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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 14, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Word on Southwest Washington sport fisheries

Salmon and steelhead

Cowlitz River – No report on angling success is currently available. Last week Tacoma Power recovered eight coho adults, 63 winter-run steelhead and one winter-run steelhead jack during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released three coho adults and 30 winter-run steelhead into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and 13 winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 9,570 cubic feet per second on Monday, February 14. Water visibility is two feet.

Lower Columbia from the I-5 Bridge downstream – A few more anglers were sampled last week but still no catch. Forty-three boats and 102 bank anglers were counted during the Saturday Feb. 12 effort flight count. Half the boat effort was found around Woodland. The majority of the bank effort was on the Oregon shore.

Bonneville Pool – No salmonid anglers were sampled last week.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged a steelhead per rod when including fish released. Bank anglers were also catching some steelhead.

John Day Pool – Boat and bank anglers are catching some steelhead.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Generally light effort and catch. We did not have any catch in our sample, including sublegals released. A total of 51 boats and 37 bank anglers were counted during last Saturday’s effort flight count. The largest concentration of sturgeon boats were found around Vancouver.

Bonneville Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a legal per boat. Bank anglers also caught some legals.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Boat anglers caught a few legals. Slow fishing from the bank.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching some walleye. No effort observed for bass.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged slightly over a walleye per rod when including fish released. Bank anglers were also catching some fish. No effort observed for bass.

John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a walleye per boat. No effort observed for bass.

Trout

Klineline Pond – 28 bank anglers kept 42 rainbows. Planted with 1,500 rainbows averaging 2/3 pound each Feb. 11.

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