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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 update (as of May 1)

Tacoma Power is currently renovating five Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery wells. The trenching along the Barrier Dam boat launch road for the project has been completed. Construction will continue near the well pumps, so occasional traffic revisions may be necessary. Please be cautious when driving near construction crews. Read more.

Cowlitz Fisheries Annual Project Review Meeting | Wednesday, June 3 | 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

Get documents and presentations from other Cowlitz Fisheries Public Meetings.

River flows and lake levels

Fish Report for May 18, 2015

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

103 winter-run steelhead, 1,644 spring Chinook salmon, 411 jacks, 22 summer steelhead and two cutthroat trout.

 

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

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

126 spring Chnook adults, 37 jacks and seven winter steelhead into the Cispus River above the mouth of

Yellow Jacket Creek

1,217 spring Chinook and 310 jacks and 13 winter steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,080 cubic feet per second on Monday, May 18.  Water visibility is 15 feet. 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

May 15 

2015

106

7

3

15

1

0

0

4

0

Season

to date

7,228

185

341

137

98

0

0

161

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

May 15, 

2015

1,645

0

0

1,206

11

0

0

124

2

Season

to date

10,333

0

0

8,891

89

0

0

126

2