Tucannon River in late summer and fall to prevent them from spawning naturally, as well as provide a refuge area above Marengo to protect early returning wild steelhead, and close the fishery before March when most of the wild steelhead return to the Tucannon River.
FISHING — Oh, yeah! Steelhead are returning to the Upper Columbia River through the Hanford Reach, too. Outnumbered by the record run of fall chinook, some anglers almost forgot… but not everyone.
Here's the latest report from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:
The majority of the boats and bank anglers fishing in the Hanford Reach were targeting salmon this past week. WDFW staff interviewed 215 bank anglers fishing for steelhead and salmon and 40 boat anglers fishing for steelhead. An estimated 111 steelhead were caught and 39 fish harvested by steelhead anglers this past week. Salmon anglers caught an additional 24 steelhead bringing the total steelhead catch to 135 (harvest = 47).
On October 17, the steelhead regulations were modified in the lower section of the Hanford Reach (Hwy 395 to the old Hanford town site wooden powerline towers) to allow retention of all hatchery steelhead.
For the season, Oct 1-20, an estimated 334 steelhead have been caught in the lower Hanford Reach and 90 steelhead have been harvested.
FISHING — As predicted when the forecast for B-Run steelhead was downgraded last week, Idaho Fish and Game has reduced bag and possession limits on steelhead harvested in part of the Clearwater River drainage during the fall and spring seasons.
The change takes effect when the fall steelhead harvest season opens Tuesday (Oct.15) in the Clearwater River drainage.
The limits for the fall season and the spring 2014 season are one fish per day and two in possession. In addition, in the North Fork Clearwater River and the mainstem Clearwater River downstream of the Orofino bridge only steelhead 28 inches or less in total length may be kept.
Read on for more details.
FISHING — Steelhead fishing reports and creel census tallies from the Snake, Tucannon and Grande Ronde rivers have improved. It's time to go!
The Salmon River in particular has been out of sorts, as Amy Sinclair of Exodus River Adventures in Riggins reported last night:
October 7th and the Salmon River has just spent the last 25+ days looking like the mighty Colorado River (or like the Salmon River in May)…yes, this river never ceases to amaze me! On October 1st the Salmon River set a record high for the day of the year at 15,200 CFS; the old record was 7840 CFS set in 1983. The optimistic side to this is that these record setting flows are washing away a lot of the silt that settled during September’s wet weather and leaving us a clean river system as we enter the prime of the season.
As of this morning we have a river flow of 7450 CFS and a river temperature of 47-49 degrees, a perfect temperature to get steelhead into the Riggins area. With the river continuing to improve each day, good fishing and more importantly great fish stories, are just right around the corner. At Exodus we are officially kicking off the season tomorrow with our first jet boat trip.
FISHING — Steelhead fishing success dramatically improved last week and through the weekend in the Snake River near Little Goose and Ice Harbor dams, according to creek reports just posted by the Washington Department of Fish and wildlife.
The hottest fishing was between from Lower Monumental Dam to Little Goose Dam, where anglers averaged 7 hours per fish caught.
Anglers average 12 hours per fish caught from Ice Harbor Dam to Lower Monumental and 15 hours per fishg from Little Goose to Lower Granite Dam.
Tucannon River anglers averaged 11 hours per steelhead caught.
Creel numbers for the Snake upstream of Lower Granite in Washington indicate slow fishing for steelhead, but Idaho Fish and Game hasn't posted numbers for the mouth of the Clearwater. Heller bar fishing was fairly good late last week, said Joe DuPont, IFG regional fisheries manager.
No creel reports are out yet for the Grande Ronde, but I was there personally and steelheading was still very, very slow through Sunday.
FISHING — Despite much anticipation because of a surge of water last week coupled with good numbers of fish moving past Lower Granite Dam, angler reports from the Grande Ronde River over the weekend left much to be desired.
Catch rates were miserably low in the river between Troy and Schumaker, according to anglers I surveyed as well as the fishing info clearinghouse at Boggan's Oasis.
