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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Southwest Washington fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – No report on angling success.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 129 winter-run steelhead, 30 coho adults and seven jacks during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 15 coho adults, four jacks and seven winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site, and they released ten winter-run steelhead and two coho jacks into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,880 cubic feet per second on Monday, January 7. Flows will increase to 8,700 cubic feet per second during the week. Water visibility is ten feet.

Washougal River – 10 boat anglers kept 1 hatchery steelhead and released 3 wild fish while 51 bank anglers kept 3 hatchery fish and released 1 wild steelhead.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Bank anglers are catching some steelhead.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – 3 bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam had no catch. 2 boats/4 anglers sampled at Kalama released 11 sublegals and kept 3 legals.

Bonneville Pool – None of the boat or bank anglers sampled had kept any legals.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Boat anglers are catching some legals. Slow for legal size fish from the bank.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville Pool – No effort was observed.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some walleye. No effort was observed for bass.

John Day Pool – Little effort and no catch observed for walleye. No bass anglers were found in the sample.

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