January WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for January.

Fishing: Winter steelhead are still the name of the game for many anglers in the lower Columbia River Basin, although several other fisheries are beginning to compete for anglers’ attention. Sturgeon fishing reopens Jan. 1 from the mouth of the Columbia to McNary Dam, and more than 30,000 catchable-size rainbow trout will be planted along with any excess broodstock in lakes and ponds around the region by the end of the month.Read More. . .

December 31 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 149 winter-run steelhead, 40 coho adults and 11 jacks during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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December 24 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 112 coho adults, 13 jacks, 191 winter-run steelhead and two summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Vote scheduled on new Columbia River fishery policy

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission heard public testimony on a set of recommendations to restructure salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River during its meeting Dec. 14-15 in Tumwater.
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December 17 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 200 coho adults, 20 jacks, 175 winter-run steelhead, one fall Chinook adult and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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December 10 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 371 coho adults, 50 jacks, 94 winter-run steelhead, 29 cutthroat trout and seven summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Recommendations to restructure lower Columbia River fisheries available for review

OLYMPIA - A proposed plan to restructure salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River is now available for review on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) website.

The recommendations, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/lower_columbia/ , were developed by a work group made up of representatives from Washington and Oregon. The group finalized the recommendations Nov. 15 during a meeting in Seaside, Ore.
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December WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for December.

Fishing: This year's winter steelhead season got off to a promising start just before Thanksgiving, when the first wave of fish started taking anglers' lures in several tributaries to the lower Columbia River. With decent river conditions, catch rates should continue to improve in the weeks ahead, said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
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December 3 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 421 coho adults, 69 jacks, 63 winter-run steelhead, 37 cutthroat trout, 16 summer-run steelhead, three fall Chinook adults and one jack during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Discover Pass: Great gift idea

OLYMPIA - A new feature of the Discover Pass allows purchasers to choose the start date for the annual pass. The new feature makes the Discover Pass an excellent gift idea for family and friends who love the great outdoors.
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November 26 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 685 coho adults, 174 jacks, 9 fall Chinook adults, 26 summer-run steelhead, 30 winter-run steelhead and 42 cutthroat trout during three days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Read More. . .

November 19 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 997 coho adults, 295 jacks, 78 fall Chinook adults, four jacks, 15 summer-run steelhead, eight winter-run steelhead and 20 cutthroat trout during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November 13 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 830 coho adults, 316 jacks, 71 fall Chinook adults, three jacks, 47 summer-run steelhead and 26 cutthroat trout during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November 5 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,168 coho adults, 867 jacks, 450 fall Chinook adults, 30 jacks, 175 summer-run steelhead, 49 cutthroat trout and one chum salmon adult during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for November.

Fishing: Thanksgiving Day traditionally marks the start of the popular winter steelhead fishery, although some anglers start working their favorite rivers well ahead of time. Catch totals will ramp up as area rivers swell from the falling rain, said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

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October 29 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,514 coho adults, 813 jacks, 429 fall Chinook adults, 23 jacks, 130 summer-run steelhead and 64 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Read More. . .

October 22 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,773 coho adults, 928 jacks, 983fall Chinook adults, 79 jacks, 128summer-run steelhead and 44 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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October 15 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,101 fall Chinook adults, 106 jacks, 1,504 coho adults, 721 jacks, 34 summer-run steelhead and seven cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW seeks nominations for steelhead/cutthroat advisory group

WDFW seeks nominations for steelhead/cutthroat advisory group

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Nov. 15 for membership on the Steelhead/Cutthroat Policy Advisory Group.
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October 8 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,160 fall Chinook adults, 146 jacks, 1,024 coho adults, 704 jacks, 15 summer-run steelhead during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Comment period extended on lower Columbia hatchery genetic management plan

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has extended the public comment period on updated draft management plans that will be used by the agency to operate several hatchery programs in the lower Columbia River.
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October WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for October.

Fishing: Starting Oct. 1, the lower Columbia River will be open for retention of chinook salmon from Buoy 10 near the river’s mouth to Bonneville Dam. The addition of chinook fishing below Warrior Rock, together with the continuing influx of coho entering the river, will give anglers more reasons to return to the mainstem Columbia in the weeks to come.
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October 1 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 788 fall Chinook adults, 115 jacks, five spring Chinook adults, 661 coho adults, 335 jacks, 68 summer-run steelhead, and eight cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September 24 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 823 fall Chinook adults, 106 jacks, 14 spring Chinook adults, one jack, 303 coho adults, 127 jacks, 118 summer-run steelhead, seven cutthroat trout and two sockeye salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW issues fire restrictions

