December 28 fish report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 76 coho adults, 17 jacks, two fall Chinook adults, and three winter-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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December 21 fish report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 38 coho adults, 12 jacks, one summer-run steelhead, four winter-run steelhead, and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Commission adopts new sportfishing regulations

OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday adopted nearly 50 new sportfishing rules, including a requirement that anglers release all wild steelhead they catch on several streams on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Kalama River hatchery loses 2.4 million salmon fry in flood

OLYMPIA – All 2.4 million fall chinook salmon fry at the Fallert Creek Hatchery on the lower Kalama River were lost when floodwaters inundated the facility last week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
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December 14 fish report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 505 coho adults, 175 jacks, six summer-run steelhead, six winter-run steelhead, and six cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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December 7 fish report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 300 coho adults, 230 jacks, one fall Chinook adult, three summer-run steelhead, seven winter-run steelhead, and 13 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

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November 30 fish report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 273 coho adults, 172 jacks, 59 fall Chinook adults, two jacks, five summer-run steelhead, two winter-run steelhead, and 20 cutthroat trout during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November 23 fish report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,346 coho adults, 751 coho jacks, 164 fall Chinook adults, eight fall Chinook jacks, 89 summer-run steelhead, and 18 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November 16 fish report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 626 coho adults, 583 coho jacks, 126 fall Chinook adults, 11 fall Chinook jacks, 90 summer-run steelhead, and eight cutthroat trout during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Fish Black Friday for big rainbow trout

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

The “holiday specials” include thousands of large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing 1-1/4 pounds.

The Department is currently preparing to stock lakes in southwest and western Washington in time for Black Friday, Nov. 27. In eastern Washington, thousands of smaller trout stocked in lakes last year should have grown to catchable size.
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WDFW seeks support for steelhead license plate

OLYMPIA – A special license plate featuring a steelhead – the official state fish of Washington – could be an option for vehicle owners if a proposal for the new plate is approved by the state Legislature.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is proposing the plate to generate revenue that would be used to help support activities critical to conserving populations of native steelhead.
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November 9 fish report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,131 coho adults, 1,103 jacks, 598 fall Chinook adults, 20 jacks, 309 summer-run steelhead, and 41 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November WDFW Weekendrer Report for SW Washington

Fishing: As this year’s banner fall chinook season winds down, 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 with rainwater, said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “Steelhead move upriver on pulses of water,” he said. “Once the sky opens up, we’ll see more fish on the move.”
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November 2 fish report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 786 coho adults, 939 jacks, 607 fall Chinook adults, 29 jacks, 36 summer-run steelhead, and eight cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Daily coho limit reduced to 1 adult fish on lower-Columbia tributaries

OLYMPIA – Starting Nov. 1, anglers will be restricted to one hatchery-reared adult coho salmon per day as part of their catch limit on several tributaries to the lower Columbia River.

Poor returns of coho salmon prompted state fishery managers to reduce the daily limit to one hatchery adult coho – down from six – to preserve fish for state hatchery propagation and restoration programs.

Waters affected by the new limit include the Cowlitz, Deep, Grays, Elochoman, Toutle, Green, Tilton, Cispus, Kalama, Lewis and Washougal rivers, plus Mayfield Lake and Lake Scanewa.Read More. . .

October 26 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 984 fall Chinook adults, 51 jacks, 873 coho adults, 1084 jacks, 40 summer-run steelhead, and six cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Over 125,000 trout destined for western Washington lakes

OLYMPIA – With some 125,000 trout scheduled for stocking in western Washington lakes, area anglers should have an excellent chance at phenomenal fishing this fall and through the holiday season.
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October 19 Fish Report

During five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,226 Fall Chinook adults, 78 jacks, 743 coho adults, 753 jacks, 122 summer-run steelhead, 11 cutthroat trout, two pink salmon and one sockeye.
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October 12 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,101 fall Chinook adults, 86 jacks, 418 coho adults, 619 jacks, 61 summer-run steelhead, and seven cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Upper Cowlitz fisheries subject of Oct. 14 meeting in Packwood

Tacoma Power, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Cowlitz Fisheries Technical Committee will host an informational public meeting about Upper Cowlitz River fisheries from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Packwood Senior Center (12931 Hwy 12, Packwood).
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October 5 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 727 fall Chinook adults, 91 jacks, 196 coho adults, 249 jacks, 98 summer-run steelhead, two spring Chinook adults, and 10 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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October WDFW Weekender Report for SW 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.

