Fishing report 12/06

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



A smattering of steelhead were being caught before the local rivers went high, with the fish a mixture of summer and winter runs.

Streamflows Wednesday afternoon on the East Fork of the Lewis were 3,370 cubic feet per second (1,180 is average) and 11,500 cfs on the North Fork (7,400 is average).

The Washougal is running a high 5,000 cubic feet per second, but was dropping on Wednesday.

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

Cowlitz — Sixty-four bank rods with 10 steelhead kept; 26 bank rods with three steelhead kept and one cutthroat trout released. Flow at Mayfield Dam is a moderate- high 14,300 cfs.(WDFW)

Kalama — Twenty-three bank rods with one adult coho kept and one steelhead released; two boat rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Lewis — Eighteen bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Twenty bank rods with two steelhead kept; 11 boat rods with two adult chinook kept and four released. (WDFW)

Washougal — Fifty-six bank rods with three steelhead released; 46 boaters with three steelhead kept and four released.(WDFW)

Klickitat — Four bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Mid- Columbia — John Day River mouth backwater, 26 boats with 11 steelhead kept and 17 released; one bank rod with one steelhead released. (ODFW)

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