Fishing report 1/29

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter

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Six Southwest Washington waters have been stocked recently with either large broodstock or catchable-size rainbow trout.

Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park received 3,000 catchable-size rainbows, Battle Ground Lake got 1,500 rainbow.

In Skamania County, Icehouse Lake got 42 broodstock rainbow, while Kidney Lake got 55, Little Ash Lake got 42 and Tunnel Lake got 71.

Sturgeon fishing in the Bonneville pool improved a bit last weekend, but still is far from hot.

Trollers continue to scratch out a few kokanee at Merwin Reservoir.

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

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 69 boaters with seven legal sturgeon kept plus two legal and 251 sublegal sturgeon released; 49 bank rods with 16 sublegal sturgeon released; two boaters with two wild steelhead released; three boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 23 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus three oversize and 25 sublegals released; 11 bank rods with no sturgeon; seven boaters with two walleye kept and one released; six boaters with two wild steelhead released; 13 bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 10 boaters with one steelhead kept and nine wild steelhead released; 13 bank rods with no steelhead; 32 boaters with 14 sublegal sturgeon released; 33 bank rods with one oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released; eight boaters with eight walleye kept and two released. (WDFW, ODFW)

Cowlitz — Thirty-five bank rods with three steelhead kept. Sixty-eight winter steelhead returned to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery last week in four days of operation.

Water clarity in the river is nine feet. (WDFW)

Klineline Pond — Twenty-one bank anglers with 14 rainbow trout. (WDFW)