SW WA Fishing Report (1-3-11)

(REPORT COURTESY BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River  – Bank anglers were catching some steelhead on the upper river the day we sampled there last week.

Kalama River – Light effort and no catch observed the one day we sampled there last week.

Lewis River – Handful of steelhead being caught daily by anglers around the salmon hatchery.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia from Camas/Washougal upstream to Bonneville Dam – We sampled 2 bank and 2 boat anglers (1 boat) with 4 sublegals released.   No effort off the bank just below Bonneville Dam.

Bonneville Pool – Enforcement  worked the sturgeon retention opener on the Bonneville Pool. Heavy winds and sub-freezing temperatures limited participation but for those who held out the catch was very good. Seventeen legal sturgeon were checked.

Effective January 1, 2011 this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week until the catch guideline of 1,400 legal white sturgeon is reached.  The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 38-54 inches fork length.

The Dalles Pool – Weekly checking showed four oversize and 56 sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (28 anglers) and two legal white sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 15 sublegal sturgeon released for 35 bank anglers.

Effective January 1, 2011 this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week until the catch guideline of 400 legal white sturgeon is reached.  The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length.

TROUT

Klineline Pond – Planted with 2,500 catchable size rainbows Dec. 29.  No report on angling success.

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