OLYMPIA - With unusually dry conditions and wildfires burning in parts of the state, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is prohibiting campfires and other activities on all agency-managed lands.
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September 17 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 640 fall Chinook adults, 61 jacks, 60 spring Chinook adults, two jacks, 29 coho adults, ten jacks, 95 summer-run steelhead and four cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Updated lower Columbia hatchery genetic management plans available for review

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept public comments through Oct. 5 on updated draft management plans that will be used by the agency to operate several hatchery programs in the lower Columbia River.
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Weeklong hatchery-Chinook fishery opens on the Columbia River

OLYMPIA - Anglers will be allowed to retain adult hatchery chinook salmon along the 70-mile stretch of the lower Columbia River during a weeklong pilot fishery that starts Monday (Sept. 10).
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September 10 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 327 fall Chinook adults, 25 jacks, 116 spring Chinook adults, three jacks, eight coho adults, two jacks, 144 summer-run steelhead and two sockeye salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for September.

Fishing: September is prime time for salmon fishing in the Columbia River Basin, as large numbers of fish move upriver and into tributaries on both sides of Bonneville Dam. At the Buoy 10 fishery near the mouth of the river, the catch of chinook salmon is expected to be the highest in more than two decades. Although that chinook fishery ends there Sept. 3 at the end of the day, anglers still have a lot of options to catch both chinook and coho salmon upriver from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line.
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September 3 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 254 spring Chinook adults, 15 jacks, 131 fall Chinook adults, 15 jacks, 225 summer-run steelhead, ten sea-run cutthroat trout, one coho adult, one coho jack and one sockeye salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 27 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 338 summer-run steelhead, 101 spring Chinook adults, six jacks, 24 fall Chinook adults, four jacks, four sea-run cutthroat trout and one sockeye salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 20 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 611 summer-run steelhead, 168 spring Chinook adults, 11 jacks, 21 mini-jacks, 13 fall Chinook adults, one sockeye jack salmon and two sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 13 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1178 summer-run steelhead, 388 spring Chinook adults, 26 jacks, 41 mini-jacks, three fall Chinook adults, four jacks, one sockeye salmon, two chum salmon and two sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 6 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 950 summer-run steelhead, 274 spring Chinook adults, 28 jacks, 44 mini-jacks, one fall Chinook adult, one sockeye salmon and one sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for August. To read the entire Weekender Report go to WDFW’s Web site.

Fishing: This year’s fall chinook fishery opens Aug. 1 on the Columbia River, where a strong run of upriver brights is expected to exceed both the 10-year average and last year’s return. Of the 655,000 “falls” included in the pre-season forecast, about 350,000 are projected to be upriver brights – the fourth largest return since record keeping began in 1964.
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Westport opens daily for salmon fishing Aug. 3

OLYMPIA - Beginning Aug. 3, marine waters off of Westport (Marine Area 2) will be open to salmon fishing seven days a week, joining the three other ocean areas already open on a daily basis, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
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July 30 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,417 summer-run steelhead, 137 spring Chinook adults, 27 jacks, 48 mini-jacks and four sockeye salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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July 23 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,264 summer-run steelhead, 123 spring Chinook adults, 16 jacks, 39 mini-jacks, 13 sockeye salmon and one chum salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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July 16 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,093 summer-run steelhead, 819 spring Chinook adults, 80 jacks and 71 mini-jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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New WDFW website details salmon conservation efforts

OLYMPIA - Finding current information about the state's salmon runs and tracking ongoing efforts to recover at-risk stocks on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) website has never been easier.

A new online tool called the Salmon Conservation Reporting Engine (SCoRE) consolidates current information about state salmon populations, hatchery production, conservation guidelines and other aspects of salmon management in a single website.
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July 9 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 629 summer-run steelhead, 138 spring Chinook adults, 22 jacks and 37 mini-jacks during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

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July WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for July.

Fishing: Anglers who fish the lower Columbia River are gearing up for hatchery steelhead now that most salmon-fishing opportunities are moving upstream. Steelhead fishing is expected to heat up in the weeks ahead after the summer salmon fishery below Bonneville Dam closes at the end of the day July 1.
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July 2 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 264 spring Chinook adults, 35 jacks, 12 mini jacks 652 summer-run steelhead adults, one jack and one winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 25 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 339 spring Chinook adults, 54 jacks, 411 summer-run steelhead and four winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 18 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 205 spring Chinook adults, 41 jacks, two winter-run steelhead and 328 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Help keep invasive species out of Washington waters

OLYMPIA - As state waters warm with the approach of summer, aquatic plants and animals flourish - including aquatic invasive species.

