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Wind River and Drano Lake - 6:10 a.m. 3/13/2014
Spring chinook fishing will open Sunday at Wind River and Drano Lake in the Columbia River Gorge.|
With only one spring chinook counted at Bonneville Dam so far, the early-season catch is expected to be minimal.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is predicting 8,500 spring chinook will enter the Columbia destined for Wind River, 13,100 for Drano Lake and 2,500 to the Klickitat River.
Those numbers compare to a weak run in 2013 of 3,600 to Wind River and a mediocre 7,300 to Drano Lake, a large backwater of the Columbia River at the mouth of the Little White Salmon River.
The Klickitat River last year got almost 1,800 spring chinook, a typical number.
Wind River will be open from the boundary line marked by white buoys at the mouth to the BNSF railroad bridge from Sunday through July 31.
Anglers with a two-pole endorsement may fish with two rods for salmon and steelhead May 1 through June 30.
Waters between the BNSF railroad bridge and upstream to 400 feet downstream of Shipherd Falls will be open April 1 through July 31.
Waters from 100 feet upstream of Shipherd Falls to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery (except closed from 400 feet below to 100 feet above the coffer dam) will be open May 1 through June 30.
Wild chinook must be released downstream from Shipherd Falls. Minimum-size limits are 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead.
The daily bag limit will be two chinook or two hatchery steelhead or one of each.
Drano Lake will be open Sunday through July 31. The daily bag limit will be two hatchery chinook or steelhead, or one of each.
Regulations for the Klickitat River have not been announced yet. A decision is pending on allowing two rods for a portion of the Drano Lake season.
Carson National Fish Hatchery on the upper Wind River needs about 1,500 spring chinook for spawning. Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery, just upstream of Drano Lake, needs 1,000 and Klickitat Hatchery needs 500.
The mouth of Wind River and Drano Lake are extremely popular once the chinook arrive about the third to fourth week of April.
The run has been late the past few years and moved quickly through the fishing area rather than lingering for sportsmen.
The lower Columbia is closed at that time, leaving local chinook anglers a choice between Oregon’s Willamette River or the tributaries in the Columbia Gorge.
Boaters jam the mouth of Wind River and Drano Lake in April and May.
They troll with plugs, spinners, prawns and herring, often fighting the strong west winds, in a typically productive fishery.
- Woodland, WA
Spring Chinook Fishing Derby - 5:37 p.m. 3/12/2014
Harpers Tackle & Outdoor is |
sponsoring a fishing contest! Stop
by during normal business hours (Mon
- Sat 6am to 6pm and Sun 6am to 2pm)
with your freshly caught, gutted and
gilled spring chinook.
Heaviest fish wins an Okuma fishing
rod. 2nd and 3rd place win great
Questions? Call 360-841-8292.
Fishermen must be licensed.
Wind River will open for hatchery chinook, - 4:47 p.m. 3/10/2014
Wind River will open for hatchery chinook, |
with protective measures for wild steelhead
Action: The daily catch limit will be 2 chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or one of each at various times and locations on the Wind River.
Wind River from the mouth (boundary line markers) upstream to the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge: Open March 16 through July 31. Anglers with a two-pole endorsement may fish with two poles for salmon and steelhead May 1 through June 30.
Wind River from Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls: Open April 1 through July 31;
Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery (except closed waters from 400 feet below to 100 feet above coffer dam): Open May 1 through June 30.
Species affected: Chinook and steelhead
Other information: Release wild chinook downstream from Shipherd Falls. Release all trout other than hatchery steelhead. Minimum size 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead.
When fishing for sturgeon or other species, only one pole per angler may be used.
The area from the railroad bridge upstream to Shipherd Falls will be closed to all fishing from March 16-31 to protect wild steelhead when salmon abundance is low.
Reason for action: The 2014 Wind River spring chinook returns are expected to be slightly higher than the recent 5 year average and more than twice last year's actual return. Surplus hatchery origin fish are available for harvest.
