about filling quotas at hatcheries, Washington closed the Cowlitz, North Fork
of the Toutle and Green rivers to retention of fall chinook salmon this week.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the rivers October 3, saying
that the closures are to ensure that enough fall chinook return to those rivers
to support hatchery production this coming year.
Cowlitz River flows into the Columbia River near Longview Washington. The North
Fork of the Toutle River is a tributary of the Cowlitz River and the Green
River is the North Fork’s largest tributary. All are in southwest Washington.
Cowlitz River will remain open to retention of other sport fish, such as coho,
summer steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout. Anglers will be required to
return to the rivers any chinook caught while fishing.
was a tough decision for fishery managers, but we can't ignore the lagging
chinook returns," said Dan Rawding, acting WDFW regional fish manager.
"We have to think about producing fish for next year too."
to the pre-season forecast, 3,900 hatchery fall chinook were expected to cross
Barrier Dam on the Cowlitz River this year, with a goal of collecting 1,900
fish for hatchery broodstock. So far, only 700 chinook have returned to the
river, and Rawding said fish managers are now hoping to get 1,400 back to the
the Green River, only 400 chinook have been collected this year out of an
expected return of 1,000 hatchery fish. The broodstock goal is 800 fish at the
hatchery, which produces chinook returning to the Green and North Toutle
other large Columbia River tributaries – the Kalama and the Washougal – will
remain open to fishing for chinook salmon. Both rivers are downstream of
Bonneville Dam. There, too, chinook returns are lower than expected, but
fishery managers still expect to meet hatchery broodstock goals on those
rivers, Rawding said.
said WDFW will continue to monitor salmon returns in area rivers, and will
consider reopening rivers to chinook fishing if returns improve in the coming
of upriver fall chinook at Bonneville Dam is nearly complete with passage as of
October 4 standing at 297,149 adults and 35,089 jacks. Last year on the same
date, passage was 426,043 adults and 51,722 jacks. The 10-year average is 492,322
adults and 80,285 jacks (www.fpc.org).
its meeting last week, the U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee updated
its fall chinook forecast and is now predicting that 487,000 fall chinook will
enter the Columbia River mouth, down from the previous week’s forecast of
new forecast is 79 percent of the preseason forecast of 613,800 fish (which was
96 percent of 2016’s actual return of 642,400 fish and 84 percent of the
2007-2016 average return of 727,600 fish).
said that passage of bright stocks is tracking consistent with pre-season
expectations and so it maintained the pre-season expectation for these stocks.
However, it downgraded the Bonneville Pool Hatchery tule run based on reduced
lower river harvest estimates. The current fall chinook forecast of 487,000
fish includes 275,200 upriver brights and 39,700 Bonneville pool hatchery, also
information about Washington rule changes can be found on WDFW's website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.
September 29, 2017, “Treaty Fishing Gets Another Week; B-Run Steelhead
Downgraded To 6,500 Fish, 1,000 Wild,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/439638.aspx