(JOE HYMER, PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION)
Cowlitz River – Steelhead fishing improved last week. Lots of rumors that anglers have heard from other anglers that people have caught a springer or two though none have been found in the creel sample yet. The first spring Chinook of the year returned to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator today!
Last week 50 bank anglers kept 5 steelhead and released 1 while 27 boat anglers kept 6 and released 1.
Lower Columbia mainstem from the I-5 bridge downstream – We sampled our first spring Chinook of the season last week. The fish was caught in the Longview area.
Spring-like weather and reports of some fish being caught resulted in higher effort this past weekend with almost 200 boats and 175 bank anglers counted during the Saturday Feb. 20 flight.
Bonneville Pool – No effort for steelhead was observed.
The Dalles Pool – Low effort though anglers are catching steelhead though most were wild fish that had to be released.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some wild steelhead that had to be released. No catch was observed from the bank.
Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers around Kalama were catching some legals; slow on other areas of the river.
Bonneville Pool – Now catch and release through the end of the year.
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals. Slow from the bank.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged a legal kept/released per every 9 rods. Slow from the bank. Effective March 1, 2010 through the end of the year, the retention of sturgeon will be prohibited. Catch-and-release fishing will be allowed.
WALLEYE AND BASS
Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching some walleye; no effort observed for bass.
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged over a walleye kept/released per every 2 rods. Bank anglers were also catching some fish. No effort observed for bass.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some walleye. No effort observed for bass.
Horseshoe Lake in Woodland – No report on angling success. Planted with 30 four-pound and 297 half-pound rainbows Feb. 16.
Rowland Lake near Lyle – No report on angling success. Planted with 31 four-pound and 292 half-pound rainbows Feb. 17. However, Feb. 28 is the last day to fish.
Carlisle Lake (near Onalaska), Davis Lake (Lewis County), Fort Borst Park Pond and Plummer Lake (near Centralia), Kidney Lake (near North Bonneville), Scanewa Lake (Cowlitz Falls Reservoir), Northwestern Reservoir (on the White Salmon River), and Spearfish Lake (near Dallesport) – Feb. 28 is the last day to fish.
Cowlitz River – No smelt were observed or reported caught Saturday Feb. 20. Next Saturday Feb. 27 is the last day to fish for smelt in the Cowlitz.