January 2014 WDFW Weekender Report

Here is the Southwest Washington fishing section of the WDFW Weekender Report for January 2014.

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 retention is allowed Jan. 1-19 in the Bonneville Pool, and 30,000 freshly planted rainbow trout will be available in 13 lakes around the region.
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December 30 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 52 coho salmon, 26 coho jacks, 50 winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Photo shows largest upper Cowlitz natural steelhead to return this year

Scott Gibson is holding the largest natural-origin winter steelhead that arrived at the Salmon Hatchery separator in December. “We are thrilled to see this fish and know its origin,” said Tacoma Power Senior Fisheries Biologist Mark LaRiviere. The steelhead had a cheek tag from being handled as a smolt at the Cowlitz Falls fish collection facility. Accordingly it was returned to the upper Cowlitz River to contribute its significant genetics to the steelhead gene pool in the upper river.

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December 23 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 70 coho salmon, 33 coho jacks and 69 winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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December 16 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 131 coho salmon, 51 coho jacks, 86 winter-run steelhead and four cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.Read More. . .

Comment period extended on gene banks for wild steelhead

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has extended the public comment period by one week on a proposal to create wild steelhead gene banks in three tributaries of the lower Columbia River.
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December 9 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 583 coho salmon, 194 coho jacks, 107 winter-run steelhead, one summer-run steelhead and 14 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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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.

“The first jag of winter steelhead was definitely on the bite,” said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “So long as the rivers don't rise too high or fall too low, we could be looking at a darn good fishery this year.”
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December 2 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 326 coho salmon, 255 coho jacks, 46 winter-run steelhead and seven cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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8 lakes stocked with rainbow trout

OLYMPIA - Rather spend the day after Thanksgiving fishing for big rainbow trout than shopping for holiday discounts?

Starting Friday, Nov. 29, anglers will find thousands of "holiday specials" during a seasonal Black Friday trout fishing opportunity at eight lakes in western Washington.
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November 25 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,435 coho salmon, 692 coho jacks, ten fall Chinook adults, 19 winter-run steelhead, 16 summer-run steelhead and 290 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.Read More. . .

November 18 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,448 coho salmon, 1,054 coho jacks, 45 fall Chinook adults, five jacks, 17 summer-run steelhead, 201 cutthroat trout and three winter-run steelhead adults during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November 12 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,679 coho salmon adults, 1,157 coho jacks, 202 fall Chinook adults, nine jacks, eight summer-run steelhead and 94 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Rainbow trout stocked for WDFW's "Fall into Fishing"

OLYMPIA - With tens of thousands of large rainbow trout recently stocked and more on the way, Puget Sound and Southwest Washington anglers can cross an early item off holiday wish lists.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has now stocked most of 33 Western Washington lakes scheduled to receive a total of 75,000 large rainbow trout by Thanksgiving.
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November 4 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,506 coho salmon, 1,227 coho jacks, 294 fall Chinook adults, five jacks, eleven summer-run steelhead, 68 cutthroat trout and four chum salmon adults 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).

“Steelhead move upriver on pulses of water,” Hymer said. “Once the sky opens up, we’ll see more fish on the move.”
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October 28 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,605 coho salmon, 2,126 coho jacks, 855 fall Chinook adults, 33 jacks, seven summer-run steelhead and 35 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Corrected October 21 Fish Report

This week's Cowlitz Fish Report had an error where it reported 2867 coho being transported to Lake Scanewa when the correct number is 286. Following is the corrected report:

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,206 coho salmon, 2,998 coho jacks, 891 fall Chinook adults, 40 jacks, 41 summer-run steelhead and 39 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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New advisory board to discuss developing seine fishery on Columbia River

OLYMPIA - A new advisory board formed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to provide recommendations for developing a new commercial seine fishery on the lower Columbia River will hold its first meeting Oct. 17 in Vancouver, Wash.
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October 14 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 708 fall Chinook adults, 25 jacks, 2,640 coho salmon, 2,156 coho jacks, 55 summer-run steelhead, 181 cutthroat trout and one pink salmon during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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October 7 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,313 fall Chinook adults, 68 jacks, 2,482 coho salmon, 2,287 coho jacks, 125 summer-run steelhead, 1285 cutthroat trout and four pink salmon during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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October WDFW Weekender Report

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

Fishing: The bulk of this year’s record-setting fall chinook run to the Columbia River has now moved above Bonneville Dam, energizing fisheries upstream to the Hanford Reach and beyond. Hotspots in this region include the mouths of the Wind River, Drano Lake and the Klickitat River.
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September 30 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,369 fall Chinook adults, 61 jacks, 1,620 coho salmon, 2,569 coho jacks, 37 summer-run steelhead, two spring Chinook adults, 156 cutthroat trout and six pink salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Wind power greatly affects timing of hydro-power generation and resulting river flows

Tacoma Power managers at a September 25 public meeting described reasons for fluctuating Cowlitz River flows. A major change is how wind power is affecting hydro-power operations.

