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4 Cougars Spotted On Banks Of Cowlitz Near Toledo

A man captured a rare sight last week — a quartet of cougars along the banks of a famed Southwest Washington salmon and steelhead river.

Three approach the Cowlitz just downstream from the Blue Creek ramp and appear to take a drink or smell something on the gravel bar, while the fourth sits in the treeline.

AS A FLOCK OF DUCKS LOOKS ON, TWO COUGARS STAND BY THE BANKS OF THE COWLITZ RIVER WHILE A THIRD STROLLS AWAY FROM THE RIVER AND A FOURTH WATCHES (TAN SPOT AT RIGHT) FROM THE TREELINE. (ED TORKElSON, COWLITZRIVERLIVE.COM)

The scene was filmed by local resident Ed Torkelson late last Wednesday afternoon and posted to he and wife Gladys’s website, Cowlitzriverlive.com, billed as “The fisherman’s window on the river.” The video lasts five minutes.

Gladys says that Ed had been watching a beaver acting oddly, sniffing the air and swimming in circles before slapping its tail.

Several ducks can also be seen moving off the bank into the river.

As Ed focused on the beaver he saw four paws on the rocks and raised the camera to see a single cougar strolling up the bank.

A BEAVER (BOTTOM CENTER) WAS INITIALLY WHAT ALERTED LOCAL RESIDENT ED TORKELSON THAT SOMETHING UNUSUAL WAS GOING ON. AFTER SEEING PAWS WALK PAST THE TOP OF THE FRAME, HE RAISED THE CAMERA TO CAPTURE A COUGAR STROLLING BY. (ED TORKELSON, COWLITZRIVERLIVE.COM)

“He was all eyes,” Gladys says of Ed.

The cat walked a bit further before cutting into the trees, and then two minutes later a pair come out and walk over to the river.

A third joins them while the fourth watches from cover.

“Who ever sees four cougars in the wild? You hardly ever see one,” says Gladys.

She says in the four years they’ve run the camera on their property located a river bend downstream from the famed steelheading boat launch and at which they’ve lived on for a decade, they’ve seen deer, sea lions and otters, “but never a cougar.”

THREE COUGARS AT THE EDGE OF THE COWLITZ. (ED TORKELSON, COWLITZRIVERLIVE.COM)

Brian Kertson is WDFW’s cougar researcher and says he’s “pretty certain” the Torkelsons’ video shows a family group.

“That would be my first guess. Litter sizes are typically two to three,” he says.

The area is a rural part of Lewis County with scattered homes, a few farms and logged-over hillsides nearby.

What makes this more unusual, though, is that the group was viewed in real time rather than recovered later from a stationary trail cam, as with the images of eight cougars that a Wenatchee hunter found on his device posted in Moses Coulee in early 2011.

Kertson says that that was likely two related lions and their litters meeting where their ranges overlapped. He says that GPS collars are also revealing that the big cats interact more than previously believed. He says that while they are loners, “they’re not necessarily asocial.”

He relates story about how an adult female killed a deer and shared it with not only her three subadults but likely their father.

(ED TORKELSON, COWLITZRIVERLIVE.COM)

Cougars have been in the news a lot in recent years, for killing a Washington bicyclist and Oregon hiker last year, turning up in the wrong places — Mercer Island last month and a Spokane neighborhood last week — and their impact on Idaho elk herds compared to wolves.

Now they’re giving a pair of local residents and others reason to pay closer attention to their wildlife cams — and not just for river and fishing conditions — and help shed more light on the Northwest’s critters.

SW WA, Columbia, Hanford Reach Fishing Report (9-9-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN AND PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW

Fishing Report Sept. 2-8, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman River – 1 bank angler released 1 steelhead.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 5 bank rods had no catch. 8 boats/19 rods kept 3 coho, 1 coho jack and released 1 coho, 1 coho jack, 7 Chinook and 2 Chinook jacks.

Above the I-5 Br – 13 bank rods had no catch. 3 boats/6 rods kept 1 steelhead and released 1 steelhead and 1 Chinook.

