COURTESY BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER
Cowlitz River – No report on angling success. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 59 winter-run steelhead, one spring Chinook adult and one cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released the spring Chinook adult and 17 steelhead into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released five winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,800 cubic feet per second on Monday, February 28. Water visibility is four feet.
Lower Columbia mainstem from the I-5 Bridge downstream – Effort and catches are building. Last week we sampled 241 anglers with 25 chinook and 2 steelhead. Boat anglers averaged a Chinook kept/released per every 5.7 rods based on completed trips. All the catch was sampled from Woodland to Vancouver. We did not check any Chinook from the nearly 100 bank anglers sampled.
88% of the Chinook caught were kept. 88% were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).
Over a hundred salmonid boats were counted on the lower Columbia from I-5 downstream last Saturday – most were between Woodland and the I-5 Bridge.
Effective March 1, the adult salmonid limit will be 2 fish of which no more than one may be a hatchery Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook.
Mainstem Columbia from the I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam – Effective March 1 through April 4, open to fishing for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad. Bank fishing only from Rooster Rock to Bonneville Dam. The adult salmonid limit will be 2 fish of which no more than one may be a hatchery Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook.
The Dalles and John Day pools – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead.
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch. We did not sample any legals last week.
The Dalles and John Day pools – Light effort and catch. No legals were sampled last week.
WALLEYE AND BASS
The Dalles and John Day pools – Boat anglers are catching some walleye. Little to no effort for bass.