Fishing report 12/15

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Winter steelhead fishing has improved near the salmon hatchery on the North Fork of the Lewis and near the trout hatchery on the Cowlitz River.

Streamflows are really low for December.

The East Fork of the Lewis at Heisson was flowing 303 cubic feet per second on Wednesday compared to an average 964 cubic feet per second.

The North Fork of the Lewis at Ariel was 2,260 cfs compared to an average of 7,540. The Washougal at Hathaway Park was a low 450 cfs.

Fishing for chinook, hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead reopens Friday in the North Fork of the Lewis River from Colvin Creek upstream to the powerlines downstream of Merwin Dam.

Sturgeon fishing is dead in the lower Columbia.

Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:

Lower Columbia — Longview to Portland, 87 boaters with 29 sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Longview, eight bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Kalama, two bank rods with no sturgeon; three boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Woodland, two boaters with no sturgeon; three boaters with two sublegal sturgeon released; five bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, two boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released; one bank rod with no sturgeon; two bank rods and one boater with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Troutdale, three boaters with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — John Day pool, 22 boats with five steelhead kept and four released. (ODFW)

Cowlitz — Sixty-one boaters with 50 steelhead kept and two released; 107 bank rods with 26 steelhead and one adult coho kept plus three steelhead released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Five boaters with one steelhead released; 16 bank rods with one coho kept and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Fifteen bank rods with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Seventy-eight bank rods with 18 steelhead kept and three released; 16 boaters with one adult chinook and two steelhead kept. (WDFW)Fishing