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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife southwest Washington fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Effort and catch dropped with the higher water.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 685 coho adults, 174 jacks, nine fall Chinook adults, 26 summer-run steelhead, 30 winter-run steelhead, and 42 cutthroat trout during three days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 109 coho adults and 23 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site and one fall Chinook adult, 166 coho adults and 102 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at Packwood.

A total of 348 coho adults, 48 jacks, eight fall Chinook adults, five cutthroat, and one winter-run steelhead were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton during the week.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife released five cutthroat trout into the upper Cowlitz River basin during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 14,300 cubic feet per second on Monday, November 26. Water visibility is five feet.

Current flows below Mayfield Dam can be found @ http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wa/nwis/uv/?site_no=14238000&PARAmeter_cd=00060,00065.

Lewis River – Effort and catch dropped with the high water. Flows below Merwin Dam have bounced around between 10,000 and 23,000 cfs in the past week.

North Fork Lewis flows at Ariel can be found at: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wa/nwis/uv/?site_no=14220500&PARAmeter_cd=00060,00065 and East Fork Lewis at Heisson @ http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wa/nwis/uv/?site_no=14222500&PARAmeter_cd=00060,00065

Washougal River – Only a couple summer run steelhead released last week. Still no winter runs sampled in the creel to date.

Flows at Hathaway Park are currently 2,000 cfs, down from just over 9,000 cfs a week ago.

Washougal River flows can be found at: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?sta=28B080#block2.

Other river flow information can be found at:

Grays River – https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?wria=25#block2

Germany Creek – https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?sta=25D050#block2

Abernathy Creek – https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?sta=25E060#block2

Mill Creek (Cowlitz Co.) – https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?sta=25F060#block2

Coweeman River – https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?sta=26C075#block2

East Fork Lewis River (near Dollars Corner) – https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?sta=27D090#block2

Trout

Klineline Pond – 45 bank anglers sampled last (Black) Friday kept 71 rainbows and released 11.

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