Lewis River (mainstem) Reports
The mainstem produces spring and fall chinook and coho salmon, summer and winter steelhead, sea-run cutthroat, and smelt (eulachon) sometimes. A popular and crowded spring chinook fishery has typically taken place near the mouth from mid-March through May. Currently, the salmon daily bag limit is six hatchery chinook, no more than two adults. The projected spring salmon run size this year (3,100 fish) does not permit an unrestricted sport fishery, and some restrictions are likely beginning in May. All chinook with an intact adipose fin must be immediately released unharmed from January 1 through July 31. All chum salmon, wild steelhead, wild cutthroat, and wild coho must be released year-round. Late summer and fall months bring lots of interest in fall chinook, coho and summer steelhead. This year's fall chinook run is expected to be slightly lower than last year, but coho numbers are expected to be up. Check the department web site at www.wa.gov/wdfw or with the regional WDFW office in Vancouver at (360) 696-6211 for the latest information on seasons and catch limits. Some bank access is available along the dike area. There are several public and private boat launches along the lower Lewis, including a WDFW launch on the dike just below the confluence of the East and North Forks. For boat launch directions and information, go to http://boat.iac.wa.gov. For current, real-time river flows, check the NOAA web site at http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/data/streamflow/nwrfc/lewis.html.