SW WA Fishing Report (11-8-10)

Sometime last week, I got an email from reader Kevin Medved out in Colorado. He was headed to Washington’s South Coast for the weekend and looking for some fishing action.

Info was on the scarce side, but I fed him what I knew about the Grays and Naselle, and while awaiting his flight back home last night, he emailed me the report:


We fished both the Grays and Naselle rivers over the weekend. My son caught quite a few fish. He hooked a monster Silver  (15+ lbs) and played it for about 10 minutes on the Naselle yesterday. It was at that time the fish just took off down river, as if to say, “I’m done messing with you” and snapped the line. It came out of water several times so we got a good at it… what fun!!



From  what the guys were saying yesterday on the Naselle, the fishing was very good on Friday. (we got two small silvers) They started commercial netting the mouth of the Naselle on Saturday and things really slowed.

The Gray’s was pretty slow. There were fish in the river but we could not get  them to bite. We talked to a couple of hatchery workers and they said it should get really good in a couple of weeks.

Thanks for the info, we had a great weekend….Sitting @ PDX now waiting to catch our flight back to Denver!

As for the rest of the action around Southwest Washington, here’s the report biologist Joe Hymer sent out earlier today:


Cowlitz River – Coho are still being caught throughout the river while some fall Chinook are being caught near the barrier dam and sea run cutthroats near the trout hatchery.  Note the seven winter run steelhead that returned to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator last week.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 10,003 coho adults, 402 jacks, 465 fall Chinook adults, 30 jacks, one chum salmon adult, 207 summer-run steelhead, seven winter-run steelhead, and 82 sea-run cutthroat trout during seven days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Tacoma Power employees released 1,485 coho adults, 82 jacks, 282 fall Chinook adults, 23 jacks, and one winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa,  809 coho adults and 91 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood, 273 coho adults and eight jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 612 coho adults, 18 jacks, four fall Chinook adults, and four cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,870 cubic feet per second on Monday, November 8. Water visibility is eight feet.

Kalama River – Bank anglers are catching some coho and steelhead.  About half the coho were dark that anglers had released.

Lewis River – Slow on the mainstem and only slightly better on the north fork for hatchery coho.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are still catching some coho around the mouth of the Klickitat.

From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW District 4 Fish Biologist in Pasco:

Steelhead catch and harvest in the Hanford Reach has been slow in both September and October. October catch and harvest was the lowest on record dating back to 2003.

Catch and harvest have increased in this first week of November.  For the first week of November, an estimated 178 steelhead were caught and the majority of these were retained.  Anglers averaged 1 steelhead for 10 hours of fishing (1/3 steelhead per angler) in November.  For the season, an estimated 354 steelhead have been harvested, well below the average from recent years.


Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – Less than 100 legals were estimated caught last week.

The Joint State Hearing scheduled for today has been cancelled.  The hearing was scheduled to discuss the ongoing recreational sturgeon fishery on the mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.  Fishery managers have determined the fishery can continue through November 20 and potentially through the remainder of the season based on updated catch data.

The States will continue to track sturgeon catch in this fishery and schedule a hearing if necessary.


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