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Post 10/07/2015

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).
Post 10/05/2015

October 5 Cowlitz 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.
Post 10/02/2015

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.
Post 07/29/2015

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.
Post 07/27/2015

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.