SW WA Fishing Report (11-15-10)

(COURTESY BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – Coho are still being caught throughout the river while fall chinook were being caught around the salmon hatchery and steelhead around the trout hatchery.  All the chinook caught were voluntarily released.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 7,654 coho adults, 516 jacks, 202 fall Chinook adults, ten jacks, 48 summer-run steelhead, 19 winter-run steelhead, and 87 sea-run cutthroat trout during six days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.     As of November 10, nearly 60,000 hatchery adult coho had returned to the salmon hatchery.  Just over 75,000 coho returned each of the past couple years.

During the week, Tacoma Power employees released 1,536 coho adults, 186 jacks, 158 fall Chinook adults and eight jacks into Lake Scanewa, 392 coho adults and nine jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood, 129 coho adults and six jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek,  and 333 coho adults, 23 jacks, two fall Chinook adults, and 15 cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,700 cubic feet per second on Monday, November 15. Water visibility is eight feet.

Kalama River – Some coho, fall chinook, and steelhead are being caught.  The first winter run steelhead of the season returned there last week.

Lewis River –North Fork Lewis anglers are catching some coho and fall chinook (which have to be released).  The first hatchery winter run steelhead of the season returned there last week.

Klickitat River – Good for coho, especially for boat anglers.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 1 salmonid bank angler from Bonneville Dam downstream to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line with no catch.  We did not sample any boats.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers continue to catch coho from the mouth of the Klickitat downstream to Memaloose Island.  About 25 boats were observed in this area last Saturday morning.

Hanford Reach – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW District 4 Fish Biologist in Pasco – An estimated 312 steelhead have been caught in the first 14 days of November.  Anglers are averaging 1 steelhead for each 10 hours of fishing. Boat anglers are doing slightly better than bank anglers.   A total of 452 hatchery steelhead have been harvested this season in the lower Hanford Reach (Hwy 395 to Hanford town site).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – We sampled 115 sturgeon bank anglers from Bonneville Dam downstream to the Wauna powerlines with 7 legals kept.  All the legals were kept just below the dam.  In addition, we sampled 11 sturgeon boat anglers (5 boats) with no legals kept.

 

 

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