Forecast of Adult Returns for coho salmon and Chinook Salmon

The Northwest Fisheries Science Center a division of NOAA Fisheries reports that the expected Salmon returns for the Northwest region may be lower than normal. Researchers indicate that 2014 offered a low abundance of winter fish larvae that develop into salmon prey in the spring. Also moderate catches of juvenile spring Chinook salmon during the …

2015 Lower Cowlitz River Steelhead Retention Rule Change

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to 3 hatchery steelhead. Effective date: April 1, 2015, until further notice. Species affected: Steelhead. Location: Cowlitz River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet (or posted markers) below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery barrier dam. Reason for action: There has been a strong showing of …