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February 11, 2014 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 9 bank anglers kept 1 hatchery steelhead.  4 boat anglers kept 1 hatchery steelhead.  Catch was sampled at the trout hatchery.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 101 coho salmon, two coho jacks and 19 winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 50 coho adults and three winter-run steelhead adults into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 47 coho adults, two jacks, and two winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 9,600 cubic feet per second on Monday, February 10. Water visibility is eleven feet.

Kalama River from mouth to upstream to the upper hatchery (Kalama Falls Hatchery) – Effective February 17 until further notice, all Chinook must be released.

Mainstem Lewis River from mouth to forks and North Fork Lewis River from mouth of forks upstream to Merwin Dam – Effective February 17 until further notice, all Chinook must be released.

North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek to Merwin Dam – Effective February 17 through May 31, closed to all fishing.

Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools – No effort was found in any of the three pools.

Sturgeon

Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools – No legals were sampled in any of the three pools.

Bonneville Pool remains open for retention through Feb. 17.

Through January, an estimated 12 (4%) and 10 (2%) of the 300 and 500 fish guidelines for the The Dalles and John Day pools were taken, respectively.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools – No effort was found in any of the three pools.

Trout

Klineline Pond – Planted with 2,355 catchable size rainbows Feb. 5.  No report on angling success.

Smelt

Cowlitz River – Open Saturdays only 6 AM to noon through March 1.  Dip nets used from the bank only.  Daily limit 10 pounds per person (about ¼ of a five-gallon bucket). Possession limit is equal to one daily limit.

Only a half dozen fishers and no catch was observed on Feb. 8, the first Saturday opener.

The mainstem Columbia and all other Washington Columbia River tributaries remain closed.

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