1st Springer Checks Into Cowlitz Hatchery

I seem to recall that last month, a certain someone in Southwest Washington said he was all done giving us fishhead journalists blow-by-blow accounts of the 2011 springer season.

Must’ve been secretly crossing his mouse cable or something, because lo and behold what pops into my email moments ago but this missive:

“1st spring chinook of the year has returned to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery”

Ahem, Joe.

“Gotta keep you up-to-date.”

OK, good point.

And since I’ll use ANY excuse to further put off writing this stinkin’ editor’s note, I’ll gladly update everyone not on his email list.

THEY'RE BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK, SPRINGERS -- OR AT LEAST ONE -- TO THE UPPER COWLITZ'S SALMON HATCHERY. THIS IMAGE COMES FROM THE 2009 SEASON. (WRIGHT & MCGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

Here are the springer season tallies as we know them as of Feb. 24 in the year of our lord 2011:

Bonneville count: 10

Season average thru yesterday: 10.0

Cumulative commercial catch (Lower Columbia sturgeon, nontreaty, thru Feb. 8-9): 75

Average weight during most recent reporting period: 20.1 pounds

And here’s Hymer’s most recent fishing report for the Lower Columbia:

Lower Columbia mainstem from the I-5 Bridge downstream – The 3 bank anglers sampled in the Longview area had no catch.  Some spring Chinook and large hatchery winter run steelhead were reportedly caught.

Effort is increasing with 72 salmonid boats and over 210 bank anglers counted during the Saturday Feb. 19 flight.  Over half the boats were counted from Woodland to Vancouver.  Majority of the bank effort was on the Oregon side.  Both the Willamette and mainstem Columbia below the Cowlitz were reported to be turbid.

Umm, OK, that’s all I’ve got. Damnit, back to work on that note.

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