Columbia dam counts ??

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Evan Burck, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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  2. JesseC Active Member

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    Too many F5's caused by people not believing the counts are so low.
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  3. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Seems the lowest few dams are updated, but nothing above McNary on the Columbia seems to be getting updates.
  4. Phil Fravel Friendly

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    I just look at them today. Seems to be no reason to even go this year.
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  6. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Yeah, I'm really hoping these past few days at Bonneville become more the norm from here on out. Not sure what to do with myself if my October routine gets all messed up from no fish.
  7. Rob Ast Active Member

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    Evan, not sure it's the same cause, but I know USGS is closing many stream gauges because of the sequester. Perhaps this is a similar situation.
  8. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    That was the first thing to come to mind. Wasn't sure if that hypothesis was based in reality or not.
  9. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Could be delays in reporting as well. Almost nothing is moving above the Dalles anyway. Most of the time its a 2 day trip between each lower C dam. They are hiding down low right now. But its changing fast right now.
  10. Joepa Joe from PA

    Wow. What a difference a week makes. On 7/30/13 I think overall we were 28% below last year for all steelhead over Bon, and 7% below last years numbers for wild fish. Now we're less than 10% below last year's overall numbers and 14% above on wild fish. Lets hope that trend continues!
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  11. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Well I was down there plunking a few weeks ago,We did well but I don't think we caught that big of a portion of the run. But maybe I'm a better fisherman than I thought!!!!
  12. HauntedByWaters Active Member

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    I guess it was only a matter of time before someone noticed. ;) The Methow stampede will be on its way soon.
  13. Kelly Michelsen Active Member

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  14. CLO coho where are you?

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    I talked to a regional biologist and apparently a bulk of the fish are going to the snake river due to doubling hatchery fish counts. Every other system is probably below average.
  15. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    No, no, no. I am sure all the fish will be in the Wenatchee and the Meth. No need to come further west. Nothing to see here :)
  16. Kelly Michelsen Active Member

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    Yep nothing to see here its all an illusion lol!
    Kelly Michelsen
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  17. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I talked to a biologist who said a late run of summer fish was due on the Sky. Something like 100,000 adults, coming in right around the end of September to the end of October. Run would only last a few days, so you'd have to pretty much fish it every day to catch the run...but if you do...WOW!

    :p
  18. Drifter Active Member

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    The last 4 years the steelhead have blown up river because of cold columbia water temps with good snow pack and high water and late springs. This year with last years late summer and very little snow pack in eastern Oregon (haven't checked eastern Washington packs) the Eastern Oregon lakes and rivers are already almost dry! The fish are going to find the coldwater fisheries above bonni like they did 5 through 10 years ago and stack like cord wood til the Columbia cools down. I will be trolling for chinook Sunday above Bonni and am pretty excited about the fishing this year in these coldwater fisheries like Drano - wind river - deschutes - klick - herman creek - If you want to catch brighter and more fish learn some of these fisheries because the fish might not move until mid oct. I've been fishing these fisheries for about 20 years and have been waiting for summer water temps just like this for 4 years to stack fish up like they used too. But I would rather have better snow pack and higher water for the trout over East and better passage for salmoniods I'll take what I can get and like it! I only fish for the steel when the winds come up to hard for chinook fishing.

    And yes, you can have double digit days on steel with fly rods and intermediate lines in still waters if you know how and where!
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  19. CLO coho where are you?

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    only 900 fish yesterday.... shits
  20. John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Mark hit it on the head.