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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing report

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 57 boat anglers with 17 steelhead kept.  53 bank anglers kept 5 adult and 3 mini jack spring Chinook and 5 steelhead plus released 2 mini jacks.  All the fish were sampled between the hatcheries.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 308 summer-run steelhead, 210 spring Chinook adults, 22 jacks, 484 mini-jacks, three sockeye and one chum salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 42 spring Chinook adults and seven jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, 67 spring Chinook adults and nine jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and 535 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park while the sockeye and chum salmon were released back into the lower Cowlitz River.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,490 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 15. Water visibility is 15 feet.

Lewis River – On the mainstem, 5 boat anglers kept 1 steelhead and released 1.  On the North Fork, 4 boat anglers kept 3 steelhead.

Drano Lake – 4 boat anglers had no catch.  Only a couple boats here early Sunday afternoon.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort and steelhead catch are increasing though more wild than hatchery steelhead were found in the sample last week.  Last week we sampled 2,575 salmonid anglers (including 402 boats) with 792 steelhead, 20 adult and 9 jack summer Chinook, and 20 sockeye.  Only 321 (41%) of the steelhead were kept; 469 wild fish were found in the unexpanded sample.  5 (56%) of the jack Chinook were kept.  Of the adult Chinook released, 15 (75%) were wild and 5 were hatchery origin.   Five (25%) of the sockeye were kept.

216 boats and nearly 600 bank anglers were counted during last Saturday’s (July 13) effort flight count.  Over 500 of the bank anglers were found on the Washington side.

Bonneville Pool – A few boats at the mouth of the Washington tributaries but no catch was observed.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are starting to catch some steelhead.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam from the marker 82 deadline downstream – Last week we sampled 12 sturgeon boat anglers (5 boats) with no legals released.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some legals.  Slow for legal size fish for boat anglers.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers from Vancouver upstream are catching some walleye.

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a walleye and 3.6 bass per rod.  Bank anglers are catching some bass.

Trout

Recent trout plants include:

Council Lake – 2,955 nearly half-pound rainbows July 8.

Shad

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled one lonely shad boat angler with 8 shad kept.

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