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December 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Columbia region fishing reports indicate Cowlitz River steelhead fishery comes alive

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Really improved for steelhead around the trout hatchery. Fishing for salmon has slowed.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 3,243 coho adults, 114 jacks, 73 fall Chinook adults, five jacks, 257 winter-run steelhead, 29 summer-run steelhead and nine sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 224 coho adults, nine jacks and seven fall Chinook adults into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood, 1,265 coho adults, 31 jacks, seven fall Chinook adults and five winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 402 coho adults, eleven jacks and seven fall Chinook adults into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Also during the week 474 coho adults, 25 jacks, 48 fall Chinook adults, four jacks and three cutthroat trout were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 9,470 cubic feet per second on Monday, December 5. Water visibility is 8 feet.

Kalama River – Anglers are catching some coho and steelhead.

Lewis River – Improved for steelhead especially around the salmon hatchery.

Flows below Merwin Dam are currently 4,300 cfs.

Under permanent rules, Colvin Creek upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam opens to fishing for Chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead Friday Dec. 16.

Lower Columbia mainstem upstream to Beacon Rock – Light effort and catch.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch.

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