does appear that the fall chinook returns are slowly beginning to grow.
total of 23,401 fall chinook have been counted at Bonneville Dam through
Tuesday with daily counts from 966 fish on Saturday to 4,455 on Monday, but
trending downward -- 2,570 on Tuesday,
1,775 Wednesday and 1,076 Thursday.
annual count through Aug. 21 is nearly 18,000 behind last year’s count through
that date but above the recent 10-year average of 18,406. Bonneville is 146
river miles upstream from the river mouth at the Pacific Ocean.
total 2013 Columbia River fall chinook adult return of 1,268,400 adults was 227
percent of the 2003-2012 average of 557,600 adults and 187 percent of the
forecasted return. Individual stock components were within 120 percent to 300 percent
2013 fall chinook return was the largest in recent history to at least 1938,
the year Bonneville Dam’s construction was complete. Passage last year at
Bonneville totaled nearly 953,000 adults, with a peak daily count of 63,900 adult
forecast for the 2014 fall chinook adult return to the Columbia River totals
1,510,600 fish which would be another record-breaking return. The 2014 forecast
is 119 percent of the 2013 actual return (1,268,400) and 254 percent of the
2004-2013 average return (595,200).
summer A and B steelhead counts at Bonneville from July 1 through Aug. 19
totaled 168,892. The preseason expectation was for a total count of 272,400 by
season’s end. Daily counts over the week ending Aug. 19 ranged from 2,665 to
to ODFW, ocean salmon fishing off the Columbia River has been hot with better
than 1.5 salmon per angler last week.
fishing is picking up near the river mouth in the Buoy 10 fishery. The WDFW
best check of the fall chinook season so far was last Saturday with just over a
fish caught per boat. Coho catches are beginning to increase again.
at Buoy 10 is heavy with over 1.5-hours waits to launch a boat, according to
WDFW. The state agency notes that effective Aug. 30-Sept. 1, all chinook
harvested at Buoy 10 must be adipose or left ventral fin clipped.
Sept. 2, all chinook must be released and the hatchery coho daily limit
increased to 3 fish.
the lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam, summer run steelhead remain the
dominant sport catch, though increasing numbers of fall chinook are being
caught, WDFW says. In addition, a couple of adult coho were found in the
week WDFW on the lower Columbia sampled 1,862 salmonid anglers (including 340
boats) with 62 adult and 6 jack fall chinook, 542 steelhead, and two adult
of the adult chinook and 291 (54 percent) of the steelhead were kept. Both of
the adult coho were wild and were released.
the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers are catching some summer run steelhead and a
few fall chinook. Most of the effort last Sunday was found at the mouth of the
White Salmon River (18 boats).
on the mid-Columbia’s Hanford Reach, an estimated 87 boats fished for salmon in
the Hanford Reach (Hwy 395 and Priest Rapids Dam) this past week. WDFW staff
interviewed five boats (11anglers:46 pole hours) fishing for salmon with seven
chinook. Staff also interviewed 17 bank anglers at Ringold with no catch
lower river, non-Indian commercial catch is also on the rise. The fleet caught
1,580 fall chinook during three nine-hour fisheries last week; they caught
2,724 in the first of three-hour fisheries that were scheduled last week.
fishers from the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama tribes are
taking to the Columbia River for the fall commercial fishing season while the
anticipated record-breaking fall chinook return is heading up the Columbia.
first of five tribal commercial gillnet openings started Monday. Fisheries will
also take place in each of the next four weeks. Salmon, steelhead, shad, yellow
perch, bass, walleye, catfish, and carp may be sold or retained for subsistence
fishers could harvest as many as 240,000 fall chinook during these first five
openings. A harvest of that size equates to approximately 3.5 million pounds of
public is allowed to purchase salmon, steelhead, and coho directly from Indian
fishers. Sales to the public should last into October with peak abundance from
just before Labor Day through mid-September. The majority of the tribal harvest
is sold to wholesale fish dealers and can be found in stores and restaurants
around the Northwest.
managers are predicting a record return of 61,000 Snake River fall chinook will
be included in the 2014 run.