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Post 08/25/2014

Cowlitz Fish Report for August 25

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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Post 08/23/2014

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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Post 08/23/2014

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.
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Post 08/06/2014

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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Post 08/01/2014

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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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