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March 25, 2014 at 9:12 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing report

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 161 boat anglers kept 115 steelhead and released 3.  122 bank anglers kept 3 and released 1 spring Chinook and kept 25 and released 2 steelhead.  Boat anglers were mainly catching fish by the trout hatchery while bank catch was more spread throughout the river.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 335 winter-run steelhead and one spring Chinook during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 37 steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and the spring Chinook salmon into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,100 cubic feet per second on Monday, March 24. Water visibility is seven feet.

Kalama River – 10 bank anglers kept 1 steelhead.  3 boat anglers kept 1 and released 3 steelhead.  Remains closed for spring Chinook.

Lewis River – 5 bank anglers had no catch.  On the North Fork Lewis, 2 bank anglers released 1 steelhead.  Both remain closed for spring Chinook.

Wind River and Drano Lake – No effort observed on the Sun. March 16 opener.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,360 salmonid anglers (including 447 boats) with 8 adult spring Chinook and 3 steelhead.  7 (87%) of the Chinook were kept.  Based on Visual Stock Identification, half the catch was lower river and the other half upriver stock.  All the steelhead were wild and released.

Salmonid effort picked up and spread out in the mainstem Columbia.  However, more boats were counted in the Willamette (486) than the Columbia (458) during last Saturday’s flight.

Bonneville Pool – No effort observed on the Sun. March 16 opener.

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

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam –  Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing in the Woodland area was very good.  Effort is light.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Bank and boat anglers are catching some legals in both pools.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged over a walleye kept/released per rod.

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

Trout

Klineline Pond – Planted with 2,000 nearly half-pound browns March 19.   30 bank anglers kept 25 browns and 8 rainbows and released 9 browns.  Anglers are catching the fish in the swimming area.

Lacamas Lake near Camas – Planted with 5,000 nearly half-pound browns March 19.  No report on angling success.

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