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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 20, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Southwest Wasington fishing report show lots of spring chinook effort

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – No report on angling success. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 109 winter-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 20 wild winter-run steelhead at the Day Use in Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam and 15 wild steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,300 cubic feet per second on Monday, March 12. Water visibility is eight feet.

Kalama River – 3 bank anglers kept 1 steelhead and released 3.

Wind River and Drano Lake – No effort as the water has been high and turbid and the fish counts low.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,263 salmonid anglers (including 423 boats) with 42 spring Chinook and 5 steelhead. Boat anglers averaged a Chinook kept/released per every 24.6 rods based on mainly completed trips. Bank anglers only kept one chinook and released two others based on primarily incomplete trips.

34 (81%) of the Chinook caught were kept. We sampled 31 (91%) of the Chinook kept. 28 (90%) of the Chinook sampled were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

Interestingly, other than effort last week’s results mirrored the same time last year. From March 14-20, 2011: “Overall we sampled more anglers but catch rates were worse than the previous week. We sampled our first Chinook of the season at Cathlamet and Kalama. Last week we sampled 2,656 anglers (including 946 boats) with 116 chinook and 5 steelhead. Boat anglers averaged a Chinook kept/released per every 19.4 rods based on mainly completed trips. Almost all of the catch was sampled from the Lewis upstream. There was one lucky bank angler out of the 447 sampled that had kept a spring Chinook.”

Reminder – The mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam is closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad March 20, March 27, and April 3, 2012.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some steelhead.

John Day Pool – No salmonids were sampled last week.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – We did not sample any legals last week.

The Dalles Pool – No legals were sampled there last week.

John Day Pool – Bank anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged 1.6 walleye kept per rod. No effort was observed for bass.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged over a walleye per rod when including fish released. Some bass are also being caught.

Trout

Klineline Pond and Lacamas Lake – Planted with 2,450 and 3,000 half pound browns yesterday (March 19), respectively. No report on angling success.

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