January 2015 Weekender Report for SW Washington

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 their attention. Starting Jan. 1, sturgeon retention is allowed seven days a week from Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam, and 45,000 freshly planted rainbow trout will be available this month in 14 lakes around the region.
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December 29 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 6,161 coho adults, 67 jacks, six fall Chinook adults, 29 summer-run steelhead, 24 winter-run steelhead, 25 cutthroat trout and one chum salmon adult during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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December 22 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,967 coho adults, 13 jacks, 186 winter-run steelhead, one summer-run steelhead and six cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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December 15 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,735 coho adults, 38 jacks, 207 winter-run steelhead, five summer-run steelhead and 19 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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December 8 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 3,204 coho adults, 49 jacks, two fall Chinook adults, 71 winter-run steelhead, 14 summer-run steelhead, 37 cutthroat trout and one chum salmon adult during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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December WDFW Weekender Report for SW Washington

Fishing: This year's winter steelhead season got off to a promising start just before Thanksgiving, when the first wave of fish started snapping up anglers' lures in several Columbia River tributaries. With decent river conditions, catch rates should continue to improve in the weeks ahead.
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December 1 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 6,161 coho adults, 67 jacks, six fall Chinook adults, 29 summer-run steelhead, 24 winter-run steelhead, 25 cutthroat trout and one chum salmon adult during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November 24 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 5,583 coho adults, 224 jacks, 59 fall Chinook adults, four jacks, 13 summer-run steelhead, 18 winter-run steelhead and 68 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Record set for Cowlitz River coho returns

Monday, November 17, was a banner day at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery in Lewis County, where a record number of coho salmon have already returned for the season. From Aug. 16 through Nov. 17, Tacoma Power employees handled 87,054 coho adults, topping the previous record of 85,632 set in the 2002-03 season.Read More. . .

Fish Black Friday for rainbows stocked in SW Washington lakes

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering prospective anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving.
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November 17 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 9,096 coho adults, 189 jacks, 62 fall Chinook adults, two jacks, 37 summer-run steelhead, yeo winter-run steelhead and 52 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November 10 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 11,293 coho adults, 344 jacks, 255 fall Chinook adults, six jacks, 194 summer-run steelhead, three winter-run steelhead and 127 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Nominations open for steelhead work group

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a public meeting Nov. 20 in Cathlamet, Wash., to begin the process of developing steelhead management plans for several tributaries to the Columbia River.

The department is also seeking nominations for a citizens work group to assist in that effort.
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Trout stocked in SW Washington lakes

OLYMPIA – For the third year in a row, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife is stocking lakes with thousands of extra-large fish averaging 15 to 16 inches and 1-1/4 pounds each in southwest Washington for the Nov. 28 Black Friday opener.
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November 3 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 12,528 coho adults, 569 jacks, 411 fall Chinook adults, 13 jacks, 256 summer-run steelhead and 86 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November WDFW Weekender Report for SW Washington

Fishing: After a banner fall chinook season, area anglers are turning their attention to winter steelhead fishing. Thanksgiving Day traditionally marks the start of the popular fishery, but some anglers start working their favorite rivers well ahead of time. Catch totals usually start to ramp up as area rivers swell from the falling rain.
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October 27 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 14,734 coho adults, 794 jacks, 798 fall Chinook adults, 33 jacks, 154 summer-run steelhead and 107 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

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WDFW seeks nominations for steelhead & cutthroat policy advisory group

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations to a citizen advisory group that advises the department on steelhead and anadromous cutthroat management issues.
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Federal funding cuts lead to reductions in lower Columbia hatcheries

OLYMPIA – Federal budget cuts and higher operating costs have forced the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to reduce salmon and steelhead production at three of its lower Columbia River fish hatchery facilities and plant juvenile coho into a regional lake this fall.
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October 20 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 14,936 coho adults, 596 jacks, 1,051 fall Chinook adults, 52 jacks, 106 summer-run steelhead, 68 cutthroat trout and one sockeye salmon during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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States seek nominations for Columbia River fishery advisory groups

OLYMPIA - Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon are seeking candidates to fill positions on advisory committees that provide guidance on sport and commercial fishing issues on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

The two states’ fish and wildlife departments will accept nominations to their joint advisory groups on Columbia River sport and commercial fisheries through Friday, Nov. 14. The two groups meet three to four times per year to develop recommendations for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and smelt fisheries.
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Nisqually River reopens to retention of hatchery chinook salmon

Action: Retention of hatchery chinook salmon is permitted. Salmon fishing is open at the mouth of Kalama and Clear creeks.

