SW WA Fishing Report

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – No report on angling success.  Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 440 summer-run steelhead adults, 148 spring Chinook adults, 25 jacks, 248 Chinook mini-jacks, one chum salmon and two cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.  During the week Tacoma Power employees released 74 spring Chinook adults and 21 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge near Packwood and 174 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park.


River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,570 cubic feet per second with a visibility of 14 feet on Monday, July 27.

Drano Lake – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged 1.7 steelhead per rod.  However, nearly 2/3 of the fish caught were wild fish that had to be released.

White Salmon River – Bank anglers at the mouth are catching summer run steelhead with half the catch being hatchery fish.  28 watercraft were counted here yesterday (Sunday July 26) morning and no parking room was available along SR 141.  No boats were sampled but sporadic catches were reported.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,329 bank anglers with 518 steelhead, 6 jacks and 1 adult Chinook, and  1 sockeye.  276 boat anglers (124 boats) had 121 steelhead and 2 jack and 1 adult Chinook.  Just over half the steelhead caught were kept while all adult Chinook had to be released.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers off the White Salmon River are catching steelhead.  22 boats were counted there yesterday (Sunday July 26) morning.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some steelhead.

John Day Pool – Light effort and no catch observed.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia mainstem from the mouth to the Wauna powerlines – Charter boat anglers averaged a legal kept per every 2 rods while private boaters averaged one per every 3.5 rods.  Bank anglers were not sampled.  43% of the fish caught were keeper size.

The states may review fishery results from the recreational sturgeon fishery below Wauna at the July 29 hearing.

Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to Marker 85 – Generally light effort and catch.

WALLEYE & BASS

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers are catching some walleye in the Camas/Washougal area.

John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged nearly 1.5 walleye per rod.  The majority of the fish were kept.

TROUT

Mineral Lake – Planted with 4,770 half-pound rainbows and 3,555 catchable size browns July 20-22.

Mayfield Lake – Scheduled to be planted with 5,000 catchable size rainbows this week.

Report courtesy Joe Hymer

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