Fishing report 1/31

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Heavy rains had the Washougal and East Fork of the Lewis rivers high and muddy on Wednesday night, but the North Fork of the Lewis and Cowlitz were in good shape.

The Washougal was a high 6,500 cubic feet per second. The East Fork Lewis was 3,640 cubic feet per second, compared to a normal of 828 for the date.

But the rivers controlled by dams were running below normal. The North Fork of the Lewis as 3,780 cubic feet per second compared to the norm of 7,120 for the date. The Cowlitz at Mayfield Dam was 5,790 cubic feet per second, slightly below the average of 6,919.

Sturgeon fishing will continue through Feb. 10 in Bonneville pool, then close, as scheduled. It is estimated the catch will be about 150 fish when the early portion of the season ends.

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

Lower Columbia — Kalama, six boaters with two sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Woodland, three boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 42 boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Vancouver, four boaters with two sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

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

Cowlitz — Eight boaters with one steelhead kept; 13 bank rods with no winter steelhead. (WDFW)

Washougal — Thirty-nine bank rods with six steelhead kept plus one hatchery steelhead and two wild fish released; 23 boaters with eight hatchery and one wild steelhead released. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 47 boaters with seven legal sturgeon kept and 49 sublegals released; 17 bank rods with one sublegal released; one boater with no walleye. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 39 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus seven sublegals released; 29 bank rods with no sturgeon; six bank rods with no steelhead; 13 boaters with two walleye kept and two released. (WDFW)

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