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October 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Latest Columbia River region fishing reports

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Here are the latest fishing reports from Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Widlife biologist in Vancouver:

Salmon/Steelhead

Lower portions of Abernathy, Cedar (North Fork Lewis tributary), Coal, Germany, Mill (Cowlitz Co.) creeks and Coweeman River – Re-open to fishing for hatchery steelhead and other game fish November 1.

Elochoman River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day of night closure, anti-snagging rule, and stationary gear restrictions.

Cowlitz River – Mixture of fall Chinook, coho, summer run steelhead, and sea run cutthroats are being caught.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,773 coho adults, 928 jacks, 983 fall Chinook adults, 79 jacks, 128 summer-run steelhead and 44 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 332 coho adults and 106 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site and 614 fall Chinook adults, 53 jacks, 241 coho adults and 389 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at Packwood. A total of 1,082 coho adults, 157 jacks, 344 fall Chinook adults, 34 jacks and twelve cutthroat trout were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,870 cubic feet per second on Monday, October 22. Water visibility is 11 feet.

Cowlitz River from posted sign on Peters Road to the mouth of Ohanepecosh and Muddy Forks, Tilton River from mouth to West Fork, and the Green River – Oct. 31 is the last day of the night closure and anti-snagging rule.

Kalama River – Bank anglers are catching a mix of fall Chinook (most being released), coho, and summer run steelhead. Oct. 31 is the last day of the night closures, anti-snagging, stationary gear restriction, and fly fishing only rules on the lower river.

Lewis River – Boat anglers in the mainstem Lewis are catching some coho and steelhead while fall Chinook are the dominant catch in the North Fork Lewis.

Washougal River – No effort observed recently. Oct. 31 is the last day of the anti-snagging rule and stationary gear restrictions. In addition, night fishing will be allowed from the Mt. Norway Bridge upstream to the Salmon Falls Bridge.

Wind River – No report on angling success. October 31 is the last day to fish for salmon and anti-snagging rule will no longer be in effect below Shipherd Falls.

White Salmon River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish from the Northwestern Lake Road Bridge upstream to 400 feet below Big Brothers Falls.

Klickitat River – Coho numbers are increasing though fall Chinook continue to be caught. October 31 is the last day Chinook may be kept from #5 Fishway (located just upstream from the Fisher Hill Bridge) upstream.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 228 salmonid anglers (including 49 boats) with 2 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook, 2 steelhead, and 7 adult and 2 jack Coho. Overall, all the Chinook and 6 (86%) of the adult coho were kept but both the steelhead were released.

Under permanent rules, closed to fishing for salmon from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam effective November 1.

Oct. 31 is the last day of the 2012 lower Columbia mainstem creel census program. The program will resume February 2013.

Bonneville Pool – Coho are now the dominant catch at the mouth of the Klickitat.

The Dalles Pool – Light effort and no catch was observed.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the gorge are releasing some legals.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye

Lower Columbia below Bonneville – The handful of walleye boat anglers sampled in the Camas/Washougal area had no catch.

The Dalles Pool – Light effort and no catch was observed.

Trout

Blue, Horsethief, Packwood, Walupt, and Willame lakes and Lewis River Power Canal – October 31 is the last day to fish for the year.

(Photo courtesy of Gerald Chew)

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