HOOK AND FUR
By Bob Brown
Opportunities are plentiful for anglers targeting salmon in the Cowlitz River, and catching has been pretty good.
Joe Hymer, supervisory fish biologist for Pacific States Marine Fishery, said anglers have been catching a mixture of chinook, coho, sea run cutthroat and a few steelhead throughout the river. A few weeks ago, 2,206 coho, 2,998 jacks, 891 fall chinook, 40 jacks, 41 summer steelhead and 39 cutthroat trout were recovered at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery. Also, Tacoma Power employees released 538 fall chinook, 27 jacks, 1,255 coho, 165 jacks and four cutthroat trout were released into the Tilton River at Gus Backstrom Park in Morton. They also released 170 chinook, 12 jacks, 588 coho and 617 jacks into the upper Cowlitz at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood and released 2,867 coho and 165 jacks into Lake Scanewa.
Action has been on and off on the Nisqually. Chinook are being caught in the lower river, as well as some coho and dark pink salmon. A variety of hardware, spoons and jigs are being used.
In the Puyallup River, water conditions are low and clear. Action has not been that good, with mostly coho being caught. Fishing is about the same on the Carbon.