JERRY HAN SHOWS OFF A NICE EASTERN COLUMBIA GORGE FALL CHINOOK CAUGHT EARLIER TODAY. HE WAS FISHING WITH TYLER MILLER OF MILLER TIME FISHING. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Lewis River – 35 bank anglers kept 1 Chinook jack, 2 coho, 5 coho jacks and released 1 Chinook. 5 boats/6 rods kept 1 coho.

Wind River – 1 bank angler had no catch. 6 boats/9 rods released 11 Chinook.

Drano Lake – 6 bank anglers released 5 steelhead. 15 boats/33 rods kept 19 Chinook, 2 coho and released 16 steelhead.

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/

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishery Update (Sept 2-8)

Adult counts of fall chinook over Bonneville are running ~9% above last year’s numbers but McNary counts are 1/3 lower than last year at this time. The first in-season update for the Hanford Reach will be included in next week’s update.

 

SW WA, Columbia, Hanford Reach Fishing Report (9-4-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN AND PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW

Fishing Report Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Mouth of the Cowlitz River to Bonneville Dam – 606 salmonid boats and 124 Washington bank rods were tallied during the flight on Tuesday.

AMANDA WILES CAUGHT THIS FALL CHINOOK AT BUOY 10 BEFORE RETENTION CLOSED IN MID-AUGUST. SHE WAS FISHING IN THE LIPSTICK SALMON SLAYERS TOURNAMENT. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman River – 4 bank rods had no catch.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 16 bank rods had no catch. 5 boats/13 rods kept 1 coho, released 2 Chinook jacks and 2 steelhead.

Above the I-5 Br – 14 bank rods released 2 Chinook, 6 Chinook jacks and 1 steelhead. 8 boats/19 rods kept 21 steelhead.

Wind River – 1 bank angler had no catch. 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.

Drano Lake – 2 bank anglers had no catch. 8 boats/16 rods kept 5 Chinook, released 3 Chinook and 17 steelhead.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 1 bank angler had no catch.

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/

Lower Columbia Mainstem Sport Aug. 26-Sept. 1

Salmon and steelhead:

Bonneville bank: 42 anglers with 1 adult Chinook kept
Camas/Washougal bank:  No report
I-5 area bank:  2 anglers with nothing
Vancouver bank:  278 anglers with 44 adult Chinook kept and 1 released
Woodland bank: 4 anglers with nothing
Kalama bank:  164 anglers with 31 adult Chinook kept and 8 released
Longview bank:  13 anglers with nothing
Cathlamet bank:  1 angler with nothing
Private boats/bank:  No report

Bonneville boat:  55 anglers with 22 adult Chinook and 2 jacks kept
Camas/Washougal boat: 214 anglers with 55 adult Chinook and 3 jacks and 2 coho kept and 4 adult Chinook, 1 jack and 1 coho released
I-5 area boat:  24 anglers with 3 adult Chinook and 1 jack kept
Vancouver boat:  259 anglers with 69 adult Chinook and 3 jacks and 1 coho kept and 1 steelhead released
Woodland boat:  105 anglers with 11 adult Chinook kept and 1 released
Kalama boat:  46 anglers with 8 adult Chinook and 1 jack kept and 2 steelhead and 2 coho released
Cowlitz boat:  75 anglers with 7 adult Chinook and 1 jack kept
Longview boat:  34 anglers with 5 adult Chinook and 1 coho kept
Cathlamet boat:  No report
Private boats/bank:  No report

Sturgeon:

Vancouver boat: 3 anglers with 1 legal released
Longview boat: 2 anglers with nothing

Walleye:

Camas/Washougal boat: 4 anglers with 4 kept

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishery Update (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)

Fishing for fall chinook continues to be slow this month with very light effort. From August 26 through September 1, WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 67 boats (180 anglers) with 8 adult chinook and 3 jacks. An estimated 35 adult chinook and 13 chinook jacks were harvested. Boats averaged 64 hours per fish. For the season there have been 1,614 angler trips with 100 adult chinook, 53 chinook jacks, and 5 coho harvested.

Harvest began to pick up the first week of September in 2018 (see table below).

SW WA, Columbia, Hanford Reach Fishing Report (8-27-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN AND PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW

Fishing Report Aug 19-25, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:

Lower Columbia mainstem from Cathlamet to Bonneville Dam – 757 salmonid boats and 185 Washington bank rods were tallied during last Saturdays flight count.

