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September 10, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Columbia River regional fishing reports by state Fish and Wildlife

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Anglers are primarily catching fall chinook at the mouth and the salmon hatchery while steelhead are being caught at the mouth and the trout hatchery.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 327 fall Chinook adults, 25 jacks, 116 spring Chinook adults, three jacks, eight coho adults, two jacks, 144 summer-run steelhead, and two sockeye salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 69 spring Chinook adults, one jack, 68 fall Chinook adults, three jacks, three coho adults and two coho jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and 43 spring Chinook adults, two jacks, 36 fall Chinook adults, one jack, and three coho adults into the upper Cowlitz River at Packwood. A total of 169 fall Chinook adults, 19 jacks, and two coho adults were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,480 cubic feet per second on Monday, September 10. Water visibility is 13 feet.

Kalama River – Still light effort and catch during limited sampling.

Washougal River – Bank anglers are catching some fall chinook. Fish are present throughout the river.

Buoy 10 – Boat anglers are catching some hatchery coho.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Catches have slowed since the river dropped.

Last week we sampled 2,626 salmonid anglers (including 847 boats) with 519 adult and 66 jack fall Chinook, 17 steelhead, and 5 adult coho. 504 (97%) of the adult Chinook, 10 (59%) of the steelhead, and 2 (40%) of the adult coho were kept.

Anglers are allowed to retain one hatchery adult chinook per day from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Warrior Rock line near the mouth of the Lewis River under a new mark-selective pilot fishery. Through Sept. 16, one hatchery adult chinook may be kept as part of the six salmonid daily limit that may include two hatchery adult salmon, two hatchery steelhead, or one of each. All salmonids not adipose fin clipped must be released.

Anglers can retain two adult chinook (adipose fin clipped or not) as part of their six salmonid daily limit from a line from the Warrior Rock lighthouse through Red Buoy #4 to the orange marker atop the dolphin on the Washington shore at Bachelor Island upstream to Bonneville Dam. No more than 2 of the salmonid daily limit may be adult salmon, hatchery steelhead, or one of each. Release wild coho and wild steelhead.

The 951 boats counted during the Saturday Sept. 8 flight count was about ½ of the previous weekend. The later outgoing tide last Saturday may have had something to do with the lower count. 10% of the boats were counted just above Tongue Point where anglers were catching good numbers of chinook and some coho.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers off the mouth of the Klickitat were catching some fall chinook. There were about 30 boats there last Saturday morning and approximately 40 off Drano and 7 at the Wind. The pool level was very low last weekend.

The Dalles Pool – Anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho, and steelhead.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch during the current catch-and-release fishery.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals. Through August, an estimated 189 (63%) of the 300 fish guideline had been taken.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – The half dozen boat anglers sampled at Camas/Washougal had no walleye catch.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some bass and walleye.

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