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Cowlitz Fish Report

Cowlitz Fisheries Programs
The fish report is updated on Monday mornings, unless the date is a holiday.

Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery well renovation underway

Tacoma Power began renovating five Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery wells on Monday, April 20, leading to temporary closures of some informal parking areas typically used by anglers. Read more.

Cowlitz Fisheries Annual Project Review Meeting | Thursday, April 23 | 6-8 p.m.
Centralia College, Walton Science Center, Room 121 (620 Centralia College Blvd.)

  • Participate in the Cowlitz Fisheries and Hatchery Management Plan annual review process
  • Review the hatchery production plan for the Cowlitz River
  • Ask questions and provide input

Hosted by Tacoma Power, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Cowlitz Fisheries Technical Committee

Submit questions in advance to cowlitz@cityoftacoma.org

Meeting agenda

Get documents and presentations from other Cowlitz Fisheries Public Meetings.

River flows and lake levels

Fish Report for April 20, 2015

During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered:

579 winter-run steelhead, 848 spring Chinook salmon, and 31 jacks 

 

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

37 winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, WA.

21 steelhead adults and one spring Chinook into the Cispus River above Yellow Jacket Creek

Two steelhead adults, 779 spring Chinook and 18 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,120 cubic feet per second on Monday, April 20.  River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.

 

Coho Upstream Releases

 

Total Returns

Tilton River

Lake Scanewa

Cowlitz River

at Packwood

Cispus River

Hatchery

Natural

Origin

Hatchery

Natural

 Origin

Hatchery

Natural

Origin

Hatchery

Natural

Origin

Week ending

April 10,

2015

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season

to date

109,684

5,899

8,811

11,147

4,781

11,328

23

2,672

1,991

 

 

Winter Steelhead Upstream Releases

 

Total Returns

Tilton River

Lake Scanewa

Cowlitz River

at Packwood

Cispus River

Hatchery

Natural

Origin

Hatchery

Natural

Origin

Hatchery

Natural

Origin

Hatchery

Natural

Origin

Week ending

April 17 

2015

579

17

14

0

1

0

0

20

0

Season

to date

5,526

104

316

32

89

0

0

84

18

 

 

Spring Chinook Upstream Releases

 

Total Returns

Tilton River

Lake Scanewa

Cowlitz River

at Packwood

Cispus River

Hatchery

Natural

Origin

Hatchery

Natural

Origin

Hatchery

Natural

Origin

Hatchery

Natural

Origin

Week ending

April 17, 

2015

848

0

0

775

4

0

0

1

0

Season

to date

1,425

0

0

1,296

14

0

0

2

0