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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 19, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Wide range of fishing choices flooding the Columbia River region

Here is the latest Columbia fishing report from state Fish and Wildlife:


South Fork Toutle River – Anglers are catching some hatchery summer run steelhead. However, most of the effort has shifted to the Green River.

Cowlitz River – Producing some summer run steelhead between the hatcheries and spring Chinook at the salmon hatchery.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 205 spring Chinook adults, 41 jacks, two winter-run steelhead and 328 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 56 spring Chinook adults and 15 jacks at the Day Use Park in Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, 43 spring Chinook adults and 15 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and seven spring Chinook adults, five jacks and one winter-run steelhead into the upper Cowlitz River at Packwood.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,200 cubic feet per second on Monday, June 18.

Kalama and Lewis rivers – Effort and catches remain light. The Kalama remains closed to fishing for spring Chinook.

Wind River and Drano Lake – Effort and catch continues to below light at both locations. Two pole rule rescinded at both areas during the upcoming sturgeon retention season scheduled for June 22 and 23.

White Salmon River – Effort is very light on the lower river. No catch was observed.

Klickitat River – Anglers continue to catch some spring Chinook and steelhead.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – This past weekend we sampled 1,261 salmon anglers (including 184 boats) with 135 adult and 13 jack summer Chinook, 62 steelhead, and 43 sockeye. 75 (56%) of the adult Chinook, 50 (81%) of the steelhead, and 41 (95%) of the sockeye were kept (though any sockeye may be retained).

What a difference one day and a little adult Chinook retention makes! There were 10X as many salmonid boats and bank anglers counted from last Friday (non adult Chinook retention) to Saturday. A total of 850 salmonid boats and 1,571 bank anglers were counted during the Saturday June 16 effort flight count.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers caught some hatchery summer Chinook.

John Day Pool – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Fish Biologist in Pasco -WDFW staff interviewed 34 boats (91 anglers) and 89 bank anglers over the weekend. Salmon harvest was estimated at 9 adult hatchery Chinook and 3 sockeye with 27 wild Chinook released.


Lower Columbia mainstem from Marker 82 downstream – We also sampled 165 sturgeon anglers (including 50 boats) with 20 legals kept last weekend. All but one of the legals were kept by boat anglers. Over 200 private and 9 sturgeon boats were observed fishing for sturgeon in the estuary during last Saturday’s effort flight count.

The ports of Chinook and Ilwaco sturgeon data will be available later this week.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged just under a legal kept/released per every 2 rods. Bank anglers also caught some legals.

From Dennis Gilliland, WDFW Fish Biologist in Vancouver – We had 1,060 fish remaining on the Bonneville Pool sturgeon guideline when the season was closed on February 18.

The preliminary sturgeon harvest estimate for June 15-16 in Bonneville Pool is 516 fish, leaving a remainder of 544 fish on the guideline for the June 22-23 fishery.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers caught some legals.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged just over 8 bass kept/released per rod. Bank anglers also caught some fish. No walleye anglers were found in the sample.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged just over 1.5 walleye and 8 bass per rod when including fish released. Bank anglers were also catching some bass.

John Day Pool – Walleye and bass fishing is reported to be improving.


Battle Ground Lake – Planted with 4,200 rainbows averaging over ½ pound each today.

Klineline Pond – Planted with 2,590 catchable size rainbows June 7.

Goose Lake north of Carson – Planted with 1,000 browns averaging ¾ pound each June 12.

Rowland Lake near Lyle- Planted with 1,984 catchable size rainbows June 8.

Spearfish Lake near Dallesport – Planted with 2,000 catchable size and 10 broodstock rainbows averaging 10 pounds each June 8.



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