But the luck is going to change soon.
Maybe this morning.
FISHING — Columbia-Snake fisheries managers have just issued a forecast update the downgrades the prediction — again — for B-run steelhead — the large, coveted steelhead stocks that head up the Snake River each year bound primarily for the Clearwater and Salmon Rivers.
Here's the lastest in a blog post from Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune:
The group of fisheries biologists from state, tribal and federal agencies met today and calculated only 10,700 B-run steelhead, including 2,500 wild fish, will return to the Columbia River, as measured at Bonneville Dam.
On average, about 71 percent of the B-run fish counted at Bonneville Dam, make it all the way to Lower Granite Dam. Based on that conversion rate, the predicted return above Granite is about 7,600, including 1,775 wild fish.
The preseason forecast called for a return of 31,600 B-run steelhead to Bonneville Dam and 22,400 to Lower Granite.
Last week, Idaho Fish and Game officials said they would consider lowering bag limits on hatchery steelhead when the Clearwater River opens to catch-and-keep fishing Oct. 15.
FISHING — It's not necessarily a year for celebration, but it isn't one of despair, either.
The steelhead counts over Lower Granite Dam continue to mount and put fish in the sights of anglers in the Snake, Clearwater and Grande Ronde river areas of Washington and Idaho.
FISHING — Meanwhile in the Snake River — anglers are praying for cooler weather and rain to break the apparent thermal block that's keeping steelhead from moving up through the Snake River past Lower Granite Dam.
FISHING — The graphs indicate the promise ahead.
FISHING — Columbia River fish managers today reduced their early forecast for the steelhead run moving up the Columbia, upper Columbia and Snake Rivers.
Says Joe Hymer of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met this morning, August 19, 2013, to review the summer steelhead run size. TAC agreed to update the “A” or small steelhead component of the run to 212,000 fish. This is a decrease from the preseason forecast of 291,000 fish. TAC reviewed but did not update other components of the steelhead run, or the fall Chinook run. TAC will meet again on August 26, 2013.
FISHING — The chart above gives an indication that the early stage of the steelhead run continues to trickle over Lower Granite Dam at a lower than average rate, but still with promise of good fishing.
Steelhead are moving over Bonneville Dam on the Columbia at a rate of about 4,000 fish a day and over Lower Granite upstream on the Snake at about 100 a day.
The total since July 1 at Bonneville Dam is 46,560 compared with 63,719 last year at this time. The five year average for this date is 96,469.
The total since July 1 at Lower Granite Dam is 845 compared with 1,095 last year at this time. The five year average for this date 3,709.
FISHING — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fish managers will present information and take public input on proposed Tucannon River steelhead management changes at a May 29 meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. at Dayton Elementary School (Park Street and 2nd Street) in Dayton.
New restrictions will apply to the steelhead fishery this fall and winter to comply with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) requirements to protect wild steelhead that are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, said WDFW southeast district fish biologist Glen Mendel.
“We’ve already made several changes in Tucannon steelhead hatchery production and management to protect this small wild steelhead population,” Mendel said, “but we can’t maintain the current fishery structure. We don’t want to close this fishery altogether so we’re trying to craft fishing rule options that help remove hatchery steelhead while still protecting wild steelhead.”
Biologisgts will present summaries of the Tucannon River steelhead harvest, natural population estimates, and management issues involved, and take comments on several options for a restricted fishery. All options include a hatchery steelhead retention requirement to reduce hatchery fish on the spawning grounds.
Options being considered to focus on removal of hatchery steelhead while minimizing catch-and-release and incidental mortality of wild steelhead, include:
Information about these and other options will be posted online sometime after Friday.
Email input by June 7 to firstname.lastname@example.org with a “Tucannon River” subject line.
FISHING — Dang, the catching was so good, the limit of disturbance to wild fish stocks has been reached, forcing the state to announce this afternoon that fishing for steelhead and whitefish in the Methow and Chewuch rivers will close on Sunday evening.
