Winter steelhead catches for 2010 listed

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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OLYMPIA — Seven waters in Southwest Washington were among the state's top 20 winter steelhead streams in 2010, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Cowlitz River maintained its traditional No. 1 spot with a winter steelhead catch of 9,477. At No. 7 was the Kalama with 963 fish followed by No. 8 North Fork Lewis at 756 and the No. 9 Elochoman at 616.

In the second 10 were the West Fork of the Grays at No. 15 with a catch of 464, the No. 16 lower Columbia between Rocky Point and the Longview Bridge at 461 and the No. 17 Washougal with 424 steelhead.

The lower Columbia between the Longview and Interstate 5 bridges was No. 25, the Grays was No. 26, the East Fork of the Lewis ranked No. 27, the White Salmon River was No. 29 and Germany Creek was No. 30.

The White Salmon River is closed indefinitely following the breaching of Condit Dam last week.

Here's the top 30 list:

  1. Cowlitz, 9,477

  2. Bogachiel, 2,920

  3. Skookumchuck, 1,458

  4. Skykomish, 1,358

  5. Sol Duc, 1,203

  6. Wynoochee, 1,146

  7. Kalama, 963

  8. North Fork Lewis, 756

  9. Elochoman, 616

  10. Satsop, 593

  11. Snoqualmie, 565

  12. Cascade, 544

  13. Willapa, 517

  14. Salmon (Jefferson Co,), 480

  15. West Fork Grays, 464

  16. Lower Columbia (Tongue Point-Longview) 461

  17. Washougal, 424

  18. Hoh (downstream of Hwy 101), 380

  19. Humptulips, 346

  20. Quillayute, 345

  21. Calawah, 334

  22. Tokul Creek, 305

  23. Green-Duwamish, 302

  24. Chehalis (below Black) 273

  25. Lower Columbia (Longview to I-5) 265

  26. Grays, 241.

  27. East Fork Lewis, 235.

  28. Lyre, 207

  29. White Salmon, 200

  30. Germany Creek, 187.