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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 14, 2015 at 9:38 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – The coho just keep on coming! Over 108,400 adults had returned to the salmon hatchery through Jan. 7.

36 bank anglers kept 4 steelhead and 3 coho and released 2 steelhead. 6 boat anglers kept 1 and released 1 steelhead. The steelhead were sampled from the trout hatchery area; coho at the barrier dam.

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

1,357 coho adults and 8 jacks

263 winter-run steelhead

one fall Chinook

two cutthroat trout

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

227 coho adults, three jacks, nine winter-run steelhead and two cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

76 coho adults and one jack into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

72 coho adults, one jack and one winter-run steelhead into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 11,200 cubic feet per second on Monday, January 12.

Salmon Creek in Vancouver – 8 bank anglers with 3 steelhead kept and 2 released.

Bonneville Pool – No effort for salmonids was observed.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Summer run steelhead are being caught in both pools. Unfortunately, all of the fish sampled were wild fish that had to be released.

Sturgeon

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are averaging over 3.5 sublegals per rod and a legal per every 8.7 rods. Fishing is slower from the bank.

Through Jan. 4, an estimated 23 legals were kept. The winter season is being managed for a harvest of approximately 400-550 fish or a March 2 end date, whichever comes first.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals. Fishing is slow from the bank.

John Day Pool – Boat and bank anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville Pool to John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some walleye in John Day Pool. No effort for bass and walleye were observed in Bonneville and The Dalles pools.

Trout

The hatchery planting trucks were busy last week. Below are recent catchable size rainbow plants into SW WA waters. No reports on angling success (except for Klineline Pond where 29 bank anglers kept 3 rainbows).

BATTLE GROUND LK (CLAR)

Jan 05, 2015

Rainbow

1,500

2.5

VANCOUVER HATCHERY

FORT BORST PRK LK (LEWI)

Jan 07, 2015

Rainbow

1,500

2.2

GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

KIDNEY LK (SKAM)

Jan 05, 2015

Rainbow

1,000

2.5

VANCOUVER HATCHERY

KLINELINE PD (CLAR)

Jan 05, 2015

Rainbow

1,360

2.5

VANCOUVER HATCHERY

MARYHILL PD (KLIC)

Jan 06, 2015

Rainbow

500

2.2

GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

ROWLAND LK (KLIC)

Jan 06, 2015

Rainbow

734

2.1

GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Jan 06, 2015

Rainbow

2,266

2.2

GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

SPEARFISH LK (KLIC)

Jan 06, 2015

Rainbow

2,000

2.2

GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

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