Effective dates: Oct. 15, 2014, through Jan. 31, 2015.
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October 13 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 9,606 coho adults, 525 jacks, 1,156 fall Chinook adults, 74 jacks, 88 summer-run steelhead, 37 cutthroat trout and one chum salmon during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Fishing rules public comment deadline extended

OLYMPIA – The public will have more time to review proposed changes to fishing rules for the Columbia River Basin under an extended comment period announced today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
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October 6 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 7,884 coho adults, 775 jacks, 1,301 fall Chinook adults, 85 jacks, 271 summer-run steelhead, and 60 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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October WDFW Weekender Report for Southwest Washington

Fishing: The bulk of this year’s big fall chinook run to the Columbia River has now moved past Bonneville Dam, pushing into fisheries upstream to the Hanford Reach and beyond. Hotspots above the dam include the mouths of the White Salmon River, Drano Lake and the Klickitat River.
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September 29 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 3,920 coho adults, 276 jacks, 1,432 fall Chinook adults, 118 jacks, 414 summer-run steelhead, 19 spring Chinook adults, one jack, one chum salmon and 93 cutthroat trout during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Presentation slides posted from September 9 Fisheries Public Meeting in Morton

Tacoma Power has published the slides shown at the September 9 fisheries public meeting in Morton, Washington. They also will soon be posting answers to questions asked at the meeting. The slides cover the following items:

  • Agenda and History
  • Cowlitz Falls Fish Collection Facility
  • Cowlitz Falls North Shore Collector Design
  • Adaptive Management Plan
  • Upper Cowlitz Adult Releases

September 22 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,139 fall Chinook adults, 51 jacks, 836 coho adults, 79 jacks, 318 summer-run steelhead, 30 spring Chinook adults, one jack and 40 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September 15 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 672 fall Chinook adults, 26 jacks, 322 summer-run steelhead, 76 coho salmon adults, five jacks, 66 spring Chinook adults, nine mini-jacks and 17 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September 8 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 317 summer-run steelhead, 249 fall Chinook adults, eight jacks, 136 spring Chinook adults, nine jacks, 37 mini-jacks, seven coho salmon adults, one jack and 16 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Cowlitz Trout Hatchery ADA fishing site will close for construction project

OLYMPIA - The wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms next to the boat launch at the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery will be closed during a construction project Sept. 8-16.

Crews with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will be enlarging the fishing platforms and paving the path and parking lot.

Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office.

WDFW expands "Fish Washington" website

OLYMPIA - With millions of visits since its launch in 2012, Fish Washington webpages have been providing the "when's, where's and how-to's" of fishing in Washington to anglers of all ages and skill levels.

Now, after developing new content for nearly a year, The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has expanded the site to provide additional details about fishing Washington's outer coast, Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, Hood Canal, and Puget Sound.
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September 2 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 762 summer-run steelhead, 195 spring Chinook adults, 27 jacks, 65 mini-jacks, 78 fall Chinook adults, seven jacks, one coho salmon jack and 14 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September WDFW Weekender Report for Soutwest Washington

Fishing: September is prime time for salmon fishing in the Columbia River Basin, where large numbers of fish are moving 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 opportunity to catch chinook salmon, coho and steelhead in the weeks ahead.
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Public meeting on upper Cowlitz River fisheries set for September 9 in Morton