Boaters can help protect the waters they enjoy - and avoid potential fines - by following a few simple precautions, said Allen Pleus, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) aquatic invasive-species coordinator.
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Merwin fishing event lures special kids

VANCOUVER - Children with disabilities will have a chance to reel in a lunker during a special fishing event July 14 at Merwin Fish Hatchery east of Woodland.
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June 11 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 196 spring Chinook adults, 34 jacks, two winter-run steelhead and 91 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 4 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 598 spring Chinook adults, 81 jacks, 18 winter-run steelhead and 115 summer-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

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June WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for June.

Fishing: Anglers may still get a few days in early June to catch spring chinook salmon, but many are shifting their attention to the next big opener on the lower Columbia River. That begins June 16, when fishing opens for summer chinook and fishing for hatchery steelhead and sockeye expands upriver from the Interstate 5 Bridge.
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WDFW Commission to be briefed on Columbia River fisheries

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will receive briefings on Columbia River fisheries and consider proposed land transactions during meetings May 31-June 2 in Olympia.
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May 29 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 432 spring Chinook adults, 53 jacks, 49 winter-run steelhead and 87 summer-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Two Toutle River tributaries open early for hatchery steelhead

Action: Open the South Fork Toutle River and Green River to fishing for hatchery summer steelhead early.

Effective Dates: May 25 through June 1, 2012.
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Spring Chinook fishery will be open this weekend on lower Columbia River

OLYMPIA - Sport fishing for spring chinook salmon will reopen this Saturday and Sunday (May 26-27) on the lower Columbia River below Bonneville Dam.

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon agreed to reopen the fishery for those two days to boat and bank anglers from Buoy 10 to Beacon Rock. Bank anglers will also be allowed to fish from Beacon Rock upriver to the deadline at Bonneville Dam.
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Threatened chum salmon run on Lewis River gets new recruits

VANCOUVER, Wash. - The future of chum salmon in the Lewis River Basin may depend on 105,000 juvenile fish released into the east fork last week by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The chum fry, each about two inches long, are part of a coordinated effort to restore a salmon species that once returned to the Columbia River by the millions, but is now at risk of extinction.
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May 21 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 71 winter-run steelhead, two jacks, 407 spring Chinook adults, 49 jacks and 56 summer-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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May 14 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 236 winter-run steelhead, 229 spring Chinook adults, 13 jacks and 56 summer-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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May 7 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 515 winter-run steelhead, 123 spring Chinook adults, 14 jacks and 30 summer-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Anglers enjoy big trout lowland lakes opening day

OLYMPIA - Good weather and big trout helped to boost catch rates on opening day of this year’s lowland lakes fishing season.

Based on creel checks conducted at 112 lakes around the state, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) estimates that anglers caught an average of 3.99 trout on opening day Saturday, April 28.
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Spring Chinook fishery above Bonneville Dam extended to May 6

OLYMPIA - Anglers will have at least four more days to fish for hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon on a section of the Columbia River stretching 163 miles upstream from Bonneville Dam.

Citing the late timing of this year’s run, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to extend the fishery through May 6.
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May WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for May.

Fishing: The spring chinook fishery is currently closed below Bonneville Dam, but has been extended through May 6 upriver from the dam to the Washington/Oregon state line above McNary Dam. Meanwhile, anglers are increasingly turning to area tributaries for salmon and steelhead and to lakes and reservoirs that opened for trout April 28.
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April 30 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,128 winter-run steelhead, 312 spring Chinook adults, 30 jacks, 13 summer-run steelhead and two cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Public invited to propose changes to recreational fisheries

OLYMPIA - People with ideas about how to improve state sportfishing rules can submit their proposals to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) through June 15.

Only those proposals that are necessary for resource conservation or provide a significant recreational benefit should be submitted to WDFW, due to a moratorium issued by the Governor’s office on non-critical rule making.
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April 23 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,098 steelhead, 62 spring Chinook adults and 17 jacks during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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April 16 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 762 winter-run steelhead adults, one jack, 18 spring Chinook adults and one jack during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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April 9 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,125 winter-run steelhead, 55 spring Chinook adults, four jacks and one cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Washington's 2012 salmon fisheries approved

SEATTLE - State and tribal co-managers agreed April 5 on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations, while providing fishing opportunities on healthy stocks.

Washington’s 2012 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were finalized today during the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) meeting in Seattle. The fishing package defines regulations for salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington’s ocean and coastal areas and the Columbia River.
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Bigger trout awaits anglers on State's biggest opening day

OLYMPIA - Anglers preparing for opening day of the 2012 lowland lakes season on April 28 can expect to reel in trout that are one-third bigger this year.

