Here’s a sign of the changing season: Two hatchery winter steelhead showed up at traps on the North Fork of the Lewis River and a couple winter fish reportedly have been caught from the Washougal.
Of course, not a lot of anything is going to be caught until the streamflows drop.
On Wednesday afternoon, the East Fork Lewis was flowing 2,930 cubic feet per second at Heisson, compared to an average of 922. On the North Fork Lewis, the flow was 22,300 cfs on Wednesday, compared to an average of 5,780.
The Washougal at Hathaway Park on Wednesday was a high 4,800 cubic feet per second, but dropping.
Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:
Mid-Columbia — John Day pool and backwater, 61 boats with 37 steelhead kept and 54 released. (ODFW)
Cowlitz — Seventy-four bank rods with five adult coho kept plus four adult chinook, one adult coho and one steelhead released; four boaters with no catch. (WDFW)
Kalama — Twenty-three bank rods with two adult coho kept. (WDFW)
Lewis — Twenty-seven bank rods with no catch; three boaters with no catch. (WDFW)
North Fork Lewis — Twenty-nine bank rods with one adult chinook and one adult coho kept plus two trout released; 29 boaters with 24 adult chinook, two jack chinook and three adult coho kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)
Washougal — Twenty-four bank rods with no catch; 17 boaters with one steelhead released. (WDFW)
Klickitat — Nine bank rods with three adult coho kept. (WDFW)