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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Lower Columbia tributaries salmon and steelhead still biting

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Anglers continue to catch a mixture of coho, steelhead, and sea run cutthroats.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,078 coho adults, 48 jacks, 27 fall chinook adults, 67 winter-run steelhead, seven summer-run steelhead and 17 sea-run cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 229 coho adults, nine jacks and ten fall chinook adults into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood, 751 coho adults, 12 jacks, four fall chinook adults and three winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 123 coho adults, two jacks and four fall chinook adults into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Also during the week 327 coho adults, three jacks, four fall chinook adults and three cutthroat trout were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,400 cubic feet per second on Monday, November 28. Water visibility is 6 feet.

Lewis River – On the North Fork, anglers are catching a mixture of fall chinook, coho, and steelhead (including some winter runs).

Flows below Merwin Dam have dropped from a high of 16,700 cfs the day before Thanksgiving to 9,700 cfs this morning.

Washougal River – From Nov. 7-21, anglers were catching a mixture of fall chinook, coho, and steelhead. The steelhead were mainly winter runs with a few summers also caught.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam -Effort and catch is light. Boat anglers in the Woodland area are catching a few legals.

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