- Woodland, WA
Smelt - 9:57 p.m. 3/9/2014
Largest run in my 37yrs of living on |
the Cowlitz, no birds or Sealions! They
are so thick they don't have to come up
here to feast!
Smelt and Sealions. - 12:42 p.m. 3/9/2014
I counted about 30 sea lions in the North Fork Lewis. People are stopping on Lewis River Road to take pictures of them. That is across from Don's Doughnuts. The smelt are still running strong too. At least three sea lions were spotted up by the Lewis River Bed & Breakfast.
- Woodland, WA
WDFW plans additional razor clam digs at - 1:58 p.m. 3/6/2014
WDFW plans additional razor clam digs at |
Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers will have a few more beaches to consider in late March and April, following a decision today by state shellfish managers to add digs to a list of dates previously announced.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is planning new digs at Long Beach in March and at Copalis and Mocrocks in April, based on recently updated harvest estimates showing a sufficient number of clams in those areas to support additional openings.
"After last weekend's opener, we still have ample clams to provide additional digging opportunities for those beaches," said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager.
Final approval on upcoming digs will be announced after marine-toxin test results confirm the clams are safe to eat.
The first added digging opportunity will be at Long Beach on March 31, which is also the last day that a 2013-14 fishing license is valid. Beginning April 1, diggers age 15 or older must have a 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams.
Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
The department also scheduled additional digs at Mocrocks and Copalis beaches in mid-April.
"Openings in late April and May will be announced after we evaluate harvest levels again next month," Ayres said.
Proposed digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides (newly added digs are in bold ):
March 26, Wednesday, 3:52 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
March 27, Thursday, 4:48 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
March 28, Friday, 5:38 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
March 29, Saturday, 6:23 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Seasonal switch to morning tides
March 30, Sunday, 6:53 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
March 31, Monday, 7:39 a.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
A 2014 license is required for the following digs:
April 1, Tuesday, 8:22 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 2, Wednesday, 9:05 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 3, Thursday, 9:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 14, Monday, 6:46 a.m.; +0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
April 15, Tuesday, 7:24 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 16, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 17, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 18, Friday, 9:26 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
April 19, Saturday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
April 20, Sunday, 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon beginning March 30 with the seasonal switch to morning tides.
- Woodland, WA
New State Fishing Record: Walleye (Sander vitrius) - 4:41 p.m. 3/5/2014
New State Fishing Record: Walleye (Sander vitrius) |
Caught by John Grubenhoff of Pasco, WA, in Lake Wallula (Columbia River), Benton County, on Feb. 28, 2014
Weight: 20.32 lbs
Total Length: 35.50 inches (90 cm)
Girth: 22.75 inches (57.5 cm)
Fishing method/gear: Trolling in 22 feet of water upstream along a current break at 0.8 mph and using a Rapala® J-13 lure 6 feet behind a 2 oz. "bottom walker" weight.
Conditions: Sunny, but with a cold front coming in the next day. Water temperature: 37.2 degrees; air temperature: upper 40s.
Species description: Walleye are extremely popular sport fish everywhere they occur, and are known for their exquisite flavor. They are native to the Midwest United States and were first identified in Washington about 1960 in Banks Lake. They have since spread throughout the Columbia Basin and the Columbia River from Lake Roosevelt, downstream to near Longview. Washington is known nationwide for its walleye fishing.
Previous record: Taken Feb. 5, 2007 in Lake Wallula (Columbia River) by Mike Hepper of Richland, WA
Weight: 19.3 lbs
Total Length: 33.7 inches
Girth: 22.2 inches
- Woodland, WA
Southwest Washington - 10:51 a.m. 3/2/2014
(Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties)
Fishing: Steelhead fishing is heating up on the Cowlitz and Kalama rivers, kokanee are biting at Merwin Reservoir, and five area lakes are set to receive thousands of rainbow trout this month. White sturgeon are also available for harvest through March 9 in the Bonneville Pool, and until further notice in The Dalles and John Day pools.
