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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River region fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 99 bank anglers kept 60 steelhead. 159 bank anglers kept 8 adult Chinook and 30 steelhead and released 1 adult and 1 jack Chinook.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,264 summer-run steelhead, 123 spring Chinook adults, 16 jacks, 39 mini-jacks, 13 sockeye salmon and one chum salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 17 spring Chinook adults and one jack at the Day Use Park in Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, two spring Chinook adults and one jack into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, seven spring Chinook adults and 11 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at Packwood, and eighty-three spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at the Mossyrock Park boat launch.

A total of 81 summer-run steelhead and 12 sockeye salmon were transported to the lower Cowlitz River and released at the Interstate-5 boat launch during the week. In addition, one sockeye salmon was released at the Massey Bar boat launch last week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,800 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 23.

Lewis River – On the mainstem Lewis, 3 boat anglers had no catch. On the North Fork, 47 bank anglers kept 5 steelhead and released 1.

Drano Lake – 5 boat anglers had no catch. <5 boats here daily all last week.

White Salmon River – 12 bank anglers kept 8 steelhead. Fish were caught equally in the Husum area and at the mouth.

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,845 salmonid anglers (including 331 boats) with 970 steelhead, 32 adult and 8 jack summer Chinook, and 3 sockeye. 469 (48%) of the steelhead were kept. All but one of the adult Chinook, all wild jack Chinook, and all sockeye were released as required. One hatchery adult Chinook was kept; angler thought it was a steelhead.

Salmonid effort remains highest off the Washington bank with just over 800 anglers counted during last Saturday’s effort flight count. There were just under 400 boats and 200 Oregon bank anglers counted during the same flight.

Bonneville Pool – 18 boat anglers kept 8 steelhead and released 12. Four boats off the White Salmon River and 10 off Drano last Saturday morning.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching steelhead and a few Chinook. Most of the steelhead caught were wild and were released.

John Day Pool – There are a few anglers targeting summer Chinook and bank anglers are starting to fish for steelhead. No salmon were reported caught or harvested this past week. During the summer Chinook/sockeye fishery this year, 27 hatchery adult and 7 jack Chinook plus 3 sockeye have been estimated harvested and 27 wild adult Chinook have been released.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – We sampled 148 sturgeon anglers (including 53 boats) with 17 legals kept. The legals were kept by boat anglers from Woodland to Longview.

126 sturgeon boats were counted during last Saturday’s effort flight count, exactly the same as the previous week.

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

John Day Pool – 4 boats/11 anglers with 10 released (Catch & Release Only).

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 4 walleye anglers (3 boats) with no catch.

The Dalles Pool – Walleye anglers averaged about a fish per boat. Both bank and boat anglers are catching some bass.

John Day Pool – 3 boats/6 anglers released 26 bass. 23 boats/40 anglers kept 31 walleye and released 3.

Shad

John Day Pool – 8 boats/18 anglers kept 61 shad and released 39.

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