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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – No report on angling success.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 273 coho salmon, 34 coho jacks and 79 winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 121 coho adults, 20 coho jacks and six winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 126 coho adults, 13 coho jacks and one winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,070 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, January 21. Water visibility is nine feet.

Washougal River – 60 bank anglers kept 2 steelhead and released 1.  21 boat anglers kept 2 steelhead and released 9.

Bonneville and The Dalles pools – Little to no effort.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead.

Sturgeon

Bonneville Pool – Now closed for sturgeon retention.  An estimated 247 (22.5%) of the 1,100 annual guideline has been taken.

The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.

John Day Pool – Boat and bank anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville and The Dalles pools – Little to no effort for either species.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged nearly 2.5 walleye per rod.  No effort was observed for bass.

Trout

Plants of brood stock rainbows on Jan. 13 (No report on angling success):

Lake                                       5 pounders                         10 pounders

Kidney                                  31                                           24

Icehouse                             24                                           18

Little Ash                             24                                           18

Tunnel                                  48                                           30

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