SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (10-24-17)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ORIGINATED WITH WDFW AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon/Steelhead

Lower portions of Abernathy, Cedar (North Fork Lewis tributary), Coal, Germany, Goble, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Mulholland, Skamokawa creeks and the Coweeman and Elochoman rivers – Re-open to fishing for hatchery steelhead and hatchery salmon beginning November 1.

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  19 bank rods kept 2 adult coho and released 3.  16 boat rods kept 4 adult coho and released 2 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho.  Above the I-5 Br:  98 bank rods kept 2 jack and 28 adult coho and released 1 jack and 43 adult Chinook, 10 jack and 15 adult coho, 3 steelhead, and 1 cutthroat trout.

CARTER HOTCHKISS NABBED THIS STEELHEAD AND A COHO NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE DESCHUTES WHILE TROLLING ½-OUNCE FAT WIGGLERS IN WATERMELON AND BENGAL PATTERNS DURING A GUIDED TRIP WITH BOB TOMAN. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 2,564 coho adults, 636 coho jacks, 292 fall Chinook adults, nine fall Chinook jacks, 53 cutthroat trout, 12 summer-run steelhead and one winter-run steelhead during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 646 coho adults and 152 coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and they released 522 coho adults, 141 coho jacks and two cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 1,264 coho adults, 302 coho jacks, 26 fall Chinook adults, one fall Chinook jack and five cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 7,910 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, Oct. 23. Water visibility is 12 feet and water temperature is 51.8 degrees F.

North Fork Lewis River – 44 bank rods kept 1 jack and 2 adult coho.  4 boat rods kept 2 adult Chinook.  Colvin Creek to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam remains open to fishing through October 31. It will re-open for salmon and hatchery steelhead Dec. 16.

Lower Wind River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish for salmon.

Drano Lake- 4 bank anglers kept 1 adult coho.  6 boat anglers kept 5 adult Chinook.  Beginning November 1, open to fishing for 7 days per week.

White Salmon River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish from the county road below the former location of the powerhouse upstream.

Klickitat River – 26 bank anglers kept 1 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 240 anglers (including 68 boats) with 1 jack and 40 adult Chinook, 43 adult coho but no steelhead.  Under permanent rules, closed to fishing for salmon and steelhead from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam effective November 1.

Oct. 31 is the last day of the 2017 creel census program. The program will resume in February 2018.

Bonneville Pool – 3 boat anglers had no catch.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam –  Sturgeon fishing was about as lousy as the weather last Saturday.  We sampled 688 anglers (including 129 boats) with 11 legals kept.  There were 155 vehicles from the sturgeon deadline just below Bonneville Dam downstream to Hamilton Is.  There was a mass exodus there by late morning.

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