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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 5, 2014 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Bank anglers at the barrier dam are catching some spring Chinook and summer run steelhead while boat anglers are catching summer run steelhead around the trout hatchery.

During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator last week, Tacoma Power recovered:

  • 1,605 summer-run steelhead
  • 138 spring Chinook adults, 55 jacks, 142 mini-jacks
  • 1 fall Chinook adult
  • 1 cutthroat trout
  • 5 sockeye salmon adults

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

  • 91 spring Chinook adults, 45 jacks and 1 fall Chinook adult into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek
  • 120 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park
  • 2 cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

These fish were recycled downstream to the Interstate-5 boat launch:

  • 199 summer-run steelhead
  • 4 sockeye salmon

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,460 cubic feet per second on Monday, August 4. Water visibility is 13 feet.

Wind River – Little to no effort.

Drano Lake – When including fish released, boat anglers averaged 1.3 steelhead per rod.  However, ¾ of the fish caught were wild and had to be released.

Klickitat River – River continues to be off color with poor visibility.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – During the first three days of August we sampled 1,001 salmonid anglers (including 107 boats) with 2 adult fall Chinook, 1 sockeye, and 310 steelhead.

All the adult Chinook kept.  The sockeye was released as required.   151 (49%) of the steelhead were kept.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead.  About 48 boats were counted outside Drano last Sunday morning.  Reports of good success off the White Salmon River.

Walleye

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the Camas/Washougal area are catching some walleye.

Trout

Recent plants of catchable size brown trout.  No report on angling success.

LONG LK (LEWI)
Jul 23, 2014 Brown Trout 813 2.5 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Jul 25, 2014 Brown Trout 813 2.5 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Jul 23, 2014 Brown Trout 813 2.5 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

 

 

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