Stripers in the Columbia River???

Vladimir Steblina

Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working
#1
from the Spokesman-Review....couple of questions....I assume this is not good news for salmon and steelhead....and commercial fishermen in the Columbia??

"A 52-pound striped bass was caught in the lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam on June 17. It was taken by a commercial fisherman in the Gorge."
 

Alosa

Active Member
#6
These occurrences are pretty rare (for the time being). These probably represent failed colonization attempts, but may be more likely in the future as the Columbia warms. There is a self-sustaining population in the Umpqua, and this is the most likely source of this individual, although it is possible (but probably less likely) that it came from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
 

10incher

Active Member
#9
The El Nino/La Nina, warm/cold current effects shift and change climates in the ocean even more than they do to us on land. El Nino years are known to bring warmer water species into the PNW with odd fish being caught here and there. Northern Oregon IS the top of the stripers range, for now. As noted, that fish may have been following a run or was attempting colonization. In either case it probably wasn't alone. I'm one of those that believes in global warming. It may be that stripers will eventually colonize the Columbia. I love stripers on the table and as a game fish, but NOT as much as salmon. And environmentally the salmon need the habitat more than the stripers do. Time will tell.
 

Alosa

Active Member
#13
Well, be careful, some eco-shrieker will declare it to be endangered and they'll shut down ever fishery in the area. Or, let the USFWS manage it, it won't be here long.
Unlikely...they are not native to the Pacific coast. I know you were kidding.
 

10incher

Active Member
#15
Evil... But yummy. Eat 'em where you find 'em.

Of the few Columbia rivers stripers I read about (frantic Google searching) all were large females with a womb full of eggs :eek: And a belly full of salmon smolts :mad:

Transplanted from the east and south east coasts some time in the thirties I think. They are well embraced in Ca's SF bay and surrounding areas where the first plantings were done. Probably because that area has done so much to destroy it's salmonid populations starting about that time. I fished them when I lived there. I don't know of any studies about what happens to salmonid populations when striped bass take up residency in the same river. But the findings noted above say it all. The WDFW should have a bonus bag on stripers of "any amount" "no minimum size".