Cowlitz Fish Report

September 16, 2019

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 102 coho adults, 31 coho jacks, 96 fall Chinook adults, six fall Chinook jacks, 48 summer-run steelhead adults, one summer-run steelhead jack, 11 cutthroat trout, 10 spring Chinook adults and four spring Chinook mini-jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released nine coho adults, three coho jacks, and three spring Chinook adults into the Cispus River located near Randle and they released three spring Chinook adults, 12 coho adults, two coho jacks, and two cutthroat trout at the Franklin Bridge release site in Packwood.

Tacoma Power also released 43 fall Chinook adults, 30 coho adults, 20 coho jacks, and one cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

To date, Tacoma Power employees have recycled 644 summer-run steelhead to the lower Cowlitz River.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,510 cubic feet per second on Monday, September 16, 2019. Water visibility is 14 feet and the water temperature is 53.8 F. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.

  • Get updates about changes to Riffe Lake levels.
  • Tacoma Power will lower Mayfield Lake to 415 feet of elevation Sept. 15-30 in order to repair and extend the Mayfield Lake Park boat launch. All boat launches will be inoperable. The shoreline, and the Mayfield Lake Park day-use area, will be closed. Learn more at

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