Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (11-21-17)



Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  13 bank rods kept 2 adult coho.  5 boat rods kept 3 adult coho and released 2.  Above the I-5 Br:  104 bank rods kept 1 jack and 43 adult coho and released 31 adult coho.  31 boat rods kept 16 adult coho and released 3 adult Chinook and 12 adult coho.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 1,182 coho adults, 92 coho jacks, 19 fall Chinook adults, 52 cutthroat trout, and two summer-run steelhead during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 111 coho adults and 21 coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and 104 coho adults and six coho jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 626 coho adults, 50 coho jacks, four fall Chinook adults, and nine cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 223 coho adults and two coho jacks into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, November 20. Water visibility is seven feet and water temperature is 50 degrees F.

Lower Hanford Reach Steelhead Fishery – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Fish and Wildlife Biologist in Pasco WA – Steelhead fishing continues to be slow to fair in the lower Hanford Reach.  Bank anglers have averaged a steelhead for 20.5 hours of fishing.  Boat anglers are doing considerably better at 1.1 steelhead per boat (9.3 hours per fish). WDFW staff has interviewed 144 bank anglers fishing for steelhead in November with 47 steelhead caught and 33 hatchery steelhead harvested. Staff interviewed 22 boats (62 anglers) with 25 steelhead caught and 15 harvested.

The majority of the steelhead caught are double clipped and legal to harvest. Daily limit is one steelhead per day and the steelhead must have both an adipose and ventral fin clip (through December 31). This year’s return to Ringold Springs Hatchery is estimated at 816 steelhead.


Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume February of 2018.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 17 adult coho kept, plus one adult coho released for 12 boats (27 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and Joh Day Arm): Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook and one jack Chinook kept for two bank anglers; and four steelhead released for 13 boats (28 anglers).


Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):  Closed for retention.  No report.

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.\

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.


The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and 10 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for three boats (eight anglers).

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