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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching fall Chinook and coho from the mouth to the barrier dam.

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

  • 318 summer-run steelhead
  • 30 spring Chinook adults and one jack
  • 1,139 fall Chinook adults and 51 jacks
  • 836 coho adults
  • 79 coho jacks
  • 40 sea-run cutthroat trout

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

  • 29 spring Chinook adults and one jack; 116 coho adults and five jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek
  • 441 fall Chinook adults, 33 jacks; 549 coho adults, 53 jacks and two cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, WA
  • 442 fall Chinook adults and ten jacks; 72 coho adults and eight jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood, WA
  • One cutthroat trout was released in the upper Cowlitz River basin

Kalama River – Bank anglers on the lower river are catching coho and some fall Chinook plus a few summer run steelhead.

Lewis River – Boaters are the mouth and bank anglers near the salmon hatchery on the North Fork are catching coho and some fall Chinook.

Any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained effective October 1.  In addition, the North Fork Lewis from Colvin Creek to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam will remain open two additional weeks (through October 31) for fall Chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead.

Washougal River – Bank anglers on the lower river are catching some fall Chinook.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers are catching a mixture of upriver fall Chinook, coho, and summer run steelhead.

The lake will be closed to all fishing from 6 pm Tuesdays to 6 pm Wednesdays in October.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers on the lower river are catching fall Chinook.

Buoy 10 – Coho catches dropped off some this past weekend but anglers still averaged just under a fish per rod.

Effective October 1, the salmonid daily limit increases to 6 fish of which 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 832 salmonid anglers (including 237 boats) with 255 adult and 25 jack fall Chinook, 40 adult coho, 5 steelhead, and 1 sockeye.

Warrior Rock line downstream

Of the 46 adult Chinook released, we sampled 30 fish of which 26 (87%) were wild and 4 (13%) hatchery.   The sockeye was released as required.

Effective October 1 any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained.  Adult daily limit is 2 fish.    Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.

Rocky Point Tongue Point line to Bonneville Dam

19 (47%) of the adult coho caught were kept (though 1 wild fish was illegally kept).

3 (60%) of the steelhead caught were kept.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching fall Chinook and some coho and summer run steelhead.

Over 100 boats were counted off the mouth of the Klickitat yesterday morning.  In addition, there were a few dozen off the White Salmon.

Sturgeon

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

Walleye

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Walleye are being caught by boat anglers in the Camas/Washougal area.

Trout

Recent plants of hatchery trout:

GOOSE LK (SKAM)
Sep 15, 2014 Cutthroat 2,133 1.16 SKAMANIA HATCHERY

Mineral Lake – No report on angling success. September 30 is the last day to fish for the year.

 

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