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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 6, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Columbia River regional fishing reports

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching fall chinook (all released due to condition or wild) and Coho primarily near the salmon hatchery. Some sea run cutthroats and steelhead were caught around the trout hatchery. Lower river was high and turbid most of last week.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,168 coho adults, 867 jacks, 450 fall chinook adults, 30 jacks, 175 summer-run steelhead, 49 cutthroat trout and one chum salmon adult during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 44 coho adults and 19 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site, 28 fall chinook adults, 34 Coho adults and 32 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at Packwood, and 639 coho adults, 458 jacks and one fall chinook adult into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

A total of 982 coho adults, 278 jacks, 313 fall Chinook adults, 26 jacks and four cutthroat trout were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,970 cubic feet per second on Monday, November 5. Water visibility is 12 feet.

Kalama River – High and turbid most of last week. Even when river conditions improved, fishing success didn’t.

Lewis River – Despite flows that reached 11,000 cfs last week, some boat anglers on the North Fork Lewis did well for hatchery coho. Fishing from the bank near the salmon hatchery was generally slow.

Flows below Merwin Dam were down to 6,700 cfs as of yesterday.

Washougal River – Light effort though some coho are being caught.

Drano Lake – Light effort and catch.

Klickitat River- Bank anglers on the lower river are catching coho. Flows at Pitt are currently 1,30 cfs, exactly half of the high flows from last week.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers off the Klickitat are catching some coho.

The Dalles Pool – Light effort and catch.

Sturgeon

The Dalles Pool – Boat and bank anglers caught some legals the last three days of the retention season. Now catch-and-release only through the remainder of the year.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Light effort and catch.

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