Columbia River Regional Fish Checks Show
by Mark Yuasa
SALMON AND STEELHEAD
Cowlitz River - 51 boat anglers kept 18 steelhead and released 2. 115 bank anglers kept 5 adult spring Chinook and 8 steelhead plus released 1 cutthroat.
Lewis River - 5 bank anglers with no catch. Closed to fishing for salmon until further notice.
Coweeman River - Two bank anglers Feb. 28 to March 12 caught no fish.
Kalama River - 60 bank anglers Feb. 28 to March 12 released five wild steelhead, and 10 boat anglers caught one hatchery steelhead and released one hatchery steelhead.
Lower Columbia mainstem from Bonneville Dam downstream - Last week we sampled 354 salmonid anglers (including 117 boats) with 5 adult spring Chinook and 3 steelhead. 4 (80%) of the spring Chinook were kept. The 3 steelhead were released.
Effort continues to climb despite the challenging water conditions (high flows, turbidity, and floating debris including logs). Yesterday (Sun. March 12), 171 boats and 219 bank anglers were counted during the effort flight count. Effort was highest between Vancouver and Woodland.
Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam - Light effort for steelhead. No catch was observed.
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