Windy conditions hampered sturgeon anglers in the Bonneville pool early this week, but those who were willing to tolerate the weather got fish. Many of the smaller legal-size fish were skinny and a lot of sublegals just a bit too small to keep were handled.
Streamflows are low again with the lack of rain. The East Fork of the Lewis at Heisson was a just 884 cubic feet per second on Wednesday, compared to a normal of 1,080 for the date. The Washougal was a low 1,300 cubic feet per second on Wednesday.
The North Fork of the Lewis at Ariel was at 10,000 cfs compared to a normal of 7,300. The Cowlitz at Mayfield Dam was 10,200 compared to the average of 12,100.
Rowland Lake in Klickitat County has been stocked with 112 rainbow trout averaging 5 pounds and 78 trout averaging 10 pounds.
Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:
Lower Columbia — Prescott, Ore., to Portland, 83 boaters with four legal sturgeon kept and 68 sublegals released. (ODFW)
Longview to Portland, three bank rods with five sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)
Woodland, two boaters with no salmon or steelhead; four bank rods and five boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)
Warrior Rock to Frenchmen's Bar, two bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; one bank rod with no sturgeon; two boaters with three sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)
Mid-Columbia — John Day pool, nine boats with two steelhead kept and eight released. (ODFW)
Cowlitz — One-hundred-twelve boat anglers with 46 steelhead kept and four released; 110 bank rods with 29 steelhead kept plus six steelhead and one coho released. The steelhead were sampled near the trout hatchery. (WDFW)
Washougal — Sixty-five bank rods with five hatchery steelhead kept and two wild fish released; 28 boaters with 10 hatchery steelhead kept, seven wild winter steelhead released and two hatchery summer steelhead released. (WDFW)