The number of steelhead making their way up to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery nearly quadrupled this week. But don’t get too excited, there were just a half dozen steelhead last week.
If you’ve heard rumors of early spring Chinook being caught at Barrier Dam and Blue Creek last week, don’t believe them. (The locals — myself included — would rather you didn’t know and just stayed home.)
“There’s always a few very early springers,” said Karen Glaser of Barrier Dam Campground, “we’re still waiting for the run to really get started.”
Last week Tacoma Power recovered 23 winter-run steelhead, eight coho adults and two jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released three coho adults, one jack and one winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,580 cubic feet per second on Monday, Feb. 11. Water visibility is nine feet.