THE FOLLOWING WDFW FISHING REPORTS WERE TRANSMITTED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN AND PAUL HOFFARTH
Washington Columbia River and Tributary Fishing Report Jan 16, 2019
Bonneville Pool- 45 bank anglers released 1 sublegal sturgeon. 36 boats/102 rods kept 8 legal sturgeon and released 1 legal, 151 sublegal and 2 oversize sturgeon.
The Dalles Pool- Closed for retention. No report.
John Day Pool- 17 bank anglers had no catch. 27 boats/56 rods released 5 sublegal sturgeon.
Bonneville Pool- 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.
The Dalles Pool- No report.
John Day Pool- 11 boats/25 rods kept 12 walleye and released 1 walleye.
Columbia River Tributaries
Grays River – 4 bank anglers had no catch.
Elochoman River – 33 bank anglers kept 6 steelhead and released 1 steelhead. 1 boats/2 rods had no catch.
Abernathy Creek – 2 bank anglers had no catch.
Germany Creek – 7 bank anglers kept 1 steelhead.
Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream: 12 bank rods had no catch.
Above the I-5 Br: 3 bank rods had no catch.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered two coho adults, 23 coho jacks and nine winter-run steelhead adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week, Tacoma Power released five coho jacks into Lake Scanewa in Randle.
Tacoma Power released two coho adults, 22 coho jacks and eight winter-run steelhead adults into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. They also released two coho jacks at the Franklin Bridge release site in Packwood.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 9,520 cubic feet per second on Monday, Jan. 14. Water visibility is 11 feet and the water temperature is 44.6 degrees F. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.
East Fork Lewis River – 34 bank anglers had no catch. 2 boats/4 rods released 1 steelhead.
Salmon Creek – 34 bank anglers had no catch.
- Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.
Trout Plants and stocking schedules:
McNary Steelhead Sport Fishery
This past week WDFW staff interviewed 16 boats with 5 hatchery steelhead harvested and 12 wild steelhead caught and released. Anglers averaged just over 1 steelhead per boat, 6.5 hours per fish including wild. The majority of the steelhead caught were A run but one B run fish was harvested and 6 wild were caught and released. 21 bank anglers were interviewed but no catch was reported.