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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – Has slowed for coho but some winter run steelhead are being caught.

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

*   6,161 coho adults and 67 jacks

*   6 fall Chinook adults

*   29 summer-run steelhead

*   24 winter-run steelhead

*   25 cutthroat trout

*   1 chum salmon

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

*   1,148 coho adults, 14 jacks, 3 fall Chinook adults, 3 cutthroat trout, and 1 steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton

*   634 coho adults and 11 jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood

*   252 coho adults and 5 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam

*   793 coho adults and 6 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 14,100 cubic feet per second on Monday, December 1. River visibility is 6 feet.

Kalama River – Light effort and catch on the lower river.

Lewis River – North Fork bank anglers are catching some coho while boat anglers are catching coho and some fall Chinook.   Mainstem Lewis is slow.

Klickitat River – Still producing good numbers of coho in the lower river.

Bonneville Pool – Good numbers of coho continue to be caught by boat anglers at the mouth of the Klickitat.

Hanford steelhead fishery – During the month of November anglers landed 523 steelhead and harvested 439 hatchery steelhead in the Hanford Reach sport fishery. WDFW staff interviewed 357 anglers in November, 27% of the anglers. Anglers are averaging a steelhead for every 9 hours of fishing, slightly better by boat (8 hours/fish) than bank (10 hours/fish). 86% of the fish caught during the fishery have been adipose or adipose+right ventral fin clipped, (14% unclipped).

Ringold Springs Hatchery is transporting all the hatchery steelhead captured at the trap and releasing them back into the river in the Tri-cities to give anglers another opportunity to catch these returning adults. These “recycled” fish are marked (caudal clipped) prior to release. Of the 439 fish harvested in November, 104 were previously captured at the trap.

An estimated 716 hatchery steelhead have been harvested since the fishery opened on October 1.


Klineline Pond – 58 bank anglers kept 43 nice, fat rainbows.





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