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Old 01-27-2017, 12:44 PM   #61
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Smelt are running up the Cowlitz today.

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Yep, right after the sportsmans show I'll start getting the boat ready.


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Smelt are running up the Cowlitz today.
Must be. There were at least 20 fur bags at the mouth of the Coweemen and another 50 working the river from the Gierheart ramp to the bridge.

I'm going to run the 1st trip out on the big river in the morning. Never know when you might be that lucky Jan. springer bonker
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Smelt are running up the Cowlitz today.
A few gulls behind the seals and lions today. None spotted above the Cowlitz. The last few years the smelt have ran the upper Cottonwood channel into the Cowlitz. No sign of that this year, I wonder if the mouth has flushed out?
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Yesterday was my first real attempt at fishing this year. The 39F Columbia water was a fishable greenish brown.

Silver Hilton's crew fished alongside for a while. No bites on a variety of Kwiks and Maglips, wrapped and clean, even the odd herring. There are more long and dangerous steel bolts and such exposed on our aging wingdams, that in discolored, 2' deeper water, will be invisible.

1-3 sea lions near Kalama, some 30+ at Cowlitz mouth - not congregated as I've seen in the past- but all spread out and actively feeding - on smelt.

A few fishing boats and cabin cruisers were out; shakedown cruises for many, one struggling with both main and then kicker motors in the marina, one 28'-32' older Fiberform or Bayliner cabin cruiser was dragged by a small private tug from as far as I could see downstream to as far as I could see upstream. Lots of Diesel burning. Somebody's got a project!

Two of my friends had hydraulic steering issues with their 200 Yamahas.

My kicker still lifts up some when I gun it in reverse. There's always something.

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Made the 1st shakedown trip out on the river this morning. Drowned a few Kwiks while on the hook for a few hours. Called it early before we ever got a bite. There were hundreds of sea lions following the smelt up the Columbia and duck hunters out on the river for the last day of their season shooting everywhere. If we had ever got a fish on it'd never had made it through the sea lions to even get to the boat.
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shake down run for me to today. I5 to Davis bar. marked a lot of something, but no action for us. water was nice and flat.
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Shake down on Saturday. Launched at the Dike Access Rd launch. Fished St. Helens area. Nothing. Seen a couple sealions. Marked something. Anchored and trolled. Visibility was ok. I could see my prop. Water temp was about 38-39. I know there are a few out there. Guess no Jan springer this year. Gonna shoot for a February now!!
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... courtesy of BathTubBob!

Home-canned oil-laden spring king chipped into my salad for lunch today.

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I have caught many a Springer in water less than 4' deep. One of my favorite spots was decimated by the dumping of dredge spoils at the head of the island across from St. Helens. Before they dumped spoils there was a spot inside the two old jetties on the westside of the island that regularly held fish. Oftentimes we would use less than 2oz of lead allowing out trolled herring to get farther out behind the boat. The second jetty is now gone. Goble had some good shallow water spots. I once watched my Godfather hook a fish and beach his 18' boat at the same time.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:06 PM   #71
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SalmonSteelheadJournal magazine (online article), December 2016:

‘Above Average’ Year Expected for Spring Chinook

Both Washington and Oregon released their spring Chinook forecasts for 2017 and their numbers are on par with the 10-year average. This year’s Columbia River forecast calls for 160,400 springers to return. Other rivers like the Cowlitz and Kalama will see similar returns to previous years.

“It’s not a great number, but we’ve seen a lot lower returns in the past,” says Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the ODFW.

Each year in December both the ODFW and WDFW release predictions for a handful of rivers with the Columbia drawing most of the attention. These predictions fuel much of the early-season hype and predetermine whether the vast majority of people will fish in the spring.

This year should be similar to past years. The 10-year average on the Columbia is 154,157. In 2016, 187,610 spring Chinook returned.

“It’s a normal up and down cycle in the returns,” says Lisa Harlan, WDFW District 10 fish biologist. “Both last year and this year on the Columbia and Kalama are both good returns, above average.”

A variety of factors are used to determine the forecast. Jack counts play a large role in determining the actual forecast and how many jacks return are determined by ocean conditions and the amount of water spilled over the dams during smolt outmigration.

“We had several years of pretty nice returns of spring Chinook,” says Roler. “It’s all based on flows for outmigration. If we get good flows a lot of fish get out; and if the ocean conditions are good, we’ll get pretty good returns.”

As of this posting this year’s season dates had not been set. The season dates, along with bag limits, are set in late January at the compact meeting. Last year there were restriction on days and the season on the lower river was originally set to close April 9, however it closed a day early. Last year the season was open through May 9 above Bonneville Dam.

