Fishing report 12/13

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Battle Ground Lake has been planted with 4,500 rainbow trout, Klineline Pond got 3,200 and Icehouse Lake in Skamania County received almost 500 trout. The fish average about a half-pound.

The creel check at Klineline Pond was 20 bank rods with 32 rainbow kept and eight released.

The East Fork of the Lewis River was a nice 1,450 cubic feet per second on Wednesday and the Washougal was 1,900. The North Fork of the Lewis is a fishable 6,800 cubic feet per second. The Cowlitz also is high at 12,100 cubic feet per second at Mayfield Dam.

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

Cowlitz — Eighty-nine bank rods with 32 steelhead and one adult fall chinook kept plus two adult chinook and one steelhead released; 141 bank rods with 12 steelhead and three coho kept plus one adult chinook and two steelhead released. Most of the steelhead catch is near the trout hatchery.(WDFW)

Kalama — Seventy-two bank rods with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Lewis — Thirty-seven bank rods with three steelhead kept. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Fifty-five bank rods with one coho kept and one steelhead released; 10 boaters with one steelhead kept plus two adult chinook and one adult coho released. (WDFW)

Washougal — Fifty bank rods with one steelhead released; 40 boaters with two steelhead kept plus nine released. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — John Day River mouth and backwater, 16 boats with four steelhead kept and three steelhead released. (ODFW)

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