Lower Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (9-12-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM WDFW AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Bridge downstream:  19 boats/56 rods kept 12 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook, 2 steelhead and 2 coho and released 20 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook and 1 steelhead.  2 bank anglers had no catch.

CHRIS , KOLBY AND LUKE MOORE ALONG WITH HUNTER HIGGINBOTHAM ENJOYED A GOOD TIME WALLEYE FISHING ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER BY CROW BUTTE STATE PARK. HUNTER’S DAD JAROD REPORTS, “THE HAMMERTIME WALLEYE SPINNER IN SIZE 5 IN COMBINATION WITH THE SPIN-N-GLO BOTTOM WALKERS WAS THE TICKET FOR US. HOTTEST COLORS WERE COPPER AND PINK BLADES!” (JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

From the I-5 Bridge upstream:  10 bank anglers kept 2 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook.  No boats were sampled.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 111 spring Chinook adults, one spring Chinook mini-jack, 30 summer-run steelhead, 203 fall Chinook adults, ten fall Chinook jacks, 14 coho adults and 17 cutthroat trout during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 25 spring Chinook adults, and one cutthroat trout into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 77 spring Chinook adults  and two cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 121 fall Chinook adults, seven fall Chinook jacks, five coho adults, and four cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,220 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, September 11. Water visibility is 13 feet and water temperature is 54.9 degrees F. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.

NEW! Check out these graphs; they show adult returns by species for each week and 10-year averages<https://www.mytpu.org/file_viewer.aspx?id=61254>.

Learn about changes to Riffe Lake levels<https://www.mytpu.org/tacomapower/about-tacoma-power/dams-power-sources/hydro-power/cowlitz-river-project/mossyrock-dam.htm> in 2017.

Please note: Tacoma Power will conduct an inspection of Barrier Dam Sept. 12-13. As a result, the flow pattern will be temporarily altered, causing an atypical fishing environment near the dam. The Barrier Dam Boat Launch will remain open during the inspection.

Drano Lake – 45 boat anglers kept 16 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook, 1 adult and 1 jack coho, and released 2 adult Chinook and 3 steelhead.  There were 39 boats here last Saturday morning.

Buoy 10 – Hatchery coho are being caught at Buoy 10.  The closure just outside Young’s Bay is lifted beginning Sept. 16.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – During the first three days of the Chinook mark selective fishery below the Lewis we sampled 543 salmonid anglers (including 163 boats) with 271 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook,  3 steelhead, and 1 adult coho.  90 (33%) of the adult Chinook were kept.

From the Warrior Rock Line downstream to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line – Beginning Sept. 15, closed to Chinook retention until October 1. Remains open for hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead.

Lewis River upstream to Bonneville Dam (non-mark selective Chinook fishery) – We sampled 512 salmonid anglers (including 139 boats) with 113 adult and 5 jack fall Chinook,  1 adult coho, and no steelhead.  106 (94%) of the adult Chinook were kept though all could have been retained.

Bonneville Pool – 18 boat anglers kept 12 adult fall Chinook and released one.  There were 37 boats outside Drano Lake, 4 off the White Salmon River, and 9 off the Klickitat River last Saturday morning.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the Camas/Washougal area are catching some walleye.

Trout

Recent plants of catchable size rainbows.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

MINERAL LK (LEWI)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=MINERAL+LK+%28LEWI%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Lewis County – Region 5
Sep 05, 2017
Rainbow
3,543
2.5
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Sept 30 is the last day to fish here.

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