JOE HYMER, PSFMC)
Cowlitz River – 35 bank anglers kept 2 steelhead; 6 boat anglers had no catch.
Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 38 winter-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the week Tacoma Power employees released twelve winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and ten winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,090 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, February 16. Water visibility is nine feet.
Lower Columbia from the I-5 Bridge downstream – 2 boats/4 anglers near Vancouver had no catch.
A Compact/Joint State Hearing is scheduled for February 18 to consider the 2010 mainstem Columbia recreational spring salmon seasons and modifications to the March-December 2010 lower Columbia mainstem sturgeon recreational fisheries.
Bonneville Pool – No effort for salmonids.
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged over 1.5 steelhead per rod. Bank anglers were also catching some fish. Two-thirds of the fish caught were wild and had to be released.
John Day Pool – Boat and bank anglers are catching some steelhead.
Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – 3 boats/4 anglers near Vancouver had no catch as did 2 bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam.
Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged nearly 0.7 fish per rod when including fish released. Bank anglers averaged one kept/released per every dozen rods. Saturday Feb. 20 is the last day sturgeon may be kept from Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam (including tributaries) for the year.
The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals; slow from the bank.
WALLEYE AND BASS
Bonneville Pool – Light effort for walleye and no catch was observed. No effort observed for bass.
The Dalles Pool – The few boat anglers sampled averaged 2 walleye kept per rod. Some walleye were also caught by bank anglers. No effort observed for bass.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged 0.4 walleye kept per rod. Boat anglers were also catching some bass. No bank anglers were found in the sample.
Kress Lake near Kalama – Planted with 20 surplus hatchery adult winter steelhead averaging 10 pounds each Feb. 8. No report on angling success.
Klineline Pond and Battleground Lake – Both were planted with 1,500 half-pound rainbows Feb. 8. No report on angling success.
Cowlitz River – Lower numbers of smelt were confirmed caught during last Saturday’s (Feb. 13) sport fishery. If you were around the Kelso Bridge, had waders and a long-handle pole plus a good back and a few hours, some fishers were able to get up to a few pounds of smelt. Most of the dips were zeros with an occasional ones and twos. Most of the fish caught were smaller, mature males.
Open only Saturdays Feb. 20 and 27 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Daily and possession limit 10 pounds (about ¼ of a five-gallon bucket) per person.
Mainstem Columbia from the mouth to Bonneville Dam – No reports on any sport dipping success. Through March 31, open 7 days/week, 24-hours/day. Daily and possession limit 10 pounds per person.
All other Washington Columbia River tributaries – Remain closed.