A PINK BIG AL’S FISH FLASH AND A HERRING YIELDED COLTON ADAMS HIS FIRST EVER CHINOOK AT BUOY 10 BEFORE IT CLOSED FOR FALL KING RETENTION IN MID-AUGUST. (MIKE KELLY’S GUIDE SERVICE VIA BUZZ RAMSEY)

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman River – 6 bank anglers kept 1 steelhead.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.

Above the I-5 Br – 5 bank rods had no catch. 13 boats/33 rods kept 20 steelhead, released 5 steelhead and 2 Chinook.

Lewis River – 4 bank anglers had no catch.

Wind River – 1 boat/1 rod had no catch.

Drano Lake –11 boats/25 rods kept 9 Chinook.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 1 bank angler had no catch.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway – 1 bank angler had no catch.

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/

Lower Columbia Mainstem Sport Aug. 19-25

Salmon and steelhead:

Bonneville bank: 45 anglesr with 1 adult Chinook and three jacks kept
Camas/Washougal bank: 4 anglers with nothing
I-5 area bank: No report
Vancouver bank: 110 anglers with 4 adult Chinook kept
Woodland bank: 171 anglers with 12 adult Chinook kept
Kalama bank: 392 anglers with 40 adult Chinook and 2 jacks kept and 1 jack released
Longview bank: 111 anglers with 2 adult Chinook kept
Cathlamet bank: 3 anglers with nothing
Private boats/bank: No report

Bonneville boat: No report
Camas/Washougal boat: 61 anglers with 7 adult Chinook and 1 jack kept and 1 adult Chinook and 1 jack released
I-5 area boat: 3 anglers with nothing
Vancouver boat: 201 anglers with 18 adult Chinook and 1 jack and 1 coho kept and 1 jack and 2 coho released
Woodland boat: 57 anglers with 2 adult Chinook kept
Kalama boat: 240 anglers with 33 adult Chinook and 1 jack and 1 coho kept, and 2 adult Chinook and 2 coho released
Cowlitz boat: 153 anglers with 43 adult Chinook and 4 jacks kept and 2 coho released
Longview boat: 136 anglers with 8 adult Chinook kept
Cathlamet boat: 139 anglers with 13 adult Chinook kept and 1 jack released
Private boats/bank: 4 anglers with nothing

Sturgeon:

Vancouver boat: 2 anglers with nothing
Kalama boat: 5 anglers with 15 oversize released
Cathlamet boat: 3 anglers with nothing

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishery Update (Aug 19-25)

Fishing for fall chinook continues to be slow this month with very light effort. From August 19 through August 25, WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 40 boats (109 anglers) with 6 adult chinook, 3 jacks, and 1 coho. An estimated 32 adult chinook, 16 chinook jacks, and 5 coho were harvested. In addition, 11 jack chinook and 25 sockeye were caught and released. Boats averaged 1/4 salmon per boat, 47 hours per fish.

For the season there have been 900 angler trips with 66 adult chinook, 40 chinook jacks, and 5 coho harvested.

Fall chinook counts at Bonneville and McNary picked up this past week and are running slightly above last year’s numbers. Roughly 2,000 adult chinook per day are passing through Bonneville. McNary counts are still slow with 300-400 per day passing by the end of this past week.  As of Aug 25, 3,187 adult fall chinook have passed McNary compared to 2,817 in 2018.

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SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (8-14-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman River– 1 bank angler had no catch.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 1 boat/4 rods had no catch.

Above the I-5 Br – 31 bank rods kept 25 steelhead. 27 boats/73 rods kept 37 steelhead and released 3 steelhead.

NATE SCANLON BEAMS WITH PRIDE AT HIS MOM LARA AND HER ESTIMATED 30-POUND UPRIVER BRIGHT, CAUGHT IN THE BUOY 10 FISHERY ON AUG. 7 JUST ABOVE THE ASTORIA-MEGLER BRIDGE. THEY WERE FISHING WITH GUIDE JOEL HENLEY AND TROLLING A GREEN-LABEL CUTPLUG BEHIND A CUSTOMIZED FISH FLASH AND 14 OUNCES OF WEIGHT TO KEEP THE SETUP “HUGGING THE BOTTOM.” (ANVILOUTDOORS.COM)

Tacoma Power employees recovered 121 summer-run steelhead adults, 68 spring Chinook adults, one spring Chinook jack, 62 spring Chinook mini-jacks, and two Cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released nine spring Chinook adults into the Cispus River located near Randle and they released six spring Chinook adults and two Cutthroat trout at the Franklin Bridge release site in Packwood.

