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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 1, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Southwest Washington region fishing report reveals possibly one pink in the catch

Here is the latest salmon and steelhead fishing report by state Fish and Wildlife in the Columbia River region:

In the Cowlitz River there was no report on angling success. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 39 spring chinook adults, 38 jacks, 66 mini-jacks, 669 summer-run steelhead, one sea-run cutthroat trout and one sockeye during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released four spring chinook adults, 34 jacks, and two mini-jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Lake Scanewa Day Use Park and one sockeye and one sea-run cutthroat trout at the Barrier Dam boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,070 cubic feet per second on Monday morning, August 1. Water visibility is 13 feet.

In the Lewis River mainstem, 11 boat anglers this past week released two steelhead. On the North Fork, 11 bank anglers kept two steelhead, and two boat anglers kept one steelhead.

In the Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam last week state Fish and Wildlife sampled almost 3,000 salmon anglers (including 250 boats) with 13 adult and 14 jack summer chinook, 1,309 steelhead, no sockeye, and maybe one pink (at least that’s what the angler thought it was and it may have been). Half the jacks were kept as were 56-percent of the steelhead. All of the adult chinook were released as required.

For the month of July, Washington alone sampled almost 2,900 steelhead kept/released. Just over half the fish were kept.

In The Dalles Pool bank anglers were catching some steelhead.

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