THE FOLLOWING WDFW FISHING REPORT WAS TRANSMITTED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN
Lower Columbia mainstem from the I-5 Br. downstream – Water looks good for salmon fishing but only 31 boats and 68 bank rods were tallied during last Saturdays boat count.
Washington only creel checks:
Sec 4 (Vancouver) bank – 9 salmonid anglers had no catch.
Sec 5 (Woodland) bank – 9 salmonid anglers had no catch.
Sec 5 boat – 1 boat/ 1 salmonid angler had no catch.
Sec 6 (Kalama) bank – 2 salmonid anglers had no catch.
John Day Pool: 1 bank angler kept 1 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.
Bonneville Pool- 4 boats/8 anglers kept 1 legal sturgeon and released 29 sublegal sturgeon.
The Dalles Pool- Closed for retention. No report.
John Day Pool- 12 bank anglers had no catch. 10 boats/22 anglers kept 1 legal sturgeon.
Bonneville Pool- 2 boats/4 rods kept 3 walleye and released 3 walleye.
The Dalles Pool- No anglers sampled.
John Day Pool- 9 boats/22 rods kept 5 walleye and released 2 walleye.
Salmon/Steelhead: Columbia River Tributaries
Grays River – 6 bank anglers had no catch.
Elochoman River – 3 bank anglers had no catch.
Abernathy Creek – 1 bank angler had no catch.
Germany Creek – 1 bank angler had no catch.
Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream: 65 bank rods kept 3 steelhead. 2 boats/6 rods had no catch.
Above the I-5 Br: 21 bank rods kept 1 steelhead. 19 boats/53 rods kept 12 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered seven winter-run steelhead adults during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
All of the fish collected last week were held at the hatchery for broodstock needs.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,930 cubic feet per second on Monday, Feb. 25. Water visibility is 9 feet and the water temperature is 41.9 F. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility
East Fork Lewis River – 24 bank anglers released 4 steelhead.
Salmon Creek – 1 bank angler had no catch.
Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.