Fishing Report – East wind makes Gorgesturgeon angling tough
There’s precious little to report, with winter steelhead not here in force yet and the east wind making the Columbia Gorge inhospitable much of the time for sturgeon fishing.
Some steelhead are in the Kalama River.
Between Nov. 10 and Monday, the state recycled 43 hatchery winter steelhead from Kalama Falls Hatchery to the lower river, including 25 on Monday.
Two small waters in Lewis County — Blue Creek and Mill Creek — both open for hatchery steelhead today.
Trolling for steelhead in the John Day arm in Oregon is fair, but not really good enough to justify a two-hour drive.
Angler checks from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW):
Lower Columbia — Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 19 boats with six legal sturgeon kept plus seven oversize and 291 sublegals released; 116 Oregon bank rods with 17 legal sturgeon kept plus two legal, 17 oversize and 24 sublegals released. (ODFW)
Mid-Columbia — John Day River backwater, 39 boats with nine hatchery steelhead kept and seven steelhead released. (ODFW)
John Day pool, nine bank rods with one steelhead kept and one released. (ODFW)
Local Streamflow Levels
(Streamflows on Southwest Washington streams monitored by
U.S. Geological Survey gaging equipment. Flows in cubic feet per second)
Tuesday Wednesday Average
East Fork Lewis near Heisson 398 483 1,070
North Fork Lewis at Ariel 5,510 1,420 7,300
Cowlitz at Mayfield Dam 9,850 9,880 9,185
Cowlitz at Castle Rock 12,200 13,300 13,500
South Fork Toutle at Toutle 429 455 1,215
Klickitat at Pitt 626 640 957
White Salmon at Underwood 543 538 957
Lower Columbia at Bonneville Dam 119,420 NA –
compiled by Columbian staff