Steelheading will continue in portions of the upper Columbia, Okanogan, Wenatchee and Similkameen rivers.
Read on for all the details just released from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
FISHING — The Methow River in northcentral Washington will open to fishing for steelhead and whitefish on Friday (March 1), the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department announced moments ago.
The agency also noted that two sections of the Okanogan River will CLOSE for steelhead fishing on March 17.
Click continue reading for all the dates, hours, rules and details about this fishery and other steelhead fisheries in the Upper Columbia region.
Note that a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead endorsement is required in addition to a fishing license and steelhead card.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has a full agenda of wide ranging topics to cover at its meeting Friday in Moses Lake.
Among the 15 agenda items, the panel will take public comments on proposed changes to hunting rules, consider adopting sportfishing rules and vote on buying a 1600-acre addition to the Blue Mountains Wildlife Area in Asotin County.
The meeting will convene at 8 a.m. at the Moses Lake Civic Center, 401 S. Balsam St.
The commission will accept public comments on 17 proposed hunting rule changes, which would include allowing the use of illuminated arrow nocks for archery equipment and restoring antlerless elk opportunities for archery hunters in Yakima County Units 352 (Nile) and 356 (Bumping).
The commission won't vote on the proposed changes to hunting rules until its April 12-13 meeting in Olympia.
However, the commission will consider adopting nearly 70 sportfishing rules, including proposals that would allow the use of two fishing poles on 50 additional lakes throughout the state and liberalize limits for walleye, bass and catfish in the Columbia River system.
The standout among three proposed land transactions is the plan to buy 1,614 acres of the 4-0 Ranch in Asotin County as phase two of a multi-year project to secure a total of nearly 12,000 acres of riparian habitat for steelhead and bull trout and terrestrial habitat for deer, bighorn sheep and elk.
FISHING — Washington fisheries managers are still working through the red tape surrounding the endangered stocks, but they're fairly confident they'll be able to open a fishing season for hatchery-marked steelhead in the Methow River starting in the first week of March.
The official word should be out by the end of this week or Monday, said Jeff Korth, Fish and Wildlife Department regional fisheries manager in Ephrata.
The likely bet would be a season opening March 1 and running about two or three weeks, he said.
FISHING — Incredible fishing sequences and photography was so common in Tuesday night's Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Bing Crosby Theater — we came to expect nothing less. Here are my top picks in several categories:
Best action: Blackwater Devil's Gold, fishing in Bolivia for golden dorado, one of the wildest of freshwater fish (see short trailer above, or 7-minute clip here).
Best story: Hit 'em again Doc, featuring Dr. Robert Franklin, 85, an angler with Parkinson's, and his guide.
Best fishing sequence: Fall Run, a Pacific Northwest steelheading film with an “over the top” action footage of landing a fish in a canyon where the sun don't shine.
Best line: The intriguing thing about steelheading is that … you have to be cool with not catching them.
FISHING — An update on proposed changes to sportfishing rules will be presented by state fish managers to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its Feb. 8-9 meeting in Olympia. See the preliminary meeting agenda here.
Fishing rule proposals affecting Eastern Washington angling include:
Public comments on the proposals are being accepted on the agency’s website through Tuesday (Jan. 29).
The commisison is set to vote on the proposals at a March 1-2 meeting.
FISHING — Steelhead fisheries on the upper Columbia River will close one hour after sunset on Saturday (Dec. 1) from Wells Dam to the Highway 173 bridge at Brewster and on the Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, and Methow rivers.
Several whitefish fisheries scheduled to open that day will also close at sunset Dec. 1, including those on the Wenatchee and Entiat rivers, as well as on the Methow River downstream of the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop.
Jeff Korth, Regional Fish Manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the closures are necessary to keep impacts on wild steelhead within limits established under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The closures will not, however, affect steelhead or whitefish seasons on the mainstem Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to Wells Dam, or from the Highway 173 Bridge in Brewster to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam. Those fisheries, plus steelhead and whitefish seasons on the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers, will remain open until further notice under previously published rules.
Read on for more details.