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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 2, 2013 at 10:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – 46 bank anglers kept 1 steelhead and released one.  45 boat anglers kept 1 adult spring Chinook and 17 steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 382 winter-run steelhead, two spring Chinook salmon and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 49 steelhead and two spring Chinook salmon into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site and 56 steelhead and one cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,070 cubic feet per second on Monday, April 1. Water visibility is 15 feet.

Mouth of Wind River – No effort on today’s opener.

Drano Lake – 1 boat observed there last Saturday morning.

Klickitat River from mouth to the Fisher Hill Bridge (located about 3 miles upstream from the mouth)

From April 1 through May 31, open Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only for hatchery

chinook and hatchery steelhead. Anglers will be able to retain two hatchery chinook, hatchery steelhead,

or one of each as part of their daily limit.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,795 salmonid anglers (including 993 boats) with 134 adult and 3 jack spring Chinook and 6 steelhead.  102 (76%) of the adult Chinook and two-thirds of the steelhead caught were kept.   63 (70%) of the adult Chinook sampled were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification.

A Joint State hearing is scheduled via teleconference for:

3:00 PM Wednesday April 3, 2013

Fishery under review:  Ongoing lower river recreational salmon.

Bonneville Pool – No effort was observed.

The Dalles and John Day pools- No catch for the bank anglers sampled.


Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Catch has picked up for boat anglers in the Vancouver to Woodland area

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Fishing is slow for bank anglers.

John Day Pool – Effort and catches have increased for boat anglers.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged just over ½ walleye kept per rod.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged a walleye kept/released per about every 4 rods and nearly 3 bass per rod.


Silver lake near Castle Rock – Planted with 3,900 catchable size rainbows March 27.  No report on angling success.

Horseshoe Lake in Woodland – Planted with 3,510 catchable size rainbows March 25.  No report on angling success.

Klineline Pond –   Planted with 3,380 catchable size rainbows March 27.  No report on angling success.

Lacamas Lake in Camas – Planted with 4,950 nearly half-pound browns March 25.  No report on angling success.




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