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April 19, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Cowlitz River steelhead catches take a turn for the better

The steelhead and spring chinook continue to trickle into the Lower Columbia River tributaries.

In the Cowlitz River this past week, 104 bank anglers kept 27 steelhead and released two fish, and 43 boat anglers kept 18 steelhead and one adult spring chinook, and released two steelhead. All the fish were sampled around the trout hatchery.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 700 winter-run steelhead, one summer-run steelhead and ten adult spring chinook during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 57 steelhead into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and seven winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,500 cubic feet per second on Monday, April 18. Water visibility is five feet.

In the Lewis River mainstem, four boat anglers released one wild adult spring chinook.

In the North Fork Lewis River, 19 bank anglers kept one steelhead, and two boat anglers had no catch.

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