commercial gillnetting in the Columbia River targeting fall chinook was
extended a week in water upstream of Bonneville Dam during a meeting of the
two-state Columbia River Compact. The additional four and one-half days of
tribal fishing begin 6 am Monday, September 11 and ends 6 pm Friday, September
15. The Compact met Wednesday, September 6.
fall chinook fishing continues throughout the entire river from Buoy 10 to the
upper Columbia River. Meanwhile, recreational steelhead fishing has been
reduced to catch and release only in the mainstem Columbia and Snake rivers,
while one hatchery steelhead is allowed in some tributaries.
CBB, September 1, 2017, “Record Low Steelhead Run Spurs Closures, Reduced Bag
Limits; Return Only 30 Percent Of Average,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/439509.aspx)
addition, NOAA Fisheries and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife closed
the non-selective coho fishery offshore as of 11:59 pm last night, Thursday,
September 7, from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain. In a news release, ODFW said
the quota was projected to be reached as of yesterday.
were good ocean conditions for the first few days of the season and good catch
rates for coho,” said Chris Kern, ODFW deputy fish division administrator.
for chinook salmon in the ocean remains open. Sign up for email or a text
alerts at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/salmon/
the Columbia River, some 62,206 adult fall chinook have passed over Bonneville
Dam as of September 3 (the Eagle Creek Fire near the dam has prevented counting
fish since that date). In addition, 9,202 fall chinook jacks have passed. The
10-year average for the date is 147,802 adults and 20,904 jacks, while last
year’s tally was 168,910 adults and 21,015 jacks.
to the Tribal Staff Report Fall Fact Sheet No. 3 (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/OSCRP/CRM/fact_sheets.asp), both fall chinook
upriver bright and tule runs are tracking behind expectations for a normally
timed run, but a late timed run may be closer to the forecast run size. TAC
expects to update the chinook run size on September 11.
this fall season, treaty tribes in the Columbia project that by this evening,
September 8, they will have caught 33,100 adult fall chinook, of which 9,800
are upriver brights. By the end of the week’s extension, they project an
additional catch of 52,600 adults with 16,000 upriver brights, bringing the
total catch through September 15 to 100,250 adults (34,517 brights). The tribes
are allowed to catch 82,563 upriver brights, leaving 48,046 remaining in their
allowed harvest based on the latest run size.
2017 forecast for fall chinook in the Columbia River is 613,800 fish, about 96
percent of 2016’s actual return of 642,400 fish and 84 percent of the 2007-2016
average return of 727,600 fish. Bonneville Dam passage is expected to total
nearly 403,600 upriver fall chinook for the season.
at the dam is typically 50 percent complete by September 9, the Fact Sheet
addition, tribes project a steelhead catch by September 15 of 3,716 fish, with
380 of those being the larger B-run fish, many of which are destined for the
Snake River. Tribes are allowed to take 949 B-run steelhead, leaving 569 B-run
fish remaining in their allowed harvest based on the latest run size forecast.
U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee, which forecasts run sizes,
downgraded expectations for the A-run fish from its pre-season forecast of
122,100 fish to 54,000 A-run summer steelhead (33,000 hatchery fish and 21,000
wild fish). TAC did not review the B-run forecast at its August 14 meeting.
summer steelhead pass Bonneville Dam from April through October. Fish passing
during July through October are categorized as A-Index or B-Index (also known
as A-run or B-run) based on fork length. A-Index are less than 78 cm (about 31
inches) and B-Index are typically more than 78 cm. Passage during July is
mainly A-Index fish; B-Index passage normally begins around the end of August.
B-Index steelhead primarily return to Snake River tributaries in Idaho, while
A-Index steelhead return to tributaries throughout the Columbia and Snake
basins, according to Compact information.
forecast for the combined A/B-Index steelhead return to Bonneville Dam is
119,400 fish, including 41,500 unclipped (34,100 wild) fish. The A-Index
forecast is 54 percent and the B-Index forecast is 25 percent of their
respective 5-year averages.
on expected catches through September 15, the treaty fishery would be within
its allowed limits for run sizes as low as 150,000 upriver brights and 2,900
B-run steelhead, the fact sheet says.
tribes project a catch through September 15 of 16 coho salmon. Some 3,119 coho
adults have passed the dam as of September 3, along with 482 jack coho. The
10-year average is 16,044 adults and 1,144 jacks. Last year on the same date,
4,227 adults and 824 jacks had passed the dam. There is no limit on the coho
the September 6 Compact Action Notice at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/OSCRP/CRM/action_notes.asp
Sport Fishing Regulations are at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/reg_changes/index.asp
about Washington rule changes can be found at WDFW's website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/
August 25, 2017, “Fall Commercial Fishing Begins On Columbia, Low Steelhead
Numbers Prompts Idaho To Suspend Retention,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/439475.aspx
July 28, 2017, “Fall Fishing Opens To Lower Than Usual Chinook Returns; Season
Includes Rolling Steelhead Closure,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/439345.aspx
July 21, 2017, “Summer Chinook, Sockeye Runs Downgraded; Treaty Commercial
Fishery Extended,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/439313.aspx
July 14, 2017, “Harvest Managers Approve More Tribal Fishing, Concerns
Expressed Over Low Sockeye, Summer Steelhead,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/439267.aspx
July 7, 2017, “Summer Chinook Fishing Resumes Below Bonneville, Wild Summer
Steelhead Passage To Date Very Low,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/439220.aspx