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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife southwest region fishing reports show first spring chinook and summer steelhead caught



Cowlitz River – Limited sampling last week revealed little to no effort in the upper river.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 16 winter-run steelhead, three coho adults and one coho jack during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

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

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,620 cubic feet per second on Monday, February 25. Water visibility is seven feet.

Washougal River – 30 bank anglers released 2 wild steelhead.  14 boat anglers kept 1 hatchery steelhead and released 6 wild fish.

Lower Columbia mainstem – We sampled our first spring Chinook and a summer run steelhead of the year last week!


About the same salmonid effort as the previous Saturday – 4 dozen boats and around 100 bank anglers.

Mainstem Columbia from Buoy 10 upstream to the I-5 Bridge – Effective March 1 through April 5 (except closed Tuesdays March 26 and April 2), the hatchery adult Chinook daily limit is reduced to 1 fish.

Mainstem Columbia from the I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam – Effective March 1 through April 5 (except closed Tuesdays March 26 and April 2), open to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead.  No fishing for salmonids from boats Beacon Rock upstream to the dam.  The adult salmonid limit will be 2 fish of which no more than one may be a hatchery Chinook.


For those who may have missed it, the second spring Chinook of the year passed Bonneville Dam Feb. 20. 


The Dalles Pool – No effort was observed for steelhead.


John Day Pool – Slow for steelhead from the bank.





Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch on the lower Columbia.  Just 26 boats and a few bank anglers were counted during last Saturday’s (Feb. 23) effort flight count.


Bonneville Pool – An estimated 335 (30.5%) of the 1,100 fish annual guideline were taken during the winter season.  Currently catch-and-release only until a possible retention fishery in June.


The Dalles Pool – Light effort and catch.


John Day pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.



Walleye and Bass

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

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some walleye and bass.


Klineline Pond – 13 bank anglers kept 5 rainbows.  Planted with 1,500 rainbows averaging 2/3 pound each Feb. 19.


Effective March 1 through May 15, 2013, the mainstem Columbia River will be open for retention of shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.





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