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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Including fish released, anglers averaged about an adult coho per rod.  Some fall Chinook are also being caught but nearly all were released.  Some summer run steelhead and sea run cutthroats were also found in the creel.  Most of the overall catch was found near the barrier dam.

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

  • 194 summer-run steelhead
  • three winter-run steelhead
  • 255 fall Chinook adults and six jacks
  • 11,293 coho adults
  • 344 coho jacks
  • 127 sea-run cutthroat trout

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

  • 2,580 coho adults and 62 jacks into Lake Scanewa
  • 127 coho adults and three jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek
  • 108 fall Chinook adults, three jacks; 1,321 coho adults, 45 jacks and 18 cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton
  • 121 fall Chinook adults and two jacks; 1,449 coho adults and 53 jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood, WA

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,390 cubic feet per second on Monday, November 10. River visibility is 13 feet.

Coweeman River – No steelhead but a few coho are being released as required.  Light effort.

Kalama River – Bank anglers averaged over a coho per rod and boat anglers just under a fish per rod when including fish released.  Most of the catch is occurring upstream from the Modrow Bridge.

Lewis River – North Fork boat anglers did best averaging over a coho kept/released per rod.  They were also catching some fall Chinook.

Flows at Merwin Dam are currently 9,740 cfs, nearly double the 5,160 cfs long term mean for this date.

East Fork Lewis – A few coho are being released as required but no steelhead.  Effort is light.

Flows at Heisson are currently 823 cfs, just slightly above the long term mean of 792 cfs for this date.

Klickitat River – Remains excellent for coho with bank anglers on the lower river averaging over 2 fish per rod while the half dozen boat anglers sampled averaged nearly 4 fish per rod.

Flows at Pitt are slightly above the long term mean for this date (1,090 cfs vs 890 cfs, respectively).

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers at the mouth of the Klickitat averaged better than 1.5 fish per rod.  Prawn/spinner is the bait of choice but the fish are reported hitting just about anything.

 

 

 

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