SW WA Fishing Report (12-28-10)

(REPORT COURTESY BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – No report on angling success.  Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 331 coho adults, 40 jacks, 256 winter-run steelhead and five sea-run cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 164 coho adults, 21 jacks and nine winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa and 13 coho adults, seven jacks, eight winter-run steelhead and five cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,710 cubic feet per second on Monday, December 27.

Kalama and Lewis rivers – Anglers are catching some steelhead.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch.  We sampled 4 bank anglers with no catch last week.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch.  We sampled 6 bank and 7 boat anglers (3 boats) with 4 sublegals released.

TROUT

Battleground Lake – No report on angling success.  Planted with 5,000 catchable size rainbows December 16.

Icehouse Lake (near Bridge of the Gods) – No report on angling success.  Planted with 1,500 catchable size rainbows December 16.

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