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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing report


Cowlitz River – 22 bank anglers kept 2 adult and 12 mini jack spring Chinook plus released 9 minis.  50 boat anglers kept 18 steelhead.  All the catch was sampled between the hatcheries.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 351 summer-run steelhead, 209 spring Chinook adults, 24 jacks, 482 mini-jacks, two sockeye, one chum salmon and four cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 75 spring Chinook adults and 21 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 436 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park and recycled the sockeye and chum salmon downstream into the lower Cowlitz River.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,630 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 29. Water visibility is 14 feet.

Lewis River – 2 bank anglers had no catch.  17 boat anglers kept 1 steelhead and released 3.

Wind River – 1 boat angler had no catch.

Drano Lake – 44 boat anglers kept 5 steelhead plus released 26 steelhead and a wild adult Chinook.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,790 salmonid anglers (including 378 boats) with 1,102 steelhead, 10 adult and 2 jack summer Chinook, and no  sockeye.  Only 456 (41%) of the steelhead were kept; 646 wild fish were found in the unexpanded sample.  Half of the jack Chinook were kept.  Of the adult Chinook released, 8 (80%) were wild.

Bonneville Pool –  Effort and catches are light.  Only effort found yesterday were the 4 boats off Drano.

The Dalles Pool – Boat and bank anglers are catching some Chinook.


Lower Columbia from the Marker 82 line downstream – We sampled 11 sturgeon anglers (including 4 boats) with 1 legal released.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Until further notice, sturgeon may be retained daily until the pool-specific guideline is met.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 12 walleye boats/27 anglers with 14 walleye kept.  All the catch was sampled from the Woodland and Camas areas.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged just over ½ walleye and 9 bass per rod when including fish released.


Horseshoe lake in Woodland – Planted with 600 brown trout averaging half-pound each July 25.  No report on angling success.




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