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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 23, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Lower Columbia salmon and steelhead reports

Here is the state Fish and Wildlife report for salmon and steelhead:

In the Grays River CLOSED WATERS from 400 feet below to 200 feet above the temporary rack while the rack is installed in river.

In the Elochoman River CLOSED WATERS from 200 feet above WDFW temporary rack downstream to Foster (Risk) Road Bridge while the rack is installed in river.

Portions of Abernathy, Cedar (tributary of N.F. Lewis) (Clark Co.), Cougar (tributary to Yale Reservoir) (Cowlitz County), Coal, Germany, Lacamas (Clark Co.), Mill (Cowlitz Co.) creeks and Coweeman River close to all fishing beginning September 1. Except for Cougar Creek, all close to protect naturally spawning fall chinook. Cougar Creek closes to protect naturally spawning kokanee.

In the Cowlitz River bank anglers are catching some steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 117 spring chinook adults, 86 jacks, 29 mini-jacks, 13 fall chinook adults, 631 summer-run steelhead, one pink salmon, and four sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 87 spring chinook adults, 51 jacks, one mini-jack, and nine fall chinook adults into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 16 spring chinook adults, six jacks, and two fall chinook adults at Franklin Bridge in Packwood, three sea-run cutthroat trout and two fall chinook into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and one sea-run cutthroat, two summer-run steelhead, and one pink salmon 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 22. Water visibility is 14 feet.

Under rules adopted at this year’s North of Falcon process, Cowlitz River from the posted PUD markers on Peters Road to the mouth of Ohanepecosh and Muddy Fork and Tilton River from mouth to West Fork – September 1 through October 31, night closure and anti-snagging rules will be in effect. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

In the Green River (Cowlitz County) from mouth to 400 feet below salmon hatchery rack and North Fork Toutle River from confluence with South Fork to the mouth of the Green River – Night closure and anti-snagging rule will be in effect from September 1 through October 31. On the Green River, when the anti-snagging rule is in effect only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

In Kalama River from the railroad below I-5 bridge (new, previously was mouth) to the natural gas pipeline, stationary gear restriction will be in effect September 1 through October 31. In addition, fly fishing only from the natural gas pipeline crossing to the deadline at the intake to the lower salmon hatchery.

In the Lewis River bank anglers on the North Fork are catching some steelhead.

In Washougal River from Mt. Norway Bridge upstream to Salmon Falls Bridge, night closure and anti-snagging rule and stationary gear restriction in effect September 1 through October 31. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. These rules are already in effect from the Mt. Norway Bridge downstream.

Anglers be aware there are CLOSED WATERS from 400 feet below to 200 feet above the temporary weir while the weir is installed in the river.

In Drano Lake boat anglers averaged 1.5 steelhead kept/released per rod. They were also catching a few fall chinook. About 50 boats here last Saturday morning.

In the White Salmon River bank anglers are catching some steelhead. Only 7 boats here last Saturday morning.

At Buoy 10 effort and catch is increasing. Anglers averaged a chinook per boat and a coho per every 4 boats last weekend. Bank anglers caught some chinook and coho off the North Jetty. Buoy 10 is scheduled to remain open for chinook retention through Sunday, August 28.

In the Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam fall chinook catches are increasing while the number of steelhead handled remains strong. Last week we sampled 3,201 salmonid anglers (including 407 boats) with 217 adult and 8 jack fall chinook, 794 steelhead, and 3 adult coho.

(97%) of the adult and 6 (75%) of the jack chinook, 501 (63%) of the steelhead, and 2 (67%) of the adult coho were kept.

Camas Slough: Waters of the Columbia River downstream from the mouth of the Washougal River, north of Lady Island, and downstream of the Highway 14 Bridge at the upstream end of Lady Island. Season: Open when the adjacent mainstem Columbia or Washougal rivers are open to fishing for salmon. Daily limit same as most liberal regulation of either area, except for salmon, only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. The license of either Washington or Oregon is valid when fishing from a floating device.

In Bonneville Pool including fish released, boat anglers averaged a steelhead per rod. Last Saturday morning there were 15 boats off the Klickitat River, 29 off the White Salmon River, and 28 outside Drano Lake.

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