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State Fish and Wildlife Columbia
River Regional Fishing Reports

by Mark Yuasa
Seattle Times, June 23, 2015

... it was legal to keep marked or unmarked sockeye.

This June 13, 2006 file photo a year-old sockeye salmon peers through the glass of a lab beaker at the Eagle Fish Hatchery at Eagle Island State Park, west of Boise, Idaho. SALMON/STEELHEAD

The new Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet and numerous regulations for the Washington lower Columbia tributaries go into effect beginning July 1. Some highlights include:

Cowlitz River -- 7 boat anglers sampled at the trout hatchery ramp kept 3 summer run steelhead.

During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered: 732 spring Chinook salmon, 98 jacks, 39 maxi-jacks, 120 summer steelhead and two cutthroat trout.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

510 spring Chinook and 92 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and one cutthroat trout in the Tilton River.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,100 cubic feet per second on Monday, June 22.

Wind River and Drano Lake -- June 30 is the last day to fish for spring chinook above Shipherd Falls. It is also the last day for the 3 adult Chinook daily limit on the Wind and at Drano Lake as well as the last day for two-poles and boat limits. Drano Lake will be open 7 days per week beginning July 1 and the bank only area near the mouth will be open for boats.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam -- During the first six days of the summer Chinook and sockeye season, we sampled 1,210 salmonid anglers (including 225 boats) with 137 adult and 5 jack summer Chinook, 51 steelhead and 15 sockeye. 82 (60%) of the adult Chinook 40 (78%) of the steelhead, and 13 (87%) of the sockeye were kept (though it was legal to keep marked or unmarked sockeye).

During June 16-21, anglers on the lower Columbia made 9,221 trips and caught 1,249 adult summer Chinook (716 kept and 533 released), 317 summer steelhead (255 kept and 62 released), and 85 sockeye (76 kept and nine released). See attached file for additional details.

Bonneville and The Dalles pools - Light effort and no catch was observed.

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Mark Yuasa
State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River Regional Fishing Reports
Seattle Times, June 23, 2015

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