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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 15, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Fall chinook and steelhead fishing decent in the Columbia River region

Here is the latest Columbia River region fishing report from state Fish and Wildlife:

In the Cowlitz River steelhead were being caught throughout the river with the best catches around the trout hatchery. Sea run cutthroats were also being caught on the lower river.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 44 spring chinook adults, 25 jacks, 33 mini-jacks, 631 summer-run steelhead, three sea-run cutthroat, one fall chinook adult, and two sockeye salmon during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 51 spring chinook adults, 16 jacks, and one fall chinook adult into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 63 spring chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park, three sea-run cutthroat into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, and one summer-run steelhead and two sockeye salmon adults into the Cowlitz River at the Barrier Dam boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,720 cubic feet per second on Monday morning, August 15. Water visibility is 13 feet.

In the Kalama and Lewis rivers some steelhead were being caught.

In the Wind River there has been light effort with just a couple boats daily at the mouth.

In Drano Lake boat anglers averaged about half-a-steelhead per rod last week. Effort is increasing with up to 45 boats counted last Saturday morning.

In the White Salmon River bank anglers were catching some steelhead. About 30 water craft here early Saturday morning; no report on angling success.

At Buoy 10 on the Lower Columbia River mouth chinook catches are slowly improving with nearly half-a-chinook per boat average on Sunday, Aug. 12. A few more coho were also showing in the catch. Daily sampling summaries can be found at the state Fish and Wildlife website.

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam last week fisheries sampled just over 2,700 salmon anglers (including 313 boats) with 58 adult and 16 jack fall chinook, 1,151 steelhead, and 1 sockeye (released). State Fish and Wildlife still haven’t sampled their first coho. 691 (60-percent) of the steelhead were kept. All the adult fall chinook were kept and a few “small” jacks were released.

In Bonneville Pool good catches of steelhead outside the mouths of Drano Lake and the White Salmon River. About 20 boats have been fishing each morning off the White Salmon and similar numbers off Drano.

In the Lower Columbia from the mouth to the Marker 82 line only a few anglers were sampled during the current sturgeon catch-and-release only fishery.

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam some walleye were being caught by boat anglers from Woodland to the gorge.

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