To date, Tacoma Power employees have recycled 606 summer-run steelhead to the lower Cowlitz River.

Kalama River – 23 bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River – 26 bank anglers kept 3 steelhead and released 1 Chinook jack. 3 boats/8 rods released 4 Chinook.

Drano Lake – 5 boats/7 rods kept 1 Chinook jack and released 1 steelhead.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – No anglers sampled.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway – No anglers sampled.

Trout:

Merrill Lake – Fishing has been good for rainbow and cutthroat, some browns are being caught.

Catchable Trout Plants:

Lake/Pond Date Species Number Fish/lb Hatchery

MAYFIELD RES (LEWIS) August 6, 2019 Rainbow 2,680 1.34 EELLS SPRINGS

MAYFIELD RES (LEWIS) July 28, 2019 Rainbow 2,648 1.32 EELLS SPRINGS

MAYFIELD RES (LEWIS) July 24, 2019 Rainbow 2,786 1.39 EELLS SPRINGS

GOOSE LK (SKAM) July 18, 2019 Rainbow 1,644 2.30 GOLDENDALE

Warmwater:

Lacamas Lake – Bass and yellow perch fishing has been excellent.

Rowland Lake – Anglers have been catching some bluegill and pumpkinseed.

Swofford Pond – Bass and channel catfish fishing has been excellent.

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/

Buoy 10 

Date Number
of Boats
Number
of Anglers
Chinook
Kept
Coho
Kept
Comments
1-Aug 35 85 3 3 Opener
2-Aug 40 100 7 7  
3-Aug 192 505 45 34  
4-Aug 128 338 35 22  
5-Aug 73 180 47 30  
6-Aug 86 212 85 45  
7-Aug 0 0 0 0 Not Sampled
8-Aug 114 287 129 82  
9-Aug 35 97 31 27  
10-Aug 264 756 217 143  
11-Aug 334 997 82 66  

 

Lower Columbia Mainstem Sport Aug. 5-11

Salmon and steelhead:

Bonneville bank: 14 anglers with nothing
Camas/Washougal bank: 4 anglers with 1 Chinook jack kept
I-5 area bank: No report
Vancouver bank: 23 anglers with nothing
Woodland bank: 50 anglers with 1 Chinook kept
Kalama bank: 42 anglers with nothing
Cowlitz bank: No report
Longview bank: 52 anglers with nothing
Cathlamet bank: 5 anglers with nothing
Private boats/bank: 3 anglers with nothing

Bonneville boat: No report
Camas/Washougal boat: 14 anglers with nothing
I-5 area boat: 7 anglers with nothing
Vancouver boat: 23 anglers with 1 Chinook kept
Woodland boat: 24 anglers with 4 Chinook kept and 1 Chinook released
Kalama boat: 25 anglers with 2 Chinook kept
Cowlitz boat: 24 anglers with 5 Chinook kept and 10 steelhead released
Longview boat: 41 with 1 Chinook kept
Cathlamet boat: No report
Private boats/bank: 11 anglers with 1 Chinook kept and 1 jack released

Sturgeon:

Kalama boat: 2 anglers with 7 sublegals and 1 oversize released
Longview bank: 1 angler with nothing
Longview boat: 3 anglers with 1 sublegal, 2 legals and 1 oversize released

Walleye:

Camas/Washougal boat: 8 anglers with 2 kept and 2 released

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SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (8-7-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Columbia River and Tributary Fishery Reports July 29-Aug. 4, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman River:

July 29-31– No anglers sampled.

Aug 1-4 – 8 bank anglers had no catch.

FISHING HAS BEGUN AT BUOY 10, AT THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA, AND THAT’S WHERE BUZZ RAMSEY AND BILL MONROE JR. PICKED UP THIS NICE UPRIVER BRIGHT TROLLING AN ANCHOVY BEHIND A FISH FLASH. (BUZZ RAMSEY)

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream:

July 29-31– No anglers sampled.

