Fish Report for December 5, 2016
Last week Tacoma Power employees recovered 1,033 coho adults, 99 jacks, one fall Chinook adult, five summer-run steelhead adults, four winter-run steelhead and 13 cutthroat trout in five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 151 coho adults and 20 coho jacks into the Cispus River upstream of the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek near Randle and they also released 127 coho adults, six coho jacks and and one cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.
Last week, Tacoma employees released 415 coho adults, 34 coho jacks, one fall Chinook adults, six cutthroat trout and one winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River located at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. They released 212 coho adults, 23 jacks and one cutthroat trout into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.
Since June 15, Tacoma Power employees have floy-tagged and recycled 3,300 summer-run steelhead to the I-5 bridge boat launch. A total of 1,911 recycled steelhead have either been reported as harvested or returned back to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 12,300 cubic feet per second on Monday, December 5. Visibility is at nine feet and water temperature is 48.9 degrees F. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.