SW Washington Fishing for June 11

The Guides Forecast
The Guides Forecast
SW Washington by Ian Carter

Synopsis​

It’s that time of year when many options are rapidly becoming available. Fishing is about as good as it gets during this late spring for Chinook and early Steelhead. Hopefully this trend continues throughout the summer and into the Fall. It’s Free fishing weekend and a perfect opportunity to introduce someone to our sport.

REMINDER, please verify the regulations before fishing any body of water

Lewis Report​

Water flow is still fluctuating this past seven days. With an increase from 5,000 on Sunday to 8,550 today and a gauge level at Ariel of 5.5ft. The WDFW angler checks showed 17 bank rods with no catch and one boat with two rods that kept two Chinook. The water color is good but there’s a bunch of it coming down.

The stream flow data can be found here: USGS-North Fork Lewis.

Lewis River | School Bus Hole | 6/8/22

Kalama Report​

Angler success as reported by WDFW shows that Kalama River had 33 bank rods with two Chinook and two steelhead in the box. One jack and one steelhead were also released. The 4 boats with 11 rods kept three steelhead and released one steelhead. Fishing pressure is lighter than it has been.

WDFW just released the following rule change regarding the Kalama. Kalama River fisheries return to permanent rule: The salmon daily limit is 6; up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho. (Through July 31, 2022)

Cowlitz Report​

The scoreboard from angler checks disclosed the following: Cowlitz River I-5 Br downstream – 22 bank rods had no catch. 1 boat/4 rods had no catch. Cowlitz River Above the I-5 Br – 15 bank rods had no catch. Fishing success seems a little bleak currently.

Chinook counts are rapidly increasing, and steelhead are temporarily diminishing. Tacoma Power employees recovered 625 spring Chinook adults, 61 spring Chinook jacks, one spring Chinook mini-jack, 24 summer-run steelhead adults, and two winter-run steelhead adults over four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. The Cowlitz is still open for Hatchery Chinook retention since May 28th.

Columbia Gorge and Tributaries​

Fishing pressure is getting lighter as better opportunities exist elsewhere. I haven’t heard anything since the fishing boundary extension. Jim Milanowski with Looney Coonies tells me he fished the Bonneville area with spotty success on Chinook. He stated the river is way off color, but the shad fishing was epic.

A WDFW fishing rule change dated June 3rd expands the boat angling deadline to the permanent boat angling boundary below Bonneville Dam. The limits on Chinook have also been adjusted in our favor until the end of current season in late June. You can double check Emergency Rules for the area and dates you will be fishing before heading out. Right now, you can keep two adult Chinook.

Wind River – Six bank rods had no catch. 3 boats/5 rods released two Chinook.

Drano Lake – 11 boats/32 rods kept one Chinook and released one Chinook.

Klickitat River below Fisher Hill Bridge – Nine bank rods kept one Chinook and one jack.

Klickitat River above #5 Fishway – No report.

Bonneville Fish Count Data

Other Rivers and Streams Report​

In addition to the original 2,100 planted, 3,000 more trout were released in Canyon Creek. I haven’t heard any reports, but it would be fun if you like light gear stream fishing.

Reservoir Report​

John Thompson of Sportsman’s Warehouse said that fishing is getting pretty good on Yale. Merwin water level is steady at 238.00. The fishing is excellent at Merwin. The usual suspect methods are working. Be sure to mix it up though if the fish are there and you’re not getting hooked up.

Columbia Summary​

The lower river seems to be producing better for Chinook and Steelhead from the Lewis River downstream to Cathlamet. The water is quite dirty and visibility low.

With dirty water conditions using Hyper Vis Tape or an equivalent on your lures would be beneficial. In addition, keeping your scents frequently refreshed is always a good idea. Everyone I talk to say the Shad are thick and catching is good. The latest YTD Chinook tally at Bonneville is 160,000+.

Shad Fishing

The folks at WDFW were busy counting shad. The following catches occurred over the past week:

Sec 1 (Bonneville) – 54 bank anglers kept 345 shad and released two shad.

Sec 2 (Camas/Washougal) – 2 boats/4 rods kept 55 shad.

Sec 3 (I-5 area) – No report.

Sec 4 (Vancouver) – Two bank anglers kept two shad. 3 boats/5 rods kept 19 shad.

Sec 5 (Woodland) – 3 boats/7 rods kept 84 shad.

Sec 6 (Kalama) – 3 boats/7 rods kept 58 shad.

Sec 7 (Cowlitz) – No report.

Sec 8 (Longview) – 3 boats/9 rods kept 13 shad.

Sec 9 (Cathlamet) – No report.

Sec 10 (Chinook/Deep River/Cathlamet) – No report.

The numbers are building every day.

Vancouver Metro Area Lakes​

Horseshoe Lake –The guys at Sportsman’s Warehouse say that Kastmasters and small spinners work well. The bass should be migrating into their summer hangouts.

Kress Lake – Stacie Kelsey with WDFW released the following statement: The lake will be CLOSED June 7th for milfoil treatment. This means no access for fishing, boating, or walking around the lake. It will reopen on the 8th.

Stacie went on to say, “many of you know I’ve been trying for 10 years to get this treatment so I’m super excited it’s finally happening. This will not only improve fishing and boating but also repopulating the native plants. This project was funded through the Warmwater Program. Let me know if you have any questions and I really really really appreciate your patience through this process.” Stacie can be reached at the Region 5 offices in Ridgefield. Tel: 360-696-6211 Email: teamridgefield@dfw.wa.gov

Battle Ground Lake – When powerbait or worms aren’t working some anglers have been using a fly under a water bobber. I’ve personally always done well trolling a wooly bugger with a 5.5-inch teardrop flasher. Rigged with a 4lb 16” leader. Troll slow and fish way back.

Klineline Pond – Hasn’t received any additional stocking since May 9th.

Lacamas Lake – Stocker trout still available. WDFW says there are all these species you might catch: Black crappie, Bluegill, Brown bullhead, Brown trout, Channel catfish, Common carp, Largemouth bass, Northern pikeminnow, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rainbow trout, Warmouth, White sturgeon and Yellow perch. Over the years I have personally caught six of those in Lacamas.

Vancouver Lake and Lake River SystemNO REPORT

This Week's Feature​

Free Fishing Weekend

(From WDFW website) Anglers interested in fishing can join the fun during Free Fishing Weekend on June 11-12. During those two days, no license is required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington. A valid Catch Record Card is still required for salmon, steelhead, halibut, and sturgeon. In addition, people do not need a Vehicle Access Pass or Discover Pass to park their vehicle at any public lands or water access areas managed by WDFW, DNR, or Washington State Parks in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day (June 11) and Free Fishing Day (June 12). Learn more about the Free Fishing Weekend.

Weather and Tides Outlook​

The SW Washington Columbia tides are trending for overnight high tides flowing out until late morning for the St. Helens reporting station and vicinity. These are the highest tides of the month coming up with a full moon on Tuesday June 14th.

As of Wednesday evening, the weather is shaping up to be damp. Temperatures will continue to be mild with overnight lows in the 50’s and highs to barely 70 degrees. If you are looking for an excellent “eve of fishing” wind report, I highly recommend Wind Alert. The other reporting functions of the app are pretty accurate also.

BrokerIan

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