Fishing & Hunting Notes: Tacoma Power Expands Online Upstream Plant Data; Mycological Society Meets

Veterans Appreciation Day at the Trek

On November 11, Northwest Trek salutes those who have served our country with free admission to the park for individuals who are active or retired military.

Free admission applies to active/retired military individuals only. Please be sure to bring your active military/veteran identification card, discharge papers, DD214s, or any other proof of honorable US military service with you to Northwest Trek.

Fee-Free Weekend at Mt. Rainier National Park

Entry fees will be waived at Mt. Rainier National Park on Veterans Day Weekend to encourage cash-strapped families to visit the park and to help boost the local economy.

Calling All Mushroom Enthusiasts

Fungi fanciers from the Lewis County area are joining together to form a new mycological society. If you are interested in learning how to properly identify wild mushrooms, in meeting other mushroom enthusiasts and enjoy the occasional mushroom foray in the field, you may also be interested in attending the first organizational meeting of this new, non-profit mushroom group.

The meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the WSU Lewis County Extension Meeting Room in the basement of the Historic Lewis County Courthouse, 351 NW North Street, Chehalis.

For more information, call Debbie Burris, 740-1212 or email

TPU Adds Easy-Reading Fish Charts to Website

Tacoma Power‘s online Cowlitz fish report has been expanded to include charts to help anglers locate upstream plants each week.

Visit the TPU website at

The new charts show the season to date release totals and weekly release totals of adult Chinook and coho salmon, organized by location, in the Tilton River, Lake Scanewa, Cowlitz at Skate Creek Bridge and the Cispus River. The release totals are divided into hatchery and natural salmon.

The addition of the charts to the weekly Tacoma Power Cowlitz fish report came about in follow up to a series of public meetings held by Tacoma Power.

“The public has requested that we have this data available,” said senior fisheries biologist Mark LaRiviere of Tacoma Power.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 5182 coho adults, 217 jacks, 639 fall Chinook adults, 17 jacks, 38 summer-run steelhead, 15 winter-run steelhead and 81 sea-run cutthroat trout.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 745 coho adults, 34 jacks, 74 fall Chinook adults and one jack into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood.

They released 1,911 coho adults, 71 jacks, 280 fall Chinook adults, 16 jacks and three steelhead adult into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam.

Also during the week 992 coho salmon adults, 34 jacks, 157 fall Chinook adults, three jacks and 40 cutthroat trout were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

One cutthroat trout was released above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

“The coho run is slowing down,” said LaRiviere, “although we’re still seeing 500 or more a day coming through.”

Big Game and Waterfowl Hunting

Elk hunters with modern firearms will continue to haunt local woodland through Nov. 15. Archers and muzzleloaders will get another opportunity to hunt elk during the late season that beginning Nov. 23.

Late buck season for black-tailed deer will run Nov. 17-20 in select GMUs. Although the late-buck season is only four days long, it usually accounts for about a third of all the deer taken each year by hunters in the region.

“One reason why hunters are so successful during the late season is that the bucks are more active,” Jonker said. “By then, the temperatures have dropped and the rut is coming to an end.”

On The Water

The chum salmon are in, according to Charles McElroy, a sporting goods clerk at Sunbird Shopping Center.

“They’re killing ‘em in the South Sound from the Nisqually to Olympia,” he said. “They’re one of the best smoking fish there is because they’re real oily.”

McElroy advises anglers to us anchovies under a bobber.

“Watch the water and get up current when you see them finning, then let the bobber drift into the school,” McElroy said.

The Skokomish River is good for chums and is producing a few silvers.

American Lake is still fishing well for kokanee.

“A guy on Sunday limited out in 1.5 hours,” McElroy said, “and they were some really nice fish.”

The Tilton River is a real zoo, according to McElroy.

“Stay away from the snag fishery at the mouth,” he said. “Head up stream, find some undisturbed fish and free drift some eggs.”

Scanewa Lake anglers are using plugs from boats or on shore near the launch to find the fish of their choice.

Cutthroat trout fill the Cowlitz from Blue Creek and up, said McElroy.

“They’re a very aggressive fish,” he said. “Use small spinners with a worm or egg. There’s some big ones out there. I saw one that must have weighed four pounds last week. Some of them are bigger than the silvers they’re looking at.”

Crabbing Reopens

Sport crabbing reopened in marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7, 8-1, 8-2, and a portion of Marine Area 9 north of a line that extends from Olele Point to Foulweather Bluff.

Marine areas 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) and 13 (South Puget Sound) will reopen for sport crabbing on Nov. 21.

Sport crabbing will not reopen this year in marine areas 10, 12 (Hood Canal) and the portion of marine area 9 south of line that extends from Olele Point to Foulweather Bluff. The annual quotas in those areas were reached during the summer fishery, said Rich Childers, shellfish policy coordinator for WDFW.

The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.