Oregon Fishing Reports for July 21st

Willamette Valley/Metro – Portland area anglers don’t have a lot to pursue in the dog days of summer. Summer Chinook counts at Bonneville are dropping fast, and although the summer steelhead passage is on the improve, numbers are far shy from previous years, as in 1/3 of last year’s tally as of this date. Some steelhead are being caught however.

Warm water anglers are taking advantage of the water conditions on the Willamette. Spring Chinook action is finally tapering.

Rafters and swimmers are dominating the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers. Only early morning casters stand a chance.

Below, With ocean salmon still slow, these two anglers targeted lingcod and came up big on July 17th. These large lings were taken just outside of the mouth of the Columbia River.

Northwest – The salmon bite off of the mouth of the Columbia has finally picked up again. Coho are falling to the SW of the river mouth and Chinook action is fair as well. Both species should start showing in greater numbers as we near early August.

The sturgeon fishing remains very impressive downstream of Tongue Point.

Nehalem Bay trollers are catching a few summer Chinook in the Wheeler area. Catches are light, just as expected.

A friendly ocean has inspired tuna chasers to go an ungodly number of miles offshore for the albacore. Action has been good out of Garibaldi and Astoria however, and tuna should get closer as the season progresses.

Ocean crabbing remains excellent from Garibaldi southward, but soft-shells are the rule. Bay crabbing remains fair.

There are some nice sized halibut coming from the nearshore fishery, mostly between Manzanita and Nehalem Bays.

Spring Chinook and summer steelhead fishing is challenging in the Tillamook area systems, low, clear water isn’t helping matters. Steelhead remains your best option on the Wilson and Nestucca systems.

Southwest – From Pete Heley

On a Tenmile Creek float last week, we caught dozens of yellow perch, but none over eight inches in length. The fishing for largemouth bass was disappointing with no bass landed weighing more than a pound. Tenmile Creek is free of logjams this year, but is quite narrow in a number of spots – to the point where passage via a pontoon boat is very difficult. A float tube or a kayak is a much better choice.

As for fishing at Winchester Bay, the South Jetty is fishing well for assorted bottomfish, the Triangle is fishing well for the same marine species with a smaller average size. The latest stats on the ocean fin-clipped coho fishery run through July 9th and 1077 finclipped quota, or six percent of the 18,000 quota of finclipped cohos have caught and kept. The ocean finclipped coho season will end July 31st unless the quota is reached earlier.

Winchester Bay has been the busiest port and has produced the most keeper coho. Garibaldi is the second busiest port and has produced the most kept chinooks – but has recently fished very poorly with only .18 kept salmon per angler for the season. Starting on September 2nd there will be an ocean coho season where both clipped and unclipped coho salmon may be kept with a quota of 6,000 cohos. There have been catches of 25+ tuna taken this last week out of both Charlston and Winchester Bay.

The pinkfin run on the lower Umpqua River above Winchester Bay continues with the fishing getting ever more inconsistent. A recent tidewater trip for Umpqua River smallmouth revealed a surprising amount of fishing pressure. Fishing Guide Jaimie Standifer reported good fishing for chinook salmon last week on the Umpqua River near Reedsport.

SW Washington –

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Below the I-5 Bridge: 29 bank and 1 boat/3 rods had no catch. From the I-5 Bridge upstream: 184 bank rods kept 23 adult and 2 jack spring Chinook and 9 steelhead and released 2 adult and 2 jack spring Chinook, 3 steelhead, and 2 cutthroats. 67 boats/193 rods kept 65 steelhead and 1 cutthroat and released 1 steelhead and 17 cutthroat.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 978 salmonid anglers (149 boats) with 42 adult and 6 jack summer Chinook, 67 steelhead, and no sockeye. 24 (57%) of the adult summer Chinook and 42 (63%) of the steelhead were kept. Anglers averaged a steelhead caught per every 14.6 rods. In comparison, anglers averaged a fish per every 6.1 and 7.6 rods during the same time in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Tri-cities Area Summer Chinook & Sockeye Fishery

With the closure of the Upper Columbia River for the retention of sockeye, angler effort has been low. This past week, July 10-16, there were an estimated 62 boats fishing for summer chinook salmon in the Columbia River between Highway 395 and Priest Rapids Dam. WDFW staff interviewed 19 anglers from 8 boats with a reported harvest of 1 adult hatchery chinook and 1 wild chinook and 1 sockeye were caught and released. For the week an estimated 8 adult summer chinook were harvested. For the season there have been 2,291 angler trips for sockeye/summer chinook with 115 adult hatchery chinook, 23 chinook jacks, and 885 sockeye harvested. Area fisheries will continue to be open to fishing for hatchery summer chinook through August 15.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – We sampled 16 sturgeon anglers (including 4 boats) with 9 legals released.