Tacoma Power, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Fisheries Technical Committee and the Lewis County Public Utility District will host an informational public meeting about Upper Cowlitz River fisheries from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The meeting will take place at Bob Lyle Community Center at 700 Main St. in Morton.
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August 25 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 17 fall Chinook adults, 2 jacks, 865 summer-run steelhead, 40 spring Chinook adults, 16 jacks, 33 mini-jacks, one sockeye salmon and three sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Hatchery steelhead daily limit increased on lower Cowlitz River

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to three hatchery steelhead.
Species affected: Steelhead
Effective dates: Aug. 22 through Oct. 31, 2014
Location: From the Hwy. 4 Bridge at Kelso upstream to Mayfield Dam.
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WDFW seeks comments, schedules meetings on proposed Columbia River Basin fishing rules

OLYMPIA - State fisheries managers are seeking public comments on proposed sportfishing rules they're recommending for the Columbia River Basin.

As part of that effort, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled five meetings through September to discuss the proposed rules with the public.

The rules are specific to the mainstem Columbia River, its tributaries or lakes within the basin. The proposals cover fishing seasons, daily limits and other rules for the Columbia River Basin.Read More. . .

August 18 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,284 summer-run steelhead, 115 spring Chinook adults, 17 jacks, 87 mini-jacks, two fall Chinook adults, one jack, one sockeye adult and ten cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 11 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,336 summer-run steelhead, 89 spring Chinook adults, 42 jacks, 156 mini-jacks, four fall Chinook adults and two cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Cowlitz fisheries public meeting set for September 9 in Morton

  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Bob Lyle Community Center, 700 Main St., Morton, WA 98356
  • Hosted by Tacoma Power, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Cowlitz Fisheries Technical Committee
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August 4 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,605 summer-run steelhead, 138 spring Chinook adults, 55 jacks, 142 mini-jacks, one fall Chinook adult, one cutthroat trout and five sockeye salmon adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August WDFW Weekender Report for Southwest Washington

Fishing: This year’s fall chinook fishery opens Aug. 1 on the Columbia River amid huge expectations. Based on current projections, 1.5 million fall chinook salmon will return to the river in the next few months – the highest number since at least 1938. Coho salmon are also expected to return in numbers well above the 10-year average.
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Cowlitz River level dropped; Tacoma Power restoring flows

An issue with Tacoma Power’s system caused the Cowlitz River to drop about a foot near the Mayfield Dam at approximately 11 a.m. today.

Flows dropped from 4,580 cubic feet per second to 2,750 cubic feet per second. After realizing the error, Tacoma Power began restoring river flows and will continue to do so until the river is fully restored.Read More. . .

July 28 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,217 summer-run steelhead, 130 spring Chinook adults, 74 jacks, 219 mini-jacks, one fall Chinook adult, two cutthroat trout and two sockeye salmon adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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July 21 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 595 summer-run steelhead, 132 spring Chinook adults, 78 jacks, 138 mini-jacks and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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July 14 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 906 spring Chinook adults, 108 jacks, 186 mini-jacks, 858 summer-run steelhead and two sockeye salmon adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Lower Columbia summer Chinook fishery will run through July 31

OLYMPIA - Starting July 11, anglers fishing the lower Columbia River can catch and keep summer chinook - along with sockeye salmon - through the end of the month.
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July 7 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 298 spring Chinook adults, 119 jacks, 120 mini-jacks, 457 summer-run steelhead and two sockeye salmon adults during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Steelhead "recycling" to begin on Cowlitz River

OLYMPIA - Anglers will get a second chance to catch up to 1,600 hatchery-reared summer steelhead moving through the Cowlitz River, thanks to a partnership between Tacoma Power and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
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Utilities sign agreement that will improve smolt collection in Cowlitz River

Tacoma Power, Lewis County Public Utility District and Bonneville Power Administration have signed a long-term agreement that will improve natural fish runs in western Washington’s Cowlitz River. At the same time, Tacoma Power and Lewis County PUD have formalized an agreement to work cooperatively when the time comes to seek re-licensing from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for their respective dams in the Cowlitz River basin. Read More. . .

