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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 21, 2013 at 9:09 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Bank anglers at the barrier dam are still catching some spring Chinook mini jacks.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 305 summer-run steelhead, 165 spring Chinook adults, six jacks, 199 mini-jacks, 31 fall Chinook adults, one jack, three chum salmon, two sockeye salmon and 32 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 164 spring Chinook adults, six jacks, 16 fall Chinook adults and one jack into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 15 fall Chinook adults and four cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 111 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park. Thirty summer-run steelhead, three chum, three cutthroat trout and one sockeye were recycled downstream to the I-5 boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,690 cubic feet per second on Monday, August 12. Water visibility is 14 feet.

Wind River – Boat and bank anglers are catching some steelhead.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers are catching some fall Chinook and steelhead though over half the steelhead caught were wild and had to be released.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,650 salmonid anglers (including 346 boats) with 126 adult and 4 jack fall Chinook and 199 steelhead but have yet to sample our first sport caught coho.    122 (97%) of the adult fall Chinook were kept as were 118 (59%) of the steelhead.

Bonneville Pool –   Boat anglers are catching some steelhead.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some fall Chinook.

Hanford Reach – This past week, staff interviewed 5 boats (8 boat anglers) and 6 bank anglers fishing for Chinook that kept  1 adult Chinook and released 4 hatchery steelhead.  Based on the interviews, an estimated 309 angler trips were conducted between August 12 and 18 with 14 adult Chinook harvested and 37 hatchery steelhead caught and released.  For the season, 63 adult Chinook and 16 jacks have been harvested and 22 Chinook jacks along with 37 hatchery steelhead have been caught and released.  There have been 857 angler trips for the fishery through August 18.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from Marker 82 line downstream – Effort is light during the current catch-and-release only fishery.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Fishing from boats in the Camas/Washougal area didn’t result in any observed walleye catch last week.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching walleye and bass.

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