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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching spring Chinook and winter steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 747 winter-run steelhead and seven spring Chinook salmon 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 one steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,980 cubic feet per second on Monday, April 14. Water visibility is ten feet.

Kalama River – Anglers are catching some winter steelhead.  Remains closed for spring Chinook.

East Fork Lewis from mouth to top boat ramp at Lewisville Park and Washougal River from mouth to Mt. Norway Bridge – Open to fishing for hatchery steelhead beginning Wednesday April 16. Through the first Friday in June, selective gear rules are in effect; no bait may be used.

Lewis River – No report on angling success for steelhead.  Remains closed for spring Chinook.  A handful of spring Chinook have returned to the traps as have a couple summer run steelhead.

Wind River – Boat anglers are catching some spring Chinook.  A handful of boats here last Saturday afternoon.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers are catching some spring Chinook.  About 20 boats here last Saturday afternoon.

Closed to all fishing on Wednesdays through June. Effective April 16 through June 30, bank fishing only west of a line projected from the easternmost pillar of the Hwy. 14 Bridge to a posted marker on the north shore.

Klickitat River – Effort is light on the lower river.  Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturday and Sundays only for hatchery spring Chinook and hatchery steelhead.  Daily limit 2.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 4,182 salmonid anglers (including 1,389 boats) with 1,060 adult and 4 jack spring Chinook and 4 steelhead.  861 (81%) of the adult Chinook were kept.  721 (84%) of the adult Chinook were sampled.  639 (89%) of the catch was upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

Effort increased with over 1,900 boats and nearly 1,300 bank anglers counted last Saturday.

From March 1-April 14, an estimated 73,900 angler trips have produced 9,358 Chinook kept and 2,261 released.  Just under 7,700 of the fish kept were upriver stock based on VSI.

Prior to the run update, allocation of upriver fish (including release mortalities) for non-Indian fisheries will be 10,157 fish for the recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam.

Currently closed to fishing for spring Chinook, steelhead, and shad.

Bonneville Pool – Light effort and no catch was observed.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are beginning to catch some spring Chinook.

John Day Pool – Effort is light.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort is light during the current catch-and-release fishery.

The Dalles Pool – Bank and boat anglers are catching some legals.  Through March, an estimated 47 (15.7%) of the 300 fish guideline had been taken.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  An estimated 157 (31.4%) of the 500 fish guideline had been taken through March.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a walleye per rod.  They were also catching some bass as well.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers about 2/3 of a walleye and 2 bass per rod when including fish released.

Trout

Recent plants.  No report on angling success.

BATTLE GROUND LK (CLAR)
Apr 07, 2014 Rainbow

256

0.67

Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs. each.
Apr 07, 2014 Rainbow

2,000

2.32

Goldendale Hatchery
KRESS LK (COWL)
Apr 09, 2014 Rainbow

352

0.67

Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs. each.
Apr 09, 2014 Rainbow

3,658

2.5

Mossyrock Hatchery

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