But that doesn’t mean salmon fishing below Bonneville is over for the year. State fishery managers expect that anglers will catch a lot more fall chinook this month as well as coho salmon, which should move into the Columbia River in larger numbers.
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September 28 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,040 fall Chinook adults, 95 jacks, 203 summer-run steelhead, 137 coho adults, 75 jacks, 17 spring Chinook adults, one jacks, and 12 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September 21 Fish Report (updated)

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 707 fall Chinook adults, 71 jacks, 306 summer-run steelhead, 94 coho adults, 18 jacks, 73 spring Chinook adults, seven jacks, and 18 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September 14 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 270 fall Chinook adults, 20 jacks, 227 summer-run steelhead, 83 spring Chinook adults, four jacks, 17 mini-jacks, nine coho adults, seven jacks and six cutthroat trout during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September 8 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 470 summer-run steelhead, 257 spring Chinook adults, seven jacks, 33 mini-jacks, 192 fall Chinook adults, 12 jacks, and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September 1 Fish Report

During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered: 334 summer-run steelhead, 278 spring Chinook adults, 26 jacks, 4 mini-jacks, 73 fall Chinook adults, 13 jacks, one coho adult and three cutthroat trout.
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August 24 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 828 summer steelhead, 124 spring Chinook adults, 23 jacks, 50 mini-jacks, 22 fall Chinook adults, eight jacks and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 17 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 150 spring Chinook adults, 29 jacks, 114 mini-jacks, 20 fall Chinook adults, eight jacks, 1,267 summer-run steelhead and five cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 10 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 129 spring Chinook adults, 47 jacks, 172 mini-jacks, nine fall Chinook adults and five jacks, 1,079 summer steelhead and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August WDFW Weekender Report for SW Washington

Drought-related fishing closures: For more information on the 2015 Washington Drought, click here.

Fishing: Nearly a million fall chinook salmon are expected to start moving up the Columbia River this month, following strong returns of spring and summer runs that sent thousands of anglers home with chinook salmon in recent months. Other prospects in August include coho salmon, summer steelhead, bass, walleye and trout.
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August 3 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 408 spring Chinook adults, 74 jacks, 104 mini-jacks, one fall Chinook jack and 1,033 summer steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW reducing drought effects on hatcheries

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are working to minimize the effects of drought on fish at hatcheries across Washington state.

More than a dozen of the 83 fish hatcheries operated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are experiencing low water levels or high water temperatures as a result of this year’s drought. Those conditions increase the likelihood of disease and can be fatal for fish.
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July 27 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 328 spring Chinook adults, 57 jacks, 72 mini-jacks, and 730 summer steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Coho salmon caught in lower Columbia must be released

OLYMPIA – The early arrival of coho salmon in the lower Columbia River has prompted state fishery managers to clarify a fishing regulation issued earlier this month.

A new rule issued today specifically states that anglers must release any coho caught in waters currently open to salmon fishing from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to a point nearly 300 miles upstream on the Columbia River.
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July 20 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 208 spring Chinook adults, 43 jacks, 155 mini-jacks, 463 summer steelhead and three cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Meeting to discuss options for Fall fisheries on Kalama, Washougal rivers

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a public meeting July 30 to discuss salmon-management policies on the Kalama and Washougal rivers.

The meeting is scheduled 6-8 p.m. at WDFW’s Region 5 Office, 2108 Grand Blvd., in Vancouver.
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Drought conditions prompt fishing closures, restrictions

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are closing or restricting fishing on more than 30 rivers throughout Washington to help protect fish in areas where drought conditions have reduced flows and increased water temperatures.
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July 13 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 453 spring Chinook adults, 87 jacks, 146 mini-jacks, and 362 summer steelhead during the five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator last week.
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Drought conditions disrupting some fisheries

OLYMPIA - State fishery managers are taking steps to protect fish that are affected by drought conditions, and are asking anglers to do their part as well.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has restricted some fishing opportunities and will need to restrict others. In addition, the department will likely release some hatchery fish early and transport salmon and steelhead that are unable to make it upstream to spawning grounds.
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July WDFW Weekender Report for SW Washington

Fishing: July offers anglers more time to catch chinook and sockeye salmon on the Columbia River, three-adult daily limits for hatchery steelhead on several area tributaries, and the last chance to catch and keep white sturgeon in the Bonneville Pool this year. Bass and walleye are also biting there and elsewhere, and trout are still swatting hooks in high mountain lakes.
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Columbia River salmon season extended with new catch limit

OLYMPIA - Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon have extended the summer salmon fishery on the lower Columbia River by three weeks, and approved a new daily catch limit for waters above and below Bonneville Dam.

