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Steelhead - 4:23 p.m. 1/2/2015
Any steelhead caught on the Lewis?

Bld - Vancouver,wA
None

Southwest Washington - 12:28 p.m. 12/31/2014
Southwest Washington
(Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties)

Fishing: Winter steelhead are still the name of the game for many anglers in the lower Columbia River Basin, although several other fisheries are beginning to compete for their attention. Starting Jan. 1, sturgeon retention is allowed seven days a week from Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam, and 45,000 freshly planted rainbow trout will be available this month in 14 lakes around the region.

The Cowlitz River is currently the best bet for steelhead, and several other area rivers are also producing fish, said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The Lewis, Kalama, Grays, Washougal, Elochoman rivers – and Salmon Creek in Clark County – can also make a steelheader’s day in January, he said.

“As usual, river conditions basically determine success at this time of year,” Hymer said. “Most anglers do best when water levels are rising or dropping. It’s a lot harder to catch steelhead in the peaks and troughs.”

The daily limit for steelhead on all area rivers is two marked, hatchery-reared fish. Any steelhead with an intact adipose fin must be released. Barbless hooks are required.

Anglers should also be aware that Dec. 31 is the last day to fish for steelhead in Mill Creek, a tributary of the Cowlitz River. It is also the last day to catch salmon in the Elochoman, Grays (including West Fork), Tilton and Washougal rivers, or on the mainstem Columbia from the I-5 Bridge upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco. The same is true for salmon fishing on Drano and Mayfield lakes.

Starting Jan. 1, anglers may retain up to two hatchery adult chinook salmon per day on the mainstem Columbia downstream from the I-5 Bridge, and in the lower Cowlitz River and Deep River. On the Lewis and Kalama rivers, the daily limit is one hatchery adult chinook per day.

Although the popular spring chinook run isn’t expected to begin in earnest until March, some often start catching early-arriving fish by late January or early February.

“It’s good to keep the chinook regulations in mind, even if you’re fishing for steelhead,” Hymer said. “Somebody has to catch the first springer of the year, and it could be you.”

Fishery managers recently released preliminary forecasts of Columbia River salmon returns for 2015, predicting an upriver run of 232,500 adult spring chinook. If that prediction is correct, the coming year’s springer returns will be similar to those in 2014, and the 6th largest since 1979.

As for summer chinook, the forecast of 73,000 fish is also virtually the same as last year’s actual return. However, the projected return of 394,000 sockeye salmon in 2015 is just over half of last year’s record run of 645,100 fish.

Rather catch sturgeon? Starting Jan. 1, retention fishing for white sturgeon opens seven days a week in the Bonneville Pool and its tributaries. Anglers can retain one white sturgeon measuring 38 inches to 54 inches long (fork length) per day. State fishery managers anticipate re-opening Bonneville Pool for a summer retention season during June 2015.

Anglers should be aware that a sturgeon research program may still be ongoing in Bonneville Pool in early January. Tribal fishers will be deploying gillnets in designated areas to collect and tag white sturgeon for multi-agency stock assessment work.

Anglers can also retain sturgeon starting Jan. 1 from The Dalles Dam upriver to McNary Dam, including adjoining tributaries. The daily catch limit is one white sturgeon measuring 43 inches to 54 inches (fork length) until harvest guidelines are reached.

Sturgeon fishing remains closed below Bonneville Dam, but catch-and-release fishing is open there and in areas open to retention fishing.

Another option is to head for a local lake and catch some trout. From December through January, WDFW expects to plant near 45,000 catchable sized rainbows in 14 lakes and reservoirs around the region. Those trout were raised at state hatcheries in Goldendale and Vancouver with the intent of providing winter fishing opportunities in the southwest region, said John Weinheimer, WDFW District 9 Fish Biologist.

“We want to give area anglers a chance to get outdoors in the wintertime and catch some fish,” Weinheimer said. “All of these waters can be fished from shore, so you don’t need a boat and a lot of gear to get in on the action.” He suggests fishing mid-day, when the water warms up, the light is good, and the fish are on the bite.

Weather and road conditions allowing, WDFW plans to stock catchable-size rainbows in Fort Borst Park Pond (1,500) in Lewis County and Silver Lake (3,000), Sacajawea Lake (2,500), Horseshoe Lake (2,400) and Kress Lake (2,000) in Cowlitz County.

