Archive for May 14th, 2010
Lake Samish will be the scene of a member’s-only bass fishing contest May 15-16.
The two-day hook and line tilt is being put on by the Borderline Bassin’s Contenders.
Expect parking at the East Lake Samish Drive boat launch parking to be a little tight both days.
June contests include juvenile trout contests on Fishtrap and Johnson creeks, two bass contests on Lake Whatcom and a kid bluegill tourney on Fazon Lake.
With most Washington marine waters now closed to salmon fishing, anglers still get a crack at homing adult spring chinook salmon in a number of freshwater venues around the state.
Here’s a quick rundown.
All Puget Sound river systems are closed to salmon and gamefish angling now, but the Upper Skagit is slated to open June 1 for hatchery-origin (adipose fin clipped) fish only. If you’re taking a trip to the coast to dig razor clams this weekend, pack you river salmon rod and try any of the first three rivers.
Salmon escapements are the latest fish counts reported by state or federal fish hatchery facilities. WDFW = Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. USFWS = U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
CRSSE = waters on which the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement, an additional sport angling permit, is required.
Quillayute River (peninsula) _ now open for hatchery kings up to the Bogachiel River (which is closed).
Sol Duc River (peninsula) _ now open for hatchery kings from its mouth up to hatchery’s concrete pumphouse. Sol Duc WDFW 2010 escapement report: 217 adult summer chinook as of May 12.
Hoh River (peninsula) _ opens Sunday, May 16 (Wednesdays through Sundays only) for hatchery kings from Olympic National Park Coastal Strip Boundary upstream to Willoughby Creek above U.S. Highway 101.
Lower Columbia mainstem (southwest & south central) _ now closed for salmon and steelhead up to McNary Dam. Washington tributaries previously opened are still available.
Kalama River (southwest) _ now open from mouth upstream to Kalama Falls Hatchery. CRSSE required. Kalama Falls WDFW 2010 escapement report: 31 adult hatchery spring chinook as of May 12.
Lewis River (southwest) _ now open from mouth upstream to Merwin Dam. CRSSE required. Merwin FCF 2010 escapement report: 783 adult hatchery spring chinook as of May 12.
Cowlitz River (southwest) _ now open from mouth upstream to 400 feet below barrier dam. CRSSE required. Cowlitz Salmon WDFW 2010 escapement report: 2,566 adult hatchery spring chinook as of May 12.
Wind River (Bonneville Pool) _ now open from mouth upstream to 100 feet above Shipherd Falls and from there upstream. Mixed daily hatchery steelhead and salmon bag limit. CRSSE required. Carson National USFWS 2010 escapement report: 78 adult spring chinook salmon as of May 13.
Little White Salmon River (Bonneville Pool) _ now open in Drano Lake from Highway 14 bridge upstream to markers below hatchery. Mixed daily hatchery steelhead and salmon bag limit. Weekly closure. CRSSE required. No escapement report for Little White Salmon National USFWS.
White Salmon River (Bonneville Pool) _ from the buoy and shore markers at mouth upstream to powerhouse, then to Condit (Northwestern) Dam. Mixed daily hatchery steelhead and salmon bag limit. CRSSE required. No salmon escapement information.
Klickitat River (Bonneville Pool) _ now open from mouth upstream to Fisher Hill Bridge. Weekly closures, see permanent regulations (page 80). Now mixed two fish daily hatchery steelhead and salmon bag limit. CRSSE required. No report for Klickitat Salmon Hatchery Yakama Nation.
Snake River (southeast) _ now open in sections from the southbound U.S. Highway 12 bridge to the Idaho stateline except for dam safety closure areas. See emergency regulation for details and new bag limits at: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=887. CRSSE required. Recent salmon passage counts for Ice Harbor Dam at http://www.fpc.org/currentdaily/HistFishTwo_7day-ytd_Adults.htm.
Ringold Springs (south central) _ Columbia River east shore bank fishery opening extended through June 30. See emergency regulation for details including gear change at: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=883. CRSSE required. Ringold Springs WDFW 2010 escapement report: 90 Priest Rapid hatchery stock chinook and six Hanford Reach chinook as of May 12.
Yakima River (south central) _ now open in two sections I-182 Bridge to 400 feet below Horn Rapids Dam and between I-82 Union Gap and the Roza railroad bridge. See emergency regulation posted at: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=896. CRSSE required. No salmon escapement information.
Icicle River (central) _ now open from 800 feet above the Icicle mouth upstream to 500 feet below the hatchery rack. See emergency regulation posted at: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=894. CRSSE required. Leavenworth National USFWS 2010 escapement report: 3,244 adult spring chinook as of May 14.
State avalanche technicians from the transportation department shelled Liberty Bell Mountain’s northeast side chutes Thursday, May 13 dislodging unstable snow build-ups from two.
Traffic was halted for twenty minute periods while the state’s ‘redlegs’ targeted their 105 millimeter field artillery piece on slope sections and fired.
The slide-vulnerable section of State Route 20 east of Washington Pass was cleared and the state’s northern-tier route was declared safe from snow hazards… barring more snowfall.Source: Jeff Adamson, WSDOT, Wenatchee
MY POST SCRIPT: If you travel the route this summer do keep in mind that the slide potential in places simply changes from snow to mud and rocks.
In the recent past a couple touring on a motorcycle ran headlong into a debris torrent that had swept across the highway west of Rainy Pass during a rainstorm.
One suffered minor injuries as they drove up on the mushy mud/rock material and crashed.
Don’t let the scenery lull your sense of self-preservation. Not only keep you eyes peeled, but adopt the mindset that enables you react quickly and safely to unusual road conditions you may encounter.
Have a safe trip and enjoy this National Scenic Byway.