Shad

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 20 shad bank anglers with 27 fish kept.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – 3 walleye anglers (1 boat) had no catch.

Trout

Recent plants of rainbows, including some over 5 pounds each. No report on angling success.

From The Guide’s Forecast.  Always more Oregon fishing information here.

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Stuck in the Matrix of Proper Fisheries Management

There are so many lessons to learn, if you just pay attention.

Do you ever drive across a river, and wonder how many salmon or steelhead swam up it before European settlement? (I just drove across the Columbia River, once home to 17 million wild salmon and steelhead).

How about picturing your neighborhood about 150 years ago, when deer, elk, black bear and cougar were once abundant?

Do you ever feel like you’re always choosing the wrong grocery line, when trying to figure out which one is the fastest?

How about driving down the highway, in stop and go traffic, so you can observe the immense amount of plastic cast aside along the median where it is certainly destined for our waterways in the future.

I might be a little sensitive this week, given the news of the one trillion ton iceberg that just broke away from the Antarctica Peninsula. Then, there was another story on the sixth great extinction also underway. Match it up with my evening entertainment being the Matrix trilogy, and it’s certainly cause for thought this week.

What in the name of Sam Hill are we doing to our planet?

Sure, it’s not all doom and gloom. There are incredible numbers of volunteers (and inmates) that are picking up plastic garbage along our roads and beaches. There are incredible organizations that are doing restoration work and advocating for improved ecosystems. And there are good pieces of legislation being introduced both at the state and federal level that bring about more abundant fish and wildlife, and a better environment for them to live in, but like that grocery line, you just have to feel like you’re beating your head against the wall sometimes.

I know it all starts with making the change for ourselves, but it will have to be a monumental societal shift in order to preserve what we have left, compared to historical abundance. My wife got a hold of one of those Netflix documentaries that tells about the corporatization of our livestock market. I don’t know if I can bring myself to watch it, I like bacon and ribeye steaks too much, but when she started practicing what she preached, I had to take note. I haven’t quite got her convinced to put in for an elk tag, but thankfully I drew one this year! She said she can get behind consuming wild fish and game, whew!

The only species expanding their range on planet earth is humans. While that may be great for humanity, how is that for ecology? What do fish and wildlife managers do when certain populations of animals or fish get to be “too” abundant? Of course they open up seasons to reduce the population to manage what they feel may be a future disaster. Does anybody else think that these natural cycles are part of a natural plan? Yea, maybe too much Matrix this week…

It’s really a little bit hypocritical of me to criticize a system that has benefited me so greatly. It wasn’t that long ago and we had a four coho limit at Buoy 10. Those were the days! And it is certainly pleasantly surprising that Oregonians can still keep 12 Dungeness crab per day per person. A 25 albacore tuna per person limit? Has anybody ever actually achieved that? Four of us caught 40 one time; you’ve never seen so many avid anglers so anxious to hand off a rod to somebody else, when the next albacore hit. I put up 83 pints of canned albacore that week.

We really do live in amazing times, but really, how long can they last? Thankfully, fishery managers have learned over time that adaptive management measures are a necessary tool in our ever-changing world.

The Magnuson Stevens Act  is one of those tools that incorporates adaptive management. Given the challenges of fisheries management over such a broad body of water, it’s pretty darn amazing that we’ve experienced the successes that we have. That’s why most fisherman we’ve talked to about MSA, don’t have much to say about a law that is effectively working. Fisherman worth their salt know that populations of fish fluctuate year to year, and we have to be prepared to adapt with the populations. I knew when I first entered the business of fish guiding, there was a risk associated with becoming dependent on a natural resource. I left full-time guiding three years ago now, due to the restrictions implemented with the loss of a catch and keep sturgeon season.

For many in the industry, both on the sport and commercial side of things, fishing is our life, and other options are few, especially when the vast amount of your professional life is on the ocean, versus behind a computer.

