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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – 79 boat anglers kept 1 spring Chinook and 54 steelhead.  144 bank anglers kept 4 and released 1 spring Chinook plus kept 24 and released 2 steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 315 winter-run steelhead 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 and two steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,540 cubic feet per second on Monday, March 31. Water visibility is eight feet.

Kalama River – 8 boat anglers kept 3 and released 5 steelhead.  10 bank anglers kept 1 steelhead.  Remains closed for spring Chinook.

Lewis River – 2 bank anglers had no catch.  Remains closed for spring Chinook.

Wind River and Drano Lake – No effort.  Wind River – The area from railroad bridge upstream to Shipherd Falls opened for hatchery spring Chinook and hatchery steelhead April 1.  Above Shipherd Falls opens May 1.

Klickitat River from the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge – From April 2 through May 31, open to fishing for hatchery spring chinook and hatchery steelhead Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. The daily limit will be 2 hatchery Chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or one of each.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,378 salmonid anglers (including 471 boats) with 122 adult spring Chinook and 2 steelhead.  103 (84%) of the Chinook were kept. 72% of the catch was upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification.

More salmonid boats in the mainstem Columbia (695) than the Willamette (77) last Saturday.   There were also nearly 900 bank anglers tallied on the lower Columbia last Saturday.

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

Hanford Reach – Steelhead fishing picked up in March in the Hanford Reach after a slow winter.  Anglers caught 512 steelhead and retained 398 hatchery steelhead.  Anglers donated 111 hatchery steelhead to WDFW to support the Ringold Springs and Wells Hatcheries Programs.  Anglers averaged 13 hours per steelhead from the bank and just over 6 hours per steelhead by boat.

Effective April 1 through April 15, this fishery will only be open for bank angling at the WDFW Ringold Access area.

For the fishery, October through March, a total of 1,197 steelhead have been caught and 723 hatchery steelhead harvested.


Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Light effort in the current catch-and-release fishery.

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 and John Day pools – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged nearly a walleye per rod in both pools.  Boat anglers are also catching some bass in John Day Pool.


Battle Ground Lake – 1,500 half-pound rainbows March 24 .  No report on angling success.


Oregon Coast – In the last month Coos Bay fish staff have had confirmed/pictures of eulachon from the Tenmile, Coos, and Coquille basins. The specimens and/or pictures were identified by local staff and confirmed by Dr. Doug Markle (retired OSU prof.).




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