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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – Generally light effort and catch.  27 bank anglers kept 4 hatchery winter run steelhead.  All the catch was sampled at the trout hatchery.

Washougal River – 42 bank anglers kept 1 hatchery steelhead and released 4 wild fish.  22 boat anglers kept 4 hatchery steelhead and released 2 hatchery and 10 wild fish.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – A few anglers prospecting for winter steelhead or an early spring Chinook, especially on the Oregon bank.   Almost 100 bank anglers and 20 salmonid boats were counted during the Sat. Feb. 1 flight. Nearly two-thirds of the bank anglers were counted at Prescott and Willow bars.  Half the boats were found around Vancouver.  No report on angling success is currently available.

Bonneville and John Day pools – No effort found for salmonids.

The Dalles Pool – Bank and boat anglers are catching some steelhead though two-thirds of the fish were wild and had to be released.


Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort is light with only 2 boats counted during the Sat. Feb. 1 flight.  No report on angling success in the catch-and-release only fishery.

Bonneville Pool – About 1 of every 10 boat anglers kept a legal.  No legals were checked from bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville Pool – No walleye were sampled from the couple boats checked.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some walleye.  No fish sampled from the few boats checked.

John Day Pool – No effort observed for bass or walleye.


Recent plants of catchable size rainbows on Jan. 27.  No report on angling success.

Battle Ground Lake – 1,250 fish.

Klineline Pond – 1,000 fish.




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