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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 26, 2014 at 8:20 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching mainly summer run steelhead and a few fall Chinook.

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

  • 865 summer-run steelhead
  • 40 spring Chinook adults, 16 jacks, 33 mini-jacks
  • 17 fall Chinook adult 2 jacks
  • 1 sockeye adult
  • 3 sea-run cutthroat trout

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

  • 39 spring Chinook adults and 12 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek
  • 30 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park
  • 12 fall Chinook adults, two jacks and three cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton

200 summer-run steelhead were recycled downstream to the Interstate-5 boat launch:

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,060 cubic feet per second on Monday, August 25.

Wind River – Boat anglers continue to catch summer run steelhead though most were wild fish and had to be released.

Drano Lake – 80% of the boat anglers caught a summer run steelhead.  Problem was nearly 2/3 of the fish caught were wild and had to be released.  Some fall Chinook are also being caught.

72 boats were counted here yesterday morning.

Buoy 10 – Coho have outpaced the Chinook catch in recent days.  Effective August 30 through September 1, all Chinook must be adipose or left ventral fin clipped to be retained.  Effective September 2, the hatchery coho daily limit will be increased to 3 fish but all Chinook must be released.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Effort is increasing though catches of fall Chinook remain low/stagnant and even steelhead catches dropped off.  However, there have been some good fall Chinook catches from Vancouver downstream in recent days.

Last week we sampled 1,560 salmonid anglers (including 405 boats) with 78 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook and 119 steelhead.  All but 4 of the adult Chinook were kept.  74 (62%) of the steelhead were kept.

Last Saturday, nearly 900 boats were counted during the flight.  Just over 200 of the boats were spotted at the mouth of the Cowlitz.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching some summer run steelhead.  Just outside the White Salmon River remains the most popular spot with 18 boats tallied there yesterday.

Hanford Reach – An estimated 212 boats fished for salmon in the Hanford Reach (Hwy 395 and Priest Rapids Dam) this past week.  WDFW staff interviewed 14 boats (25 anglers:100 pole hours) fishing for salmon with no catch. Staff also interviewed 8 bank anglers at Ringold with no catch.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch during the catch-and-release fishery.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Less than a handful of boat anglers were sampled with no catch last week.

Trout

Recent plants of catchable size rainbows.  No reports on angling success.

RAINEY CR 26.0651
Aug 20, 2014 Rainbow 3,665 2.3 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Aug 20, 2014 Rainbow 200 2.3 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

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