SALMON AND STEELHEAD
Cowlitz River – Best catches are still between the hatcheries though most of the catch was sampled at the barrier dam. Winter run steelhead catch was down but the first summer run of the season was found in the creel sample and in the hatchery returns last week.
Last week Tacoma Power recovered 493 winter run steelhead, nine summer-run steelhead, 793 spring Chinook adults and 47 spring Chinook jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released nine winter-run steelhead adults and into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, 244 spring Chinook, ten spring Chinook jacks and five winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 211 spring Chinook adults, 15 jacks and 26 winter-run steelhead adults into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek. In addition, they released 185 spring Chinook adults and 11 jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.
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River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,280 cubic feet per second on Monday, May 2.
Lewis River – Little to no effort during the current hatchery steelhead season. The first 9 hatchery summer run steelhead of the year returned to the Merwin Dam trap last week.
Flows at Merwin Dam are about half the long-term mean (2,780 cfs today vs 5,530 cfs long term) for this date.
Wind River and Drano Lake – Both are producing a hatchery adult spring Chinook kept per about every 4.5 boat rods. Bank anglers at the mouth of the Wind are catching spring Chinook while those at Drano also caught a couple summer run steelhead. Effort is becoming heavy at both spots with a 100 or more boats at times.
Klickitat River – Catch and effort is beginning to increase. Flows are Pitt were 2,840 cfs today, about 25% higher than the long term mean for this date.
Bonneville Pool – Bank anglers at the mouth of Drano are catching a few spring Chinook.
The Dalles and John Day pools – Boat and bank anglers are catching some spring Chinook but it’s far from hot (other than maybe the weather). Effort is fairly heavy just below John Day Dam with ~60 boats and 52 bank anglers mixed in with the ~100 tribal rods there yesterday above the Hwy. 97 Bridge yesterday.
The mainstem Columbia from Bonneville Dam to the WA/OR border is scheduled to remain open for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead through Fri. May 6.
The Dalles Pool – Now closed for retention.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.
WALLEYE AND BASS
The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged 3.5 walleye and 7 bass per rod. Bank anglers were also catching some bass.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged just over 4 walleye and nearly 9 bass per rod when including fish released. Bank anglers were also catching some walleye.