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Fishing Reports: January 29, 2016
NOW BOOKING FOR LATE WINTER STEELHEAD and SPRING CHINOOK SALMON!
Cowlitz River - Continued turbidity persists due to past heavy rains and built up sediment in upstream reservoirs. Late Winter Steelhead continue to trickle into the system; look for numbers to increase as we enter February, with the run building thru to the late March/April peak. With an even stronger return of Cowlitz River Spring Chinook Salmon predicted this year, look for early Spring Chinook Salmon to enter the system during late March and peak during May.
COLUMBIA RIVER SPRING CHINOOK SALMON SEASON SET
After banner Spring Chinook returns in each of the past two years, the projected run of 299,200 adult fish for 2016 is still slightly above the recent 10-year average, said Ron Roler, WDFW Columbia River policy manager. However, while this year’s projected run of upriver fish is down by about 100,000 fish from last year, he said returns to some tributaries – notably the Cowlitz and Kalama rivers – show an increase this year.
“Salmon returns rise and fall from year to year, especially during the kind of cyclical ocean changes we’re seeing right now,” Roler said. “Even so, if this run comes in as projected, it will still be the ninth-largest return in more than 25 years. We’re expecting plenty of fish to support a great fishing season.”
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River flow is currently 12,600 cfs below Mayfield Dam with limited visibility and 23,100 cfs / 38.38' at Castle Rock. River flows are subject to change at any given time.
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