Here is a link to the presentation slides which illustrate minimum flow requirements and the effect of wind power. The minimum flow requirements include a March 1-June 30 weekly 12-hour "transport flow" that is 120 percent of the week's average flow. For example, if the average flow is 5,000 cfs it must be raised to 6,000 cfs for 12 hours at some period during the week. This typically occurs on Tuesdays.
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September 23 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 931 fall Chinook adults, 46 jacks, 413 coho salmon, 647 jacks, 22 summer-run steelhead, nine spring Chinook adults, one jack, eight mini-jacks and 35 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September 16 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 686 fall Chinook adults, 28 jacks, 129 summer-run steelhead, 36 spring Chinook adults, 40 mini-jacks, 158 coho salmon, 94 jacks, 130 cutthroat trout and one sockeye salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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New fishing rules reflect record-breaking upriver Chinook return to Columbia River

OLYMPIA - More upriver fall chinook salmon are returning to the Columbia River than any time in the past 75 years, so Washington and Oregon fishery managers are expanding sport fishing options below Bonneville Dam beginning Sept. 13.

Scrapping a previous rule that would have closed the chinook fishery that day in a portion of the lower river, both states adopted new regulations that:

  • Allow anglers to continue fishing for chinook salmon through the end of the year in all areas of the mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam open to salmon fishing.
  • Expand the area open to chinook retention by moving the lower boundary from Rocky Point 16 miles downstream to Buoy 10 near the mouth of the Columbia.
  • Allow anglers to catch and keep up to two adult chinook salmon per day as part of their catch limit below Bonneville Dam. Through Sept. 30, only hatchery chinook with a clipped adipose fin and healed scar may be retained downstream from the Lewis River.
  • Allow anglers aboard a vessel in the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the Highway 395 bridge in Pasco to continue fishing until the daily limit of salmon/steelhead for all anglers aboard is achieved.
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Group to meet about Columbia River Chinook salmon harvest, allocation

A seven-member citizen working group organized by Washington and Oregon departments of fish and wildlife will meet to review spring chinook harvest and allocation at a public meeting in The Dalles, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 16.
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September 9 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 465 fall Chinook adults, 24 jacks, 85 summer-run steelhead, 56 spring Chinook adults, 67 mini-jacks, nine coho salmon, four jacks, 24 cutthroat trout and one sockeye salmon during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Read More. . .

September 3 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 307 fall Chinook adults, 19 jacks, 154 summer-run steelhead, 179 spring Chinook adults, three jacks, 96 mini-jacks, one coho salmon and 25 cutthroat trout 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. Chinook fishing at Buoy 10 near the mouth of the river closes Sept. 1 at the end of the day, but anglers will still have plenty of options to catch chinook salmon, coho and steelhead throughout the Columbia River Basin. This is also a great time to hook some trout in the high wilderness lakes.
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August 26 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 145 summer-run steelhead, 197 spring Chinook adults, nine jacks, 158 mini-jacks, 88 fall Chinook adults, 15 jacks, one sockeye salmon and 25 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 19 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 305 summer-run steelhead, 165 spring Chinook adults, six jacks, 199 mini-jacks, 31 fall Chinook adults, one jack, three chum salmon, two sockeye salmon and 32 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 12 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 355 summer-run steelhead, 131 spring Chinook adults, 23 jacks, 280 mini-jacks, one fall Chinook jack, one chum salmon, one sockeye salmon and nine cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 5 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 315 summer-run steelhead, 140 spring Chinook adults, nine jacks, 396 mini-jacks, three sockeye salmon adults and one 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.

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 678,000 “falls” included in the pre-season forecast, about 434,000 are projected to be upriver brights, which are expected to return in the largest numbers since record keeping began in 1964.
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July 29 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 351 summer-run steelhead, 209 spring Chinook adults, 24 jacks, 482 mini-jacks, two sockeye, one chum salmon and four cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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July 22 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 400 summer-run steelhead, 132 spring Chinook adults, 29 jacks, 379 mini-jacks, two sockeye and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Kalama River reopens to fishing for hatchery spring Chinook

Action: Kalama River anglers may retain hatchery spring chinook.

Effective date: July 16 through July 31, 2013
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July 15 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 308 summer-run steelhead, 210 spring Chinook adults, 22 jacks, 484 mini-jacks, three sockeye and one chum salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Answers posted to questions from May 29 public meeting

Update: Tacoma Power will hold a fisheries public meeting at Centralia College on Wednesday, September 25.

More than 100 people turned out for a public meeting May 29 about Cowlitz River fisheries hosted by Tacoma Power and Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. During the meeting many questions were asked. The link below is to a PDF file with both the questions asked and answers from Tacoma Power and WDFW.

