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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

State Fish and Wildlife’s Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Anglers near the barrier dam are mainly catching fall Chinook (mostly wild or dark fish released) and Coho while steelhead and sea run cutthroats are the primary catch near the trout hatchery. The lower river is generally slow.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 830 Coho adults, 316 jacks, 71 fall Chinook adults, three jacks, 47 summer-run steelhead and 26 cutthroat trout during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 187 Coho adults and 124 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site, 31 fall Chinook adults, one jack, 23 Coho adults and 46 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at Packwood, and 101 Coho adults, 63 jacks, one fall Chinook adult and one cutthroat trout into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

A total of 445 Coho adults, 117 jacks, 71 fall Chinook adults, three jacks and eight cutthroat trout were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,300 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, November 13. Water visibility is five feet. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.

Kalama River – Generally slow for fall Chinook, Coho, and steelhead.

Four wild winter steelhead had returned to Kalama Falls Hatchery through Nov. 2.

Lewis River – North Fork boat anglers are catching fall Chinook and some Coho; fishing from the bank is slow.

Flows below Merwin Dam are currently 4,430 cfs, similar to the long-term mean for this date.

Washougal River – No creel data is currently available though effort and catches are reportedly light.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers are catching some Coho on the lower river while boat anglers are catching some fish at the mouth.

Flows at Pitt are currently 992 cfs, similar to the long-term mean for this date.

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