Willamette River: the lower wildly is effected not only by the tides but also the raising and lowering of the Columbia at Bonnevile, the water has been high but Bonnevile lowered the water and it has definitely caused fish to move up the Willy. Catches rates have increased on the channel and should only get better.
Columbia River: the counts have definitely soared over Bonnevile dam and the catch rates have increased at the Wind, Drano. these two systems should only get better. The Dalles and John day have increased as well as counts have claimed, but remember it will not stay open very long.
Kalama River: with all this warm weather the water levels have dropped tremendous, catch rates have dropped as well. Most the fish in the system have moved up in the upper stretches.
Cowlitz River: water levels again have dropped but still a good number of fish being caught between the two hatcheries on float and eggs cured in Zilla Bait. The upper Cowlitz at Cowlitz falls has been like a roller coaster, one day good fishing and dead for a few days. This system only gets good when Tacoma power truck 2-5 loads a day. Methods used, trolling herring, float and eggs.
Chehalis River: catch rates have dropped as well as the water levels, try and stay off the holes and cast farther so you don’t spoke the fish. Fishing report brought to you by bait shop radio.