Under the new agreement, anglers can continue to catch summer chinook and sockeye salmon through July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upriver to Bonneville Dam, where the season was previously scheduled to end July 7.
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July 6 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 233 spring Chinook adults, 27 jacks, 33 mini-jacks and 165 summer steelhead during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Women's workshop offers instruction on fishing, hunting, outdoor skills

OLYMPIA - Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting and other outdoor skills at a September weekend workshop that includes sessions led by several Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) experts.
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June 29 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 407 spring Chinook adults, 82 jacks, 43 maxi-jacks and 168 summer steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Boundary for using barbed hooks modified on lower Cowlitz River

Action: Anglers may use barbed hooks for hatchery salmon and hatchery trout.

Effective dates: July 1 through July 31, 2015

Species affected: Hatchery salmon, hatchery steelhead, and hatchery sea run cutthroats

Location: From Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) upstream to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam.
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June 22 Fish Report

During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered 732 spring Chinook salmon, 98 jacks, 39 maxi-jacks, 120 summer steelhead and two cutthroat trout.
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WDFW public meeting to discuss Kalama River steelhead management

VANCOUVER, Wash. - State fishery managers have scheduled a public meeting Thursday (June 25) in Vancouver to discuss changes in the way the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is managing this year's return of hatchery steelhead to the Kalama River.

The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at WDFW's Region 5 office at 2108 Grand Blvd.
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June 15 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 655 spring Chinook adults, 125 jacks, four maxi-jacks, 88 summer steelhead and two winter steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Bigger trout await anglers for Father's Day weekend

OLYMPIA - Fish hatchery crews with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will be stocking 10,000 large rainbow trout in 20 lakes just before Father's Day weekend, June 20 and 21.
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June 8 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 967 spring Chinook adults, 251 jacks, 66 summer steelhead and six winter steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Cowlitz fisheries annual project review meeting set for June 3 in Centralia

Tacoma Power, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Cowlitz Fisheries Technical Committee will host a public meeting about Cowlitz River fisheries and hatchery programs from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 3.

The meeting will take place at Centralia College’s Walton Science Center, Room 121 (620 Centralia College Blvd.).
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June WDFW Weekender Report for SW Washington

Fishing: The Columbia River will be open for salmon fishing from the estuary more than 300 miles upstream all month. The spring chinook fishery runs through June 15, followed immediately by the start of the summer salmon season the next day.

Other options this month include plunking for white sturgeon on various dates in the Bonneville Pool, casting for trout at Swift Reservoir, and fishing for bass and walleye.
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Merwin fishing event set for special kinds

VANCOUVER - Children with disabilities will have a chance to reel in some big trout during a special fishing event July 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Merwin Fish Hatchery, east of Woodland.

More than 100 young people and their families are expected to turn out for the 17th annual Merwin Special Kids Day, sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Pacific Power and GoPAW.
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Catch limit for spring chinook on Columbia rising to 2 per day

OLYMPIA – Starting Wednesday (June 3), the catch limit for spring chinook salmon will increase to two adult fish per day for Columbia River anglers fishing from the estuary to a point 300 miles upstream.

With two weeks remaining in the popular fishery, resource managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to increase the daily catch limit for hatchery adult spring chinook from one to two.
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June 1 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 763 spring Chinook adults, 217 jacks, 42 winter steelhead and nine summer steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Anglers can fish for free June 6-7

OLYMPIA - Each year, thousands of Washingtonians go fishing - legally - without a license. How? By taking advantage of 'Free Fishing Weekend,' scheduled for June 6-7.

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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May 26 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,002 spring Chinook adults, 311 jacks, 37 winter steelhead, 39 summer steelhead and three cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Summer chinook & sockeye sport fishery set below Bonneville Dam

Action: Hatchery adult summer chinook and steelhead may be retained on the lower mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam.

Species affected: Hatchery chinook and sockeye

Effective dates: June 16 through July 6, 2015
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Selective gear rules to be in effect on MIll Creek

Action: Selective gear rules will be in effect on this Cowlitz River tributary.

Species affected: Trout

Effective dates: June 6, 2015, until further notice
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Nearby rivers to open early for hatchery steelhead fishing

Action: Lower Green and South Fork Toutle rivers will open two weeks early to fishing for hatchery steelhead.

Species affected: Steelhead

Effective dates: May 23 through June 5, 2015
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May 18 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,644 spring Chinook adults, 411 jacks, 103 winter steelhead and 22 summer steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Spring Chinook limite & 2-pole area increased on lower Cowlitz River

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to 3 hatchery adult spring chinook. In addition, anglers may fish with two poles up to the barrier dam.

