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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 3, 2014 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – Bank anglers at the barrier dam are catching some spring Chinook, both adults and jacks.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 235 spring Chinook adults, 128 jacks, 33 summer-run steelhead and six winter-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 49 spring Chinook adults and 102 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam and 17 spring Chinook jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,370 cubic feet per second on Monday, June 2.

Kalama River – Spring Chinook return as of 6/1/14 is 234 adults including 10 wild origin and 55 Lewis stock. The hatchery escapement goal is about 400 adults.

Lewis River – Spring Chinook return as of 6/1/14 is 837 adults including 16 wild origin. River flow ranged between about 3,000 & 10,000 cfs the past week. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.

Wind River – Light effort and catches.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers are still catching some spring Chinook but overall effort is light.

Klickitat River – Still some spring Chinook being caught by bank anglers downstream from the Fisher Hill Bridge but overall effort is light on the lower river.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – During the last 6 days of May we sampled 544 salmonid anglers (including 114 boats) with 50 adult and 7 jack spring Chinook and 22 steelhead.  Half  of the adult Chinook were kept.  23 (92%) of the adult Chinookkept were sampled.  17

(74%) of the catch was upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

The U.S. v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) upgraded the in-season run size this morning to 234,000 adult upriver Chinook.  The pre-season forecast was 227,000 fish.  The spring management period continues through June 15.

Bonneville Pool – Effort was light on the Washington side last weekend.

The Dalles Pool – Some spring Chinook are being caught by bank anglers.

John Day Pool – Boat and bank anglers are catching some spring Chinook.


Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Effort and catches remain light below Bonneville Dam 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.  A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday June 3 at 1:00 p.m. via teleconference to review the John Day sturgeon recreational fishery.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged 1.6 walleye and over 9 bass kept/released per rod.  Bank anglers are also catching some bass.

John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged over 2 walleye and 4.5 bass per rod.


Recent plants of trout (no report on angling success):

May 28, 2014 Brown Trout 2,038 2.5 Mossyrock Hatchery


Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Based on mainly incomplete trips, bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam averaged 2.4 shad per rod while those at Steamboat landing in Washougal averaged about a fish per rod.  Boat anglers from Kalama upstream were also having some success.

Nearly 100,000 shad crossed Bonneville Dam last Saturday, the highest count so far this year.




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