Posts tagged: upper columbia river
SALMON FISHING — Crowds of anglers are postponing their Alasaka dream trip because there's no reason to leave Washington.
The record run of sockeye salmon booming up the Columbia is attracting large numbers of people to the upper reaches of the river near Brewster, as we've beem mentioning in our weekly fishing report.
An observation of special interest just came in from Jeff Holmes, a Tri-Cities-based angler/writer, who recently returned from bagging limits of salmon.
Those sockeye are easy to catch, relatively speaking. What a pleasant fishery of polite anglers and no fighting. Very different from mid-Columbia.
Can anyone explain when one congregation of anglers can be civil while others are gnarly?
SALMON FISHING – After several record daily sockeye counts over Bonneville Dam this week, fisheries managers’ expecations for overall record returns of sockeye salmon to the upper Columbia River are high.
The salmon fishing season in the upper Columbia above Priest Papids Dam opens today.
By mid-July, Washington Fish and Wildlife biologists expect summer chinook and sockeye fisheries to have kicked into high gear.
Check the status of incoming adult fish through the interagency Columbia River Data Access in Real Time (DART).
Chris Donley, a local fish biologist and salmon slayer, highly recommends watching the numbers on that website to see when the fish start piling into the upper Columbia fisheries.
When you get to it, click on “Adult Passage,” then scroll through dates to bottom and today for latest on all species (also compares with past years’ numbers).
FISHING — Washington regulations prohibit fishing March 1-May 25 in two stretches of the upper Columbia River (listed under Lake Roosevelt rules) near Northport.
Today's Fishing-Hunting report in the Sports section said anglers have been catching big spawnng rainbows near gravel bars in the Northport area.
Well, they'd better be careful where they're doing that.
The report did not mention anglers lobbied two years ago for the spawning closures, which prohibit fishing in stretches that include the mouths of Sheep Creek, Deep Creek and Onion Creek to protect the big rainbows at a vulnerable period.
See details on page 96 of the 2011-2012 fishing regulations for definitions of the CLOSED WATERS, one stretch above Northport and one below.
The photo above shows the boundary markers for those two stretches of water.
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.
FISHING — The estimated 9,800 hatchery summer steelhead kept on the lower Columbia River so far this month — through Aug. 22 — is an all time record not just for August but for any month since at least 1969, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has just reported.
The previous record of 8,549 steelhead was set last month.
A good run along with river flows that are higher and cooler than normal appear to be favoring the anglers.
MEANTIME, about 30,000 steelhead have run up the Snake River and climbed over Lower Granite Dam. They're coming at the rate of about a thousand a day. Anglers are enjoying good catches of steelhead in Idaho's Clearwater River.
And, as the graph above shows, the big numbers are yet to come.
SALMON FISHING — Better late than never – the 2011 sockeye salmon run pouring over Bonneville Dam and heading up the Columbia River likely be the fourth largest since records were started in 1980.
Most of the sockeye are headed for the Wenatchee and Okanagan river basins in central Washington and British Columbia, but around 2,000 are destined for a 900-mile swim up the Columbia and Snake river systems to spawn in the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho.
While this year’s forecast of 181,000 sockeyes is big, it pales to last year’s record run of 387,858.
Beginning yesterday, anglers can retain adult sockeye salmon in the mainstem Columbia River above Priest Rapids Dam, including the Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers, and Lake Osoyoos.
Columbia River sockeye returns are surpassing expectations and fisheries managers say, “Game on!”
The daily limit is four sockeye with a minimum size of 12 inches. All coho and steelhead must be released.
Bonneville Dam counts have ranged from 3,329 on July 12 to 5,262 on July 8.
As of Wednesday, 173,500 fish had moved above Bonneville of the 181,000 expected.
Read on for a breakdown on the sockeye fisheries opening:
SALMON FISHING — Good news and less good news for salmon anglers comes from today's meeting of the Columbia River fisheries Technical Advisory Committee.
The group of scientists updated expected run sizes as follows.
SALMON FISHING — High water and gusty winds hindered the opening weekend of chinook salmon fishing on the upper Columbia River.
The Wenatchee World reports the water was rough and fishermen say they’re getting few bites.
Glen Sagdal of East Wenatchee said he and a friend caught 12 fish last year on opening weekend. On Friday they caught zero salmon.
Fishing boats were battling a strong current and rough water and some people report the waves are so rough that guides are getting seasick, the World reported.
The fishing wasn’t as disappointing at Wanapum, where Jerrod Gibbons of Okanogan Valley Guide Service said he had five bites Friday and pulled in one 25 pounder. Gibbons said the fish are late, but they’re coming.