Aug 1-4 – 1 bank angler had no catch.

Above the I-5 Br:

July 29-31– 7 bank rods kept 1 Chinook jack and 1 steelhead. 11 boats/25 rods kept 15 steelhead.

Aug 1-4 – 32 bank rods kept 2 steelhead and released 8 jack Chinook. 27 boats/79 rods kept 35 steelhead.

Tacoma Power employees recovered 228 summer-run steelhead adults, 67 spring Chinook adults, six spring Chinook jacks, 84 spring Chinook mini-jacks, one fall chinook adult, and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released nine spring Chinook adults into the Cispus River located near Randle and they released one spring Chinook adult and one spring Chinook jack at the Franklin Bridge release site in Packwood. They also released one fall Chinook adult at Gus Backstrom Park in Morton.

To date, Tacoma Power employees have recycled 579 summer-run steelhead to the lower Cowlitz River.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,110 cubic feet per second on Monday, Aug. 5. Water visibility is 15 feet and the water temperature is 45.9 F.

Kalama River:

July 29-31– No anglers sampled.

Aug 1-4 – 2 bank angler had no catch. 2 boats/3 rods had no catch.

Lewis River:

July 29-31– 5 bank rods had no catch. 1 boat/1 rod had no catch.

Aug 1-4 – 7 bank rods kept 2 steelhead and released 1 Chinook. 1 boat/2 rods released 1 steelhead.

Drano Lake: July 29-31– 10 bank rods had no catch. 30 boats/62 rods kept 11 steelhead and released 55 steelhead.
Aug 1-4 – 6 boats/14 rods kept 2 Chinook, 2 Chinook jacks, released 3 Chinook jacks and 4 steelhead.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – No anglers sampled.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway – No anglers sampled.

Catchable Trout Plants:

Lake/Pond Date Species Number Fish/lb Hatchery

LK MERWIN (COWL) July 14, 2019 Rainbow 1,142 0.80 MERWIN

MAYFIELD RES (LEWIS) July 28, 2019 Rainbow 2,648 1.32 EELLS SPRINGS

MAYFIELD RES (LEWIS) July 24, 2019 Rainbow 2,786 1.39 EELLS SPRINGS

GOOSE LK (SKAM) July 18, 2019 Rainbow 1,644 2.30 GOLDENDALE

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/

Lower Columbia Mainstem Sport

Salmon and steelhead:

Bonneville bank: 12 anglers with 5 steelhead released
Camas/Washougal bank: No report
I-5 area bank: 4 angler with nothing
Vancouver bank: 59 anglers with 1 steelhead kept and 8 steelhead released
Woodland bank: 30anglers with 2 steelhead released
Kalama bank: 58 anglers with 3 steelhead and 1 adult Chinook kept and 8 steelhead and 1 Chinook jack released
Cowlitz bank: No report
Longview bank: 87anglers with 4 steelhead kept and 8 steelhead released
Cathlamet bank: 17anglers with nothing
Private boats/bank: No report

Bonneville boat: No report
Camas/Washougal boat: No report
I-5 area boat: 4 anglers with nothing
Vancouver boat: 19 anglers with 1 steelhead released
Woodland boat: 6 anglers with 1 steelhead released
Kalama boat: 15 anglers with nothing
Cowlitz boat: 10 anglers with 2 steelhead and 1 Chinook jack released
Longview boat: 27 anglers with 2 steelhead kept and 2 steelhead releasd
Cathlamet boat: No report
Private boats/bank: 10 anglers with 2 steelhead kept and 7 steelhead released

Sturgeon:

Kalama boat: 2 anglers with 36 sublegals (really?) and 4 oversize released
Longview bank: 3 anglers with 1 legal released

Walleye:

Camas/Washougal: 7 anglers with nothing

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SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (7-31-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman River – 3 bank anglers had no catch.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 1 boat/2 rods released 1 steelhead.

Above the I-5 Br – 19 bank rods kept 6 steelhead.  34 boats/80 rods kept 74 steelhead, released 1 steelhead and 1 Chinook jack.