Congress is going to be taking a finer look at MSA fisheries management next week, when the House Subcommittee on Water, Power & Oceans will be conducting on oversight hearing on the MSA titled: “Exploring the Successes and Challenges of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.”  The hearing will take place next Wednesday, July 19th at 2:00pm EST, 1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington D.C. 20515. Let’s hope they have our future in mind, can’t say I’m all that optimistic.

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Oregon Fishing Report for July 14th

Willamette Valley/Metro – The summer Chinook fishery on the mainstem Columbia is tapering… quick. Catch rates are sub-par, with the best fishing still taking place at Bonneville Dam. Summer steelhead aren’t much better, with very few reported from either the boat or bank fishery.

The Willamette River at the head of the channel is still booting out a few spring and summer Chinook to flasher and spinner trollers. This fishery is due to taper, especially with the Columbia summer run slowing. Spring Chinook in the rest of the river is over.

Shad fishing is finally slowing in the Oregon City area. This fishery posted good numbers this year.

The Sandy and Clackamas Rivers are inundated with rafters and swimmers. You have to be early to have a chance at success.

Bass and panfish are in full swing on the Willamette Right now, it’ll be that way for the remainder of the season.

Northwest – Bottomfishing remains the highlight on the north coast, south of Cape Falcon anyway. The coho bite out of Garibaldi, Pacific City and Newport remains challenging, but some are getting them. Association of Northwest Steelheaders President Bill Kremers had a 3-coho day today (Thursday), but stated no one else that came into port had any coho.

Ocean crabbing remains outstanding, but the bulk of the catch are soft-shelled. Bay crabbing is fair on all north coast estuaries.

Spring Chinook in most north coast river systems is effectively over, with the river as low as it is these days. Even early morning anglers aren’t scoring much these days. Summer steelhead fishing on the Nestucca and Wilson isn’t much better, but swimmers avoid the water where these fish lay, so at least you have a chance.

The Chinook bite off of the Long Beach Peninsula has drastically tapered, but coho off of the CR Buoy has kicked off. The bite tapers quickly after an early morning bite, but persistent anglers can take limits. Be prepared to weed through wild fish to get your keepers. Crabbing out of the Columbia isn’t that impressive.

Catch and release sturgeon fishing remains excellent. It’s quickly turning into an anchovy bite, but sand shrimp will still work.

Southwest – From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com

A proposal to not require 17 and 18 year olds to have licenses to sportfsh in California did not pass out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is effectively dead. Opponents of the bill argued that the state could not afford to lose the 1.55 million dollars it receives each year from the sale of more than 22,000 fishing licenses and related tags to 16 and 17 year olds.

The current issue of Bassmaster Magazine features the top 100 bass lakes in America – and then features bass fisheries in Mexico and Africa that serve to make the “top 100 list” less meaningful. The list is broken down into four sections or regions of 25 bass fisheries each. They are: Central; Northeastern; Southeastern and Central.

#13 – Siltcoos Lake in southwest Oregon; #15 – Potholes Reservoir in southeast Washington; #17 – Tenmile Lakes in southwest Oregon – althouth the surface acreage quoted was only for South Tenmile Lake and doesn’t include the approximately 1,100 surface acres in North Tenmile Lake.

#18 – Moses Lake in southeast Washington; #19 – C.J. Strike Reservoir in Idaho; #21 – Brownlee Reservoir, shared by Oregon and Idaho; #25 – Noxon Rapids Reservoir in southwest Montana.

The central Oregon coast spring all-depth halibut quota has been reached and the summer all-depth fishery will start on August 4th and 5th and be on Fridays and Saturdays until the summer quota is reached.

Although the season is winding down, good catches of shad are still being made throughout the Umpqua River. Fishing for redtailed surfperch or “pinkfin” was good last week upriver of Winchester Bay, but not as good as it was the preceding week.

As for yellow perch, Tenmile Lake has been providing fair fishing for perch to nine inches. The largest yellow perch caught recently have come from Siltcoos Lake – but there doesn’t seem to be many of them. Loon Lake is offering excellent fishing for bluegill, good fishing for largemouth bass, fair fishing for crappies and uncaught planted rainbow trout.

Fishing has been surprisingly good for ocean coho, but, as expected, wild coho are dominating the catch. A few chinooks have also been caught by ocean salmon seekers. Through July 2nd, Winchester Bay has been the Oregon’s busiest salmon fishing port and has produced approximately three times as many retained coho as any other Oregon port south of the Columbia River.

