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September 11, 2013 at 8:38 AM

State Fish and Wildlife’s Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching a mix of fall Chinook and coho plus some sea-run cutthroats are being reported caught.  Boat anglers near the mouth are doing the best.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 465 fall Chinook adults, 24 jacks, 85 summer-run steelhead, 56 spring Chinook adults, 67 mini-jacks, nine coho salmon, four jacks, 24 cutthroat trout and one sockeye salmon during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 56 spring Chinook adults and one coho adult into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 93 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park, and 291 fall Chinook adults, seven jacks, four coho adults, two jacks and two cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.  Also, 102 fall Chinook adults and 14 jacks were released into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,510 cubic feet per second on Monday, September 9. Water visibility is 11 feet.

Kalama River – Anglers are catching some fall Chinook and coho.

Lewis River – Anglers are catching a mix of fall Chinook, coho, and steelhead, primarily around the salmon hatchery.

Washougal River – Generally light effort and catch, at least on the lower river.

Wind River – Light effort and catch.  Catch and release steelhead fishery on upper Wind River above Shipherd Falls will not open this year.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers are catching some fall Chinook and steelhead.  Anglers with a Two Pole Endorsement may use two poles here beginning Sept. 15.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers on the lower river were catching good numbers of fall Chinook until the water became turbid.

Buoy 10 – Boat anglers averaged a coho kept per about every 4 rods.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – During the first 3 days of the mark selective fishery below the Lewis, anglers were catching lots of adult Chinook; however, not many were adipose fin clipped (31% to be exact compared to 25% last year).  All Chinook must be released from the Warrior Rock line downstream Sept. 13 through Sept. 30.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching fall Chinook and some steelhead.  About 40 boats were observed off the mouth of the Klickitat.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Light effort during the current catch-and-release fishery.

Walleye

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Slow for the half dozen boat anglers sampled in the Camas/Washougal area last week.

 

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