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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Still pretty slow for steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 161 coho salmon, 32 coho jacks and 111 winter-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 28 coho adults, seven coho jacks, three winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 41 coho adults and 17 coho jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,400 cubic feet per second on Monday, January 6. Water visibility is ten feet.

Washougal River – Very slow for steelhead.

The Dalles Pool – Half dozen bank anglers had no catch.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead.

Sturgeon

Bonneville Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a legal per every 11.4 rods while bank anglers averaged 1 per every 26 rods.

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

John Day Pool – Slow for legal size fish.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville Pool – No effort for either species.

The Dalles Pool – Light effort and no catch observed for walleye.  No effort observed for bass.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers caught some walleye.  No effort observed for bass.

Trout

Recent plants of rainbows.  No report on angling success.

Fort Borst Lake in Centralia – 437 fish averaging 1.4 pounds each Dec. 31.

South Lewis County Park Pond in Toledo – 483 fish averaging 1.4 pounds each Dec. 31.

Lake Sacajawea in Longview – 1,381 catchable size fish Dec. 28.

Battle Ground Lake – 41 fish averaging 5 pounds each and 35 weighing 10 pounds each Dec. 29.

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