THE FOLLOWING REPORTS WERE TRANSMITTED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW
Preliminary Washington lower Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary
April 27-28, 2019
Bonneville bank anglers: 135; kept adult Chinook: 9
Camas area banks anglers: -; kept adult Chinook: –
I-5 area bank anglers: 2; kept adult Chinook: 0
Vancouver area bank anglers: 15; kept adult Chinook: 0
Lower Columbia mainstem from Warrior Rock line to Bonneville Dam– 48 salmonid boats and 89 Washington bank rods were tallied during last Saturdays flight count. Despite the not so perfect conditions over the weekend, some fish were caught with most of the catch being on the Washington bank in the Gorge.
Columbia River Tributaries
Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream: 22 bank rods kept 1 steelhead.
Above the I-5 Br: 11 bank rods had no catch. 13 boats/34 rods released 1 Chinook.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 302 winter-run steelhead adults, 19 spring Chinook adults, one spring Chinook jack and two cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 19 winter-run steelhead adults and two cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released 14 winter-run steelhead adults and three spring Chinook adults into Lake Scanewa located in Randle.
Tacoma Power tagged and recycled 26 winter-run steelhead adults to the lower river.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,960 cubic feet per second on Monday, April 29. Water visibility is 11 feet and the water temperature is 49.5 F.
Kalama River – 32 bank anglers had no catch. 13 boats/26 rods released 1 steelhead. 15 adult Chinook have returned to the hatchery as of April 29th.
Lewis River – Little to no effort during the current steelhead season. 1 bank angler had no catch.
Wind River– Light effort due to the mud line from the Columbia pushing its way into the normal trolling areas. 18 boats/31 rods kept 6 Chinook and released 1 Chinook.
Drano Lake – Effort has been ramping up each week along with the catch. Creel samplers still have not checked a Chinook off the bank this season but the boats have been producing some fish. 80 boats/174 rods kept 40 Chinook.
Klickitat River- 4 bank anglers kept 1 steelhead.
Horsethief Lake- 15 anglers kept 30 Rainbow trout and released 4.
Rowland Lake- 37 anglers kept 108 Rainbow trout and released 68.
Spearfish Lake- 8 anglers kept 22 Rainbow trout and released 3.
Carlise Lake- 55 anglers kept 34 Rainbow trout and released 224.
Mineral Lake- 88 anglers kept 189 Rainbow trout and released 239.
Catchable Trout Plants:
Lake/Pond Date Species Number Fish/lb Hatchery
Battle Ground (CLARK) April 24, 2019 Cutthroat 3,000 2.50 Skamania
Klineline (CLARK) April 24, 2019 Cutthroat 2,110 2.50 Skamania
Horseshoe (COWLITZ) April 22, 2019 Rainbow 3,000 2.13 Goldendale
Sacajawea (COWLITZ) April 26, 2019 Rainbow 3,360 2.80 Mossyrock
Carlise (LEWIS) April 16, 2019 Rainbow 10,000 2.00
Mineral (LEWIS) April 23, 2019 Rainbow 2,875 2.50 Mossyrock