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Cowlitz River – 2 boat anglers had no catch.  24 bank anglers kept 1 steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power employees recovered 64 coho adults, two jacks, five winter-run steelhead and two cutthroat trout in five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released four coho adults and one winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam.

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Twenty-two coho adults, one cutthroat trout and one winter-run steelhead were released on the Cispus River at Yellow Jacket Creek.

Last week, Tacoma employees released 38 coho adults, two coho jacks, one cutthroat trout and one winter-run steelhead adult into the Tilton River located at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 7,910 cubic feet per second on Monday, February 13. Visibility is at five feet and water temperature 40.3 degrees F.

Lower Columbia mainstem from the I-5 Bridge downstream – A couple hardy anglers in the Woodland area had no catch. Still only a dozen bank anglers on each side of the river and a half dozen boats on the river last Saturday.

Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam – The few bank anglers sampled in The Dalles and John Day pools had no catch.


Bonneville Pool – A few legals were released by boat anglers.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers caught some legals. Through January, an estimated 11 (11%) of the 100 fish guideline had been taken.

John Day Pool – Slow for legal size fish. An estimated 7 (6.7%) of the 105 fish guideline had been taken through January.


Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam – Boat anglers in The Dalles and John Day pools averaged nearly a walleye kept/released per rod.  No effort was observed for bass.


Recent plants of catchable size and brood stock rainbows averaging 5 pounds each into SW WA waters.  No report on angling success.

Battle Ground Lake (Clark County): 2,960 rainbow trout planted on Feb. 7, and 75 rainbow trout on Feb. 2.

Klineline Pond (Clark County): 1,500 rainbow trout on Feb. 7.


Commercial catches improved yesterday but still below the 150 pounds per delivery minimum goal. Lots of sea lions reported on the docks at the Port of Rainier. Stay tuned.