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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – No report on angling success is currently available.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered six winter-run steelhead, 17 coho adults and four jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

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

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,050 cubic feet per second on Monday, February 4. Water visibility is nine feet.

Washougal river – 13 boat anglers kept 4 hatchery steelhead and released 1. 38 bank anglers kept 2 hatchery steelhead and released 11 wild fish.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – 1 bank angler at Vancouver had no catch.

Bonneville Pool – No effort observed for steelhead.

The Dalles Pool – Anglers are catching some steelhead but all fish sampled were wild and had to be released.

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

Hanford Reach – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Fish Biologist in Pasco – An estimated 30 steelhead were caught and 22 steelhead were harvested in January. This was one of the lowest catch/harvests reported in recent years. WDFW staff interviewed 85 anglers in January, 28% of the effort. Anglers averaged 130 hours per fish caught from the bank and 15 hours per fish by boat.

For the fishery that started October 744 steelhead have been caught with 378 fish harvested.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – 3 bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam had no catch as did 2 boats/4 anglers at Kalama.

Bonneville Pool – Effort and catch both increased last week. Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a legal per every 3 rods. No legals were observed kept by bank anglers.

Through Jan. 27, an estimated 90 (8%) of the 1,100 fish guideline had been taken. Retention in the winter season remains open through Sunday Feb. 10.

The Dalles Pool – The few boat anglers sampled did well for legal size fish. Fishing was slow from the bank.

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

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville and The Dalles pools – Not much effort in either pool but walleye are being caught by boat anglers.

John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a walleye caught per every 2 boats.

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