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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

East Fork Lewis River – The entire river is currently closed to all fishing. From the top boat ramp at Lewisville Park downstream is scheduled to re-open April 16 under selective gear rules (no bait).

Cowlitz River – 21 boat anglers kept 6 hatchery steelhead.  33 bank anglers kept 3 hatchery steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 156 winter-run steelhead, one spring Chinook and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 29 steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. One cutthroat trout was released into the upper Cowlitz River basin.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 14,300 cubic feet per second on Monday, March 17. Water visibility is seven feet.

Washougal River – During the last few days of the winter steelhead fishery, 14 bank anglers kept 1 hatchery steelhead and released 5 wild fish.  18 boat anglers released 16 wild steelhead.

The entire river is currently closed to all fishing. Mt. Norway Bridge downstream re-opens April 16 under selective gear rules (no bait).

Wind River – No report on the March 16 opener though with only a handful of spring Chinook over Bonneville, it would be expected effort and catch would be light.

Daily limit is 2 Chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or one of each.  Release wild Chinook downstream of Shipherd Falls.

The area from the mouth to the railroad bridge opened March 16, railroad bridge upstream to Shipherd Falls opens April 1 and above Shipherd Falls May 1.  At the mouth, the Two Pole Endorsement for salmon and steelhead will be in effect in May and June.

Drano Lake – No report on the March 16 opener though with only a handful of spring Chinook over Bonneville, it would be expected effort and catch would be light.  Daily limit is 2 hatchery Chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or one of each.  Release wild Chinook. The Two Pole Endorsement for salmon and steelhead will be in effect in May and June.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled over 200 boats and 200 bank anglers with 1 Chinook released.  As of last week, we had not sampled our first spring Chinook kept of the season.

Effort has increased with nearly 300 boats and over 400 bank anglers tallied during last Saturday’s effort flight count.

Reminder – The mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam will be closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad March 25 and April 1, 2014.

Bonneville Pool to John Day Pool – Light to no effort.

Hanford Reach – Fishing continues to be steady in the Ringold area steelhead sport fishery.  This past week WDFW staff interviewed 40 anglers (20 bank, 20 boat) with 20 steelhead (all hatchery).  Boat anglers averaged 8 hours per fish and bank anglers did slightly better at 6 hours per fish (1/2 a steelhead per angler).

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Not much effort during the current catch-and-release fishery but some fish are being caught by boat anglers in the Kalama area.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.

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

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged over 2 walleye per rod.  No effort observed for bass.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some walleye and bass.

Trout

Leroy Burns Pond in Wahkiakum County – Planted with 2,500 catchable size rainbows March 1. No report on angling success.

Klineline Pond – Planted with 1,516 half-pound rainbows March 10.  9 bank anglers kept 4 rainbows.  Fish were caught in the swimming area by anglers using Power Bait.

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