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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 6, 2014 at 8:33 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – More spring Chinook are being caught than steelhead now.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 605 winter-run steelhead, five summer-run steelhead, 136 spring Chinook adults and 26 jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released five steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton,  44 spring Chinook adults and 13 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 34 spring Chinook adults and seven jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,800 cubic feet per second on Monday, May 5. Water visibility is nine feet.

Kalama River – Anglers are catching about the same number of spring Chinook (which have to be released) as steelhead.

For the Kalama, forecast return of 500. Return as of 5/2/14 is 21 adults including 3 wild origin. The hatchery escapement goal is about 400 adults.

Lewis River – Effort and catch is light.

For the Lewis, forecast return of 1,100. Return as of 5/4/14 is 150 adults including 3 wild origin. River flow ranged between about 7,000 & 9,000 cfs the past week. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.

Wind River – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged an adult spring Chinook caught per every 3.6 rods last week.

From the Carson National Fish Hatchery Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/CarsonNationalFishHatchery:  Our fish ladder has been open for three days and no fish yet. We usually get our first adult sometime during the second week of May. So far 124 of our PIT tagged fish have come over Bonneville. Here is the link you can use to see how many fish have come over: http://www.cbr.washington.edu/dart/query/pitadult_obsyr_detail

Drano Lake – Boat anglers averaged an adult Chinook kept per every 4.4 rods last week.  Bank anglers were also doing well at times.

From the Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/LittleWhiteSalmonNFH?ref=hl:  Happy Monday! As of this morning, 191 spring Chinook have returned home to Little White Salmon NFH. We’ve got several more to collect before we’ve met our (1,000 fish) escapement goal.

Klickitat River – Not a lot of effort but bank anglers from Fisher Hill Bridge downstream averaged an adult Chinook kept per every about every 3 anglers last week.

Yakima River – The lower Yakima River (below Prosser) opened for spring Chinook fishing on Saturday, May 3.  This weekend WDFW staff interviewed 37 anglers, 10 fishing for salmon and 27 fishing for channel catfish and bass.  No salmon were harvested. Fishing for channel catfish and bass was slow.

Bonneville Pool – One of every 3 bank anglers just outside Drano Lake had kept an adult Chinook when sampled last week.

The Dalles Pool – Last week boat anglers averaged an adult Chinook kept/released per every 2 rods while bank anglers averaged one per every 3 rods.

John Day Pool – Both boat and bank anglers averaged an adult Chinook per every 5 rods when including fish released last week.

Bonneville Dam to the WA/OR state line – Scheduled to remain open for hatchery spring Chinook and hatchery steelhead through Friday May 9.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday May 6 at 10:00 a.m. via teleconference. 

The purpose of this hearing is to review spring Chinook stock status and non-Indian fisheries.


The Dalles Pool – Light effort and catch.

John Day Pool – Bank and boat anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – When including fish released, boat anglers averaged over 5 bass and nearly 2 walleye per rod last week.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged about ½ walleye kept/released per rod while the few bass anglers sampled released over 7 bass per rod.


Recent plants of catchable size rainbows:

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