Fishing seasons extended for Chinook, sockeye, sturgeon on Columbia River

OLYMPIA - Starting July 3, anglers will get four extra days to fish for summer chinook salmon and the rest of July to fish for sockeye salmon on Columbia River below Bonneville Dam.
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July WDFW Weekender Report for Southwest Washington

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 pick up the slack after the close of the fishery for adult chinook and sockeye salmon below Bonneville Dam.
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June 30 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 422 spring Chinook adults, 139 jacks, 94 mini-jacks, 284 summer-run steelhead and two sockeye salmon adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Kalama River re-opens to fishing for hatchery spring Chinook

Action: Kalama River anglers may again retain hatchery spring chinook.

Effective date: June 28 through July 31, 2014.Read More. . .

Steelhead recycling, Mayfield net pens among topics for July 2 public meeting

Tacoma Power will host an informational public meeting about Cowlitz River fisheries programs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2. The meeting will be in room 111 at Centralia College’s Walton Science Center at Washington Ave. and Walnut St.

Attendees can provide comments about the recycling of summer-run steelhead in the lower Cowlitz River and will learn about the Mayfield Lake fall Chinook net pen project. Tacoma Power, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Fisheries Technical Committee also will provide information about Cowlitz River hatchery programs and implementing the Cowlitz River Fisheries & Hatchery Management Plan.

To get additional information, email cowlitz@ci.tacoma.wa.us.
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June 23 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 224 spring Chinook adults, 134 jacks, 50 mini-jacks and 187 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 16 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 172 spring Chinook adults, 124 jacks and 117 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 9 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 118 spring Chinook adults, 65 jacks, 45 summer-run steelhead and seven winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Cancelled: There will be no Cowlitz fisheries public meeting in June

The Cowlitz River Fisheries Technical Committee has cancelled a proposed June 19 public meeting. The meeting will be rescheduled for late summer or early fall.

June 2 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 235 spring Chinook adults, 128 jacks, 33 summer-run steelhead and six winter-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June WDFW Weekender Report of Southwest Washington

Fishing: State fishery managers reopened the spring chinook fishery above Bonneville Dam on the last day of May, creating a seamless transition between spring and summer salmon fisheries stretching more than 300 miles up the Columbia River. Anglers can now fish for chinook salmon, steelhead and shad every day in June, with new fishing opportunities for summer chinook and sockeye salmon starting at mid-month.
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Spring Chinook fishery reopens above Bonneville Dam

OLYMPIA - Starting Saturday, May 31, anglers will get two more weeks to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon and steelhead in waters of the Columbia River stretching more than 160 miles upriver from Bonneville Dam.
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Anglers can fish for free June 7-8

OLYMPIA - Each year, thousands of Washingtonians go fishing - legally - without a license. How? By taking advantage of 'Free Fishing Weekend,' scheduled for June 7-8.

During those two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state. Also, no vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the nearly 700 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
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Merwin fishing event lures special kids

VANCOUVER – Children with disabilities will have a chance to reel in some big trout during a special fishing event July 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Merwin Fish Hatchery, east of Woodland.
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WDFW offers mid-season upgrades to fishing licenses

OLYMPIA - From now through July 20, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering current freshwater or saltwater fishing license holders the opportunity to upgrade to a combination license for under $27.
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May 27 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 241 spring Chinook adults, 80 jacks, 36 winter-run steelhead and 31 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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May 19 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 534 spring Chinook adults, 219 jacks, 93 winter-run steelhead and 19 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Fishing continues to June 15 for Lower Columbia spring Chinook

OLYMPIA - Starting Thursday, May 15, anglers will have another full month to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon and steelhead on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.
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May 12 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 179 winter-run steelhead, one summer-run steelhead, 104 spring Chinook adults and 25 jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Fishing open for lower Columbia Spring Chinook May 9 & 10

OLYMPIA – The sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River will reopen for two days this week under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

Under that agreement, anglers can catch and keep one marked, hatchery chinook salmon Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, as part of their daily catch limit from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Rooster Rock.
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May 5 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 605 winter-run steelhead, five summer-run steelhead, 136 spring Chinook adults and 26 jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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May WDFW Weekender Report for Southwest Washington

Fishing: The spring chinook fishery is currently closed on the mainstem lower Columbia River, but is ramping up quickly above Bonneville Dam where thousands of fish per day are now pushing up the fish ladders.

