Posts tagged: Wind River
FISHING — Rule changes for salmon and steelhead fishing, including a two-week late-March closure, will take effect next month on the Wind River, a popular Columbia River fishery.
Click “continue reading” for the details posted today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:
SALMON FISHING — Up to six hatchery origin spring chinook salmon may be retained on the Wind River from the railroad bridge upstream starting Saturday, the Washington Fish and Wildlife has just announced.
Up to four of the fish can be adult chinook.
Similar limit increases were announced for Drano Lake. The rules will extend to June 30 unless revoked earlier.
Read on for details
SALMON FISHING — State biologists are forecasting good returns of spring chinook salmon this year to Wind River and Drano Lake, popular sport-fishing spots in the Columbia River Gorge.
The prediction is for 8,400 adult spring chinook to enter the Columbia destined for the Wind River and 9,500 headed to Drano Lake, a large backwater at the mouth of the Little White Salmon River, reports By Allen Thomas of The Vancouver Columbian.
While not records, the returns would be more than enough salmon to provide robust fishing success if weather and water conditions are favorable.
Read on for more of the report:
SALMON FISHING — Tuesday's announcement from Olympia that the daily catch limit for spring chinook will soon be raised to four a day at Drano Lake and Wind River is great news for some anglers, but it's not universally a good thing on those typically crowded waters.
“A four-fish limit just means that guys stay longer in one spot and crowds build up bigger as people try to find spots to fish,” one salmon angler pointed out.
When an angler catches a two-fish limit and moves on, that's a new opportunity for somebody else, and the turnover is much quicker with a two-fish limit.
“A four-fish limit tends to promote the game-hog mentality,” he said.
SALMON FISHING — Creel reports are just out for Columbia River spring chinook salmon fishing over the weekend. Here are the hot spots:
Wind River – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged nearly 2/3 fish per rod, an outstanding catch rate for spring chinook. Effort has been heavy. A sea lion has been reported at the mouth of the Wind.
Drano Lake – Boat anglers are averaging nearly 2/3 spring chinook kept/released per rod here too. Bank anglers are averaging a fish per about every 3 rods. Effort has been heavy with 160 boats counted here last Saturday May 7.
This, of course, is reason for anglers farther upstream to be excited, as I mentioned in an earlier post.