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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 14, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Lower Columbia tributaries producing a mix of salmon and steelhead

Here are the latest sport fishing checks from the Columbia River and tributaries:

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Producing a mixture of fall Chinook, coho, steelhead, and sea run cutthroats. Most of catch is from the trout hatchery to the salmon hatchery. The majority of the Chinook are dark or wild and were released.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,645 coho adults, 120 jacks, 205 fall Chinook adults, eight jacks, 18 summer-run steelhead, 15 winter-run steelhead and eleven sea-run cutthroat trout during six days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 405 coho adults, 15 jacks, 64 fall Chinook adults and four jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood, and 872 coho adults, 35 jacks, 20 fall Chinook adults, two jacks and one steelhead into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam.

Also during the week 804 coho salmon adults, 39 jacks, 72 fall Chinook adults, two jacks, one winter-run steelhead and five cutthroat trout were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. One cutthroat trout was released above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,980 cubic feet per second on Monday, November 14. Water visibility is 13 feet.

Kalama River – Bank anglers are catching some coho and steelhead.

Lewis River – On the North Fork Lewis, anglers are catching some fall Chinook and coho.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled a few salmon anglers incidental to stg. sampling. They had no catch.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the Camas/Washougal and Longview areas are catching some legals. Fishing from the bank is slow.

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