As April came to a close, the count at the dam topped 7,000 springers per day, many bound for such hotspots as the Wind River, Drano Lake and the Klickitat River.
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April 28 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 670 winter-run steelhead, 192 spring Chinook adults and 29 jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Sparse attendance at April 24 public meeting

Only six members of the public attended Thursday night’s Cowlitz Fisheries public meeting by Tacoma Power and the Cowlitz River Fisheries Technical Committee. The presentation focused on hatchery production which should have been an interest to many who the fish the Cowlitz.

Here is a link to a PDF of the Questions & Answers asked at the March meeting that was handed out at the April meeting.

Click Read More... to see a few photos from the April 24 meeting.Read More. . .

April 21 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 836 winter-run steelhead, 80 spring Chinook adults, eight jacks and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Hundreds of lakes open April 26 to fishing

OLYMPIA -Trout fishing in Washington hits full throttle April 26, when several hundred lowland lakes - stocked with millions of fish - open for a six-month season.

Although many waterways are open year-round, the fourth Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland lakes fishing season. Hundreds of thousands of anglers are expected to turn out for the big day.
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Cowlitz River fisheries public meeting set for April 24 in Centralia

Tacoma Power will host an informational public meeting about Cowlitz River fisheries and hatchery programs from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 24. Tacoma Power and the Fisheries Technical Committee will provide information and review planned activities for implementing the Cowlitz River Fisheries & Hatchery Management Plan.Read More. . .

April 14 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 747 winter-run steelhead and seven spring Chinook salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW stocking trout and kokanee for April 26 lowland lakes opener

OLYMPIA - Washington's biggest fishing day of the year - the lowland lakes trout opener - is Saturday, April 26, and state fish hatchery crews are getting ready by releasing millions of catchable fish in lakes across the state.
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April 7 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 587 winter-run steelhead, seven spring Chinook salmon and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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April WDFW Weekender Report

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

Fishing: April begins as catch rates for spring chinook salmon are picking up on the lower Columbia River and ends with the opening of some of the region's most popular trout-fishing lakes. The Dalles and John Day pools are also open for catch-and-keep sturgeon fishing this month until the catch reaches annual quotas for those waters.
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March 31 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 315 winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Smolt fish collection and survival documents posted by Tacoma Power

Tacoma Power posted on its Cowlitz Fisheries Committee Web page three “decision documents” regarding smelt fish collection and survival.


These also are linked in the FTC Meeting Documents page along with FTC meeting summaries on Cowlitzfish.net here.

March 24 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 335 winter-run steelhead and one spring Chinook during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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March 17 fish report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 156 winter-run steelhead, one spring Chinook and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Next Cowlitz fisheries public meeting April 24

About 80 people attended the March 12 Cowlitz Public meeting at Centralia College’s Corbet Theatre. The presentations by representatives of Tacoma Power, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and NOAA-Fisheries focused on recovering naturally spawning fish above and below the Cowlitz River dams along with providing hatchery-reared fish for sports fishing.

Comments and questions from the audience were almost entirely focused on frustration with too few adult hatchery fish returning to the river.

Here is a PDF of the slides which accompanied the presentations.

The next public meeting is scheduled for April 24 at Centralia College.

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3 Columbia River tributaries designated wild steelhead gene banks

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today designated three tributaries of the lower Columbia River as "wild steelhead gene banks," where it will no longer release steelhead raised in fish hatcheries.

Starting this year, WDFW will no longer plant hatchery steelhead in the East Fork Lewis River or the North Fork Toutle/Green River. The Wind River, which has not been stocked with steelhead since 1997, will also be off-limits to any future releases.
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March 10 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 119 winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Cowlitz River smelt fishery opens for 6 more hours Saturday, March 8

OLYMPIA - Recreational dip-netters will have one more day - Saturday (March 8) - to catch eulachon smelt on the Cowlitz River.

