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June 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Bank and boat anglers continue to do well for spring Chinook between the hatcheries.  Some summer run steelhead are also appearing in the catch.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 172 spring Chinook adults, 124 jacks and 117 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 17 spring Chinook adults and 27 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,120 cubic feet per second on Monday, June 16. Water visibility is 12 feet.

Kalama River – No report on steelhead angling success.  Adult spring Chinook return as of 6/15/14 is 438 adults including 27 wild origin and 90 Lewis stock. The hatchery escapement goal is about 400 adults.

Lewis River – No report on steelhead angling success.  Adult spring Chinook return as of 6/15/14 is 903 adults including 16 wild origin. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.  River flow was about 2,800 cfs the past week.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,523 salmonid anglers (including 335 boats) with 208 adult and 13 jack spring Chinook, 97 steelhead, and 7 sockeye.  78  (37%) of the adult Chinook were kept.  71 (91%) of the adult Chinook kept were sampled.  42 (59%) of the catch was lower river stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

74 (76%) of the steelhead caught were kept.  All the sockeye were released as required.

Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools – Generally light effort and catches.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – We sampled a handful of sturgeon boats in the Kalama area that did very well on legals (all released as required).

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged about a legal kept per every 6 rods while bank anglers averaged one per every 17.6 rods.  Scheduled to be open for retention again on June 20 and June 21.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers caught a few legals.

John Day Pool – Catch-and-release only through the rest of the year.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville Pool – Bank anglers are catching some bass.

The Dalles and John Day pools – The anglers sampled did better for bass than walleye last week.

Trout

HORSESHOE LK (COWL)
Jun 12, 2014 Rainbow 250 0.67 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs. each

Shad

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 448 shad anglers (including 10 boats) with 1,807 shad kept and 28 released.

 

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