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Post 12/15/2014

Cowlitz Fish Report for December 15

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.
Post 12/02/2014

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.
Post 11/20/2014

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.
Post 11/18/2014

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.
Post 11/10/2014

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.
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