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January 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Columbia River Compact/Joint State hearing

A hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel (8235 Northeast Airport Way Portland, Oregon). The purpose of this hearing is to review salmon and steelhead stock status and consider non-Indian commercial and recreational fishing seasons in the Columbia River and Select Areas, including:

2013 recreational spring salmon fisheries.

2013 Select Area winter-summer commercial fisheries.

2013 Non-Indian commercial winter/spring commercial salmon fishing plan.

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 13 bank anglers had no catch. 8 boat anglers kept 1 steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 12 winter-run steelhead and five coho adults during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released two coho adults and two winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site and one coho adult and one winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,750 cubic feet per second on Monday, January 28. Water visibility is 11 feet.

Lower end of Blue and Mill creeks, tributaries to the Cowlitz River – Thursday Jan. 31 is the last day to fish in the current two month season.

Washougal River – 39 bank anglers kept 6 steelhead and released 1 hatchery and 2 wild fish. 23 boat anglers released 8 hatchery and 1 wild steelhead.

Klickitat River from the Fisher Hill Bridge downstream – Thursday Jan. 31 is the last day to fish for salmon until spring.

Bonneville and The Dalles pools – No effort was found.

John Day Pool – Light effort and no steelhead catch was observed.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – 3 bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam had no catch. In Vancouver 2 boats/4 anglers released 2 sublegals; Woodland 2 boats/3 anglers had no catch; Kalama 3 boats/6 anglers released 2 sublegals.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged about a legal kept per every seven rods. Fishing was slow from the bank.

Through Jan. 20, an estimated 71 (6%) of the 1,150 winter guideline had been taken.

The status of the fishery, scheduled to be open for retention through Feb. 10, will be reviewed at a Joint Washington-Oregon public hearing scheduled for Jan. 30. Fishery managers will meet again in May to set dates for the summer retention season.

The Dalles Pool- No effort was sampled there last week.

John Day pools – Boat anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville and The Dalles pools – Little to no effort was observed.

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

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