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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 24, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Two winter steelhead arrive to Cowlitz River, plus fishing reports from the southwest region

Salmon/Steelhead

Lower portions of Abernathy, Cedar (North Fork Lewis tributary), Coal, Germany, Mill (Cowlitz Co.) creeks and Coweeman River – Re-open to fishing for hatchery steelhead and other game fish November 1.

Elochoman River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day of night closure, anti-snagging rule, and stationary gear restrictions.

Cowlitz River – Slower for anglers on the lower river though some coho and a few chinook are still being caught.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 5,330 coho adults, 405 jacks, 2,251 fall Chinook adults, 63 jacks, 47 summer-run steelhead, 16 sea-run cutthroat trout and two winter-run steelhead during seven days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 748 coho adults, 27 jacks, 102 fall chinook adults and five jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood, 1,410 coho adults, 96 jacks, 1,008 fall chinook adults and 29 jacks into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 216 coho adults, 12 jacks, 200 fall chinook adults and five jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Also during the week 847 coho salmon adults, 48 jacks, 765 fall chinook adults, 19 jacks and six cutthroat were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,920 cubic feet per second on Monday, October 24.

Anglers should note the night closure and anti-snagging rule has been extended through November from Mill Creek to the barrier dam. All fish must be hooked inside the mouth when the anti-snagging rule is in effect.

Cowlitz River from posted sign on Peters Road to the mouth of Ohanepecosh and Muddy Forks, Tilton River from mouth to West Fork, and the Green River – Oct. 31 is the last day of the night closure and anti-snagging rule.

Horsethief, Packwood, Walupt, and Willame lakes and Lewis River Power Canal – October 31 is the last day to fish.

Kalama River – Anglers are catching some coho and a few fall chinook and steelhead. Oct. 31 is the last day of the night closures, anti-snagging, stationary gear restriction, and fly fishing only rules.

Lewis River – Bank anglers are primarily catching coho while boat anglers are primarily catching fall chinook.

Washougal River – No report on angling success. The first 300 hatchery coho of the season had arrived at Washougal Hatchery as of Oct. 19 . Oct. 31 is the last day of the anti-snagging rule and stationary gear restrictions. In addition, night fishing will be allowed from the Mt. Norway Bridge upstream to the Salmon Falls Bridge.

Wind River – Boat anglers are catching some coho. October 31 is the last day to fish for salmon.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers are catching some all chinook. This is the last week of the Tuesday night and Wednesday closures.

White Salmon River – Boat anglers are catching some coho. Be alert for a Fishing Rule Change Notice to close all fishing Tuesday, just before the Condit Dam blast.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers on the lower river are primarily catching fall chinook while boat anglers are primarily catching coho. Chinook must be released in the upper river beginning November 1.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 96 salmon anglers (including 28 boats) with 3 adult fall chinook, 2 adult and 1 jack coho, and no steelhead. All the Chinook and half the adult coho were kept. The coho jack was released.

Salmon effort was pretty light with just 57 boats and 47 bank anglers counted during last Saturday’s (Oct. 22) effort flight count.

October 31 is the last day to fish for salmon from Beacon Rock upstream.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers off the Klickitat are catching coho and fall chinook. About 50 boats off the Klickitat last Saturday morning; half a dozen off the White Salmon.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – Better in Longview than just below Bonneville Dam for bank anglers. State Fish and Wildlife also sampled some legals caught by boat anglers in the Camas, Vancouver, and Kalama areas.

Sturgeon effort was fairly heavy last Saturday with 173 boats and 344 bank anglers counted during the flight count.

Walleye

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers are still catching some walleye in the Camas/Washougal area.

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