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North Fork Lewis - 6:06 p.m. 10/18/2014
North Fork Lewis River (FOF) Full Of Fish!

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Fishing report: - 7:23 a.m. 10/18/2014
Columbia River salmonids: Last week WDFW sampled 183 salmonid anglers (including 52 boats) with 13 adult fall Chinook, 58 adult coho and no steelhead. All but one of the adult Chinook caught were kept although it was legal to retain all fish. 49 of the adult coho caught were kept.

Columbia River commercial seasons: Below the Lewis River, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 17, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24. Above the Lewis River, 7 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights though Oct. 24

Cowlitz River: Excellent for coho throughout the river with boat anglers averaging nearly a fish kept per rod and bank anglers one for every 2 rods. Some fall chinook, summer run steelhead, and sea run cutthroats are also being caught. For current river flow information, call 888-502-8690.

Kalama River: 14 bank anglers kept 4 chinook.

Lewis River: On the North Fork, 19 bank anglers kept 4 chinook adults and 8 coho and released 1 cinook adult. On the mainstem, 14 boat anglers had 1 chinook adult.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Extend season for hatchery steelhead - 4:20 p.m. 10/16/2014
Extend season for hatchery steelhead
on Rock Creek in Skamania County

Action: Fishing for hatchery steelhead to remain open from the mouth upstream to the falls on Rock Creek in Skamania County. The falls are located at approximately river mile 1.

Effective date: Nov. 1, 2014, until further notice.

Location: Rock Creek is located in the town of Stevenson in Skamania County.

Reason for action: Twenty thousand hatchery winter steelhead smolts were planted into Rock Creek in the spring of 2013. These fish will provide a sport fishery there this winter.

Other Information: Daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead. Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement and barbless hooks required.

Information Contact: John Weinheimer, District 9 fish biologist, (360) 906-6746.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Nisqually River reopens to retention - 10:48 a.m. 10/15/2014
Nisqually River reopens to retention
of hatchery chinook salmon

Action: Retention of hatchery chinook salmon is permitted. Salmon fishing is open at the mouth of Kalama and Clear creeks.

Effective dates: Oct. 15, 2014, through Jan. 31, 2015.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Downstream of Military Tank Crossing Bridge and at the mouth of Kalama and Clear Creeks.

Reasons for action: Egg-take goals have been met at the Nisqually River fall chinook hatcheries. In order to meet conservation goals, anglers are required to release wild chinook and wild steelhead.

Other information: Regulations on the Nisqually River now allow for the retention of hatchery chinook salmon as described by the sportfishing rules pamphlet. Effective immediately through Oct. 31: Up to 3 adults may be retained of which only 2 may be any combination of coho and chum. Nov. 1-Jan. 31: Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild chinook salmon.

Information Contact: James P. Losee (360) 902-2741, james.losee@dfw.wa.gov .


Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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WDFW to release torrent of trout; - 11:30 a.m. 10/10/2014
WDFW to release torrent of trout;
nearly four times more fish stocked this fall

OLYMPIA – With some 340,000 trout scheduled for stocking in western Washington lakes, area anglers should have an excellent chance at phenomenal fishing this fall and through the holiday season.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will stock 47 western Washington lakes with catchable-size trout. That includes 19 lakes where the catch limit will be increased to 10 trout beginning Oct. 18.

“Our fish stocking plans entail releasing nearly four times more fish than were released last fall in western Washington,” said Chris Donley, WDFW’s inland fish program manager. “Fishing at dozens of lakes throughout the region should be great over the next few months.”

Lakes stocked as of Oct. 1 include Island, Lost, Nahwatzel, and Spencer Lake in Mason County, Kitsap Lake in Kitsap County, Rattlesnake Lake in King County, and Gibbs, Leland and Teal Lakes in Jefferson County. Additional stocking efforts will focus on different regions and counties in western Washington and will continue through October and November.

A list of lakes to be stocked, those lakes offering the bonus bag limit, and the department's recently updated stocking plan is available for viewing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fall-into-fishing/ .

WDFW has a higher number of fish to stock into lakes this fall because of a legal settlement last spring that prevented releasing early winter hatchery steelhead into most Puget Sound rivers in 2014.

More than 300,000 of those steelhead, an ocean going form of rainbow trout, will instead be released into western Washington lakes in the coming weeks.

“We realized these fish presented a unique opportunity for Washington’s anglers,” said Donley. The department held the steelhead over the summer and reared them to “catchable trout size” to be released into lakes in the Puget Sound area for harvest this fall.

Donley said he expects angling to be great throughout the fall and winter months at all of these lakes. “Most of the trout are 11 to 13 inches long, with a few larger ones in the mix,” he said.

The fall fish plants are in response to anglers’ requests to increase fall and winter trout fishing opportunities in western Washington, said Donley. That effort also includes stocking lakes in southwest Washington for the Nov. 28 Black Friday opener, which offers anglers the opportunity to skip the shopping malls, get outside, and enjoy fishing on the day after Thanksgiving.

For those fishing closer to the Puget Sound area, thousands of trout are available in lakes that can be pursued throughout fall and winter, said Donley. “We encourage anglers young and old, inexperienced or well-seasoned, to get out and take advantage of these great fisheries,” he added.

For up-to-date stocking information this fall, anglers should follow the department on Twitter or Facebook, accessible from http://wdfw.wa.gov , or see the department's weekly catchable trout stocking report at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/ .

Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2015, to participate in these events.

Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov ; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license vendors across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ .

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

WDFW to temporarily close Langsdorf Landing public access site - 1:56 p.m. 10/9/2014
WDFW to temporarily close Langsdorf Landing public access site

OLYMPIA - A popular Clark County boat ramp used by anglers fishing the Columbia River will be closed to access for two weeks, beginning Oct. 14.