If you have additional questions or comments you can email Mark LaRiviere, Tacoma Power Senior Fisheries Biologist, at this link .

May 29 Q & A document.

Washington governor makes 2 WDFW commission appointments

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee has reappointed the chair of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to a six-year term and has appointed the executive director of the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association to a vacant position.
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July 8 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 243 summer-run steelhead, 159 spring Chinook adults, 27 jacks and 376 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. Summer steelhead are arriving to take up the slack after the close of the fishery for adult chinook and sockeye salmon below Bonneville Dam.
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July 1 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 314 spring Chinook adults, 30 jacks, 307 mini-jacks and 241summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 24 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 192 spring Chinook adults, 35 jacks, 136 mini-jacks, 173 summer-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 17 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 183 spring Chinook adults, 42 jacks, eleven mini-jacks and 127summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 11 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 198 spring Chinook adults, 31 jacks, 97 summer-run steelhead, six winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Lewis River re-opens for hatchery spring Chinook

Action: Anglers may again keep hatchery spring chinook on the Lewis River including the North Fork.

Effective date: June 7 through July 31, 2013
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June 3 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 187 spring Chinook adults, 27 jacks, 14 winter-run steelhead and 40 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 can fish for salmon, steelhead and shad every day in June on the lower Columbia River, with new fishing opportunities for salmon starting at mid-month. A number of area tributaries are also open for salmon, steelhead or both, and retention fisheries for white sturgeon will be open on various days above and below Bonneville Dam. Read More. . .

Register special needs kids for annual Merwin fishing event

VANCOUVER - Children with disabilities will have a chance to reel in some trout during a special kids' fishing event July 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Merwin Fish Hatchery east of Woodland.

Young anglers can be registered for the 15th annual Merwin Special Needs Kids Day through June 30 by calling 1-800-899-4421.
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Tests show no signs of ISA virus in Washington's salmon

OLYMPIA - Recent tests of salmon from Washington's waters show no signs of a fish virus that can be deadly to farm-raised Atlantic salmon, state, tribal and federal resource managers announced today.

Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAV) was not detected in tissue samples taken from more than 900 wild and hatchery-produced Pacific chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and steelhead, as well as farm-raised Atlantic salmon.

ISAV is not harmful to people.
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May 28 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 159 spring Chinook adults, 26 jacks, 47 winter-run steelhead and 23 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Steelhead planning on four rivers begins

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a public meeting June 4 in Vancouver, Wash., to begin the process of developing steelhead management plans for four tributaries to the Columbia River.

The department is also seeking nominations for a citizens work group to assist in that effort.

The plans will address steelhead management in the North Fork Lewis, East Fork Lewis and Washougal rivers and Salmon Creek - together known in the planning process as the Cascade Stratum.
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Spring Chinook, steelhead fishing to reopen on lower Columbia River

Spring chinook, steelhead fishing
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OLYMPIA - The sport fishery for hatchery spring chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead will reopen Saturday (May 25) on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.
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Early hatchery steelhead on 2 Toutle River tributaries open through May 31

Action: The early hatchery steelhead season on the lower portions of the Green and South Fork Toutle rivers (Cowlitz County) is open from the last Saturday in May through May 31.

Species affected: All game fish, including steelhead.

Effective dates: May 25 through May 31, 2013.
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May 20 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 456 spring Chinook adults, 51 jacks, 52 winter-run steelhead and 18 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Public meeting on Cowlitz River fisheries, hatcheries May 29 in Centralia

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Tacoma Power are hosting a public meeting regarding Cowlitz River fisheries and hatchery programs May 29 in Centralia.

The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Centralia College in Washington Hall Room 103, at Washington Ave. and Pear St.
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May 13 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 245 spring Chinook adults, 24 jacks, 84 winter-run steelhead and 15 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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May 6 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 157 winter-run steelhead, eight summer-run steelhead, 86 spring Chinook adults and five jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Anglers enjoy lowland lakes opener

OLYMPIA - Despite cool and windy weather in many parts of the state, anglers had a lot of success reeling in large trout on opening day of this year's lowland lakes fishing season.

Based on creel checks conducted at 98 lakes around the state, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) estimates that anglers caught an average of 4.6 trout on opening day, April 27.
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May WDFW Weekender Report

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

Fishing: Thousands of spring chinook salmon are moving up the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam each day, setting the stage for a succession of upriver fisheries on the mainstem Columbia River and its tributaries.
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April 29 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 377 winter-run steelhead, six summer-run steelhead, 289 spring Chinook adults, 18 jacks and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Ban on barbed hooks expands; includes Cowlitz

OLYMPIA - Starting May 1, anglers fishing for salmon or steelhead on the Columbia River and most of its tributaries downstream from Chief Joseph Dam will be required to use barbless hooks.