Eastern – Avid angler Tim Moran writes: “The Lower Deschutes is still fishing good.  Temps are down a bit so that helps.  during the day fishing PMD nymphs, caddis puppa’s and prince nymphs are scoring rainbows to 15 inches.  As soon as the sun gets off the water start looking for the evening hatches to start.

Steelhead fishing on the Deschutes on the other hand is poor. Several guides have reported very poor results for steelhead, with water temperatures hovering in the high 60 degree mark, even tipping into the low 70 degree mark. Far more bass are falling to fishing gear than steelhead. It’s a bit of a sad affair.

East lake is in full bloom – and not the good kind. The lake has turned over and there is a lot of slime and a pine pollen covering the lake at times.

Fly guys, try wind drifting with a sinking line and a small nymph with a red rock worm tied 20” behind.  You’ll get trout and kokanee to hit it.

Crane Prairie is really holding up.  The fish are in the channels – Rock Creek, Cultus and Quin River are all fishing well.

Reports from some of the fly shops are that the fishing is also good on the Metolius and Crooked. Check in at “The Fly Fisher’s Place” in Sisters to get all the up to the minute details! 

SW Washington – From the WDF&W web site:

Cowlitz River – I-5 Bridge downstream: 2 boat and 25 bank rods had no catch. Above the I-5 Bridge: 142 boat rods kept 4 adult spring Chinook, 37 steelhead, and 1 cutthroat and released 26 cutthroats. 155 bank rods kept 26 adult spring Chinook and 10 steelhead and released 4 adult and 2 jack spring Chinook, 1 steelhead, and 1 cutthroat.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – During the first nine days of July we sampled 1,081 salmonid anglers (including 183 boats) with 72 adult and 4 jack summer Chinook, 82 steelhead, and 1 sockeye. 26 (36%) of the adult summer Chinook were kept (remember, adult Chinook had to be released through July 6). 52 (63%) of the steelhead and the lone sockeye were kept.

Tri-cities Area Summer Chinook & Sockeye Fishery – WDFW staff interviewed 58 anglers from 30 boats this past week with a reported catch of 1 adult chinook and 24 sockeye. For the week an estimated 12 adult summer chinook and 300 sockeye were harvested. For the season there have been 2,144 angler trips for sockeye/summer chinook with 107 adult hatchery chinook, 23 chinook jacks, and 885 sockeye harvested. Area fisheries will continue to be open to fishing for hatchery summer chinook through August 15.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below the Marker 82 line – 50 sturgeon anglers (including 15 boats) were sampled with 37 legals released.

Shad

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – 188 anglers (including 2 boats) kept 601 shad and released 16 fish.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – 21 walleye anglers (10 boats) kept 6 walleye.

The Guide’s Forecast has much more detailed reports for our paid members.  If you fish regularly in Oregon and have not had a look you should.  Try this.

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Do the Numbers Seem Fishy to You?

By Bob Rees

When fisheries close abruptly, the questions come a lobbin’. Most of my fellow fishermen get rather anxious, questioning whether our fishery managers are accurate in their assessments of the harvest. Although I will claim a bias, since I worked for both state and federal fisheries agencies, I certainly subscribed to the statistical reality, that if you able to sample 20% of the catch, you could effectively get the number of fish harvested for any given fishery. That said, even with my bias, we sure do seem to blow through quota’s rather quickly. It’s especially discerning when the catch rates we personally witness are less than stellar.

The way the numbers crunch, state agencies will get an accurate effort count 2 days during the week, usually by counting boats by airplane, and one day over the weekend. Then, through the port samplers we often encounter at the docks, they will get a catch rate (calculated at CPUE, “Catch Per Unit of Effort” or hours per fish), numerically identifying how many hours it takes to catch a fish. Managers will then extrapolate that catch rate to the number of hours of effort per rod, to attain the catch estimate for the day, and subsequent week. It may seem like fuzzy math from our perspective, but fact-checking will show that a 20% sample rate gives an accurate estimate. I’m pretty sure our fisheries agency captures better than a 20% sample rate too. It’s above my pay grade however; I squeaked by with a C- in Statistics.

Estimates are only as good as the data collected. I’ve had some anglers tell me how they try and cheat the system, I’m not sure how effective that is however. I think it really doesn’t have an impact on overall numbers if the sample size is large enough, but I will often question the morality of such moronically.

