THE FOLLOWING REPORT WAS TRANSMITTED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW
Columbia River Tributaries
Elochoman River– 5 bank anglers kept 2 steelhead.
Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream: 21 bank rods had no catch.
Above the I-5 Br: 9 bank rods had no catch. 7 boats/14 rods kept 3 steelhead.
Tacoma Power employees recovered 49 winter-run steelhead adults, one winter-run steelhead jack, 140 spring Chinook adults, four spring Chinook jacks and 20 summer-run steelhead adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released eight winter-run steelhead adults into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released 22 spring Chinook adults, one spring Chinook jack and six winter-run steelhead adults into Lake Scanewa located in Randle.
Tacoma Power employees recycled 20 summer-run steelhead this week.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,970 cubic feet per second on Monday, May 13. Water visibility is 10 feet and the water temperature is 51.1 F.
Kalama River – 5 bank anglers had no catch. 4 boats/9 rods had no catch.
The hatchery spring Chinook escapement goal is about 500 adults. Return as of May 20 is 348 adults including 16 natural origin.
Lewis River – 1 bank angler had no catch.
The hatchery spring Chinook escapement goal is about 1,350 adults. Return as of May 20 is 472 adults including 8 natural origin.
Wind River– 31 boats/85 rods kept 9 Chinook.
The Carson National Fish Hatchery fish ladder was opened May 3 and 79 spring Chinook have returned. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,500 fish.
Drano Lake – 10 bank rods had no catch. 115 boats/309 rods kept 37 Chinook, 1 jack and released 1 Chinook.
Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery fish ladder was opened on April 29 and 1,587 spring Chinook have returned. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,000 fish.
Klickitat – No anglers sampled.
Through May 17, a total of 40 spring Chinook adults have been counted at the Lyle Falls trap. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,100 fish.
Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.
Pikeminnow Sport – Reward Fishery Program:
The program operates from May 1 to September 30 in the lower Columbia River (mouth to Priest Rapids Dam) and the Snake River (mouth to Hells Canyon Dam). http://www.pikeminnow.org/