Lakes receiving catchable-size trout are Battleground Lake (8,500), Klineline Pond (8,500), and Lacamas Lake (8000) in Clark County; Icehouse Lake (1,000), Little Ash Lake (1,000), and Kidney Lake (1000) in Skamania County; and Rowland Lake (3,000), Spearfish Lake (2,000) and Maryhill Pond (500) in Klickitat County.

Weinheimer notes that some area lakes also have good numbers of triploid rainbows averaging 1.25 pounds each left over from the Black Friday opener in late November. Good bets include Fort Borst Park Pond, South Lewis County Park Pond, Kress Lake, Battleground Lake, Klineline Pond and Rowland La

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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East Fork on Tuesday - 11:02 p.m. 12/31/2014
Went into Lewisville Tuesday afternoon
and fished near first lot to the right.
Water a little fast still and some
submerged branches/snags at that
spot. Fished two rods, side drift setup
on one and float setup on other
switching both up with eggs and
sandshrimp. Went below rapids to nicer
hole with with better bottom feel and
hooked one appx 8lb steelhead in lower
end of run. Very likely a hatchery. Not a
ton of fight in him, but enough that
when I swam him up in the shallows (8")
he threw the hook :-(. Water clarity
looking good. Got him bottom drifting
eggs at tail end of my drift. Going out
tomorrow morn to fish early hours. The
river has fish, but if you know this river,
only the people who put in the time and
fish it well will be successful. Tight lines.

Casey - Vancouver, WA
caseybradstreet@yahoo.com

Cougar hunting seasons to close Jan. 2 - 10:59 a.m. 12/26/2014
Cougar hunting seasons to close Jan. 2
in several areas of the state

OLYMPIA - Cougar hunting seasons will close in several areas of the state at dusk on Jan. 2 now that harvest guidelines for the animals have been reached in those areas, according to an announcement by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Of the state's 49 cougar hunt areas, four will close Jan. 2, including Game Management Units (GMUs) 105, 121, 145, 166, 175, 178, 574, 578, and 667.

Those GMUs are located in portions of Stevens, Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Thurston, Lewis, Klickitat, and Skamania counties.

This is the third year the department has managed cougar hunts under a plan approved by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2012, said Dave Ware, WDFW Game Division manager.

That plan establishes harvest guidelines for specific areas of the state, based on cougar populations in those areas, Ware said. Under the plan, WDFW can close areas where the cougar harvest meets or exceeds guidelines, while continuing to allow for hunting opportunities elsewhere.

"The goal is to preserve a variety of cougar age classes - particularly older animals - in numerous areas throughout the state," Ware said. "Those older cougar tend to be more effective at maintaining sustainable populations."

Last year, hunters harvested 182 cougars statewide, up from 156 in 2012, 145 in 2011, and 108 in 2010. Ware said the number of cougars harvested this season is expected to be similar to last year.

Ware reminds hunters that additional cougar hunt areas may close before the late season ends March 31. Before going afield, hunters should check WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/cougar/ or call the cougar hunting hotline (1-866-364-4868) to check which areas of the state remain open.

Any additional closures will be posted on the website and hotline, both of which will be updated weekly.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Sport clam season opens early at Dosewallips State Park - 10:55 a.m. 12/23/2014
Sport clam season opens early at Dosewallips State Park

Action: The sport clam fishing season will open on Jan. 1, 2015.

Effective date: Dosewallips State Park: Jan.1, 2015 until further notice.

Species affected: All clams.

Location: Dosewallips State Park. This beach is located in Jefferson County on Hood Canal.

Reason for action: Surveys indicate that the clam population on this beach has greatly increased and can support a year-round season in 2015.

Information contact: Camille Speck, WDFW Port Townsend Field Office, (360) 302-3030, ext. 313.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.


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Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Jan @ fen is best - 12:05 p.m. 12/19/2014
Steelies start trickling in December but
January and February is best . I haven't been
up in a while how is the clarity?

Bld - Vancouver wa

Sea lions eat sturgeon - 12:26 p.m. 12/11/2014
Fishermen are not the only ones harvesting lower Columbia sturgeon.

Steller sea lions in the past decade have become a substantial threat, particularly in the 10 miles immediately downstream of Bonneville Dam.