With opening day fast approaching, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is releasing 3 million hatchery-reared trout averaging 11-13 inches - two to three inches longer than last year.
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April 2 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 459 winter-run steelhead and one spring Chinook adult during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Cowlitz fisheries plans & actions summarized in utility presentation

Tacoma Power’s Natural Resources section staff on March 28, 2012 presented an overview about Cowlitz River Project fisheries plans and actions to members of the utility’s board. The presentation covered
• Cowlitz Project Overview
• Cowlitz License Summary
• Downstream Fish Collection Background & Update
• Upstream Fish Passage & the Cowlitz Restoration & Recovery Fund
• Fisheries & Hatchery Management Plan – Monitoring & Evaluation
• Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Visitors Center Celebration Event

Click here to see the links for viewing the slides which give a good summary of the presentation.

Candidate sought for WDFW disabilities advisory committee

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking an applicant to fill a vacancy on its advisory committee for persons with disabilities.

The seven-member committee advises the commission on issues of concern for hunters and fishers with disabilities, including special hunts, modified sporting equipment, access to public land and recreational opportunities.
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April WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for April.

Fishing: After a couple of months of slow fishing for spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon are set to decide whether to extend the initial season on the lower Columbia River beyond April 6.

Their decision, scheduled April 5, will be reported on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) website and on the department’s Fishing Hotline (360-902-2500).
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2012 Trout-plants schedule posted; other site updates

The proposed schedule for planting catchable trout in the Cowlitz River watershed is available here. Also, I've improved the links for weather and river flows info on the Fishing Info pages.

March 26 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 385 winter-run steelhead and one spring Chinook adult during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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March 19 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 208 winter-run steelhead and one spring Chinook adult during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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March 12 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 109 winter-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Fish and wildlife enthusiasts invited to share photos

OLYMPIA - Washingtonians have a new way to share their outdoor adventures with others who enjoy hunting, fishing and observing the natural world.
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March 5 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 122 winter-run steelhead and one spring Chinook adult during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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March WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for March.

Fishing: Spring chinook fever is starting to take hold on the Columbia River. More than 100 boats were counted on the lower river one day in late February when only a single adult fish had passed Bonneville Dam. By late March – when the bulk of the run is expected to arrive – that number is expected to grow to more than 2,000 boats per day.
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Strong returns of Columbia River Chinook, coastal coho predicted

OLYMPIA - Fishing opportunities look promising for chinook in Washington’s ocean waters and the Columbia River, as well as for coho in coastal bays and rivers, according to preseason salmon forecasts released today at a public meeting in Olympia.
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Fisheries Technical Committee Jan. 3 meeting summary posted

Sorry I didn’t see this earlier. The meeting summary for the January 3 Cowlitz River Fisheries Technical Committee meeting is available here.

February 27 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 78 winter-run steelhead and three cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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February 21 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 46 winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Read More. . .

February 13 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 76 winter-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW adopts new sportfishing rules

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted a variety of new sportfishing rules and increased the number of multiple-season hunting permits for deer and elk issued each year during a public meeting here Feb. 3-4.
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February 6 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 121 winter-run steelhead, three coho adults, and one cutthroat during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Columbia River fishing seasons set for spring chinook, sturgeon

PORTLAND - Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set fishing seasons for 2012 on the lower Columbia River that anticipate a strong run of spring chinook salmon but a further decline in the number of white sturgeon available for harvest.

Most new fishing regulations adopted today will take effect March 1, when fishing for spring chinook and sturgeon starts to heat up on the lower Columbia. Until then, both fisheries are open on various sections of the river under rules approved last year.
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February WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for February.

Fishing: Ocean bright spring chinook salmon are beginning to move into the Columbia River, setting the stage for one of the state’s most popular fisheries. Anglers typically start landing early-returning “springers” in early February, but the fishery usually doesn’t catch fire until March.
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January 30 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 146 winter-run steelhead, 75 coho adults and three jacks during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 23 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 133 coho adults, one jack and 80 winter-run steelhead during three days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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OSU scientists comment on flooding and salmon survival

CORVALLIS, Ore. – In the space of a few days, many rivers in western Oregon have gone from near-record low levels to flood stage, jeopardizing riverside homes, causing flooding and challenging Chinook salmon, steelhead and other native fishes.
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January 17 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 330 winter-run steelhead, 236 coho adults and four jacks during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 9 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 801 coho adults, eleven jacks and 354 winter-run steelhead during three days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 2 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 696 coho adults, ten jacks, 121 winter-run steelhead and three cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Read More. . .

January WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for January.

Fishing: Winter steelhead are still the name of the game in the Columbia River Basin, although several other fisheries are beginning to compete for anglers’ attention.
Sturgeon fishing reopens Jan. 1 from the mouth of the Columbia to McNary Dam, and more than a dozen lakes and ponds are scheduled to receive an infusion of 38,000 catchable-size rainbow trout by the end of the month.
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