State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River
by Mark Yuasa
Cowlitz River -- When including fish released, boat anglers averaged nearly 1.4 adult coho per rod while bank anglers averaged just over 3/4 fish per rod. Some fall Chinook (most were released), summer run steelhead, and sea-run cutthroats are also being caught. Bank anglers were doing best at the Barrier Dam; boats around the I-5 Br.
During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered:
Lewis River -- North Fork boat anglers averaged an adult coho per rod and bank anglers nearly 0.4 per rod when including fish released. Some fall Chinook are also being caught but most were voluntarily released. Some coho are also being caught by bank and boat anglers near the mouth.
Flows at Merwin Dam are a high 11,200 cfs today (Nov. 3).
Klickitat River -- Bank anglers on the lower river are having excellent success on adult coho averaging nearly 3 fish per rod while boat anglers averaged 2 fish per rod. Numerous 6-fish limits were observed despite the somewhat turbid conditions.
Flows at Pitt were 1,130 cfs today, nearly a third higher than the average mean of 856 cfs for the date but less than the 1,800 cfs observed on Halloween.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam -- During the last 5 days of October we sampled 36 salmonid anglers (including 9 boats) with 1 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook, 8 adult coho, and no steelhead.
During October 27-31, anglers on the lower Columbia made an estimated 453 trips and caught 89 coho (70 kept and 19 released) and 33 Chinook (kept).
The 2014 lower Columbia mainstem creel sampling program has ended until February 2015.
Bonneville Pool -- Boat anglers averaged an adult coho per rod. They were also catching some adult fall Chinook.
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