BY CATCH STAT, COWLITZ STEELHEADERS ENJOYED SOME OF THE BEST FISHING OF THE SUMMER SO FAR, AVERAGING NEARLY A KEEPER A ROD IN LATE JULY. TRISTEN BROWN,THEN 7, CAUGHT THIS ONE ON THE POPULAR SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON RIVER SEVERAL YEARS BACK. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Kalama River – 18 bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River – 38 bank anglers released 2 Chinook and 2 Chinook jacks.  6 boats/19 rods kept 6 steelhead and released 4 Chinook.

Drano Lake – 3 bank rods had no catch.  21 boats/38 rods kept 13 steelhead and released 32 steelhead.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – No anglers sampled.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway- 3 bank anglers had no catch.

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/

Lower Columbia Mainstem Sport July 22-28, 2019

Salmon and steelhead:

Bonneville bank: 58 anglers with 4 steelhead kept and 1 adult Chinook and 10 steelhead released
Camas/Washougal bank: No report
I-5 area bank: 9 anglers with 2 steelhead kept and 4 released
Vancouver bank: 44 anglers with 4 steelhead kept and 2 released
Woodland bank: 60 anglers with 6 steelhead kept and 5 released
Kalama bank: 74 anglers with 1 steelhead kept and 2 released
Longview bank: 133 anglers with 4 steelhead kept and 7 released
Cathlamet bank: 18 anglers with 2 steelhead kept
Private boats/bank: 6 steelhead with 2 anglers kept

Bonneville boat: No report
Camas/Washougal boat: 7 anglers with 2 steelhead released
I-5 area boat: No report
Vancouver boat: 11 anglers with 1 steelhead kept and 1 released
Woodland boat: 3 anglers with 1 steelhead kept
Kalama boat: 16 anglers with 1 steelhead released
Cowlitz boat: 5 anglers with nothing
Longview boat: 10 anglers with 2 steelhead kept and 1 released
Cathlamet boat: 10 anglers with 4 steelhead kept and 2 released
Private boats/bank: No report

Sturgeon:

Kalama boat: 15 anglers with 9 sublegals, 1 legal and 1 oversize released

Walleye:
 
Camas/Washougal boat: 2 anglers with 2 released

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SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (7-24-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River mainstem

During Saturday’s flight, 128 salmonid boats and 268 Washington bank anglers were counted from Cathlamet upstream to Bonneville Dam.

BRADY BRODERS BATTLED A STEELHEAD AT DRANO LAKE LAST SUMMER. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries 

Elochoman River– 4 bank anglers released 1 steelhead.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 5 bank rods had no catch.

Above the I-5 Br – 55 bank rods kept 16 steelhead and released 8 Chinook jacks.  45 boats/133 rods kept 73 steelhead and released 1 steelhead, 1 Chinook and 1 Chinook jack.

Tacoma Power employees recovered 227 summer-run steelhead adults, 36 spring Chinook adults, three spring Chinook jacks, and 86 spring Chinook mini-jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released four spring Chinook adults into the Cispus River located near Randle and they released six spring Chinook adults and one spring Chinook mini-jack at the Franklin Bridge release site in Packwood.

To date, Tacoma Power employees have recycled 319 summer-run steelhead to the lower Cowlitz River.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,440 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 22. Water visibility is 13 feet and the water temperature is 51.8 F.

Kalama River – 7 bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River – 8 bank anglers released 1 steelhead.  5 boats/9 rods released 3 steelhead.

Drano Lake – 2 bank anglers had no catch.  15 boats/23 rods kept 4 steelhead and released 21 steelhead.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 2 bank anglers had no catch.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway – 2 bank anglers had no catch.

