State Fish and Wildlife Columbia
by Mark Yuasa
COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS
Cowlitz River -- Bank and boat anglers continue to do well for spring Chinook between the hatcheries. Some summer run steelhead are also appearing in the catch.
Last week Tacoma Power recovered 172 spring Chinook adults, 124 jacks and 117 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 17 spring Chinook adults and 27 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,120 cubic feet per second on Monday, June 16. Water visibility is 12 feet.
Kalama River -- No report on steelhead angling success. Adult spring Chinook return as of 6/15/14 is 438 adults including 27 wild origin and 90 Lewis stock. The hatchery escapement goal is about 400 adults.
Lewis River -- No report on steelhead angling success. Adult spring Chinook return as of 6/15/14 is 903 adults including 16 wild origin. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults. River flow was about 2,800 cfs the past week.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam -- Last week we sampled 1,523 salmonid anglers (including 335 boats) with 208 adult and 13 jack spring Chinook, 97 steelhead, and 7 sockeye. 78 (37%) of the adult Chinook were kept. 71 (91%) of the adult Chinook kept were sampled. 42 (59%) of the catch was lower river stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).
74 (76%) of the steelhead caught were kept. All the sockeye were released as required.
Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools -- Generally light effort and catches.
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