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August 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing report


Cowlitz River – 9 bank anglers at the barrier dam kept 14 mini jack spring Chinook and 1 steelhead.  41 boat anglers sampled at the trout hatchery kept 18 steelhead.  Effort is light on the lower river.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 315 summer-run steelhead, 140 spring Chinook adults, nine jacks, 396 mini-jacks, three sockeye salmon adults and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 74 spring Chinook adults and eight jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 773 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park, and recycled three sockeye downstream to the Massey Bar boat launch on the lower Cowlitz River.  In addition, they released 56 tagged summer-run steelhead, two sockeye and one chum salmon at the I-5 boat launch during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,630 cubic feet per second on Monday, August 5. Water visibility is 16 feet.

Drano Lake – 185 boat anglers kept 1 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook and 56 steelhead plus released 110 steelhead.  60 boats were observed here last Saturday morning.

Buoy 10 – Boat anglers averaged about a fish for every two boats.  Catch is split between fall Chinook and coho.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – During the first four days of August we sampled 1,528 salmonid anglers (including 210 boats) with 22 adult and 9 fall Chinook and 656 steelhead but no coho or sockeye.  Only 277 (42%) of the steelhead were kept; 379 wild fish were found in the unexpanded sample.  20 (91%) of the adult fall Chinook were kept as were 6 (67%) of the jacks.

Pretty high effort last weekend with 328 boats and 673 bank anglers counted during Saturday’s effort flight count.  Over 80% of the bank effort was on the Washington side.  Just over 70 boats were observed at the mouth of the Cowlitz.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead.  9 boats were counted at the mouth of Drano Lake and the White Salmon River plus another handful off the Klickitat last Saturday morning.

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


Lower Columbia mainstem from the marker 82 line downstream – We did not sample any sturgeon anglers last week.  During the current catch-and-release only fishery, less than 10 boats were found on the lower Columbia last Saturday.

The Dalles Pool – Boat and bank anglers caught some legals.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 4 walleye boats/7 anglers from Vancouver upstream with no catch.    Just over a dozen walleye boats were found there during last Saturday’s effort flight count.

The Dalles Pool- Boat anglers averaged a walleye and just over a dozen bass kept/released per rod.









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