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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 14, 2014 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 35 boat anglers kept 15 steelhead and 1 cutthroat.  48 bank anglers kept 11 steelhead.  All the fish were sampled at the trout hatchery.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 177 coho salmon, 64 coho jacks, and 55 winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 39 coho adults, 46 coho jacks, and three winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 46 coho adults and 18 coho jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 7,690 cubic feet per second on Monday, January 13. Water visibility is nine feet.

Washougal River – 20 bank anglers with 1 steelhead kept.  1 boat angler with no catch.  Lots of water.

Bonneville Pool – No salmonid effort was observed.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Light effort and steelhead catch.

Sturgeon

Bonneville Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a legal per every 6.4 rods while bank anglers averaged one per every 11.7 rods.  Through Jan. 5, an estimated 88 (8%) of the 1,100 fish guideline had been taken.

Scheduled to remain open for retention through Sun. Jan. 19.  Harvest in the fishery will be monitored with a check-in planned for mid-January to consider whether the season should be modified consistent with balancing harvest between winter and summer seasons. Fishery managers will meet again in March or April to set dates for the summer retention season and consider a proposal to establish a May-July spawning sanctuary downstream of The Dalles Dam.

The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.

John Day Pool – No legals had been sampled through Jan. 12.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools – Little to no effort was observed.

Trout

Recent plants of rainbows (no reports on angling success):

Lake Sacajawea in Longview – 60 averaging 5 pounds each and 50 ten pounders Jan. 8

Battle Ground lake – 1,250 catchable size Jan. 6

Klineline Pond – 1,300 catchable size Jan. 6

Kidney Lake near North Bonneville – 1,250 catchable size – Jan. 7

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