With so much at stake, especially for the industry, people can get pretty desperate when they become reliant on a natural resource. It’s understandable, but really unforgivable, as some don’t have a problem robbing from the future.

Fishery managers have a hard job, and I’ve found them very good to work with. Can you imagine how difficult it is to try and predict the return rate of a particular run of salmon? With all the environmental factors to key in, and models to develop, managers have some of the best tools at their disposal and frankly, do a heck of a job for what they have to work with. And picture a fishery without predictions. Sport and commercial fishers would be sidelined from fisheries, no matter how abundant the return rates are. It’s far from an exact science, but a science we desperately need in order to prosecute our fisheries, while maintaining some form of integrity to ensure there are future populations of fish to fish for.

And how about those fish in the ocean? How in the heck do you count fish in the ocean? Especially ones with large home ranges, such as tuna? Again, fishery managers do the best job they can. But how important are these stock assessments?

Most recently both Patrale Sole and Canary Rockfish have been rebuilt to sustainable levels, and well ahead of schedule. With this news, comes a relaxing of extreme measures that were needed just a relatively short while ago, to keep the stock from collapse. Without the initial assessments showing the need for drastic measures to stave off a collapse, we might see these sport and commercially important species of fish never recover, or at least take a lot longer.

36 fish limit of black sea bass from the south jetty of the Columbia River 6-29-17

Stock assessments are critical to understand the status of the species. With so many species inter-dependent on each other and natural fluctuations by species, it would be impossible to keep up, especially as agencies are cutting funding. Recent history shows however, how successfully assessed and managed stocks of fish can recover even quicker than previous models have predicted. It’s a step in the right direction and a hard core result of proper fishery management paying dividends back to our coastal communities.

As commercial fishers bring more ingenuity to gear types, and sport anglers embrace the need and value for using decending devices, we’re only going to get better at harvesting the ocean without impact to the population. That’s a good thing as our population grows and an increased amount of pressure falls upon our ocean resources.

And speaking of ocean resources, have you noticed like I have, how expensive seafood is these days? I’m no marketing genius, but I can only speculate, as populations of commercially important species of fish continue to be depleted world-wide, our nation’s fishery resources will only become more valuable on the open market. Sure, this is a good thing for struggling commercial fishermen and our rural economies, but more and more of the general public will get shut out of this protein resource that we west coasters have come to value. We’ll save that for another blog post however…

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Oregon Fishing Report for July 7th

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the depressed steelhead run, metro area fishing is next to non-existent. That could change however, as department officials re-opened the fishery immediately. Here is the official press release, it goes back to a 2 fish/day bag limit. Although a little bit past peak passage at Bonneville, adult Chinook numbers remain consistently just below 1,900 fish/day. That is certainly enough fish to justify opportunity.

The Willamette River fishery at the head of the Channel, continues to produce fair to good results. Willamette and Clackamas bound fish are due to phase out, but mis-guided Columbia bound summer Chinook will likely remain in the catches for a while longer.

The Sandy River is inundated with rafters and swimmers, making it difficult to fish. Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) suggests targeting both salmon and steelhead in the upper reaches above Dodge Park.

The Clackamas River remains fair for steelhead and less than fair for spring Chinook. As we enter the summer doldrums, fish will be more challenging to entice, but the early bird will still get the worm.

Shad success in Oregon City is starting to taper, effort output is proving that true.

Northwest – Offshore salmon remains challenging out of most ports, but persistent anglers continue to find decent Chinook fishing both to the north and south of the Columbia River. Swift limits are NOT the rule however. Coho remain sparse.

The Tillamook spring Chinook fishery is largely over. Effort will remain focused on the river systems. Action will remain less than impressive with dropping and clearing flows, but again, early risers stand the best chance. The Trask, Nestucca, and Wilson Rivers in that order are your north coast options.

All north coast river systems should have cutthroat available. The better fishing is likely to be in the tidewater reaches however.

Ocean crabbing continues to improve, but softshell crab remain prevalent. Bay crabbing is fair at best in most estuaries.

All-depth halibut fishing has been good, but the quota hasn’t been updated since last weekend’s fishery. It’s likely to close when numbers come in.

Albacore catches remain mediocre. Experienced guys are saying we may a few more weeks before tuna are in range of the sport fleet.

Southwest – Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com tells us A few fall chinook salmon are starting to enter the lower Umpqua River. Boat anglers trolling herring along the South Jetty are having some success on the chinooks, but the best bite has been in the ocean for coho salmon.

