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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 8, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Columbia River and tributary fish checks

Salmon/Steelhead

Toutle River – Anglers are catching adult fall chinook and coho at the mouth of the Green River. Just over a hundred adult chinook had returned to the hatchery through September 2.

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho, steelhead, and sea-run cutthroats.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 469 fall chinook adults, 125 jacks, 185 summer-run steelhead adults, 92 spring chinook adults, three jacks, 44 spring chinook mini-jacks, 21 coho adults, one jack and 15 sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the week Tacoma Power employees released 48 spring chinook adults, one jack and five coho salmon adults into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 31 spring chinook adults, two jacks, 15 coho adults and one jack into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, 460 fall chinook adults and 118 jacks into Mayfield Lake at the Ike Kinswa State Park boat launch, and 31 spring chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife transported seven cutthroat trout to the Tilton River and one cutthroat to the upper Cowlitz River basin during the past week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,250 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, September 8. Visibility is approximately 14 feet.

Kalama River – Anglers are catching fall Chinook, coho, and steelhead.

Lewis River – Bank anglers near the salmon hatchery are catching coho and some steelhead.

Washougal River – Anglers are catching fall chinook. Anglers should note that in Camas Slough the salmon daily limit follows the most liberal regulation of either the Washougal or the adjacent mainstem Columbia. This year the Washougal has the most liberal daily limit with 6 salmon of which no more than 2 may be adult chinook.

Wind River – Boat anglers are catching some coho. About a half dozen boat trailers were found here yesterday.

Drano Lake – The few boat anglers sampled had caught primarily steelhead. About 65 boats observed here yesterday afternoon.

White Salmon River – Bank anglers are catching a mix of coho and summer run steelhead. Many of the coho are unmarked and must be released.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers in the lower river are catching fall chinook.

Yakima River – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Fish Biologist in Yakima – All ahead slow. Very low effort this past week with less than a half dozen anglers fishing for salmon each day during the week and only slightly higher over the weekend. No salmon were reported caught during the week. One wild steelhead was caught and released.

Buoy 10 – For a couple days earlier last week private and charter boat anglers averaged close to 2 fish per rod. The average has been a fish per rod or less since then.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – During the first seven days of September we sampled 2,591 boat anglers (1,078 boats) with 544 adult and 46 jack fall chinook, 34 adult coho, and 7 steelhead. We also sampled 611 bank anglers with 70 adult and 12 jack fall chinook, 10 adult coho, and 9 steelhead.

1,728 boats and 331`WA and 159 OR bank anglers were counted during yesterday’s flight.

Anglers are reminded that effective September 14, all chinook must be released downstream from a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse through red buoy #4 to the orange marker atop the dolphin on the Washington shore (upstream of the Lewis River) and upstream of the Rocky Point/Tongue Point Line.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers off the Bonneville Pool tributaries are find some fall chinook.

Hanford Reach – From Paul Hoffarth – Fishing is starting to pick up a bit. WDFW/PSMFC staff interviewed 37 boats and 48 bank anglers this week. Estimated harvest for the week was 70 adult chinook and 47 jacks. Boats averaged a little less than 1/2 chinook per boat.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort continues to be light during the current catch-and-release fishery. Just 4 boats and 21 OR bank anglers were counted during yesterday’s flight.

Walleye

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the Camas/Washougal area averaged nearly 1.5 walleye kept per rod.

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