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Post 03/02/2015

Cowlitz Fish Report for March 2

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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Post 03/02/2015

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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Post 02/25/2015

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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Post 02/21/2015

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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Post 02/21/2015

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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Post 05/28/2014

"Decision Documents" and FTC meeting summaries updated on Tacoma Power's Fisheries Technical Committee Web site

Tacoma Power recently added on its Cowlitz Fisheries Committee Web page these “decision documents”.
  • HOR Steelhead to upper Cowlitz River Basin
  • Coded-wire strategy: Cowlitz Falls Dam
  • 2014 Mayfield downstream fish survival study
  • 2014 Cowlitz Falls Dam FCE study
  • Cowlitz Falls Dam No. Shore Collector - 60% design approval
Also on that page are links to the Fisheries Technical Committee meeting summaries for January through April 2014 (and for previous years).

For more links to information about Cowlitz River fisheries plans, go to
this page at CowlitzFish.net