SW WA Fishing Report (11-29-10)

(REPORT COURTESY BIOLOIGST JOE HYMER)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – Boat anglers are catching coho and steelhead around the trout hatchery while bank anglers are catching coho around the salmon hatchery.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,857 coho adults, 116 jacks, seven fall Chinook adults, one jack, 171 winter-run steelhead, six summer-run steelhead, and 17 sea-run cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 423 coho adults, 63 jacks, and three winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa and 47 coho adults, five jacks, three cutthroat trout, and one winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 9,570 cubic feet per second on Monday, November 29. Water visibility is nine feet.

Kalama River – Bank anglers are catching some bright winter run steelhead and releasing dark coho.

Lewis River – Anglers are catching some bright winter run steelhead.  Most of the coho are dark and were released.

Flows below Merwin Dam are currently 5,400 cfs, down from the long-term mean of 8,000 cfs for this date.

Effective December 16, anglers will be allowed to fish from floating devices from Johnson Creek upstream. In addition, fishing for hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead opens from Colvin Creek upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – Effort and catches are light.  We sampled 13 bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam with no catch.  One of the seven boat anglers sampled at Port of Camas/Washougal had kept a legal.

– The preliminary catch for November is 169 legals kept from 4,510 angler trips (see attached). About 90% of the November catch occurred during the first two weeks of the month.An estimated 44 fish remain on this year’s guideline for the above Wauna powerlines area.

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