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/

Lower Columbia Mainstem Sport July 15-21, 2019

Salmon and steelhead:

Bonneville bank: 15 anglers with 1 adult Chinook and 7 steelhead released
Camas/Washougal bank: No report
I-5 area bank: 13 anglers with nothing
Vancouver bank: 33 anglers with 1 steelhead kept and 4 released
Woodland bank: 58 anglers with 2 steelhead released
Kalama bank: 42 anglers with 1 steelhead kept and 11 steelhead released
Cowlitz bank: No report
Longview bank: 201 anglers with 16 steelhead kept and 7 released
Cathlamet bank: 39 anglers with 2 steelhead released
Private boats/bank: 5 anglers with nothing

Bonneville boat: No report
Camas/Washougal boat: 5 anglers with nothing
I-5 area boat: 2 anglers with nothing
Vancouver boat: 6 anglers with 1 steelhead released
Woodland boat: 2 anglers with nothing
Kalama boat: 17 anglers with 1 steelhead released
Cowlitz boat: No report
Longview boat: 64 anglers with 11 steelhead kept and 14 steelhead released
Cathlamet boat: 21 anglers with 4 steelhead kept and 1 adult Chinook and 5 steelhead released
Private boats/bank: 7 anglers with 2 steelhead kept and 1 steelhead and 1 sockeye released

Shad:

No report

Sturgeon:

Kalama boat: 3 anglers released 5 sublegals

Walleye:

No report

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SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (7-18-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River mainstem

During Saturday’s flight, 79 salmonid boats and 213 Washington bank anglers were counted from Cathlamet upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Shad:

Monday’s (7/15) count was just over 5,910 fish, which pushes the season total to 7.4 million shad passing Bonneville Dam.

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 8 bank rods had no catch.

Above the I-5 Br – 30 bank rods kept 14 steelhead.  32 boats/93 rods kept 71 steelhead.

ANNA RUNYARD SHOWS OFF A COWLITZ SUMMER-RUN STEELHEAD CAUGHT IN 2014 DRIFT FISHING A CORKY AND YARN. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 20 spring Chinook adults, five spring Chinook jacks, 155 spring Chinook mini jacks, and 172 summer-run steelhead adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released three spring Chinook adults and one spring Chinook jack into the Cispus River located near Randle and they released one spring Chinook adult, and one spring Chinook jack at the Franklin Bridge release site in Packwood.

To date, Tacoma Power employees have recycled 220 summer-run steelhead to the lower Cowlitz River.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,430 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 15. Water visibility is 15 feet and the water temperature is 52.5 F.

Kalama River – 8 bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River – 9 bank anglers kept 2 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.  3 boats/7 rods kept 4 steelhead.

Drano Lake – 3 boats/5 rods kept 1 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – No anglers sampled.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway- No anglers sampled.

  •       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/

Lower Columbia Mainstem Sport July 8-14

Salmon and steelhead:

Bonneville bank: 40 anglers with 9 steelhead, 1 adult Chinook, 1 jack Chinook and 3 “other”
Camas/Washougal bank: No report
I-5 area bank: 2 anglers with nothing
Vancouver bank: 20 anglers with 4 steelhead and 2 sockeye released
Woodland bank: 46 anglers with 1 steelhead released
Kalama bank: 42 anglers with 1 kept steelhead and 4 steelhead, 2 adult Chinook and 1 sockeye released
Longview bank: 166 anglers with 11 steelhead kept and 12 steelhead and 1 jack Chinook released
Cathlamet bank:  16 anglers with nothing
Private boats/bank: 5 anglers with nothing

Bonneville boat: No report
Camas/Washougal boat: 3 anglers with nothing
I-5 area boat: No report
Vancouver boat: 9 anglers with 1 steelhead released
Woodland boat: 4 anglers with nothing
Kalama boat: 4 anglers with nothing
Cowlitz boat: 7 anglers with 1 jack Chinook and 1 steelhead released
Longview boat: 38 anglers with 13 steelhead kept and 1 adult Chinook and 6 steelhead released
Cathlamet boat: 47 anglers with 16 steelhead kept and 6 steelhead and 1 sockeye released
Private boats/bank: 4 anglers with nothing

Shad:

Bonneville bank: 2 anglers with nothing

Sturgeon:

Kalama boat: 9 anglers with 14 sublegals released
Longview bank: 2 anglers with 2 sublegals and 1 legal released
Longview boat: 2 anglers with nothing

Walleye:

Vancouver boat: 4 anglers with 8 kept and 7 released

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SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (7-9-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River mainstem

During Saturday’s flight 66 salmonid boats and 203 Washington bank anglers were counted from Cathlamet upstream to Bonneville Dam.

