THE FOLLOWING WDFW FISHING REPORTS WERE TRANSMITTED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN AND PAUL HOFFARTH
Washington Columbia River and Tributary Fishing Report Jan 21-27, 2019
Bonneville Pool- 27 bank anglers released 4 sublegal sturgeon. 31 boats/85 rods kept 14 legal sturgeon and released 8 legal, 236 sublegal and 2 oversize sturgeon.
The Dalles Pool- Closed for retention. No report.
John Day Pool- 34 bank anglers released 2 sublegal sturgeon. 24 boats/59 rods released 1 oversize sturgeon.
Bonneville Pool- 5 boats/7 rods kept 2 walleye and released 3 walleye.
The Dalles Pool- No report.
John Day Pool- 17 boats/36 rods kept 26 walleye and released 7 walleye.
Columbia River Tributaries
Grays River – 2 bank anglers had no catch.
Elochoman River – 17 bank anglers kept 4 steelhead and released 3 steelhead.
Abernathy Creek – 2 bank anglers had no catch.
Germany Creek – 2 bank anglers had no catch.
Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream: 16 bank rods had no catch. 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.
Above the I-5 Br: 27 bank rods kept 1 steelhead. 10 boats/28 rods kept 1 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered one winter-run steelhead adult during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week, Tacoma Power released one winter-run steelhead adult into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,370 cubic feet per second on Monday, Jan. 28. Water visibility is 10 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 – 16 bank anglers had no catch. 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.
Salmon Creek – 6 bank anglers had no catch.
Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.
WDFW staff have interviewed 76 boats in January with 13 hatchery steelhead harvested, 1 hatchery released, and 67 wild steelhead caught and released. Anglers averaged just over 1 steelhead per boat, 8.8 hours per fish including wild. The majority of the steelhead caught were A run but 4 B run fish have been harvested and 24 wild “B” run were caught and released. In addition, 79 bank anglers were interviewed with 3 wild caught and released. Fishing has been very slow from the bank (47 hours per steelhead).