SW WA Fishing Report (10-26-10)

(COURTESY BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – Still some fall chinook being caught around the barrier dam while coho are being caught more throughout the river.  Lower river became turbid over the weekend.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 7,729 coho adults, 734 jacks, 1,945 fall Chinook adults, 208 jacks, 33 summer-run steelhead, three chum salmon, and 50 sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Tacoma Power employees released 872 coho adults, 182 jacks, 875 fall Chinook adults and 104 jacks into Lake Scanewa, 1,172 coho adults, 96 jacks, 158 fall Chinook adults and 18 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood, 464 fall Chinook adults, 58 jacks, 82 coho adults and 39 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and 583 coho adults, 107 jacks, twelve fall Chinook adults, two jacks, and two cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,690 cubic feet per second on Monday October 25 and will likely increase beginning today (Tuesday) this week.

Kalama River – Anglers are catching a mix of Chinook (which have to be released), coho, and steelhead.

Lewis River – Anglers on the North Fork Lewis are catching coho.  Flows at Merwin Dam are 6,100 cfs today, significantly higher than long term mean of 3,400 cfs for this date.

Wind River – Boat anglers are catching some fall chinook and coho.  Sunday is the last day to fish for salmon.

Drano Lake – Light effort.

White Salmon River- Boat anglers are catching some coho though most are wild and had to be released.

Klickitat River – Bank and boat anglers are catching some coho.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 8 salmonid bank anglers from Bonneville Dam downstream to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line with no catch and 38 boat anglers (21 boats) with 1 adult chinook and 6 adult coho kept and 1 adult fall Chinook released.  The coho were caught in the Camas/Washougal area.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers off the mouth of the Klickitat are catching mostly coho along with a few chinook and steelhead.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – We sampled 331 sturgeon bank anglers from Bonneville Dam downstream to the Wauna powerlines with 30 legals kept and 1 released.  All the legals were kept just below the dam.  In addition, we sampled 52 sturgeon boat anglers (26 boats) with 7 legals kept.  The legals were kept from Kalama upstream.

WALLEYE

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – The half dozen boat anglers we sampled in the Camas/Washougal area did not have any catch.

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