Fishing report 1/19

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Seven lakes in Southwest Washinton have been stocked with rainbow trout, cutthroat trout or surplus steelhead recently.

In Clark County, Battle Ground Lake got 800 cutthroat averaging about a pound each.

In Skamania County, Kidney Lake near North Bonneville got 50 5-pound and 13 10-pound surplus broodstock rainbow, Icehouse Lake at the Bridge of the Gods oft 42 5-pounders and seven 10-pounders, Little Ash Lake near Stevenson got 42 5-pounders and seven 10-pounders, and Tunnel Lake got 83 5-pounders and 13 10-pounders.

In Cowlitz County, Silver Lake near Toutle got 5,050 catchable-size rainbow trout while Kress Lake near Kalama got 11 adult steelhead.

State biologists estimate 765 legal sturgeon have been kept through Sunday from the Bonneville pool. The guideline for 2011 was 2,000 sturgeon. The guideline for 2012 has not been set yet.

Anglers have been catching about 10 sublegals per keeper, while bank fishing still slow.

Streamflows were low in the East Fork Lewis and Washougal rivers on Wednesday afternoon, but are expected to raise significantly with the rain on tap for the next several days.

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

Lower Columbia — St. Helens to Portland, 51 boaters with nine sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Kelley Point to Warrior Rock, eight boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 10 bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Columbian Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), two Oregon bank rods with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 69 boaters with 18 legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 200 sublegals released; 47 bank rods with four sublegal sturgeon released; thre boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 37 boaters with one oversize ad 19 sublegal sturgeon released; 48 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 11 sublegals released; 45 bank rods with two hatchery steelhead kept and 10 wild steelhead released; three boaters with one hatchery steelhead kept and seven wild steelhead released; two boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 72 boaters with three legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and seven sublegals released; 36 bank rods with no sturgeon; 10 boaters with one wild steelhead released; four bank rods with one wild steelhead released; four boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Seven boaters with four steelhead kept; 15 bank rods with four steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Washougal — Twenty-four boaters with four hatchery steelhead kept and three hatchery steelhead released; 94 bank rods with three steelhead kept and five wild steelhead released. (WDFW)

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