Predation on sturgeon by sea lions happens elsewhere, too.

In 2009, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife estimated the total annual predation on sturgeon in the entire lower Columbia and lower Willamette rivers at 6,700.

The estimate increased to 10,600 sturgeon by 2014.

The loss of adult fish reduces the productivity of the population, while the loss of juveniles may be reducing the number of sublegal (smaller than 38 inches) sturgeon.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Sturgeon - 12:19 p.m. 12/11/2014
State biologists estimate the population of legal-size sturgeon in the lower Columbia River increased 5 percent in 2014, the first year of a total ban on retention by sport and commercial fishermen.

Brad James of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife told the bistate Columbia River Recreational Advisor Group last week the population between the coast and Bonneville Dam is estimated to have been 130,990 in January 2014 and will be 138,200 in January of 2015.

Legal-size sturgeon are fish between 38 inches and 54 inches, measured from the tip of the snout to the fork in the tail.

Members of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission will be briefed on Columbia River sturgeon on Saturday in Tumwater. Several members of the sport-fishing advisory group asked for resumption of at least a small sturgeon retention season in 2015.

James said those comments will be relayed to the eight-member commission to see if the policy-setting panel has an interest in adopting a harvest season.

The legal-size population is about at the number it was a decade ago, when Washington and Oregon allowed annual harvests in the range of 40,000 sturgeon, he said.

Sportsmen in 2013 harvested 6,501 sturgeon, 7 percent above their guideline. Commercial fishermen in the lower Columbia and off-channel areas harvested 2,012 sturgeon, nine fish shy of their guideline of 2,021.

Butch Smith, an Ilwaco charter boat operator, said the retention fishery in the Columbia River estuary is very important to the coastal economy.

He suggested a season with an 8 percent to 10 percent harvest rate, which would be about 11,000 to 14,000 sturgeon.

Columbia sturgeon move to places such as Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor, Puget Sound and Tillamook Bay. Smith said resumption of sturgeon retention in those areas should be delayed until 2016 to be cautious.

Smelt have returned to the Columbia River and catch-and-release sturgeon angling in the estuary was excellent last summer, he said.

“People were begging to go home by 10 o’clock because they’d caught so many fish,’’ Smith said. “If we were keeping fish, we’d have limited out by 7:30 a.m.’’

Steve Watrous of Vancouver also said the estuary catch-and-release season was good.

“I couldn’t keep all four rods in the water,’’ he said.

Robert Moxley of Dundee, Ore., called for at least “a sliver of retention opportunity.’’

Some catch-and-keep fishing is needed to maintain interest in sturgeon, he added.

The states estimate there were 2,600 catch-and-release trips in 2014, down from 39,000 trips in 2013. By contrast, there were 134,000 angler trips in 2009.

“It matches what we typically see when retention fisheries close,’’ James said. “The drop off is 90 to 95 percent.’’

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Hatchery steelhead limit increase on the Cascade River - 5:15 p.m. 12/10/2014
Hatchery steelhead limit increase on the Cascade River

Action: Increase hatchery steelhead daily limit to three fish on part of the Cascade River.

Effective dates: Dec 16, 2014 through Feb 15, 2015.

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead

Location: The Cascade River from the Rockport-Cascade Road downstream to the mouth.

Reasons for action: The Marblemount Hatchery will not be taking broodstock in the 2014-15 season, therefore all hatchery steelhead returning are harvestable. Increasing the steelhead daily limit in the Cascade River will provide additional angling opportunity.

Other information: All other rules remain in effect. Please see rules as listed in the 2014-15 sport fishing pamphlet.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull, 360-466-4345 ext. 270; barkdbcb@dfw.wa.gov

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Meeting to set sturgeon and chnook season. - 8:48 a.m. 12/10/2014
Washington and Oregon will meet by teleconference at 10 a.m. Dec. 18 to consider sturgeon retention angling in the Bonneville pool of the Columbia River in 2015.

In recent years, the states have adopted a split season, with fishing in January and February, then a closure, followed by a couple of weekends of retention in mid-June.

Catches generally are best in the lower end of the reservoir in winter and improve in The Dalles area during the summer.

A joint state hearing also is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Clark Regional Wastewater District Office, 8000 52nd Court, to adopt the lower Columbia spring chinook season.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

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