Langsdorf Landing, owned and maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will be closed Oct. 14-28.

Chris Spangler, WDFW access manager, said the department will replace the boat ramp and loading float.

"We anticipate some additional one-day closures in November while contractors finish the parking lot and loading dock," he said.

Spangler encourages boaters to check WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/water_access/ for updates on closures.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Hanford Reach steelhead fishery opens early for retention - 5:41 p.m. 10/7/2014
Hanford Reach steelhead fishery opens early for retention
of any hatchery steelhead; additional area opened
upstream to Priest Rapids Dam

Action: Open the Columbia River to retention of any hatchery steelhead between the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco and Priest Rapids Dam

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead

Locations and Dates:

Area 1: Highway 395 Bridge upstream to old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers; Oct. 8, 2014 - Oct. 31, 2014.
Area 2: Old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers to Vernita Bridge; Oct. 8 - Oct. 22, 2014.
Area 3: Vernita Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam; Oct. 8 - Oct. 22, 2014 and Nov. 27, 2014 - until further notice.
Special Rules for Areas 2 and 3 :

Mandatory retention of hatchery steelhead. Adhering to the mandatory retention of adipose clipped steelhead is vital in allowing the expanded fishery to continue and to provide the maximum benefit to natural origin fish on upper Columbia tributary spawning grounds.
Selective gear rules are in effect, except the use of bait is allowed.
Other

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Upper Columbia River and selected tributaries - 5:39 p.m. 10/7/2014
Upper Columbia River and selected tributaries
to open for hatchery steelhead fishing

Action: Allow retention of hatchery steelhead.

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead

General Rules:

1) Mandatory retention of hatchery steelhead, identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.

2) Daily limit two (2) hatchery steelhead.

3) Selective gear rules and night closure are in effect for all steelhead fishery areas, except the use of bait is allowed on mainstem Columbia River.

4) Adipose present steelhead must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

5) Release all steelhead with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

6) Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers (Chelan Co ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions)

Effective dates and locations:

1) The mainstem Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

2) The Wenatchee River from the mouth to the Wenatchee River at the Icicle Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth, to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

3) The Entiat River from the mouth to approximately ½ mile upstream to a point perpendicular with the intersection of the Entiat River Road and Hedding Street; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

4) The Methow River from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop; October 8, 2014 until further notice. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited from the second powerline crossing (1 mile upstream from the mouth) to the first Hwy 153 Bridge (4 miles upstream from the mouth).

5) The Okanogan River from the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

6) The Similkameen River, from its mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam; November 1, 2014 until further notice.

Reason for action: Hatchery-origin steelhead in excess of desired escapement are forecast to return to the upper Columbia River. The fishery will reduce the number of excess hatchery-origin steelhead and consequently increase the proportion of natural-origin steelhead on the spawning grounds. Higher proportions of naturally produced spawners are expected to improve genetic integrity and stock recruitment of upper Columbia River steelhead through perpetuation of steelhead stocks with the greatest natural-origin lineage.

Other information:

Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that rivers can close at any time due to impacts on natural origin steelhead. Adhering to the mandatory retention of adipose clipped steelhead is vital in allowing the fishery to continue and to provide the maximum benefit to natural origin fish.

All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in these fisheries. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River Basin.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Wiggle Warts & Trolling - 3:14 p.m. 10/5/2014
This time of year I have good luck just trolling
with wiggle warts at the mouth to about the
first bridge. I like metallics like DW29
someone else mentioned. This also works well
in front of the RV park on the Cowlitz County
side. That stretch of River from RV park to the
first bend is a great spot for Silvers. Still
seeing a lot of bright downriver from the
hatchery.

Mike - Woodland WA

Reports of sport angler checks from the past week and related information provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. - 6:07 a.m. 10/3/2014
Reports of sport angler checks from the past week and related information provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Columbia River sturgeon: Closed for sturgeon retention downstream of The Dalles dam for the rest of 2014. Catch-and-release fishing allowed.

Columbia River salmonids: Last week WDFW sampled 814 salmonid anglers (including 216 boats) with 207 adult and 31 jack fall Chinook, 40 adult and 2 jack coho and 12 steelhead. Most of the coho were caught off the mouth of the Cowlitz while fall Chinook were caught from Longview upstream.

The 181,514 adult coho counted at Bonneville Dam through September 30 is the 2nd highest since at least 1938. The record is 225,388 fish in 2001.

Buoy 10: Boat anglers averaged better than a coho per rod last weekend. The limit remains at three adult salmon or steelhead, of which at least one must be a coho.

Columbia River commercial seasons: Below the Lewis River, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Above the Lewis River, 8 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights though Oct. 15. 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Oct. 1 and 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. thereafter.

Cowlitz River: 109 bank anglers kept 9 chinook adults, 35 coho, 3 steelhead and 6 cutts, and released 7 chinook and 1 coho. 206 boat anglers kept 21 chinook, 124 coho and 2 steelhead and released 14 chinook and 45 coho. For current river flow information, call (888) 502-8690.

Kalama River: 37 bank anglers kept 10 coho and released 1 chinook and 3 coho.

Lewis River: On the North Fork, 44 bank anglers kept 2 steelhead and 12 boat anglers released 1 chinook jack.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

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For N. F . Lewis River flow go to River Flows At Ariel.
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Stream flow and reservoir levels at:
Lewis River at Woodland       Speelyai Creek      Muddy Creek
Lewis River at Ariel      Lewis River Reservoir Levels

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