Some of the less typical salmon catches last week would include Steve Godin and and his fishing partner who’s Friday catch of five salmon included four finclipped, keepable cohos.  The fishing for redtailed surfperch has been very good for the last ten days and there are plenty of fish in the spawning area, but the fish move around a lot and fishing success can vary greatly.

Quite often, when people rely on a single reporting source, the information given does not match up with the information that checking several sources would have provided.   Since trout plants stopped several weeks ago, trout fishing has been slow in most waters.

Shad fishing is starting to wind down on the Umpqua, but good catches are still being made. Chartreuse and hot pink remain the most productive colors.  Striped bass fishing on the Smith and Umpqua rivers appears to be very slow, but information has been hard to get.   Crabbing at Winchester Bay seems to be steadily improving with one guide offering short ocean crabbing trips with a two person minimum.

One fishery that seems to be largely ignored is for brown bullhead catfish which should be just coming off the spawn.   Bad news regarding the access to Horsfall Beach and Lake. It seems that being underwater for several months has degraded the road to the point where standing water is no longer the major factor in the road closure.

Eastern – Avid angler Tim Moran writes: “The heat is building and the Century Dr. Loop fisheries are cooling off and becoming early and late fisheries.  At Wickiup you can still get Kokanee by trolling in 30 to 40 feet of water with wedding rings and hoochies tipped with white corn and some anglers will find schools and jig them up.

Fall River was fishing good last week in the evenings with size 18 Adams and PMD’s.  Look for evening hatches through the summer here and match the hatch.

The Deschutes below Lava Lake is fishing good right now nymphing with Copper John’s, beaded  Hare’s Ear’s and  other small nymphs under and indicator.

Trout on Lake Simtustus are hitting wedding rings and hoochies tipped with a little worm and corn behind a flasher.  Reports are the fishing has been very good for trout from 10 to 14 inches.  Remember to pick up a reservation permit at the marina store before you hit the water.

Trout fishing has been very good on the upper McKenzie.  Fly fishing with small bead head nymphs and  hitting the occasional hatches of Mayflies have produced multiple fish days here.

On my favorite river, the John Day, the flow has dropped to about 850 CFS which is perfect for targeting bass in the seams and the slow water between the swifter currents.  This is the time of year when you can get a lot of fish on the surface in the slow on top water and in the seams with Wooly Buggers or small plastics and spinners.  We fished the area from Twikenham to Clarno last weekend and caught around 80 bass per person per day.  The fish will run smaller but they’re all fighters and my brother got the fish of the weekend, a 21 inch brute that was probably 41/2 lbs.  That’s a big Smallie anywhere!

SW Washington – The Cowlitz River remains the best option for salmon and steelhead with bank anglers targeting Chinook doing good by the hatchery and boaters finding summer steelhead above the I-5 Bridge.

With the reopener of the summer Chinook season, effort will obviously increase on the lower Columbia. Historically, both boaters and bank anglers are out in force targeting summer steelhead. With steelhead numbers clearly depressed, the focus will remain Chinook.

Most other fisheries remain quiet, but the Klickitat does have a few spring Chinook and fewer summer steelhead.

This and a lot more fishing information is available at our website.

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From the National Wildlife Federation

The Trump Administration has just taken the first of two steps to remove protections from waters that have been safeguarded by the Clean Water Act for more than 40 years. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has moved to repeal the widely-supported Clean Water Rule and replace it with a new rule that rolls back the Clean Water Act, threatening critical fish and wildlife habitat as well as the drinking water sources for 117 million Americans.

 

Take action TODAY by urging the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain a strong Clean Water Act for wildlife.

 

The 2015 Clean Water Rule restores Clean Water Act protections to small streams and wetlands that serve as fish and wildlife habitat and provide drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans. These waters are spawning habitat, trout streams, and nesting habitat for more than half of the waterfowl in North America. The Clean Water Rule is backed by science, extensive public input, and the law.

 

In contrast, the rushed plan to replace the Clean Water Rule with a new rule will provide little opportunity for the many clean water stakeholders and affected communities to voice their support for a strong Clean Water Act. It contradicts the law and science and ignores the robust public record in support of the 2015 Clean Water Rule.

 

The proposed rulemaking could mean the loss of Clean Water Act protections for nearly 60% of streams in the lower 48 states that do not flow year-round and could threaten protections for most of the 110 million acres of wetlands in the continental United States.

