March 12, 2013 at 8:08 AM
State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports
Anglers should be aware March 15 is the last day to fish for steelhead on Abernathy, Cedar (Clark Co.), Germany, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Rock (Skamania Co.), Salmon (Clark Co.) creeks and on the Coweeman, Elochoman, Grays, East Fork Lewis, and South Fork Toutle rivers.
Cowlitz River – 26 bank anglers released 1 steelhead. 6 boat anglers had no catch.
Last week Tacoma Power recovered 145 winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 23 steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site and 21 steelhead and one cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,080 cubic feet per second on Monday, March 11. Water visibility is eleven feet.
Kalama River – 4 bank and 3 boat anglers had no catch. Closed for Chinook.
Washougal River – 29 bank anglers kept 2 hatchery and released 3 wild steelhead. 11 boat anglers kept 3 and released 2 hatchery steelhead plus released 3 wild fish. Some summer steelhead are appearing in the catch.
Friday March 15 is the last day to fish for winter steelhead. Mt. Norway Bridge downstream re-opens April 16 under selective gear rules (no bait).
Wind River – Daily limit reduced from two to one fish. Lower river season delayed two weeks (April 1 opener) and two poles will not be allowed. The upper river will remain closed. The entire river will be closed March 16-31.
Drano Lake – Opens to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead March 16. Daily limit 2 hatchery Chinook, 2 hatchery steelhead, or one of each.
Expect fishing to start slowly as only 18 adult Chinook had been counted at Bonneville Dam through March 6.
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,113 salmonid anglers (including 422 boats) with 38 spring Chinook and 5 steelhead. 30 (79%) of the Chinook and 4 (80%) of the steelhead caught were kept. All of the Chinook were caught by boat anglers. Bank anglers caught most of the steelhead. 23 (77%) of the Chinook sampled were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification.
An estimated 46 Chinook were kept and 11 released from 4,850 angler trips in February.
The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some steelhead.
John Day Pool – Light effort and catch for steelhead.
Bonneville Dam to Oregon/Washington Border – Effective March 16 through May 5, open to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead. Bank fishing only from Bonneville Dam to Tower Island powerlines located about 6 miles below The Dalles Dam. Up to 2 adult hatchery Chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each may be retained per day. Barbless hooks are required to fish for salmon and steelhead.
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 55 sturgeon anglers (including 11 boats) with no legals kept.
In February, an estimated 24 sturgeon were kept from nearly 1,700 angler trips.
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals. Through February, an estimated 41 (13.7%) of the 300 fish annual guideline had been taken.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals. An estimated 71 (14.2%) of the 500 fish annual guideline had been taken through February.
Walleye and Bass
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Some walleye anglers were sampled from Camas/Washougal upstream. A few fish were being caught.
The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, anglers averaged a walleye per boat. Little effort and catch was observed for bass.
John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a bass per rod and a walleye per every 3 rods last week.
Lake Sacajawea – Planted with 2,450 rainbows just over one-half pound each March 4. No report on angling success.
Battleground Lake – Planted with 3,000 half pound rainbows March 5. No report on angling success.
Klineline Pond – Planted with 1,500 half pound rainbows March 5. Last Saturday (March 9), 34 bank anglers kept 1 rainbow.
Lacamas Lake – Planted with 5,000 half pound rainbows March 4. No report on angling success.
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