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July 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – 22 boat anglers kept 6 steelhead.  20 bank anglers kept 3 adult spring Chinook.  All the fish were sampled between the hatcheries.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 243 summer-run steelhead, 159 spring Chinook adults, 27 jacks and 376 mini-jacks during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week Tacoma Power employees released nine spring Chinook adults and two jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, 67 spring Chinook adults and 23 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and 447 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,770 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 8. Water visibility is 13 feet.

Washougal River – Steelhead effort and catches are very light. 6 bank anglers had no catch.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,103 salmonid anglers (including 141 boats) with 128 steelhead, 24 adult and 5 jack summer Chinook, and 4 sockeye.  69 (54%) of the steelhead were kept as were 2 (40%) of the jack Chinook.  Of the adult Chinook released, 14 were wild, 2 hatchery, and 7 unknown origin.   All the sockeye were released as required.

During June 16-30, anglers on the lower Columbia made 27,100 trips and caught 3,234 adult summer Chinook (1,881 kept and 1,353 released), 570 sockeye (535 kept and 35 released), and 1,320 summer steelhead (996 kept and 324 released).

Bonneville Pool – Light effort and no catch observed.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some summer Chinook.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met July 8, 2013 to review upper Columbia summer Chinook and Columbia River sockeye returns. 

TAC updated both runs to 64,000 summer Chinook and 165,000 Sockeye at the mouth of the Columbia River. 

This is in comparison to preseason forecasts of 73,500 Summer Chinook and 180,500 Sockeye. 

TAC will continue to monitor the runs as the summer season progresses


Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines to Marker 82 deadline – We sampled 8 sturgeon anglers (including 3 boats) with 1 legal released.

The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.  Through June, an estimated 69 (23%) of the 300 fish guideline had been taken.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – From Vancouver upstream, we sampled 2 walleye boats/4 anglers with 1 walleye kept.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged 2.5 walleye and over 6 bass per rod when including fish released.


Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort, catch, and dam counts are declining quickly.


Recent plants include:

Kress Lake near Kalama – 1,125 catchable size browns July 3.

Horseshoe Lake in Woodland – 1,000 catchable size browns July 3.

Takhlakh Lake in Skamania County – 150 rainbows averaging 3.3 pounds each July 3 and 2,957 nearly half-pounders June 24.




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