 

This would have devastating effects on fish and wildlife and outdoor recreation, not to mention the streams that help provide our drinking water.

 

Add your voice and take action now to tell the EPA that you support a strong federal Clean Water Act. Tell the EPA that you oppose any action to repeal the Clean Water Rule and efforts to diminish the common-sense protections that have safeguarded our nation’s waters for decades.

National Wildlife Federation’s Action page here!

 

Comment: [include docket number when available] Docket number is:

Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203

[ALSO: we want to code the alert so that it goes to members of Congress as well as Administrator Pruitt]

Dear Administrator Pruitt,

 

We all depend on clean water – for drinking, swimming, fishing, wildlife-watching, and our way of life. I oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule. I also oppose your plan to weaken common-sense safeguards that protect our water resources via a new rulemaking action. These rollbacks put the waters that we depend on at risk.

 

The widely-supported Clean Water Rule helps the Clean Water Act achieve its goals by clarifying which waters are protected by the Act. It better protects millions of acres of small streams and wetlands that serve as critical fish and wildlife habitat as well as provide the drinking water for 117 million Americans. The rule is guided by sound science, extensive and transparent public input, and the law.

 

The Administration’s plan to repeal the Clean Water Rule and replace it with a new rule that rolls back Clean Water Act protections will contradict the law and science that is the foundation for the Clean Water Act successes of the past four decades. It will also remove protections for millions of wetlands and stream miles across the United States – waters that filter pollution, help protect us from floods, provide essential fish and wildlife habitat, and support a robust outdoor recreation economy. We rely on these protections to safeguard our nation’s wildlife, drinking water, jobs, health, and outdoor economy.

 

Any proposal to revisit the 2015 Clean Water Rule should be based in the Act’s purpose, history, and text, and the best scientific evidence available about water bodies’ functions. Additionally, any rulemaking should be as inclusive of diverse stakeholder opinions as the Clean Water Rule and should be built on a scientific foundation that is as robust as the Clean Water Rule’s is.

 

I oppose this effort to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule and attack the safeguards that have protected our nation’s waters for decades. I urge the Administration to withdraw this proposal immediately. Any potential revision to the 2015 Clean Water Rule must help achieve the goals of the Clean Water Act, and must be based on a rulemaking process that is robust, inclusive, transparent, science-based, and legally sound.

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Oregon fishing reports for June 30th

Willamette Valley/Metro – The success of the lower Columbia for summer Chinook surprised everyone, causing an early closure for summer Chinook in the mainstem starting Saturday at 12:01 a.m. Most are frustrated and in disbelief that the quota went so quickly, but catch rates in the Longview to Tongue Point reach were good, as well as in the Bonneville area. Summer steelhead remains open, with a 1-fish bag limit for hatchery fish, and action is fair downstream of Longview, despite low passage at Bonneville Dam.

Willamette River anglers continue to impress at the head of the Multnomah Channel. Spinner trollers continue to find late-run springers and stray summer Chinook here, as well as down the Multnomah Channel. This action should begin to taper in the next 10 days however. All other reaches of the Willamette are slowing down, especially in the warming and dropping flows.

The Sandy River is starting to show its glacial colors and catches have slowed as a result. The upper reaches continue to be the best bet for early morning spinner casters, and anglers using larger sized baits in the colored waters. Warmer weather will exacerbate the problem.

The Clackamas is still putting out some summer steelhead and spring Chinook. With dropping flows however, fish will become more weary. It’s best to focus between McIver Park and Barton Park.

Northwest – With the offshore opener last weekend, hopes were high that salmon would be willing. For anglers out of Newport and Garibaldi, they were largely disappointed. Chinook were rare and coho even rarer. For Columbia River trollers heading north off of the Long Beach Peninsula, action has been good, limit good. That is for Chinook, coho in this area are also oddly scarce.

Spring Chinook in Tillamook Bay pulled another week of no-show. The season in Tillamook was officially sub-par, some would even say poor. It’s not likely to spark this late either. River anglers are struggling in the Trask, Nestucca and Wilson, especially with the onslaught of swimmers and dropping and warming flows.

Catch and release sturgeon fishing in the lower Columbia is epic.

Bottomfishing remains excellent and crabbing is picking up, but a large percentage of the Dungeness are softshelled.

There’s another all-depth halibut opener this weekend. Catches have been fair, but sporadic amongst the fleet.

