Fishing report 12/19

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Steelhead fishing has been pretty slow except for a good check of boaters on the Washougal River and some fall chinook in the North Fork of the Lewis River.

Streamflows are low. The Washougal on Wednesday was at 500 cubic feet per second at Hathaway Park and the East Fork Lewis was 475 at Heisson. Those flows are about half the average for the date.

The Cowlitz at Mayfield Dam is down to 8,170 cubic feet per second. Average is 9,250.

Two Klickitat County waters have been stocked with trout.

Rowland Lake east of Bingen got 3,000 catchable-size rainbow plus 131 5-pounders and 73 averaging 10 pounds. Spearfish Lake near Dallesport was planted with 2,000 catchable-size rainbow plus 104 5-pounders.

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

Cowlitz — Seventy-five boaters with 18 steelhead kept and one released; 231 bank rods with 15 steelhead and three adult coho kept plus one chum salmon and 12 cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Nineteen boaters with two steelhead and and jack coho released; 62 bank rods with four steelhead kept plus one adult coho and two jacks released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Nine boaters with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

North Lewis — Twenty-seven boaters with 10 adult chinook, three adult coho, one jack coho and two steelhead kept plus one adult chinook and two jack coho released; 69 bank rods with two adult coho and one jack coho kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Washougal — Fifty-nine boaters with 25 steelhead kept plus five steelhead and one adult chinook released; 81 bank rods with five steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — John Day River arm, three boats with two steelhead kept and two steelhead released. (ODFW)