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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching about equal numbers of hatchery adult spring Chinook and winter run steelhead.  Quite a few spring Chinook jacks in the catch too.  Most of the catch was between the hatcheries.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 670 winter-run steelhead, 192 spring Chinnok adults and 29 jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 18 steelhead and one cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 127 steelhead, 114 spring Chinook adults and 13 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam. In addition, one cutthroat trout was released above Cowlitz Falls Dam. River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,800 cubic feet per second on Monday, April 28. Water visibility is nine feet.

Kalama River – Anglers are catching some spring Chinook (which must be released) and steelhead (though most were wild and were released).

1 hatchery adult and 1 hatchery jack spring Chinook had returned to the hatchery as of April 18.  The hatchery escapement goal is about 400 fish.

Lewis River – Little to no effort.  Through April 23, a total of 11 hatchery adult spring Chinook had returned to the traps. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 fish.

Wind River – Boat anglers averaged a spring Chinook kept per about every 5 rods.  Effort was heavy last Saturday.  Some fish are also being caught in the gorge.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers averaged a spring Chinook kept per every 6 rods.  Bank anglers are also catching some fish.

Klickitat River – Some spring Chinook and summer run steelhead are appearing in the bank angler creels below Fisher Hill Bridge.

Bonneville Pool – Effort and spring Chinook catches are increasing for bank anglers just outside Drano.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Bank and boat anglers are catching some spring Chinook.


The Dalles and John Day pools – Light effort and catches.  Some legals were caught off the bank in John Day Pool.

Walleye and Bass

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


2014 Opening Day creel results – Region 5, John Weinheimer 4/26/14

# Anglers

# Fish

# Fish



County Lake




fish caught/angler

fish kept/angler


Lewis   Plummer, 18 anglers w 21 kept and 47 released.  3.8 f/a caught, 1.2 f/a kept

Breezy, cloudy, low turnout, 2 bass also caught.

Lewis    Carlisle, 52 anglers w 48 kept and 294 released.  6.6 f/a caught, 0.9 f/a kept.  Anglers happy and having fun.  Mixture of weather.  1 broodstock and many triploids checked.   Coho not a problem.

Lewis   Fort Borst Park Pond, 39 anglers with 61 trout kept and 7 released, 1.7 f/a caught, 1.6 f/a kept.  Calm and sunny until noon.

Mineral Lake  123 anglers w 317 kept and 455 released.  6.3 f/a caught, 2.6 f/a kept.  Largest trout checked was 20.25 inches.  Lots of fish in the 14-15 inch range.  Mixture of weather.

Skamania   kidney, 40 anglers w 85 kept and 20 released.  2.6 f/a caught, 2.1 f/a kept.  Light rain and sun.  5 broodstock checked, happy anglers.

Klickitat   Spearfish, 36 anglers w 86 kept and 43 released.  3.6 f/a caught, 2.4 f/a kept, warm, sunny, but very windy.  1 broodstock , 8 triploids checked.  Lures worked the best.  People having a good time.

Klickitat   Rowland, 71 anglers w 200 kept and 314 released.  7.2 f/a caught, 2.8 f/a kept.

About 1 in 5 trout kept was a broodstock or triploid.  Sunny, windy.  Lures were the most successful.  People having fun.

Klickitat   Horsethief, 51 anglers w 100 kept and 20 released.  2.4 f/a caught, 2 f/a kept.  2 broodstock checked. Also caught were 10 bass and 1 walleye.  Very windy, sunny, and cold, but people having a good time.

Year round lakes planted with trout last week (no report on angling success):

Apr 23, 2014 Rainbow



Vancouver Hatchery
Apr 23, 2014 Brown Trout



Vancouver Hatchery




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