Both agencies monitor the fishing effort, fish counts at Bonneville Dam, and spring time flows. If, for example, the flows are low it’s expected the catch will be high. Conversely, if the flows are high fishing could be more difficult prolonging the season. Last year flows were considered normal and the effort was high prompting both agencies to close the season one day sooner on the lower river. The flip side to high flows in the spring is increased smolt survival during their migration to the ocean.

On the Willamette 40,200 springers are expected to return. The 10-year average is 38,902. Whether in-season changes are made for this popular fishery are dependent on the number of salmon that pass over Willamette Falls. The minimum requirement is 20,000.

- See more at: https://www.salmonandsteelheadjourna....jGAZ9gI6.dpuf

**flow is a big deal for how long the season stays open, according to the author's interview with ODFW rep.

Are season dates available yet? Never mind, I'll check for that on ODFW bulletins.

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Just read Mr. Monroe's smelt article . . salmon seasons will be settled Feb. 23. Probably another March 1 to April 9 or 10 . . as the bulk arrives. I get the reasons why so no need to address my selfish greed.
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Rykat: we'll know the most likely scenario for the season at Tuesday's Advisory meeting in Clackamas.

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Rykat: we'll know the most likely scenario for the season at Tuesday's Advisory meeting in Clackamas.

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Thanks. I'm sure you are letting many of us in on that too. Appreciated.
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It's about that time again!!!
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Super bummed, called off my shake down trip for Sunday. To early to sit in a downpour. Going to be a couple weeks now
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Meeting was rescheduled to Wed. 2/15.

I'm guessing the season will run 7 days/week until Thurs. April 6.
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I drove by the old public docks in Rainier yesterday. There are a few hundred sealions that have again taken up residence there. Should be another fun battle for the fish in that area.
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The Columbia is 42 F, high, fast, brown & filled with loads of deadheads - Many longer than my boat . One of the top three worst days for deadheads I've seen in 22 years of boating here.
Beautiful day though! So I came out slowly. Rocking with the Scorpions & Yard Birds.

Kwiks shallow.

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The Columbia is 42 F, high, fast, brown & filled with loads of deadheads - Many longer than my boat . One of the top three worst days for deadheads I've seen in 22 years of boating here.
Beautiful day though! So I came out slowly. Rocking with the Scorpions & Yard Birds.

Kwiks shallow.

Sunny glass speckled with things to pay attention to.

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Wish I could'a been there with you.......I would have been sitting in the bow with my Swiss Army knife.
And a bag of Vita Bones.......elk pepperoni...........
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First one over Bonneville.

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CA = 1,

Yes! As you can see, there's our first springer on the board. It was a white chin (like a lower river fish) and not a black chin (upriver stock) but the action is starting. The water is getting pretty cloudy and they were spilling at the project over the weekend with the power houses going full bore. It's got some of the fish cranked up.
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The Columbia is 42 F, high, fast, brown & filled with loads of deadheads - Many longer than my boat . One of the top three worst days for deadheads I've seen in 22 years of boating here.
Beautiful day though! So I came out slowly. Rocking with the Scorpions & Yard Birds.

Kwiks shallow.

Sunny glass speckled with things to pay attention to.

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Good to see Bingo Cheking out the lower unit. My kind of dog
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I went to check on the boat late this afternoon and look at the Columbia. It is clearer than last Saturday, though still brownish and opaque. The number of deadheads was much, much lower.

I couldn't resist a ride down to Rainier and back. The river was calm and going fast just felt just as natural as most anything can. It felt good to drop the nose, accelerate up to 50 K rpm and burn the gunk out.

They don't come much bigger than this guy. Any biologists want to venture a live weight estimate? Aren't those steel pilings 24" on the dock at Rainier?


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...accelerate up to 50 K rpm and burn the gunk out.
Holy smokes, CW, 50,000 RPM! You got a Wankel hidden under that Yami cowling?
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Holy smokes, CW, 50,000 RPM! You got a Wankel hidden under that Yami cowling?
Yea, that makes no cents.
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Yea, that makes no cents.
no scents at all
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WD-40 might help.
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Oops. What's a factor of ten between friends?

Advisory meeting in ten minutes...

Springers caught but no contest winner yet....
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Little birdie just tweeted...

"Springer season will be 7 days per week, (no Tuesday closures) through Thursday, April 6."
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"Springer season will be 7 days per week, (no Tuesday closures) through Thursday, April 6."
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Is that for Oregon or Washington license holders, from listening to the Oregon advisory meeting yesterday it doesn't look like the commissions going to budge to go in concurrence with what Washington decided
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Is that for Oregon or Washington license holders, from listening to the Oregon advisory meeting yesterday it doesn't look like the commissions going to budge to go in concurrence with what Washington decided


It's for Washington and Oregon, Buoy-10 to Bonneville, 7 days per week, through Thursday 4/6, no Tuesday closures, bank only Beacon Rock to Bonneville. 6,860 Upriver fish available, 8,900 kept catch total.