WHILE PLUNKING FOR STEELHEAD AROUND THE MOUTH OF THE COWLITZ HIGHLIGHTS THE CATCH IN THE LATEST WDFW SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON FISHING REPORT, HUNTER HIGGINBOTHAM LANDED THIS LANDLOCKED COHO A LITTLE HIGHER IN THE SYSTEM. HE WAS TROLLING AT RIFFE LAKE. “THE GEAR OF CHOICE WAS THE #000 FAST LIMIT DODGER IN THE GLO/PL COLOR TAG TEAMED WITH A TIGHT LINES KOKANEE RIG IN GLITTER PINK TIPPED WITH A SALAD SHRIMP COLORED UP WITH PRO-CURE’S BADAZZ PINK DYE AND BLOODY TUNA OIL. SPEEDS WERE FROM 1.2 TO 1.5MPH AND FISH CAME BETWEEN 40 TO 80 FEET,” REPORTED HUNTER’S DAD JAROD, WHO GAVE A NOD TO BILL HERZOG FOR TIPS ON THE FISHERY. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Shad:

Sunday’s (6/30) count was just over 80,000 fish, which pushes the season total over 7.0 million shad passing Bonneville Dam.

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries 

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream: 12 bank rods kept 1 steelhead.

Above the I-5 Br:  12 bank rods kept 2 steelhead.  32 boats/108 rods kept 34 steelhead and released 1 steelhead, 2 Chinook and 2 jacks.

Kalama River – 11 bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River – 16 bank anglers had no catch.  4 boats/9 rods kept 1 steelhead and released 5 jacks.

Wind River – 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.

Drano Lake – 1 boat/1 rod released 1 steelhead.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – No anglers sampled.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway – 2 bank anglers had no catch.

 

  •       Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

 

Lower Columbia Mainstem Sport July 1-7

Salmon and steelhead:

Bonneville bank: 11 anglers with 1 steelhead kept
Camas/Washougal bank: 0 anglers with nothing, obviously
I-5 area bank: 12 anglers with 1 steelhead released
Vancouver bank: 37 anglers with nothing
Woodland bank: 70 anglers with 5 steelhead kept and 1 adult Chinook and 4 steelhead released
Kalama bank: 81 anglers with 1 steelhead kept and 1 adult Chinook, 5 steelhead and 1 sockeye released
Longview bank: 320 anglers with 28 steelhead kept and 1 adult Chinook, one jack Chinook, 11 steelhead and 2 sockeye released
Cathlamet bank: 45 anglers with 5 steelhead kept and 2 steelhead released
Private boats/bank: 5 anglers with 1 steelhead released

Bonneville boat: Nothing
Camas/Washougal boat: 5 anglers with 2 steelhead kept and 1 adult Chinook, 2 steelhead and 2 sockeye released
I-5 area boat: 2 anglers with nothing
Vancouver boat: 28 anglers with 1 steelhead kept and 1 adult Chinook and 2 steelhead released
Woodland boat: 2 anglers with nothing
Kalama boat: 19 anglers with nothing
Cowlitz boat: 4 anglers with nothing
Longview boat: 63 anglers with 11 steelhead kept and 1 adult Chinook, 1 jack Chinook, 12 steelhead and 3 sockeye released
Cathlamet boat: 11 anglers with 5 steelhead kept and 1 steelhead released
Private boats/bank: 4 anglers with nothing

Shad:

Bonneville bank: 18 anglers with 38 kept and 3 released

Sturgeon:

Bonneville bank: No report
Bonneville boat: No report
Camas/Washougal bank: No report
Camas/Washougal boat: No report
I-5 area bank: No report
I-5 area boat: 2 anglers with 5 sublegals and 1 legal released
Vancouver bank: No report
Vancouver boat: No report
Woodland bank: No report
Woodland boat: No report
Kalama bank: No report
Kalama boat: 6 anglers with 20 sublegals released
Cowlitz bank: No report
Cowlitz boat: No report
Longview bank: No report
Longview boat: 2 anglers with 3 oversize released
Cathalmet bank: No report
Cathlamet boat: No report
Chinook/Elochoman bank: No report
Chinook/Elochoman boat: No report
Ilwaco bank: No report
Ilwaco boat: No report
Ilwaco charter: No report

Walleye:

No report

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