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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 30, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Columbia River region fishing reports

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Salmon/Steelhead

In the Cowlitz River boat anglers near the mouth were catching a mixture of fall chinook, summer run steelhead, and coho.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 105 spring chinook adults, 50 jacks, 19 mini-jacks, 500 summer-run steelhead, four sea-run cutthroat, 81 fall chinook adults, one jack, and two pink salmon during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 37 spring chinook adults, 19 jacks, 16 fall chinook adults, and one coho salmon into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 58 spring chinook adults, 28 jacks, 18 fall chinook adults, and one coho jack into the Upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood and 25 spring chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park. Also during the week two sea-run cutthroat were released into Lake Scanewa while 47 fall chinook adults, one jack, and one coho salmon were released into Mayfield Lake at the Ike Kinswa State Park boat launch.The two pink salmon adults were released into the Cowlitz River at the Barrier Dam boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,740 cubic feet per second on Monday August 29. Water visibility is 13 feet.

In the Lewis River mostly summer run steelhead were being caught.

In Drano Lake including fish released, boat anglers averaged over a steelhead per rod. They were also catching some fall chinook and coho. About 65 boats here last Saturday morning.

In the White Salmon River bank anglers were catching some fall chinook and coho. Last Saturday there were only four boats here.

At Buoy-10 near the Lower Columbia River mouth it is now only open for hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead. At the Washington ramps last weekend, boat anglers kept a hatchery coho per every nine rods.

In the Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam in general, chinook catches were increasing while steelhead are tapering off. Overall fishing was slow the first part of last week and had improved some by the weekend.

Last week state Fish and Wildlife sampled 2,515 salmon anglers (including 628 boats) with 264 adult and 13 jack fall chinook, 152 steelhead, and five adult and one jack coho. All but a handful of the adult and jack chinook, 99 (65-percent) of the steelhead, and one (20-percent) of the adult coho were kept. The coho jack was released.

In Bonneville Pool boat anglers were catching some fall chinook and summer run steelhead.

Sturgeon

In the Lower Columbia mainstem from the mouth to the Navigation Marker 82 line no anglers were sampled last week during the catch-and-release only fishery.

Walleye

In the Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam t few boat anglers sampled in the Camas/Washougal and Woodland areas had kept some walleye.

(Photo taken by Mark Yuasa)

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