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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 20, 2013 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife southwest region fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Deep River from the mouth to town bridge – From March 1 through June 15, the daily limit for salmon may not include more than one hatchery adult Chinook during those days when the adjacent waters of the mainstem Columbia River are open to retention of spring chinook.

Coal Creek (near Longview) – Feb. 28 is the last day to fish for steelhead and other game fish below the falls.

Cowlitz River – 20 bank anglers had no catch. 27 boat anglers kept 5 hatchery steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered ten winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released three steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,150 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, February 19. Water visibility is nine feet.

Washougal River – 75 bank anglers released 2 wild steelhead. 39 boat anglers released 1 hatchery and 6 wild steelhead.

Lower Columbia mainstem – Anglers are prospecting for spring Chinook with limited success. A fish was observed caught off Vancouver yesterday. There were 49 boats and 138 bank anglers observed during last Saturday’s (Feb. 16) effort flight count.

For the mainstem Columbia River salmon and steelhead fishery from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to OR/WA border – Through June 15, it is unlawful when fishing from vessels which are less than 30 feet in length (substantiated by Coast Guard documentation or Marine Board registration) to totally remove from the water any salmon or steelhead required to be released.

For those that may have missed it, the first spring Chinook of the year over was counted at Bonneville Dam on February 13.

The Dalles Pool – Bank and boat anglers are catching some steelhead.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort and catches are low. A total of 64 boats and half dozen bank anglers were counted last Saturday.

In January, an estimated 1,119 angler trips produced a measly 27 legals kept.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals. Slow for legal size fish from the bank.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching a few legals.

Walleye and Bass

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

John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged just over a fish per every 3 rods. Light effort and no catch observed for bass.

Trout

Carlisle Lake (near Onalaska), Davis Lake (Lewis County), Fort Borst Park Pond and Plummer Lake (near Centralia), Kidney Lake (near North Bonneville), Lake Scanewa (Cowlitz Falls Reservoir), Rowland Lakes (near Lyle), and Spearfish Lake (near Dallesport) – Except for Lake Scanewa Lake, Feb. 28 is the last day to fish until the fourth Saturday in April (April 27) opener. Under existing permanent rules, Lake Scanewa is scheduled to reopen June 1.

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