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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 14 bank anglers kept 1 steelhead. 7 boat anglers also kept 1 steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 24 winter-run steelhead, 43 coho adults and eight jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 19 coho adults, seven jacks and 10 winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site and one winter-run steelhead, five coho adults and one jack into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 11,700 cubic feet per second on Monday, January 22.

Washougal River – River is low and clear; fishing is slow. 67 bank anglers kept 1 hatchery steelhead and released 2 wild fish. 31 boat anglers released 1 wild steelhead. Flows at Hathaway Park are currently 650 cfs.

Bonneville Pool – No effort was found there last week.

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

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead; no catch observed from the bank.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Fishing is as cold as the weather. 2 boats/4 anglers in the Vancouver area had no catch. 2 boats/4 anglers in the Kalama area released 1 sublegal.

Bonneville Pool – About 1 in 9 boat anglers handled a legal size fish last week. Just over half were kept. No legals were reported caught by bank anglers.

Through Jan. 13, an estimated 23 (2%) of the 1,150 winter guideline had been taken.

The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals; fishing is slow from the bank.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville and John Day pools – Boat anglers are catching some walleye. No effort was observed for bass.

The Dalles Pool – No effort was observed for either species.

Trout

Lake Sacajawea in Longview – Planted with 163 five pound rainbows on Jan. 12. No report on angling success.

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