SW WA Fishing Report (1-10-11)

(REPORT COURTESY BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River –

Blue Creek boats: 18 boats interviewed…..47 anglers….12 Steelhead retained; 1 released

Blue Creek bank anglers: 53 anglers interviewed……15 Steelhead retained; 1 released

Barrier Dam bank anglers: 3 anglers…..0 retention

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 416 coho adults and 72 winter-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 190 coho adults and seven winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa and 22 coho adults and 10 winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,300 cubic feet per second on Monday, January 10. Water visibility is seven feet.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Little to no effort.

Bonneville Pool – The few boat anglers sampled did well on steelhead.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some steelhead.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead.

Hwy. 395 to old Hanford town site – From Paul Hoffarth Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife District 4 Fish Biologist in Pasco WA – An estimated 69 steelhead were caught in the first nine days of January.  Anglers are averaging 1 steelhead for each 15 hours of fishing. Bank anglers fared slightly better than the boat anglers so far this month. A total of 1,079 steelhead have been caught this season and 781 steelhead have been harvested. WDFW staff has sampled 26% of the estimated angler effort in this fishery. Catch and harvest numbers are well below the 2008 and 2009 fisheries but similar to those of 2004-07.

Hatchery winter steelhead returns – comparison between returns through the first week of January 2010 and 2011.  In general, hatchery returns are similar to last year.  In specific:

Station                                 2011                       2010

Grays                                    234                         0

Elochoman                          198                         260

Cowlitz                                 1,150                     1,128

Kalama                                 452                         451

Lewis                                     1,891                     1,918

Washougal                          390                         582

STURGEON

Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam – We sampled 19 bank anglers from Camas/Washougal to Bonneville Dam with no catch and 4 boat anglers (2 boats) with 1 legal kept and 4 sublegals released.

Bonneville and The Dalles pools – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Slow for legals from the bank.

John Day pool – Slow for legal size fish.

WALLEYE AND BASS

Bonneville and The Dalles pools – The few boat anglers sampled had no catch.

John Day Pool – No effort observed for either specie.

TROUT

Battleground Lake – Planted with 3,000 half pound rainbows Jan. 3.  No report on angling success.

Southwest Washington waters planted with broodstock rainbows Jan. 3-5:

Water                   8-pounders                        4.5 pounders                     Comment

Klineline Pond                   74                                           116

Kidney Lake                        28                                           35                           Near North Bonneville

Icehouse Lake                   14                                           35                           At the foot of the Bridge of the Gods

Little Ash Lake                   14                                           35                           Just west of Stevenson

Tunnel Lake                        13                                           35                           Just east of Drano Lake

Northwestern Lake         13                                           35                           Reservoir on the (Big) White Salmon River

Rowland Lake                    20                                           40                           Near Lyle

Spearfish Lake                   24                                           100                         Near Dallesport

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