Archive for January, 2010

SW WA Fishing Report

January 4, 2010

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching steelhead at the trout and salmon hatcheries.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 180 coho adults, three jacks and 106 winter-run steelhead during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the week Tacoma Power employees released eight coho adults and three winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 41 coho adults, one jack and three winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,240 cubic feet per second on Monday, January 4. Water visibility is eight feet.

Kalama River – Anglers continue to catch steelhead though just over half the fish were released.

Through December, 320 hatchery winter run steelhead had returned to Kalama Falls Hatchery.  In comparison, a total of 94 fish had returned through December 2008.

Lewis River – North Fork anglers continue to catch steelhead, in particular around the salmon hatchery.  Flows at Merwin Dam were 8,500 cfs this morning.

Through December, 1,337 hatchery winter run steelhead had returned to the Lewis River traps.  In comparison, a total of 1,219 fish had returned through December 2008.

Washougal River – No report on angling success.  Through December, a total of 384 hatchery winter run steelhead had returned to Skamania Hatchery.  In comparison, 182 fish had returned through December 2008.

The Dalles Pool – The few anglers sampled the first few days of the new year averaged just over a steelhead per rod though the majority were wild fish that had to be released.

STURGEON

The Dalles Pool – Bank and boat anglers are catching some legals.

TROUT

Recent plants of catchable size rainbows include:

Battleground Lake – 2,500 (Dec. 21)

Klineline Pond – 2,500 (Dec. 21)

Fort Borst Park Pond – 3,029 (Dec. 28) Reminder – Open only to juveniles under 15 years old

Icehouse Lake (near Bridge of the Gods) – 1,022 (Dec. 29)

Spearfish Lake (near Dallesport) – 2,002 (Dec. 24)

Rowland Lake (near Lyle) – 4,057  (Dec. 24)

Maryhill Pond (in Klickitat County) – 501 (Dec. 29)

Report courtesy Joe Hymer, PSMFC

Director Speaks On Skagit Elk Hunt

January 1, 2010

(WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE PRESS RELEASE)

Here is WDFW Director Phil Anderson’s statement on archery elk hunt near Concrete, Skagit County

“I and others at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) share the public’s concern over the archery elk hunt that took place December 26 near Concrete in Skagit County. 

“The hunt was intended to control damage by moving elk off fields and encouraging them to return to forested areas. Property owners in the vicinity had complained that elk were trampling fields, knocking over fences, damaging orchards and vegetable crops, and creating traffic hazards on area roads.  

“Unfortunately, the hunt was not carried out in a manner consistent with WDFW’s Hunter’s Code of Conduct, and we took immediate action to close the archery hunt in that area.

“The behavior that took place violated a number of the principles of the Hunter’s Code of Conduct that is published in the state’s hunting rules pamphlet and that is emphasized in all our hunter education courses.  The code emphasizes the need for hunters to show respect for wildlife and to be considerate of non-hunters. In addition, it encourages hunters to behave responsibly and urges them to follow high ethical standards to ensure that the tradition of hunting can be passed on to future generations.

“The future of hunting in this state depends on hunters who behave appropriately, consistent with this recognized code of conduct. It is clear that the inappropriate behavior of a few can jeopardize hunting for the many who respect their sport and the tradition of hunting.

“Elk damage has been, and will continue to be, a problem in this area.  I want to assure those who have expressed concern over this hunt that, in the future, WDFW wildlife managers will seek alternative ways to address elk damage in Skagit Valley.”