THE FOLLOWING WDFW FISHING REPORT WAS TRANSMITTED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN
Lower Columbia mainstem from Bonneville Dam to Warrior Rock– 47 salmonid boats and 6 Washington bank rods were tallied during last Saturdays flight count.
Washington only creel checks: February 25-28, 2019
? Sec 8 (Longview) bank- 2 salmonid anglers had no catch.
? Sec 8 boat -2 boats/4 salmonid anglers had no catch.
? Sec 9 (Cathlamet) bank- 3 salmonid anglers had no catch.
? Sec 10 (Cathlamet) boat – 1 boat/2 salmonid anglers had no catch.
Washington only creel checks: March 1-3, 2019
? Sec 3 (Vancouver) boat – 1 boat/2 salmonid anglers had no catch.
? Sec 4 (Vancouver) bank – 2 salmonid anglers had no catch.
? Sec 4 boat – 4 boats/ 6 salmonid angler had no catch.
John Day Pool – 1 bank angler had no catch.
Bonneville Pool- No anglers sampled.
The Dalles Pool- Closed for retention. No report.
John Day Pool- 8 bank anglers had no catch. 1 boat/4 rods had no catch.
Bonneville Pool- 1 boat/3 rods kept 3 walleye.
The Dalles Pool- No anglers sampled.
John Day Pool- 11 boats/25 rods kept 9 walleye and released 8 walleye.
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Columbia River Tributaries
Elochoman River – 6 bank anglers released 2 steelhead. 1 boat/2 rods kept 1 steelhead and released 2 steelhead.
Germany Creek – 6 bank anglers had no catch.
Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream: 106 bank rods kept 7 steelhead and released 2 steelhead.
Above the I-5 Br: 25 bank rods released 4 steelhead. 47 boats/137 rods kept 46 steelhead and released 3 steelhead.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 12 winter-run steelhead adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Tacoma Power employees released three winter-run steelhead adults into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and one winter-run steelhead adult into the Cispus River near Randle.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,060 cubic feet per second on Monday, March 4. Water visibility is 10 feet and the water temperature is 41 F.
East Fork Lewis River – 16 bank anglers released 2 steelhead. 1 boat/1 rod had no catch.
Salmon Creek – 7 bank anglers had no catch.
Catchable Trout Plants: No report on angling success.
Reports of smelt in showing up in the Lower Columbia and Cowlitz River.
Mainstem Columbia and all other Washington tributaries – Closed to sport fishing for smelt (eulachon).