Larger than expected counts of sockeye salmon could mean that anglers will get a chance to catch those fish in the Columbia River this summer.
A meeting among Washington and Oregon fishery managers Thursday will determine if a sockeye salmon sport fishery will be held on the Columbia.
“We’re going to recommend, I think, re-opening sockeye,” said Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
That move could take place because sockeye salmon are passing Bonneville Dam at numbers much higher than projected. A preseason forecast for the 2010 run was 125,200, but LeFleur said she’s figuring that prediction could double based on recent counts.
On Sunday, 25,011 sockeye salmon were counted at Bonneville – the second-highest daily count since at least 1938, state fish biologist Joe Hymer said.
Mineral: The bite is returning with the warmer weather, said Jared Collman of Mineral Lake Resort. Boat angler Ronald Brown of Kenmore caught an 8-pound, 10-ounce rainbow trout Sunday night using rainbow-colored Power Bait eggs and a worm. Dock angler Tokuji Nakamura landed a trout more than 4 pounds with a worm and bobber Monday night. Most anglers are using Power Bait eggs in lemon lime or yellow colors for rainbow trout and worms off the bottom for German brown trout.
Mayfield: Trout anglers are starting to find success trolling Wedding Ring lures tipped with worms or cocktail shrimp, said a staffer at Fish Country in Ethel.
Riffe: Kokanee fishing has been excellent, said Jodee Kelly of Tacoma Power’s Taidnapam Park in Glenoma. “The fishing bridge is loaded with people, and we have people out in boats, too,” she said. Fish average 14-18 inches. Anglers are using shrimp and worms.
Silver (Pierce County): Trout fishing has been wonderful, said Melissa Wiese of Henley’s Silver Lake Resort near Eatonville. Anglers are mostly using worms and green or pink Power Bait.
Silver (Cowlitz County): Fishing for bass has slowed, but there’s also crappie, trout and carp in this lake near Castle Rock, said Scott Ingebretson of Silver Lake Resort & Campground.
Columbia: Good bank fishing for steelhead recently on the lower Columbia, said Justin Leach of Bob’s Sporting Goods in Longview. Bank anglers are fishing with prawn tails or sand shrimp with Spin N Glows.
Cowlitz: Fishing is fair for summer-run steelhead and spring chinook, said Karen Glaser of Barrier Dam Campground in Salkum. Visibility is good. Anglers just need to put in the extra time for results, Glaser said.
Lewis: The salmon fishing is pretty much done, but steelhead fishing is good and getting better, said Dave Lyons of Angler’s Workshop in Woodland.
North Sound: Decent steelhead fishing in the Skykomish River, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. Fish are averaging 6-8 pounds with a few in the upper teens.
Yakima: The river is low and clear, and fishing continues to be very good for fly anglers, said a staffer at the Yakima River Fly Shop.
Neah Bay: “Bottom fishing has been exceptional, especially the black sea bass,” said Craig Atwood of Snow Creek Resort. “They’re running larger this year than normal.” Chinook fishing is fair. Halibut fishing finished Saturday.
Port Angeles: Halibut fishing closed Saturday.
Sekiu: Halibut fishing finished Saturday. Salmon fishing resumes July 1.
Tacoma: Chinook salmon fishing was going pretty well until the dogfish began complicating matters in recent days, said Matt Clabaugh of the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina. Some anglers are switching to metal jigs. The best fishing is along the claybanks and near Point Dalco. With the Taste of Tacoma this weekend, anglers are advised to get to the boat launch early.
Westport: Chinook salmon fishing is sporadic, said Merle Lundell of Westport Charters. Anglers can go after chinook seven days a week until June 30 before the coho season starts July 4. The coho fishery will only run Sundays through Thursdays, however.
South Sound: Crabbing, which opened Friday in waters south of the Narrows Bridge, is off to a slow start. “I’m hearing about a lot of soft shells,” said Mark Wickes of Narrows Marina Bait & Tackle. “You can’t keep soft shells.”
Ilwaco: Sturgeon fishing is going out with a whimper as it comes to a close Saturday. “The bite is definitely not hot,” said Lynn Schenk of Sea Breeze Charters. “It’s improved since the opening. However, no boats are limiting yet.”