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March 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 55 bank anglers with 2 steelhead kept and 1 released.  33 boat anglers with 1 steelhead kept.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 318 winter-run steelhead and two spring Chinook salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 57 steelhead and two spring Chinook salmon into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site and 63 steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,300 cubic feet per second on Monday, March 25.

Kalama River – 3 bank anglers with 1 steelhead released. Remains closed for Chinook until further notice.

Drano Lake – 1 bank angler had no catch.  3 and 0 boats were counted there last Saturday and Sunday morning, respectively.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,209 salmonid anglers (including 795 boats) with 104 adult spring Chinook and 2 steelhead.  80 (77%) of the adult Chinook and half the steelhead caught were kept.  Chinook are being caught by bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam.

We CWT sampled 63 (79%) of the adult Chinook plus the one steelhead kept.  50 (79%) of the adult Chinook sampled were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification.

Last Saturday’s salmonid effort was half or less of the same time last year (657 v 1,217 boats and 335 v 885 bank in 2013 and 2012, respectively).

The Dalles and John Day pools – Effort and catches are light.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Effort and catch remains light.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Boat anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged ½ walleye per rod.  Some walleye were also being caught by bank anglers.  No effort was observed for bass.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged 2 bass per rod and a walleye kept/released per every 5 rods.

Trout

Leroy Burns Pond in Wahkiakum County – Planted with 2,448 catchable size rainbows March 12.  No report on angling success.

Horseshoe Lake in Woodland – Planted with 340 rainbows averaging 2 pounds each March 19.  No report on angling success.

Klineline Pond – Planted with 1,000 nearly half-pound browns March 18.  Again, no report on angling success.

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