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July 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Replanted hatchery steelhead will soon find their way back into Lower Cowlitz River

Thousands of summer hatchery steelhead from the Cowlitz River Hatchery will be released below the I-5 boat ramp to give anglers another chance to catch them.

Tacoma Power in a shared paid program with state Fish and Wildlife are releasing 1,600 hatchery-reared summer steelhead this coming Monday or Tuesday.

The program state Fish and Wildlife contracted with the U.S. Geological Survey’s two-year study to determine if replanted steelhead in Lower Cowlitz find their way into small tributary streams, where they would compete with wild steelhead. The end results determined that the fish rarely moved into these smaller streams.

During the next two months the steelhead – marked to show they were recycled – will be released in the lower river.

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