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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching adult and jack spring Chinook between the hatcheries.  Last week Tacoma Power recovered 241 spring Chinook adults, 80 jacks, 36 winter-run steelhead and 31 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released two steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, 66 spring Chinook adults and 42 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 24 spring Chinook adults and 28 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,560 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, May 27. Water visibility is ten feet.

Kalama River – Effort remains light.  Kalama Falls Hatchery spring Chinook return as of 5/25/14 is 188 adults including 9 wild origin and 52 Lewis stock. The hatchery escapement goal is about 400 adults.

Lewis River – No report on angling success.  Spring Chinook returns as of 5/25/14 is 591 adults including 12 wild origin. River flow ranged between about 3,000 & 4,800 cfs the past week. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.

Wind River – Effort has dropped but anglers are catching some fish throughout the river.

Hatchery escapement goal: 1,500.  From the Carson National Fish Hatchery Facebook page –  May 27;  We had 99 new arrivals this morning bringing our total count to 1,029 adults on station. The Facebook page address is: https://www.facebook.com/CarsonNationalFishHatchery

Drano Lake – Effort has dropped but anglers continue to catch some spring Chinook, both adults and jacks.

Hatchery escapement goal: 1,000.   Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery Facebook Page – May 19; A total  of 1,624 adult spring Chinook have arrived home to Little White Salmon NFH.  The Facebook page address is; https://www.facebook.com/LittleWhiteSalmonNFH?fref=hovercard

Klickitat River – Bank anglers in the lower river are catching about an equal mix of adult and jack spring Chinook.

Hatchery:  144 fish have been counted as of May 27.  Escapement goal is approximately 400-500 fish.  2014Klickitat Hatchery returns

Yakima River – Flows in the Yakima River were high and turbid all week, averaging over 6,000cfs.  WDFW staff interviewed 96 anglers fishing in the lower Yakima River this past week with no salmon caught or harvested. Anglers interviewed were fishing for smallmouth bass and channel catfish.  Anglers reported harvesting 41 bass and 15 channel catfish.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week anglers on the lower Columbia made 8,881 trips and caught 1,181 adult Chinook (604 kept and 577 released) and 339 summer steelhead (325 kept and 14 released).  Based on Visual Stock Identification sampling, upriver spring Chinook comprised 79% of the kept catch (see attached file).

The U.S. v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met yesterday morning and upgraded the in-season run size update of 230,000 adult upriver Chinook.  The pre-season run forecast was 227,000 fish.  TAC will continue to review the run as it progresses and provide updates as needed.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia from Marker 82 line downstream – Light effort and catch during the current catch-and-release only fishery.

The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – A few boat anglers out prospecting without any luck.

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged over 3 walleye and 7 bass per rod.  Bank anglers are also catching some bass.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged a walleye and 4.6 bass kept/released per rod.  Bank anglers are also catching some bass.

Trout

Recent plants of catchable size and larger rainbows in SW WA lakes and streams (no reports on angling success):

BATTLE GROUND LK (CLAR)
May 19, 2014 Rainbow 1,035 2.18 Goldendale Hatchery
May 19, 2014 Rainbow 955 2.5 Goldendale Hatchery
BIRD CR 30.0319
May 21, 2014 Rainbow 1,250 2.5 Goldendale Hatchery
CANYON CR 28.0231
May 20, 2014 Rainbow 2,500 2.53 Goldendale Hatchery
HORSETHIEF LK (KLIC)
May 19, 2014 Rainbow 3,993 2.56 Goldendale Hatchery
KRESS LK (COWL)
May 16, 2014 Rainbow 2,510 2.29 Goldendale Hatchery
May 16, 2014 Rainbow 12 0.3 Goldendale Hatchery
LITTL WHITE SALMON R
May 20, 2014 Rainbow 3,071 2.53 Goldendale Hatchery
OUTLET CR 30.0308
May 21, 2014 Rainbow 1,250 2.5 Goldendale Hatchery
SPEARFISH LK (KLIC)
May 13, 2014 Rainbow 1,500 2.29 Goldendale Hatchery
SPRING CR 30.0106
May 21, 2014 Rainbow 177 2.47 Goldendale Hatchery
May 21, 2014 Rainbow 810 2.5 Goldendale Hatchery
May 21, 2014 Rainbow 2,098 2.58 Goldendale Hatchery

Shad

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – For over the past week, tens of thousands of shad have been counted daily at Bonneville Dam.  Bank anglers are doing well just below Bonneville Dam at the Steamboat Landing Dock in Washougal.  Boat anglers are catching some fish from Kalama  upstream.

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