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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 30, 2014 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – Fall Chinook and coho are being caught throughout the river but from the mouth of the Toutle downstream was generally the most productive area.  A few summer run steelhead and sea run cutthroats are also being caught.

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

  • 414 summer-run steelhead
  • 19 spring Chinook adults and one jack
  • 1,432 fall Chinook adults and 118 jacks
  • one chum salmon
  • 3,920 coho adults
  • 276 coho jacks
  • 93 sea-run cutthroat trout

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

  • 15 spring Chinook adults and one jack; 656 coho adults and 47 jacks into Lake Scanewa
  • 737 fall Chinook adults, 81 jacks; 2,010 coho adults, 162 jacks and four cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton
  • 388 fall Chinook adults and 20 jacks; 139 coho adults and ten jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood
  • One cutthroat trout was released in the upper Cowlitz River basin

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,240 cubic feet per second on Monday, September 29.

Kalama River – Bank anglers on the lower river are mainly catching coho.

Lewis River (including North Fork) – Anglers are primarily catching coho along with some steelhead.

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

Drano Lake – Boat anglers did well on fall Chinook plus some coho and steelhead too.

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

Buoy 10 – Boat anglers averaged better than a coho per rod this past weekend.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 814 salmonid anglers (including 216 boats) with 207 adult and 31 jack fall Chinook, 40 adult and 2 jack coho and 12 steelhead.

Most of the coho were caught off the mouth of the Cowlitz while fall Chinook were caught from Longview upstream.

Bonneville Pool – Based on limited sampling, fall Chinook are being still being caught at the mouths of the tributaries though some of the fish are beginning to darken.  A few coho are also being reported caught but were not found in the sample.


Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 2 boats/6 anglers in the Vancouver area with 2 legals released.







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