SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (3-27-23)
THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORT WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN AND PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW
Preliminary Washington Columbia River mainstem and tributary sport sampling summary March 20-26, 2023
Mainstem Columbia River
Sec 1 (Bonneville) – 66 bank anglers released one steelhead.
Sec 2 (Camas/Washougal) – 4 boats/6 rods had no catch.
Sec 3 (I-5 area) – Two bank anglers had no catch. 12 boats/21 rods had no catch.
Sec 4 (Vancouver) – 29 bank anglers had no catch. 44 boats/78 rods kept two Chinook.
Sec 5 (Woodland) – 19 bank anglers had no catch. 27 boats/39 rods kept one Chinook.
Sec 6 (Kalama) – 27 bank anglers had no catch. 40 boats/116 rods kept had no catch.
Sec 7 (Cowlitz) – 8 boats/19 rods had no catch.
Sec 8 (Longview) – 79 bank anglers kept two steelhead and released two steelhead. 103 boats/208 rods released two Chinook and one steelhead.
Sec 9 (Cathlamet) – Seven bank anglers had no catch. 10 boats/20 rods had no catch.
Sec 10 (Cathlamet) – 24 boats/60 rods had no catch.
Columbia River Tributaries
Cowlitz River I-5 Br downstream – Eight bank rods had no catch. 1 boat/1 rod had no catch.
Cowlitz River Above the I-5 Br – Six bank rods had no catch.
Kalama River – No report.
Lewis River – No report.
Wind River – No report.
Drano Lake – No report.
BONNEVILLE DAM DATA
Flow 125.1 KCFS
Temp 43.4 0F (6.3 0C) @ Warrendale
Last year 46.3 0F
Chinook Adults @ Bonneville
Last Year 120
10 Year 91
Spring Chinook activity (fish counts and harvest) are still low as it is very early in the return. Numbers should pick up over the next two weeks.