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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 16, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Lower Columbia tributaries yielding spring chinook and steelhead

Here is the latest word on fishing from state Fish and Wildlife in the Lower Columbia tributaries where the catch has been a mix of spring chinook and steelhead.

In the Cowlitz River anglers on the lower river and in particular at the barrier dam are catching adult and jack spring chinook.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 213 winter-run steelhead, twelve summer-run steelhead, 177 adult spring chinook, and 97 jack spring chinook during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 20 winter-run steelhead, four spring chinook adults and 79 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam and two winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,600 cubic feet per second on Monday, May 16. Water visibility is seven feet.

In the Kalama River some spring chinook and steelhead were being caught. Through May 13, a total of nine adult spring chinook (including three unmarked fish) had returned to the trap at Kalama Falls Hatchery. The escapement goal is 400 fish for hatchery brood stock.

In the Lewis River there has been light effort and catch. A total of 69 adult spring chinook had entered the Merwin Dam trap as of May 13. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,300 fish. Flows at Merwin Dam are 2,900 cubic feet per second on Monday which is just over half the long-term mean of 4,850 cfs for this date.

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