Last year run size 188,800. This year 160,400. Sport allocation is 80%, apply 30% buffer = 112,280. ESA impact 1.7%. Catch balance available Pre-run size update 2016 was 9,549; 2017 is 8,709. Commercial TBD.

Catch balance is second lowest in the past seven years 2011-2017 ranging from 6,330 (in 2013) up to 19,381 (2015).

I've got a nice 9 page document with rationale, charts and tables. If someone else doesn't post the link tomorrow - I'll get around to it.

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And for those that would rather "fish later in April" : Closing the season all 31 days of March would only add four more days (through April 10).

Of course the season can be shortened or lengthened as data comes in.

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Alright I will take it plan on making my shakedown cruise next weekend if the river is fishable
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And for those that would rather "fish later in April" : Closing the season all 31 days of March would only add four more days (through April 10).

Of course the season can be shortened or lengthened as data comes in.

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So we are open every day from now until April 6th, or is there a certain start date in March?
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So we are open every day from now until April 6th, or is there a certain start date in March?
Open now, heard of one caught a few days ago.
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So we are open every day from now until April 6th, or is there a certain start date in March?


January and February are open under permanent regulations. Though your chances are very low, the limit is two adults per day. March first the limit drops to one fish per day. It seems the early fish are often bigger, but the catch rates don't interest most folks until about March 20. Last year angling was open for 60 of a possible 107 days from March 1 through June 15.

May 8th and May 8th in two different years were my best days for Spring chinook.

The Columbia tonight and the confluence of the Cowlitz.


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How the water look.
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I'll post a pic tomorrow morning of it up close.

Tonight was the first night of the year I heard frogs croaking. That's always a harbinger of the first wave of springers. Fish will be caught tomorrow.

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Old 02-17-2017, 09:05 PM   #106
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Damn you!!! Work always get in the way of my fishing.
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42.7F and can't see the kicker prop. Strong flow, Lots of deadheads. Beautiful dry, gray day. Reports of smelt for two days along WA downstream near Abernathy.



I'm running a naked Carmen K-14. Switch to a tuna wrap classic soon.

I'm watching upstream more than downstream & the rod tip.

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Took my shakedown cruse today in the lower river, weather forecast looked better than tomorrow. All systems worked as expected, but had a bit of a trial getting the soft top on.
Water temp 39*, visibility approx 12". River is high, didn't encounter any logs, though.
Nice to get out there, nice to get home by the fire.
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I fished for two hours this evening on the hook in the Columbia. 8.5' deep, 42.7F brown water. K-16 Double Trouble, no bites. Maybe marked two fish of some kind. Lots of large woody debris. No seals. A flock of gulls were working something as it went downstream-- looked like a pod of smelt.



My usual gear was home so the backup gear was deployed - a reconditioned Grigg 8'6" 10-30 lb graphite rod and it's Penn Pre-320 levelwind, 65 lb. braid. What a great all around and smooth set up this has proven to be ... it shows every wiggle of a K-14 in 3 oz water or tows an 11" rotating flasher and 20 oz weight trolling with the main engine, accounting for a variety of chinook.

No dice tonight.

Great music though. I enjoyed Sitting On A Fence" by The Rolling Stones, and found it good.

https://youtu.be/sngL9DtqQLY

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I fished for two hours this evening on the hook in the Columbia. 8.5' deep, 42.7F brown water. K-16 Double Trouble, no bites. Maybe marked two fish of some kind. Lots of large woody debris. No seals. A flock of gulls were working something as it went downstream-- looked like a pod of smelt.



My usual gear was home so the backup gear was deployed - a reconditioned Grigg 8'6" 10-30 lb graphite rod and it's Penn Pre-320 levelwind, 65 lb. braid. What a great all around and smooth set up this has proven to be ... it shows every wiggle of a K-14 in 3 oz water or tows an 11" rotating flasher and 20 oz weight trolling with the main engine, accounting for a variety of chinook.

No dice tonight.

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How was the vis. I'll be out there Friday.
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Thanks Dadeo316.

Mainer: it was better than last Saturday, but still, I could not see the kicker prop. I was on the Oregon side above Goble. The Wa side was clearer and had a green tint to it, but loaded with big deadheads.

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On the water report. The air ten is chilli. Drove though a blizzahd to here!! Tuna wrapped K15 is deployed. Visibility a foot or less. Water temp is 44 degrees. Nothing yet.
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What do you think?
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What do you think?


I'm thinking you need to change up what your using if your not getting bit!!


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Question. I'm trolling. Should I drop anchor and run a kwick?
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Hard to say. I haven't ever been successful on anchor. Are you literally on the bottom? Dropper length?


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Yes. 12"
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Hmmmm. Leader length and flasher?


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