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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Cowlitz, Washougal and Columbia River in The Dalles Pool best bets in Southwest Washington for steelhead

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 11 bank anglers kept 6 steelhead and released 2 while 8 boat anglers kept 9. The fish were sampled at the trout hatchery.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 146 winter-run steelhead, 75 coho adults and three jacks during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 49 coho adults, one jack and 12 winter-run steelhead at the Lake Scanewa Day Use Site above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 14 coho adults and 15 winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 9,800 cubic feet per second on Monday, January 30.

Washougal River – 67 bank anglers kept 5 steelhead and released 1 hatchery and 1 wild fish. 21 boat anglers kept 4 steelhead and released 11 wild fish.

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged nearly 3 steelhead per rod. Nearly two-thirds of the fish were wild and had to be released. Fishing was slow from the bank.

Bonneville and John Day pools – No salmon anglers were sampled.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam – The 4 bank and 3 boats/4 anglers sampled from Camas/Washougal upstream had no catch.

Bonneville Pool – Just under a third of the boat anglers sampled had kept/released a legal. No legals were found among the bank anglers sampled.

Through January 29, an estimated 805 legals had been kept. The 2011 guideline was 2,000 fish. The guidelines for 2012 have not been finalized yet.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Slow for legal size fish.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools – Only 1 boat fishing for walleye was sampled and it was in The Dalles Pool. The anglers had no catch. No effort was observed for bass in any of the three pools.

Trout

Horseshoe Lake in Woodland – Planted with 20 ten pound and 3,038 catchable size rainbows Jan. 24. No report on angling success.

Spearfish Lake near Dallesport – Planted with 12 ten pound and 162 five pound broodstock rainbows Jan. 23. No report on angling success.

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