Cowlitz River – Anglers continue to catch a mixture of fall Chinook, coho, and steelhead. A 41 pound Chinook was caught at the barrier dam last week. Most of the salmon catch was observed in the upper river. Flows below Mayfield Dam are increasing and expected reach 8,000 cfs today. Flows are expected to remain at that level for at least the next week or so.
Kalama River – More steelhead than salmon continue to be observed in the creel.
Lewis River – Anglers continue to catch coho although the majority of the fish are now being released. Flows below Merwin Dam were 4,400 cfs which is less than the long-term mean of 6,100 cfs for this date.
Klickitat River – Bank anglers from the Fisher Hill Bridge continue to catch coho although fishing reportedly had slowed some the past few days. Anglers still averaged over 1.3 fish per rod when including fish released. A higher percent of the fish caught are being released.
Flows at Pitt continue to range from 750 to 950 cfs the next few days, similar to the long-term mean.
Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers at the mouth of the Klickitat continue to average slightly less than a coho per rod. Effort has declined with only 10 boats counted there yesterday morning.
Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – Catches in the gorge have improved with the higher flows. Bank anglers just below the dam averaged a legal kept per every 6 rods. Flows below Bonneville Dam have been between 120,000 and 140,000 cfs the past week.
An estimated 16,100 angler trips in October produced 2,200 legal size fish. Most of the fish were caught by Washington and Oregon bank anglers fishing just below Bonneville Dam.
Silver Lake near Castle Rock – 4,269 catchable size rainbows were planted there Nov. 9.
Courtesy Joe Hymer, PSMFC