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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – 78 boat anglers with 53 summer run steelhead kept and 1 released.  35 bank anglers with 12 adult spring Chinook and 1 summer run steelhead kept and 1 adult spring Chinook released.  All the salmon were sampled at the barrier dam; most of the steelhead at the trout hatchery.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 906 spring Chinook adults, 108 jacks, 186 mini-jacks, 858 summer-run steelhead and two sockeye salmon adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 383 spring Chinook adults and 64 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 434 spring Chinook adults and 24 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 180 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park. Also, 201 summer-run steelhead and the two sockeye salmon were recycled downstream to the Interstate-5 boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,280 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 14. Water visibility is twelve feet.

Drano Lake – 4 boat anglers kept 5 summer run steelhead and released 4 wild fish.  Light effort during the weekdays; <10 boats reported last Saturday.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,542 salmonid anglers (including 226 boats) with 36 adult and 9 jack summer Chinook, 20 sockeye, and 421 steelhead.

13 (36%) of the adult Chinook,  19 (95%) of the sockeye, and 183 (43%) of the steelhead were kept.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead at the mouth of the tributaries.  5 boat anglers kept 1 steelhead and released 8 wild fish.  There were 3 boats off the White Salmon and Klickitat rivers and 4 off Drano Lake last Sunday morning.

The Dalles Pool – Light effort and catch.


Lower Columbia mainstem from Marker 82 line downstream – Anglers are catch and releasing some legals in the Kalama area.

Bonneville Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a legal per every 4.2 rods while bank anglers averaged one per every 7 rods.

Retention will be allowed again July 18-19.  White sturgeon between 38-inches and 54-inches fork length may be retained.  Daily limit 1 fish.  Catch-and-release fishing allowed on non-retention days. 

Angling for sturgeon is prohibited through July 31 between The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.

The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam including adjoining tributaries – Through July 31, the daily limit is 1 fish, min. size 43” fork length and max. 54” fork length.  Existing sturgeon spawning sanctuary below John Day Dam is in effect through July.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged 1.5 bass kept per rod.  No effort was observed for walleye.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged 2.5 bass per rod when including fish released.  Effort and catch for walleye were light.


No report.




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