Effective dates: May 17 until further notice

Species affected: Chinook

Location: Daily limit increase from boundary markers at the mouth to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam. Read More. . .

Spring Chinook daily catch limit increased on lower Kalama River

Action: Kalama River anglers may retain up to 2 hatchery adult spring Chinook.

Effective dates: May 17 until further notice

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Location: From boundary markers at the mouth to 1,000 feet below the upper salmon hatchery.
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May 11 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 4,101 spring Chinook adults, 599 jacks, 265 winter steelhead, 21summer steelhead and two cutthroat trout during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Cowlitz fisheries public meeting set for June 3 at Centralia College

Cowlitz Fisheries Annual Project Review Meeting, Wednesday, June 3, 6-8 p.m. at Centralia College, Walton Science Center, Room 121 (620 Centralia College Blvd.)
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Strong sring chinook run extends fishing above & below Bonneville Dam

OLYMPIA - With spring chinook salmon passing Bonneville Dam in higher numbers than expected, fish managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to extend the fishing season on the Columbia River for miles below and above the dam.
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May 4 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,736 spring Chinook adults, 260 jacks, 486 winter steelhead and six summer steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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May WDFW Weekender Report for SW Washington

Fishing: The month begins with a two-day opening of the spring chinook sport fishery on the lower Columbia River on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3. High counts of spring chinook passing Bonneville Dam the previous week allowed the two states to reopen the fishery for at least two more days, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
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Spring Chinook fishery opens this weekend on lower Columbia

OLYMPIA – The popular spring chinook sport fishery on the lower Columbia River will reopen for two days – Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3 – under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.
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April 28 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,426 spring Chinook adults, 114 jacks, 845 winter steelhead and four summer steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Documents & survey results from March 26 Cowlitz fisheries public meeting posted

Tacoma Power has posted documents and surveys from the March 26, 2015 Cowlitz Fisheries Informational Meeing in Chehalis. Thirty-five people attended the meeting.
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Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery well renovation begins

Tacoma Power will begin renovating five Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery wells on Monday, April 20, leading to temporary closures of some informal parking areas typically used by anglers.
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Fishing for hatchery spring chinook remains open on Kalama River

Action: Kalama River anglers may continue to fish for hatchery spring chinook until further notice.

Effective date: Effective immediately
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South Lewis County Park Pond fishing closure May 16 for kids event

Action: Closes South Lewis County Park Pond to all fishing except children, 14 years old and younger, registered for the Kids Fishing event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.
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April 20 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 848 spring Chinook adults, 31 jacks and 579 winter steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Cowlitz fisheries public meeting set for April 23 in Centralia

Tacoma Power, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Cowlitz Fisheries Technical Committee will host a public meeting about Cowlitz River fisheries and hatchery programs from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 23.

The meeting will take place at Centralia College’s Walton Science Center, Room 121 (620 Centralia College Blvd.).
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Washington salmon fisheries set for 2015

ROHNERT PARK, CALIF. – State and tribal co-managers today agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks.
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April 13 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 652 winter steelhead, 453 spring Chinook adults, one jack and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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100s of lakes open April 25

OLYMPIA -Trout fishing in Washington hits full speed April 25, when several hundred lowland lakes - stocked with millions of fish - open for a six-month season.

Anglers have already been taking advantage of good spring fishing opportunities on year-round lakes, but the fourth Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland lakes fishing season.
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Anglers get 2 more days to catch chinook on lower Columbia

OLYMPIA - Columbia River anglers will get at least two more days to catch hatchery spring chinook salmon below Bonneville Dam under a decision announced today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

Under that decision, the highly popular sport fishing will remain open through Saturday, April 11, then reopen for an additional day of fishing Thursday, April 16.
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April 6 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 961 winter steelhead and 102 spring Chinook salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Klineline Pond in Vancouver closes to public for Kids Fish-In

Action: Closes Klineline Pond to fishing by the public one day prior to the fishing event on April 9 as well as the two days of the event . The pond will reopen on April 12, 2015.

Effective dates:
April 09 - 12:01 a.m., entire pond closed to public fishing
April 10 - pond closed except to registered participants
April 11 - pond closed except to registered participants
April 12 - pond reopens to the public

Location: Klineline Pond is located at Salmon Creek Park, Vancouver Washington.

Species affected: Trout and other game fish.

Reason for action: This rule change is necessary to assure a safe and successful Kids Fish-In event. The fish will be planted one day prior to the event to better acclimate them before the event. Several thousand fish will be placed into netted areas along the shoreline of the pond. On the days of the event, pre-registered kids will be allowed to fish within these netted areas. The pond will reopen to the public on April 12.

