SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (4-4-11)



Cowlitz River – At the trout hatchery, 24 boat anglers (8 boats) kept 21 steehead and 2 chinook jacks and released 1 steelhead.  16 bank anglers kept 10 steelhead and released 1.  At the salmon hatchery, 6 bank anglers kept 1 spring chinook.

Wind River – A couple boats before the high water; no report on angling success.  Boat ramp blocked by logs last Sunday.

Drano Lake – One lonely boat here early Sunday morning; no report on angling success.

White Salmon River – 3 bank anglers had no catch.  Bench at the mouth is underwater.

Klickitat River – 6 bank anglers had no catch.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – During the first three days of this month we sampled 3,074 anglers (including 1,054 boats) with 124 chinook and 5 steelhead.  Boat anglers averaged a Chinook kept/released per every 22.3 rods based on mainly completed trips.  A couple chinook were caught off the bank at Bonneville and between Vancouver and Woodland.

Ninety-eight (79%) of the Chinook caught were kept.  We sampled 58 (59%) of the fish kept.  Forty-nine (84%) were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).   Two (40%) of the steelhead caught were kept.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some spring chinook.

John Day Pool – Light effort and catch.


Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – A few legals were caught by boat anglers from Vancouver to Kalama.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Slow for legal size fish from the bank.

John Day Pool – Boat and bank anglers are catching some legals.  The John Day Pool recreational sturgeon fishery closes to retention effective 12:01 AM Sunday, April 10, 2011.


The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged nearly 3 fish per rod.  Bank anglers were also catching some walleye.  No anglers were observed fishing for bass.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some walleye.  The few boat anglers fishing for bass did very well.


Recent releases of catchable size brown trout and kokanee:

Lewis County Park Pond near Toledo – 5,014 browns March 28;

Swofford Pond near Mossyrock – 5,824 browns March 28;

Lake Sacajawea in Longview – 3,870 browns March 29;

Kress Lake in Kalama – 5,288 browns March 29;

Merwin Reservoir – 26,390 kokanee March 25;


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