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Cowlitz Fish Report


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

January 16, 2018

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 314 coho adults, one coho jack, eight winter-run steelhead adults and three cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 66 coho adults and four winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa near Randle. They released 29 coho adults and one winter-run steelhead into the Cispus River located near Yellow Jacket Creek in Randle.

Tacoma Power also released 55 coho adults, two winter-run steelhead and three cutthoat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. The Franklin Bridge release site in Packwood currently is damaged due to recent high water.  Repairs are onging and the release site should be useable soon.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 13,200 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Tuesday, January 16. Water visibility is five feet and water temperature is 44.1 degrees F. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility. 

NEW! Check out these graphs; they show adult returns by species for each week and 10-year averages.

Learn about changes to Riffe Lake levels in 2017.

Fall 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
January 5,
2018

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season
to date

3,683

59

1,468

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

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

Oct. 14,
2017

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season
to date

8,784

0

0

1,818

54

2,007

36

2,286

59

 

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
January 5,
2018

1,066

12

178

216

91

0

0

21

0

Season
to date

30,848

5,998

5,179

1,856

1,592

2,593

1,591

2,885

2,041

 

Winter-run 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
June 30,
2017

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season
to date

2,539

23

152

33

57

2

5

73

153