The pond will remainedclosed after the event is to ensure the safety of the public as well as the event participants while the event is shutting down and equipment and nets are being removed. We will have several hundred feet of nets that will be pulled from the shoreline area.

Other Information: The event this year will bring in over 2500 registered kids as well as their families, friends and general members of the public.

Information Contact: Jana Gillotte (360) 906-6705

April Weekender Report for SW Washington

Fishing: The spring chinook fishery got off to a fast start this year, drawing a strong showing of anglers to the lower Columbia River by late March. As of March 22, anglers had made twice as many fishing trips to the area and caught nine times as many spring chinook as they did during the same period last year.
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March 30 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 862 winter steelhead and 17 spring Chinook salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Daily limit for hatchery steelhead will increase on lower Cowlitz River

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to 3 hatchery steelhead.

Effective date: April 1, 2015, until further notice.
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March 23 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 494 winter steelhead and two spring Chinook salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Governor appoints 2 to Fish & Wildlife Commission

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed fishing columnist Dave Graybill and retired public health physician Kim Thorburn to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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Cowlitz fisheries public meeting March 26 in Chehalis

Mark your calendars to attend a Cowlitz River Fisheries Informational Meeting by Tacoma Power, 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 26. The meeting will be at the Veteran's Memorial Museum, 100 SW Veterans Way in Chehalis.
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March 16 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 135 winter steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

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March 9 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 100 winter steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Strong runs of Columbia River chinook projected

OLYMPIA – Fishing prospects look promising for chinook in Washington’s ocean waters and the Columbia River, as well as for coho and pink salmon in areas of Puget Sound, according to state fisheries managers.

The forecasts – developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian tribes – for chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and pink salmon were released at a public meeting in Olympia today.
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March 2 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 19 winter steelhead during three days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. The adult fish ladder system was shut down for two days of maintenance during the week.
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March 2015 Weekender Report for Southwest Washington

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. Starting March 2, sturgeon fishing is limited to catch-and-release in the Bonneville Pool, but anglers can keep one legal-size fish per day in The Dalles and John Day pools until annual harvest guidelines have been met.
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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 March 2 in Olympia.

Kicking off the annual salmon season-setting process, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will present initial forecasts - compiled by state and tribal biologists - of 2015 salmon returns.

The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street S.E., in Olympia.
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February 23 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 59 winter steelhead and four coho adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

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Chinook salmon must be released on the Lewis River

Action: Mainstem Lewis and North Fork Lewis River anglers must release all spring chinook.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective date and locations: March 1, 2015, until further notice.
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Daily catch limit for hatchery steelhead increased on Kalama River

Action: Anglers fishing the lower Kalama River may retain up to 3 hatchery steelhead.

Effective date: March 1, 2015, until further notice.
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February 17 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 28 coho salmon adults and 67 winter steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW seeks nominations to Cowlitz River advisory group

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Feb. 27 for membership on its Cowlitz River Advisory Group.

The ad hoc group generally meets about four times a year to develop recommendations designed to support sustainable fishing opportunities on the Cowlitz River, while conserving wild native runs.
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February 9 fish report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 29 coho salmon adults and 29 winter steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Smelt fisheries to open on Cowlitz, Columbia Rivers

VANCOUVER, Wash. - State fishery managers approved limited fisheries for smelt on the Cowlitz and Columbia rivers on specific dates in February during a joint meeting between Washington and Oregon today.

Their action marks the second year that the two states have allowed smelt fishing since 2010, when the species - also known as eulachon - was listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) along the Pacific Coast.
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Another strong return of Columbia River Spring Chinook expected

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Anticipating another strong return of spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set the initial 2015 fishing season to run through April 10 on the lower Columbia River.

Under guidelines approved for this year's season, anglers fishing below Bonneville Dam will be allowed to catch an estimated 11,500 spring chinook before an updated run forecast is available in early May.
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February 2015 Weekender Report for SW Washington

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, and the bite is picking up for walleye preparing to spawn in The Dalles and John Day pools.
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February 2 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 107 coho adults, two jacks, 49 winter-run steelhead and one spring Chinook adult during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 26 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 270 coho adults, one jack, 68 winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 20 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 283 coho adults, three jacks, 179 winter-run steelhead and five cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 12 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,357 coho adults, eight jacks, 263 winter-run steelhead, one fall Chinook adult and two cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Nisqually River fishing closed for January

Action: Close the Nisqually River to all fishing.

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. January 6, 2015 through January 31, 2015.

Species affected: All species.
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January 5 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 993 coho adults, 12 jacks, and 275 winter-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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