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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Bank and boat anglers continue to well on coho with both averaging 2 fish or better when including fish released.  Some fall Chinook are being caught at the barrier dam and sea run cutthroats at the trout hatchery.  Fishing has slowed in the lower river with the turbid conditions  following the rain.

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

  • 154 summer-run steelhead
  • 798 fall Chinook adults and 33 jacks
  • 14,734 coho adults
  • 794 coho jacks
  • 107 sea-run cutthroat trout

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

  • 2,386 coho adults and 145 jacks into Lake Scanewa
  • 379 coho adults and 12 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek
  • 175 fall Chinook adults, 22 jacks; 974 coho adults, 35 jacks and six cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton
  • 504 fall Chinook adults and seven jacks; 1,744 coho adults and 103 jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood
  • One sockeye salmon was released at the Barrier Dam boat launch

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,150 cubic feet per second on Monday, October 20.

Kalama River – Including fish released, bank and boat anglers averaged 1.5 adult coho per rod.

Mainstem Lewis – Anglers are some fall Chinook and coho.

East Fork Lewis and Washougal rivers – Bank anglers are catching some summer run steelhead though most were released.

North Fork Lewis River – Bank anglers averaged better 2/3 adult coho per rod while boat anglers over a Chinook per rod when including fish released.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers continue to catch some coho though effort has waned.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers on the lower river are catching coho though the river has been turbid at times.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week anglers made 1,120 trips and caught 43 Chinook (38 kept and five released) and 144 coho (123 kept and 21 released).  Only 27 boats counted on the flight this past Sunday.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching coho and some Chinook at the mouth of the Klickitat.

Sturgeon

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

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – No walleye anglers were sampled last week.

 

 

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