Follow us:

Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Columbia River regional fish reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Portions of Abernathy, Cedar (tributary of N.F. Lewis, Clark Co.), Cougar (tributary to Yale Reservoir, Cowlitz Co.), Coal, Germany, Lacamas (Clark Co.), Mill (Cowlitz Co.) creeks and Coweeman River close to all fishing beginning September 1. Except for Cougar Creek, all close to protect naturally spawning fall chinook; Cougar Creek to protect naturally spawning kokanee.

North Fork Toutle River from confluence with South Fork to mouth of the Green River and the Green River from mouth to 400 feet below salmon hatchery rack – No report on angling success. Beginning Sept. 1, anti-snagging rule and night closure plus closed waters from 400 feet below to 400 feet above the water intake at the upper end of the hatchery.

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching steelhead between the hatcheries and near the mouth.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 611 summer-run steelhead, 168 spring Chinook adults, 11 jacks, 21 mini-jacks, 13 fall Chinook adults, one sockeye jack salmon and two sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 65 spring Chinook adults, five jacks, one fall Chinook adult at the Day Use Park in Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, 63 spring Chinook adults and four jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at Packwood, and released 26 spring Chinook adults into the Cispus River near Randle. Twelve fall Chinook adults and two sea-run cutthroat were released at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

A total of 57 summer-run steelhead and one sockeye jack salmon were transported to the lower Cowlitz River and released at the Interstate-5 boat launch during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,030 cubic feet per second on Monday, August 20.

Mayfield Lake – Salmon season begins Sept. 1. Daily limit 6, no more than 2 adults may be retained. New for 2012: Release wild chinook in addition to wild coho.

Tilton River from mouth to West Fork – Sept. 1-Oct. 31: night closure and anti-snagging rule. When anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Lake Scanewa – New for 2012: Effective Sept. 1, up to 10 adipose clipped rainbow trout may be retained.

Cowlitz River from posted PUD sign on Peters Rd. to the mouth of Ohanepecosh and Muddy Fork – Sept. 1-Oct. 31: night closure and anti-snagging rule. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Kalama River – No report on angling success. Sept. 1-Oct. 31: Stationary gear restriction from the railroad bridge below I-5 to natural gas pipeline and fly fishing only from the natural gas pipeline crossing to the deadline at the intake to the lower salmon hatchery.

Lewis River – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead near the mouth.

Washougal River – No report on angling success. Sept. 1-Oct. 31: night closure, anti snagging rule, and stationary gear restriction from Mt. Norway Br. upstream. When anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Note: restrictions are already in effect from Mt. Norway Br. downstream.

Wind River – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead. A half dozen boats were observed there last Saturday morning.

Drano Lake – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged just over a steelhead per rod. A few fall Chinook are also being caught. About 80 boats were counted there last Saturday morning.

White Salmon River – No effort observed there last week. River has been reported turbid at times.

Buoy 10 – Improved for Chinook over the weekend. A few coho are also being caught.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,347 salmonid anglers (including 494 boats) with 268 steelhead, 109 adult and 10 jack fall Chinook and 1 sockeye plus our first coho and cutthroat of the season. 168 (63%) of the steelhead were kept. 104 (95%) of the adult and 9 (90%) of jack Chinook were kept though all were legal to be kept. The cutthroat was kept but the coho and sockeye were released.

Just over 500 boats and 400 bank anglers were counted during last Saturday’s effort flight count.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching some Chinook and steelhead. There were 14 boats off the White Salmon and a handful off Drano last Saturday morning.

The Dalles Pool – The few boat and bank anglers sampled had no catch.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – We did not sample any sturgeon anglers last week and only a couple boats were counted during last Saturday’s effort flight count.

The section upstream from the Navigation Marker 82 line opens for catch and release angling beginning September 1.

The Dalles Pool – Only a couple bank anglers were sampled last week and they had no catch.

Walleye

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – 7 boats were observed during last Saturday’s effort flight count; none were found in our sample.

The Dalles Pool – Only 1 bass angler with no catch was sampled last week. No walleye anglers were found in the creel.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►