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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 9, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Mixed bag of catch happening in southwest Washington region with Cowlitz River steelhead being best bet

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 20 boat anglers kept 9 steelhead while 14 bank anglers kept 2 steelhead and released 2 steelhead and 1 unmarked coho.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 801 coho adults, eleven jacks and 354 winter-run steelhead during three days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 161 coho adults, two jacks and two winter-run steelhead at the Lake Scanewa Day Use Site above Cowlitz Falls Dam and 339 coho adults, two jacks and ten steelhead adults into the Cispus River above Yellow Jacket Creek. Also during the week 149 coho adults and nine winter-run steelhead were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,300 cubic feet per second on Monday, January 9. Water visibility is six feet.

Lower Columbia mainstem from Bonneville Dam downstream – Effort and catches are light.

Bonneville and John Day pools – No effort was found for salmon.

The Dalles Pool – Bank and boat anglers are catching some steelhead.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from Bonneville Dam downstream – Effort and catches are light.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged a legal kept per every 4 rods while bank anglers averaged one per every 22 rods.

The Dalles Pool – Boat and bank anglers are catching some legals.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals; slow from the bank.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools – No effort was found for either species.

Trout

Plants of rainbows since the beginning of the year (no reports on angling success):

Fort Borst Park Pond (Juvenile only waters near Centralia) – 3,050 catchable size Jan. 4.

Battleground Lake – 3,000 half-pounders Jan. 3.

Klineline Pond – 1,500 half-pounders Jan. 3.

Kidney Lake near North Bonneville – 1,000 half-pounders Jan. 4.

Rowland Lake near Bingen – 3,060 catchable size Jan. 3.

Spearfish Lake near Dallesport – 1,809 catchable size Jan. 3.

Maryhill Pond – 500 catchable size Jan. 3.

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