Fishing report 1/3

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Sturgeon retention is open in the Bonneville pool and about 20 boats were counted between the dam and Hood River Bridge on Tuesday’s opener.

Most of the effort was near Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery or Tunnel No. 4 on state Highway 14.

The east wind was strong near Home Valley, but the river was almost flat by Hood River.

No report on sturgeon angling success was available by Wednesday.

Streamflows are quite low in the East Fork of the Lewis River and the Washougal.

The East Fork Lewis was down to 600 cubic feet per second on Wednesday and the Washougal River was about 800 cubic feet per second.

The North Fork of the Lewis River is flowing a nice 6,540 cubic feet per second at Ariel and the Cowlitz is 10,200 at Mayfield Dam.

Officials collected 149 winter steelhead at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

As normal, most of the steelhead catch from the Cowlitz is near the trout hatchery. Anglers in the Washougal are getting a high percentage of wild steelhead.

For anglers who really like it cold, the John Day River backwater in the eastern end of the Columbia Gorge continues to produce good catches of steelhead, although some are a bit dark.

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

Cowlitz — Forty boaters with 12 steelhead kept; 111 bank rods with 27 steelhead and two jack coho kept plus two steelhead and one cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Two boaters with one steelhead released; 19 bank rods with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Lewis — Fourteen bank rods with one steelhead kept and one released. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Sixteen boaters with one steelhead and one fall chinook kept plus one steelhead and four adult chinook released; 44 bank rods with five steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Washougal — One-hundred-three boat rods with five steelhead kept and 17 released; 93 bank rods with two steelhead kept and five released. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — John Day River backwater, 11 boats with six steelhead kept and 10 released. (ODFW)

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