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Still commin in the NF - 12:11 a.m. 9/3/2014

Yep... I know the value of a good guided trip for learning the area. Spend 200 on the trip and save 2 years of stumbling around aimlessly while spending much more. My father was a Walleye guide for 20 years so I get it. 10 % catch all the fish. I saw a boat on Saterday catch 5 salmon at the bar while most others blanked or got 2 at best. My bet is they had the right slow wobble with a long 9 foot dropper and 6 foot leader...plus the right slot.

Are ther still fish in good numbers comming to the hatchery everyday on the NF? I dont fish up there but I read there was quite a few fish. I wanna fish the lower areas...golf course..happa and Island. Anyone still catchin fish?


Jay S

Lewis return - 12:08 p.m. 9/2/2014
Anyone know what the fall return number are
suppose to be for the lewis

Mike - Battle ground

Jeff from Vancouver - 4:22 p.m. 9/1/2014
Jeff, I'm at Frenchmans almost everyday ...not fishing, just watching . It's been very slow . A couple Coho in the last several days. No spinners...bring flashers and bricks. No Steelhead that I have seen . If you come down, look for my Chevy Astro and my small black and white dog. Say hi. Good luck.

David - Vancouver

Columbia - 10:15 a.m. 8/31/2014
The Columbia is a game of feet. These fish
swim up tiny slots. With years of river
knowledge and outstanding GPS fish finders
you can get in the slots. Mix that with finely
tuned wobblers and you got two different
fishing worlds, those work hard and learn the
river and those that bump in to one now and
then. Keep learning the river, pay for a guide
trip now and then and learn from the people
that do it for a living. God Bless America!

Fred Bear - Woodland,WA

gps - 5:18 p.m. 8/30/2014
Jay, those guys are pros. They have a lot of
river knowledge and know where the fish
are. Also, they have a lot of sponsors that
want you to run out and buy their product.
You most likely won't do that if they tell you
that the fishing is slow.
Its been real good closer to the coast. Its
been fair to good else where. The run is
definately gonna be a good one. Hang in
there, the best is yet to come.

GT - sw wa

Lets be honest about the last 4 or 5 days - 9:14 p.m. 8/29/2014

Ya know...I watch that Outdoor GPS show every time its on and mabey they are seeing something I have not. They said that the bite was excellent and fishing has been great all through the Columbia system below boniville. Well this past week its been a dead sea. I fished 3 of the last 5 days on Woodland Bar. 2 of those days right at the mouth of the Lewis just inside the Columbia. I bet there were 200 boats within view and I saw exactly 2 salmon and 2 Steelhead caught for all those boats....fishing from before the tide till after. I was plunking from shore. Someone please point me to the areas that the GPS guys on Comcast are refering so I can join the good fishing.
Ok....rant over but please....give accurate info....gps


Jay S - Vancouver

Weekender Report click on web site - 5:58 p.m. 8/29/2014

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Speelyai Park closing temporarily for renovation - 3:19 p.m. 8/28/2014
Speelyai Park closing temporarily for renovation
Popular recreation area enhancements to be completed before winter

WOODLAND, Wash. — PacifiCorp’s popular Speelyai Park on the Merwin Reservoir of the Lewis River will be temporarily closed beginning Sept. 2 until at least mid-December for renovation and significant enhancements. A contractor will completely replace the park’s septic system, construct improvements to the parking lot and the picnic area, and install additional ADA access to benefit all members of the public.

The temporary park closure includes the Speelyai boat ramp, but boat launching on Merwin Reservoir can still be accommodated at PacifiCorp’s nearby Cresap Bay Park through the end of September. Day-use activities, including picnicking, are still open at both Cresap Bay and Merwin Park.

“These improvements will make Speelyai Park even better and more enjoyable. Labor Day weekend is an incredibly busy one at the park, so we waited for that to pass and now will begin immediately to make sure all these upgrades are done by winter and ready for our guests next spring,” said Sheila Holden, Pacific Power regional community manager “These improvements will benefit the health, safety, convenience and enjoyment for everyone. We know people will appreciate that, but also appreciate knowing about this short-term inconvenience ahead of time so they can make alternative plans if this beautiful weather continues.”

In advance of the busy Labor Day weekend, signs have been posted at the Speelyai boat ramp and notices will be given to anyone entering the area.

PacifiCorp operates 10 parks open to the public in Washington. For more information about outdoor recreation areas in Washington offered by PacifiCorp, visit: http://www.pacificorp.com/about/or/washington.html.


Tom Gauntt

Spokesman, Pacific Power


Media Hotline: 800-570-5838

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Anglers can soon retain hatchery and - 12:02 p.m. 8/28/2014
Anglers can soon retain hatchery and
wild coho salmon in marine areas 2, 3 and 4

OLYMPIA - Anglers will be allowed to retain both wild and hatchery coho salmon beginning Monday, Sept. 1, in ocean waters off Westport, La Push and Neah Bay.

Those changes will not affect the ocean salmon fishery off of Ilwaco (Marine Area 1), where anglers will continue to be allowed to retain hatchery coho, but must release wild coho, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Anglers were initially limited to hatchery coho - marked with a missing adipose fin - to ensure the department would meet conservation goals for wild coho while extending fishing through the entire salmon season, said Milward.

However, with a month remaining in the fishery, only 55 percent of the coho quota has been reached in Marine Area 2 (Westport), 63 percent in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and 20 percent in Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay).

"With so much of the coho catch quota remaining in each of those three marine areas this late in the season, we can allow anglers to keep both hatchery and wild coho without exceeding our conservation objectives for wild salmon," Milward said.

Through Aug. 24, anglers fishing out of Westport had caught 37,539 coho of the 68,380 fish quota. Anglers fishing off La Push, where there is a coho catch quota of 4,750 fish, had caught 2,981 coho. And anglers fishing out of Neah Bay have caught 3,809 coho of the 19,220 fish quota.

Anglers have a two-salmon daily catch limit in all four marine areas off the Washington coast. Up to two chinook may be retained in areas 2, 3 and 4. However, chinook must be released east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line in Marine Area 4. Anglers fishing Marine Area 1 are limited to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily catch limit.

All ocean areas (marine areas 1-4) are open to salmon fishing seven days a week.

Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 21 in marine areas 3 and 4 and through Sept. 30 in marine areas 1 and 2. A portion of Marine Area 3 will open again Sept. 27 through Oct. 12.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season, and announce any other changes on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ .

Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and area catch guidelines, is available in WDFW's Sportfishing Rules pamphlet, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Any reports? - 11:40 a.m. 8/27/2014
I am looking forward to doing some bank fishing on the Columbia in the next month or so. Do people know if plunking is the only option at Frenchman's Bar or below Bonneville? Can you fish spinners here too?

Jeff - Vancouver, WA

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For N. F . Lewis River flow go to River Flows At Ariel.
For East Fork Lewis River flow go to East Fork Lewis River Near Heisson, Wa.

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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