But the main attraction this month is the spring chinook fishery in the lower Columbia River, the first major salmon fishery of 2014. Anglers caught a few early arrivals in February, but the real action begins later this month.
Based on pre-season projections, 308,000 adult “springers” are expected to return to the big river this year, including 227,000 upriver fish bound for rivers and streams above Bonneville Dam. That compares favorably to last year’s total return of just 123,100 upriver fish.
“All signs point to a great season this year,” said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “The run forecast is well above average, and the rivers are dropping back into shape after the heavy rain in late February.”
Initial seasons set by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon are as follows:
•Below Bonneville Dam: Open from March 1 through April 7 to boat and bank fishing from Buoy 10 upstream to Beacon Rock. Bank fishing will also be allowed from Beacon Rock upriver to the fishing boundary just below the dam. The sport fishery will be closed Tuesday, March 25 and Tuesday, April 1 to allow for potential commercial fisheries. The adult daily catch limit will be two adipose fin-clipped salmon or steelhead in combination, of which no more than one may be a chinook.
•Above Bonneville Dam: Open daily from March 16 through May 9 to boat and bank anglers between the Tower Island power lines and the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles above McNary Dam. Bank anglers can also fish from Bonneville Dam upriver to the Tower Island powerlines during that time. As in the area below the dam, the daily catch limit will be two adipose fin-clipped adult salmon or steelhead in combination, of which no more than one may be a chinook.
Barbless hooks are required in both areas, and anglers must release any salmon or steelhead not visibly marked as a hatchery fish by a clipped adipose fin.
Under this year’s initial catch guidelines, anglers fishing below the dam will be allowed to catch up to 12,400 spring chinook before an updated run forecast is released in late April or early May. Another 1,325 adult upriver chinook will be reserved for anglers fishing between Bonneville Dam and the Washington/Oregon state line.
To guard against overestimating this year’s run, the states will again manage the fisheries with a 30 percent buffer until the forecast is updated with information about actual returns.
The Cowlitz River is currently open salmon fishing, with a daily catch limit of two adult hatchery chinook. However, the following rules are in place on other tributaries to the lower Columbia River:
•Until further notice, release all chinook on the Kalama River from the mouth upstream to the upper hatchery (Kalama Falls Hatchery).
•Until further notice, release all chinook on the mainstem Lewis River upriver to the mouth of the East Fork.
•Until further notice, release all chinook on the North Fork Lewis River from the mouth of the East Fork upstream to Merwin Dam.
•The North Fork Lewis River is closed to all fishing from Johnson Creek – located downstream from the Lewis River Salmon Hatchery – upstream to Merwin Dam through May 31.
In addition, anglers should be aware that March 15 is the last day to fish for steelhead on Abernathy, Cedar (Clark Co.), Germany, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Rock (Skamania Co.), and Salmon (Clark Co.) creeks and on the Coweeman, Elochoman, Grays, East Fork Lewis, South Fork Toutle, and Washougal rivers. Barbless hooks are required in all Washington Columbia River tributaries.
Meanwhile, thousands of catchable trout will be planted this month in Clark County lakes, including Klineline Pond, Battleground Lake and Lacamas Lake. Two lakes in Cowlitz County – Sacajawea and Silver Lake – will also receive plants of rainbow trout.
- Woodland, WA
Thanks Noel - 7:04 a.m. 2/27/2014
Just wanted to share my deepest |
gratitude to Noel and all folks
posting here over the last 4 years
I've been in BG and on the GP. I no
doubt learned a lot faster where to
test my luck with best success.
I've seen Noel at many community
meetings volunteering in different
capacities, and know the huge value if
a community forum of this sort.
So a fond farewell to you all as I
begin a new adventure on the Malheur.
Many blessings and tight lines to you
The only advice I'd offer: Pick up
- battle ground
http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/ - 4:43 p.m. 1/31/2014
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