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December 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Some coho and steelhead are being caught.

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

  • 2,735 coho adults and 38 jacks
  • 5 summer-run steelhead
  • 207 winter-run steelhead
  • 19 cutthroat trout

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

  • 458 coho adults, 14 jacks, five cutthroat trout and one steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton
  • 96 coho adults into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam
  • 253 coho adults and one steelhead into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,100 cubic feet per second on Monday, December 15.

TODAYS FACTIOD – As of Dec. 10, Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery had just over 100,000 adult coho return! 

Lewis River – Bank anglers are catching some coho while boat anglers are mainly catching fall Chinook.

Klickitat River – Including fish released, bank anglers on the lower river averaged over 3 coho per rod.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged just over a coho per rod.

Trout

Recent releases of brood stock rainbows into SW WA lakes.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond

Date

Species

Number

Fish per
Pound

Hatchery

Notes

CARLISLE LK (LEWI)

Dec 10, 2014

Rainbow

40

0.1

GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Dec 10, 2014

Rainbow

55

0.2

GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

SPEARFISH LK (KLIC)

Dec 08, 2014

Rainbow

30

0.1

GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Dec 08, 2014

Rainbow

70

0.2

GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

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