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Cowlitz Fish Report

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

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. 

 

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
dec. 2
2016

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season
to date

5,935

889

3,070

0

0

9

0

2

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. 15
2016

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season
to date

14,932

0

0

4,315

62

3,542

87

3,889

50

 

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
Dec. 2
2016

1,033

278

137

212

0

127

0

151

0

Season
to date

25,200

5,390

2,271

2,906

321

2,801

199

2,861

269