Fishing with dip nets will be allowed from the riverbank from 6 a.m. until noon, under a new rule approved by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Each dip-netter may retain 10 pounds of smelt for the day.
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Big runs of Columbia River Chinook, coho forecast for 2014

OLYMPIA - Salmon fishing in the ocean and the Columbia River this summer could be great thanks to an abundant run of hatchery coho and a potentially historic return of chinook, according to state fishery managers.
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March 3 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered one spring Chinook salmon, 45 winter-run steelhead and one coho salmon during four 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: Steelhead fishing is heating up on the Cowlitz and Kalama rivers, kokanee are biting at Merwin Reservoir, and five area lakes are set to receive thousands of rainbow trout this month. White sturgeon are also available for harvest through March 9 in the Bonneville Pool, and until further notice in The Dalles and John Day pools.
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February 25 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 26 coho salmon adults, one coho jack, 27 winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Read More. . .

February 18 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered five coho salmon adults and three winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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February 10 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 101 coho salmon, two coho jacks and 19 winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Smelt dippings opens Feb. 8 on Cowlitz for first time in 3 years

OLYMPIA - The first recreational fishery for eulachon smelt in three years will get under way Saturday (Feb. 8) on the Cowlitz River under a new rule approved by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
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February 3 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered fourteen winter-run steelhead, ten coho salmon and two coho jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Seasons set for Columbia River spring chinook, white sturgeon

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Anticipating a strong return of spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set the initial 2014 fishing season to run through April 7 on the lower Columbia River.

Starting March 1, anglers fishing downriver from Bonneville Dam may retain one marked, hatchery-reared adult spring chinook per day. The sport fishery will close in that area on two Tuesdays - March 25 and April 1 - to accommodate potential commercial fisheries.
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February WDFW Weekender Report for Southwest Washington

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

Fishing: While February is generally a slow time of the year for fishing, dedicated anglers can still find ways to reel in dinner from area waters. Hatchery steelhead are still striking lures on the Cowlitz and Kalama rivers, while the bite picks up for walleye preparing to spawn in The Dalles and John Day pools.
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WDFW issues fishing restrictions on Lewis & Kalama rivers

Action: Lewis & Kalama River anglers must release all spring chinook; North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek upstream to close to all fishing.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective date and locations: Feb. 17, 2014
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New link added to Fisheries Plans section

Just added a link to the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board's 2010 plan that includes a 151-page chapter on the upper Cowlitz, Cispus and Tilton rivers.
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Cowlitz fisheries public meeting to be held March 12 at Centralia College

Tacoma Power and the Cowlitz River Fisheries Technical Committee are holding a public meeting 5-8 p.m. March 12, 2014 at the Centralia College Corbet Theatre. The meeting will explain the Cowlitz Fisheries annual program review and provide information on the current status and trends for salmon and steelhead populations in the Cowlitz River basin. There also will be opportunity for public comment and questions. The Corbet Theatre is located in the college’s Washington Hall at Walnut Street & Washington Avenue in Centralia.
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January 27 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 76 coho salmon, ten coho jacks and 24 winter-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 21 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 273 coho salmon, 34 coho jacks and 79 winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW launches Fish Washington family getaway planning website

The Washington Department of Fish (WDFW) has some great ideas for people planning family vacations this year - and all of them involve fishing.

Great Getaways, a new feature on the department's website, showcases some of the state's best family travel and fishing opportunities, from the Pacific Coast and the Columbia River to the trout lakes of the Selkirk Mountains. Visit it here.
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WDFW seeks fishing gear manufacturers, retailers to serve on new advisory group

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking applications through Feb. 14 for membership on a new advisory group that will provide guidance on increasing angler participation in Washington’s inland fisheries.
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January 13 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 177 coho salmon, 64 coho jacks and 55 winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 6 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 161 coho salmon, 32 coho jacks and 111 winter-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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