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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Southwest fish checks show a spring chinook caught in Lower Columbia, and Washougal the place for steelhead

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – No report on angling success.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 46 winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released ten winter-run steelhead at the Lake Scanewa Day Use Site above Cowlitz Falls Dam and three steelhead and the cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,360 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, February 21.

Washougal River – 11 boat anglers kept 1 hatchery steelhead and released 3 hatchery and 6 wild fish. 20 bank anglers released 1 hatchery and 1 wild fish.

Lower Columbia River mainstem from the I-5 Bridge downstream – Staff from the states of Oregon and Washington are still trying to physically get their hands on the first spring chinook to sport sample this year. ODFW checked one but didn’t sample it during their boat run this past weekend.

Bonneville Pool – No salmon anglers were sampled last week.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Bank and boat anglers are catching some steelhead though most of the fish were wild and had to be released.

Through Feb. 19, no additional chinook have been counted at Bonneville Dam since the adult and jack on Jan. 25.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from Bonneville Dam downstream – Some legals were caught in the Camas/Washougal and Kalama areas.

Bonneville Pool – Closed for sturgeon retention until further notice.

The Dalles and John Day pools – No legals were found in the sample last week.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville Pool – No bass or walleye anglers were sampled last week.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Boat anglers are catching some walleye. No anglers were found fishing for bass.

Trout

Klineline Pond – 45 bank anglers kept 58 rainbows.

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