Winter steelhead catches have been quite good on the Cowlitz, but mediocre elsewhere. The best catches were near the trout hatchery.
Streamflows are at good winter levels. On Wednesday, the East Fork Lewis was flowing 1,320 cubic feet per second, the Washougal at about 1,700, the North Fork Lewis at 6,020 and the Cowlitz 10,100 at Mayfield Dam.
Klineline Pond has been planted recently with 2,000 rainbow trout, while Lake Sacajawea in Longview got 2,007 trout and Silver Lake near Toutle got 4,000 trout.
Sturgeon retention in the Columbia River estuary reopens daily with the arrival of the New Year on Tuesday. Retention from the Wauna power lines near Cathlamet upstream to Bonneville Dam reopens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in January.
Washington’s annual sturgeon limit remains five fish, but that is likely to change by February. Oregon now allows only one sturgeon to be retained per year.
Sturgeon retention also opens in the Bonneville pool on Tuesday. Retention in the pool will be allowed daily with a one-fish daily bag. Retention will stay open until Feb. 10 or 1,150 fish are harvested.
Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:
Cowlitz — Eighty-one boaters with 51 steelhead kept; 100 bank rods with 22 steelhead and one adult coho kept. (WDFW)
Kalama — Twenty-three bank rods with two steelhead kept and three released. (WDFW)
Lewis — Thirty-eight bank rods with one fall chinook kept. (WDFW)
North Fork Lewis — Seventy bank rods with 12 steelhead kept and four released; 17 boaters with one fall chinook kept plus nine fall chinook, one adult coho, one steelhead and one cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)
Washougal — Twenty-seven boaters with two steelhead kept plus nine steelhead and one adult chinook released; 45 boaters with three steelhead kept and one released. (WDFW)
Mid-Columbia — John Day River backwater, four boaters with four steelhead kept and five released. (ODFW)