The new regulations, adopted today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), expand on a similar rule currently in effect on the stretch of the Columbia River that constitutes the border between Washington and Oregon.

The new rules extend the ban on barbed hooks another 250 miles upriver on the Columbia River and to dozens of its tributaries, including the Cowlitz, White Salmon, Klickitat, Snake, Yakima and Okanogan rivers.
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Hundres of lakes open April 27 for biggest fishing day of the year

OLYMPIA - Great trout fishing throughout Washington gets under way April 27, when several hundred lowland lakes - stocked with millions of fish - open for a six-month season.

Hundreds of thousands of anglers are expected to turn out for the big day. Although many waterways are open year-round, the last Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland lakes fishing season.
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Remote-controlled dam washer wins national award

A clever invention of Tacoma Power employees is cleaning up in more ways than one.

Today, the utility won an Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award for Operational Excellence from the National Hydropower Association.

Tacoma Power won the award for its remote-controlled dam washer, a unique solution to the dangerous job of cleaning moss off the utility’s seven hydroelectric dams. Employees at the Cowlitz River Project designed and fabricated the remote-controlled pressure washer to safely and effectively perform this job.
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April 22 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 427 winter-run steelhead, five summer-run steelhead, 63 spring Chinook adults and two jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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April 15 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 476 winter-run steelhead adults, two jacks, and six spring Chinook adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Washington's salmon fishing seasons set for 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. - State and tribal co-managers yesterday agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks.

Washington's 2013 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were finalized yesterday during the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (PFMC) meeting in Portland. The regulations cover salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington's ocean and coastal areas and the Columbia River.
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April 8 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 561 winter-run steelhead and seven spring Chinook adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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April WDFW Weekender Report

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

Fishing: With the catch of spring chinook salmon running well below expectations, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon will meet April 3 to decide whether to extend the initial fishing season below Bonneville Dam.
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April 1 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 382 winter-run steelhead, two spring Chinook salmon and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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March 25 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 318 winter-run steelhead and two spring Chinook salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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March 18 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 261 winter-run steelhead, one spring Chinook salmon and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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March 11 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 145 winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW approves new sportfishing rules

MOSES LAKE - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted numerous changes to sportfishing rules and approved three land transactions during a public meeting March 1 in Moses Lake.

Nearly 70 sportfishing rules were adopted by the commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
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March 4 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 37 winter-run steelhead during five days of operations 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: Despite modest run-size forecasts, this year’s spring chinook fishery got off to an early start on the lower Columbia River, where anglers were reeling in ocean-fresh “springers” by mid-February. Fishing will continue to ramp up through March, as the bulk of the run moves in from the ocean, said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
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February 25 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 16 winter-run steelhead, three coho adults and one coho jack during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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February 19 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered ten winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Public meeting on salmon forecast kicks off season-setting process

OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year’s salmon returns and potential fishing seasons during a public meeting here March 1. [WDFW sent this news release four times with meeting dates of Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2, so check with them to confirm the correct date].
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Spring Chinook must be released on Kalama & Lewis Rivers

Actions: Kalama and Lewis River anglers must release all spring chinook, and the North Fork Lewis will close to all fishing upstream from Johnson Creek.
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WDFW seeks nominations for Enforcement Advisory Group

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking applications through Feb. 28 for five positions on its enforcement advisory group.
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February 11 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 23 winter-run steelhead, eight coho adults and two jacks during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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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.Read More. . .

February 4 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered six winter-run steelhead, 17 coho adults and four jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW to hold hearing on proposed sportfishing rules

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take public comment on proposed changes to the state’s sportfishing rules during a public meeting Feb. 8-9 in Olympia.

The commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene at 8:30 a.m. both days in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E.
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Smaller run expected for Columbia River spring Chinook season

PORTLAND - Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set 2013 fishing seasons for the lower Columbia River that anticipate a smaller return of spring chinook salmon and reflect continuing concerns about the river’s white sturgeon population.
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January 28 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 12 winter-run steelhead and five coho adults during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 22 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 24 winter-run steelhead, 43 coho adults and eight jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 14 Fish Report (updated)

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 68 winter-run steelhead, 34 coho adults and eight jacks during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Updated state hatchery genetic management plans available for review

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept public comments through Feb. 15 on several updated draft management plans designed to guide state hatchery operations in portions of Puget Sound.
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WDFW approves policy to revamp Columbia River fisheries

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today unanimously adopted a policy that establishes a new management framework for salmon fisheries on the lower Columbia River.

The commission, a nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), took action after completing a series of public meetings that began in October 2012. In all, the commission received about 1,000 public comments on the broad-based proposal.
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January 7 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 129 winter-run steelhead, 30 coho adults and seven jacks during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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