THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORTS ORIGINATED WITH WDFW AND WERE TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC
Columbia River Test Fishing
Spring Chinook mainstem test fishery
Washington Columbia River tributaries sport sampling summaries – March 26-April 1
Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br downstream: 78 bank and 4 boat rods had no catch. Above the I-5 Br: 39 bank rods kept 2 adult spring Chinook and 1 steelhead and released 1 steelhead. 81 boat rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook and 21 steelhead and released 4 steelhead and 1 cutthroat. Spring Chinook were primarily caught at the barrier dam while the steelhead were sampled at the trout hatchery.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 114 winter-run steelhead adults and three spring Chinook adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released six winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. Tacoma Power also released two spring Chinook adults and ten winter-run steelhead adults into Lake Scanewa near Randle.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,160 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, April 2. Water visibility is eight feet and the water temperature is 42.8 degrees F.
Kalama River – 28 bank anglers had no catch. 6 boat anglers kept 2 steelhead. All steelhead must be released on the lower Kalama River from April 4 through May 15.
North Fork Lewis River – 23 bank anglers released 1 steelhead. 5 boat anglers kept 1 steelheaD.
Drano Lake – 2 bank and 2 boat anglers had no catch.
Klickitat River from mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream to the Fisher Hill Bridge – Effective April 2 through May 30, open to fishing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays only. The hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead daily limit is a total of 2 fish.
Hanford Reach Steelhead Sport Fishery (Hwy 395 – Hanford)
The steelhead fishery in the Hanford Reach closed at the end of March with the exception of the bank fishery at the Ringold Springs Hatchery access area. The bank area will be open through April 15 (bank angling only). Daily limit is two hatchery steelhead.
WDFW staff interviewed 111 anglers fishing for steelhead in the Hanford Reach in March. Bank anglers averaged a steelhead for 17 hours of fishing and the boat anglers averaged a steelhead every 6 hours. An estimated 179 steelhead were caught and 55 were harvested. Since the fishery opened on October 1, 489 steelhead have harvested plus an additional 406 steelhead were caught & released from 2,943 angler trips.
McNary Reservoir Steelhead Sport Fishery Summary
For the fishery, August 1 – March 31, 141 steelhead were harvested and 552 wild steelhead were caught and released from 4,642 angler trips. The fishery was closed in October and November to reduce impacts to B run steelhead.