Southwest – After a terrible week of Umpqua River pinkfin angling, the fishery rebounded bigtime over last weekend. Bass and panfish angling continues to be very good.

Umpqua River Shad fishing was very good last week including a few good catches made between Family Camp and Sawyers Rapids. Brownlee Reservoir and the Snake River in eastern Oregon have been fishing very well for channel catfish.

A possible lake record mackinaw was pulled out of Cultus Lake last week. The 36-pound fish was reportedly weighed on an accurate scale and is likely a lake record.

Beginning August 1st, Washington’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Reservoir will have a white sturgeon retention season. Daily limit 1 sturgeon. Annual limit 2 sturgeon.

I was surprised to learn that the oldest animal ever recorded was the “Ming clam” which was aged at 507 years. It was dredged off the coast of Iceland in 2006 and its age was calculated by researchers counting annual growth lines in its shell Ming was unfortunately killed by researchers when they opened its shell.

A lot of Oregonians are less than happy with the re-introduction of gray wolves into Oregon, but some states have it worse. Wisconsin. which allows bear hunting with dogs, paid out more than $120,000 in 2016 in livestock losses due to wolf predation – and approximately $100,000 for hunting dogs killed by wolves at $2,500 per dog.

The ODFW decided to use the first backup dates for all-depth halibut for the central Oregon coast subarea. 35,663 pounds or 23 percent of the quota remains and all-depth halibut fishing will continue on June 29th and 30th and July 1st.

The ocean fin-clipped coho season opened slowly and most of the fishing pressure was directed toward chinooks.

A few commercial tuna boats have reported good catches, but the fish seem to be too far offshore for sport anglers to reach.

Eastern

Crane Prairie – surface temps are approaching the mid 60’s and it’s getting the damsel flies going.  Fish for the big Crane-bows with slow sink lines and damsel nymphs.

Davis lake bass fishing should be red hot this week with the sustained nice weather.

The fishing on the Deschutes from Warm Springs to Maupin is still holding up.  Dry fly action in the evenings is best with mayfly and caddis patterns.

East lake fishing is good! Fly guys are doing well imitating the droves of callibaetis coming off the bottom.  Fish for them in every stage from nymph to emerger to spinner.

It’s late spring/early summer in central/eastern Oregon…pick a lake or river go fishing. Chances are you will do well where ever you go.  The dog days will be here soon enough!

SW Washington – June 26, 2017 Contributed by Joe Hymer at WDF&W

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – I-5 Bridge downstream – 30 bank rods had no catch. Above the I-5 Bridge: 97 boat rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook and 34 steelhead plus released 3 steelhead. 139 bank rods kept 29 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 2 steelhead plus released 1 adult spring Chinook.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 434 spring Chinook adults, 36 spring Chinook jacks and 50 summerrun steelhead adults in five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 129 spring Chinook adults and 20 spring Chinook jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 160 spring Chinook adults and nine spring Chinook jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood. In addition, Tacoma Power employees recycled 50 floy-tagged summer-run steelhead at the I-5 boat launch near Toledo.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 9,160 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, June 26. Water visibility is 8 feet and water temperature is 50.0 degrees F.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,253 salmonid anglers (273 boats) with 179 adult and 8 jack summer Chinook, 22 steelhead, and 15 sockeye. 108 (60%) of the adult summer Chinook, 20 (91%) of the steelhead, and 12 (80%) of the sockeye were kept.

Hanford Reach Summer Chinook & Sockeye Fishery – The summer chinook and sockeye fishery in the Tri-cities area opened June 16. WDFW staff interviewed 70 of the 308 boats fishing for salmon. An estimated 58 adult summer chinook, 4 chinook jacks, and 173 sockeye have been harvested and 35 wild adult chinook have been caught and released. Anglers are averaging a little less than a sockeye per boat (0.7), 20 hours per fish.

Chinook were harvested at one chinook per 4 boats, 29 hours per chinook. Angler effort and catch began to rise this past weekend. Sockeye fishing should improve as the counts over McNary Dam rise. River temperatures are still relatively cool at 62F at McNary Dam and 59.5F in the Hanford Reach.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – We sampled 21 sturgeon anglers (7 boats) with 9 legals released.

Shad

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 683 shad anglers (including 4 boats) with 6,158 shad kept and 134 released.

Walleye Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – 5 walleye anglers (3 boats) had no catch.

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