SW WA Fishing Report (12-13-10)

(COURTESY BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – Despite higher flows and turbidity, about the same scenario as the past several weeks – primarily coho being caught around the salmon hatchery and steelhead at the trout hatchery.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,565 coho adults, 50 jacks, three fall Chinook adults, 208 winter-run steelhead, four summer-run steelhead and seven sea-run cutthroat trout during six days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 605 coho adults, 24 jacks and four winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa and 89 coho adults, three jacks and three winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 11,400 cubic feet per second on Monday, December 13.

Kalama River – High and turbid late last week.

Lewis River- Still some coho (which were dark and released) and steelhead being caught despite the high flows and turbid water.  Flows below Merwin Dam are currently 11,800 cfs, about one-third higher than the long term mean of 8,800 cfs for this date.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – We sampled 2 bank and 5 boat anglers (3 boats) from Longview to Bonneville Dam with no catch, not even a sublegal released.

TROUT

Lacamas Lake near Camas – Planted with 8,500 catchable size rainbows December 2.  No report on angling success.  Lake is high and turbid.

Rowland Lake near Bingen – Planted with 62 brood stock rainbows averaging 7.7 pounds each and 68 averaging 4.5 pounds each December 6.  No report on angling success.

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