THE FOLLOWING WDFW FISHING REPORT WAS TRANSMITTED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN
The first spring Chinook was counted at Bonneville Dam March 11, 2019.
Lower Columbia mainstem from Warrior Rock line to Bonneville Dam– 55 salmonid boats and 28 Washington bank rods were tallied during last Saturdays flight count.
WINTER STEELHEADING ON THE COWLITZ RIVER IS PICKING UP AS THE LATE-TIMED STOCK BEGINS TO ARRIVE IN BETTER NUMBERS. JASON BROOKS TOOK THIS PIC AT BLUE CREEK SEVERAL RUNS AGO. (JASON BROOKS)
Lower Columbia Washington only creel checks:
- Sec 3 (I-5 area) bank – 5 salmonid bank anglers had no catch.
- Sec 3 boat – 5 boats/14 salmonid anglers had no catch.
- Sec 4 (Vancouver) bank – 22 salmonid anglers had no catch.
- Sec 4 boat – 31 boats/ 65 salmonid anglers had no catch.
Bonneville Pool- 7 bank anglers had no catch. 5 boats/14 rods kept 3 legal sturgeon and released 51 sublegal sturgeon.
The Dalles Pool- Closed for retention. No report.
John Day Pool- 15 bank anglers had no catch. 2 boats/6 rods had no catch.
Bonneville Pool- 3 boats/6 rods kept 20 walleye.
The Dalles Pool- No anglers sampled.
John Day Pool- 11 boats/23 rods kept 26 walleye and released 3 walleye.
John Day Pool- 1 boat/1 rod had no catch.
Columbia River Tributaries
Grays River – 4 bank anglers had no catch.
Elochoman River – 2 bank anglers released 1 steelhead. 1 boat/3 rods released 1 steelhead.
Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream: 60 bank rods kept 1 steelhead. 4 boats/5 rods had no catch.
Above the I-5 Br: 17 bank rods released 3 steelhead. 31 boats/106 rods kept 22 steelhead and released 4 steelhead.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered two winter-run steelhead adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
All of the fish collected last week were held at the hatchery for broodstock needs.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,160 cubic feet per second on Monday, March 11. Water visibility is 10 feet and the water temperature is 41 F. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.
Kalama River – 32 bank anglers had no catch.
Lewis River – 5 bank anglers had no catch.
East Fork Lewis River – 2 bank anglers had no catch.
Salmon Creek – 9 bank anglers had no catch.
- Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.
Catchable Trout Plants:
Lake/Pond Date Species Number Fish/lb Hatchery
LEWIS CO PRK PD-s (LEWI) Mar 07, 2019 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
KlineLine PD (CLAR) Mar 05, 2019 Rainbow 1,500 2.3 VANCOUVER HATCHERY
Lacamas LK (CLAR) Mar 04, 2019 Rainbow 4,000 1.9 VANCOUVER HATCHERY