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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Columbia River area offers a good mix of fishing opportunities

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

In the Cowlitz River fisheries checked 11 bank anglers at Blue Creek that kept one steelhead while two boat anglers near the mouth kept one adult fall chinook this past week.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 35 spring chinook adults, 31 jacks, 45 mini-jacks, 767 summer-run steelhead, three sea-run cutthroat and one fall chinook adult (the first of the season) during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 12 spring chinook adults and 16 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Lake Scanewa Day Use Park, 13 spring chinook adults and 14 jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and 72 spring chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park. Also during the week they released two sea-run cutthroat into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and one sea-run cutthroat and one summer-run steelhead into the Cowlitz River at the Barrier Dam boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,760 cubic feet per second on Monday morning, August 8. Water visibility is 13 feet.

In the North Fork Lewis River fisheries checked 19 bank anglers who kept four steelhead.

In Drano Lake effort and catch is beginning to increase with 41 boat anglers who kept 18 steelhead and released 20. Boat counts increased from 25 last Friday morning to 45 on Saturday.

At Buoy 10 on the Lower Columbia River mouth there were some fall chinook and a few coho being caught. Effort remains relatively light.

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam last week state Fish and Wildlife sampled 2,445 salmon anglers (including 214 boats) with 23 adult and 5 jack fall chinook, 775 steelhead, and no coho. 448 (58-percent) of the steelhead were kept. Most of the fall chinook were kept though a few were “small” jacks or tule adults were released.

Nearly 1,000 salmon bank anglers and 400 boats were observed on the lower Columbia mainstem last Saturday (Aug. 6).

In Bonneville Pool, 42 boat anglers kept 55 steelhead and released 36. Most of the effort was off Drano Lake and the White Salmon River.

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