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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.



2/17/2003 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Tons of smelt being netted each night in the lower North Fork Lewis, below Woodland,by commercial boats. The smelt have been running past our house day and night for over a week. I took a picture of an angler catching the first confirmed Chinook up at the Lewis River Hatchery hole a couple days ago.  
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11/6/2002 - KT - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Fished the Lewis early morning saw two nice steelhead caught on eggs both nice fish. I'm still bothered by the snaggers and garbage that people are leaving at the river. What if anything can we do to get the F&G to fix this situation. I'm new to this river but as beautyful a river as it is the littering is sick. Lets get the word out!  
 
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10/24/2002 - Randy Brosius - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
The water is at 2700. Lots of jacks in the upper water by the hatchery. Steelhead and Coho are really slow. Many spawned out fish/dark fish. We need rain bad.  
 
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9/22/2002 - Jeff - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Lots of snagging going on at Cedar Creek......really gets old to not see anything done about it. And these guys are just blatently breaking all the rules of sportsmen.....and nobody says anything. I had brought a buddy of mine fishing up there yesterday....he's from Arizona, and had never seen salmon in a river like this......it was funny to hear him say "what are those guys on the other side using....looks like they're getting 2 -3 bites each cast......we suck we haven't even gotten a nibble" Then he saw one guy pull one in sideways, and finally understood what was goin on. I've made my call to the proper people........I hope others will to.  
 
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9/16/2002 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Lots of Chinook being caught. I caught a 14 pounder yesterday.  
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8/4/2002 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
North Fork Lewis river putting out summer steelhead by Cedar Creek Hatchery.  
 
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6/2/2002 - Mike H. - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
I fished the North fork of the Lewis River today and caught a very nice bright 12 pound steelhead drift fishing with a single red corkie. I saw the boaters pulling the fish out like it was nothing, mostly steelhead where caught today but a few salmon I noticed.  
 
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6/2/2002 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Chinook and steelhead are being caught. I have not been having real good luck but others have.  
 
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5/18/2002 - Mike H. - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Today I fished the North Fork of the Lewis River and caught a very nice bright 8 pound spring chinook salmon. Not alot of action going on though, the water level had dropped about a foot or so, but the bobber fisherman had there good times also with eggs.  
 
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5/6/2002 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Fishing for Chinook and Steelhead is improving daily.  
 
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2/6/2002 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Smelt have been in the mouth of the North Fork Lewis and then right back out into the Columbia. I am still hopeful they will come on up the river to Woodland but they are not here today. Noel  
 
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1/26/2002 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
There was a really good run of winter steelhead in the North Fork Lewis so far this winter. Most of them have gone up the river by now. The water has been a little to high for the best fishing. Those in the know did well. Smelt may be coming in any day now. They have opened the river for smelt dippin on Wed.,Sat, and Sun. if they show up. Good dipping in the Cowlitz. We expect a good run of Spring Chinook but that is a couple months off. A few really huge spring steelhead show up pretty soon but they are wild fish so if you do get one you have to throw it back. I will keep you informed.  
 
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1/17/2002 - Shawn Kesler - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Fished lower lewis today with a couple buddies of mine and we all limited. My dad and three buddies limited on boat on lower Lewis. using spinglows/eggs,sandshrimp/plugs (Secret Hole)  
 
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12/26/2001 - Mike H. - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Fished the North Fork of the Lewis River today for steelhead. the water is runing hard and so are the steelhead. Landed my 2 limit steelhead, nice big ones they are.  
 
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12/23/2001 - david M - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Lewis River full of steelhead fishing great bobber fishing eggs jigs  
 
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10/29/2001 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Fished in lower river. Never caught any but everyone else is getting nice bright Coho.  
 
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10/20/2001 - Mike H. - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
I was down at the North Fork today and landed a nice nice 15 pound coho salmon on corkeys. There's a lot of black and white fish moving about that you can see 2 feet off the bank of the river. Did not see too many fish being landed today, seen a few hooked and a few landed.  
 
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9/17/2001 - Mike H. - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
I landed a 16 pound steelhead today on eggs, drift fishing. I was fishing on the North Fork. That was the only fish all day for me. Theres alot of salmon too in the river. We need rain!  
 
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9/10/2001 - Mike H. - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Fished the North Fork of the Lewis River today and landed 2 coho salmon that where hooked in the mouth. I was useing corkeys. Seen a lot of fish being caught all over the river, Up from Cedar Creek and to the blackberry hole up the river. Good good fishing. To many people snagging and keeping snagged fish.  
 
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8/27/2001 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Fished a little early this morning without any luck. The river is jumping with silvers. Many are being caught. Usually this time of the year there may be 3 to 5 hundred silvers going over Bonnevile Dam. Yesterday over 5000 went over. Far out!  
 
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8/25/2001 - Mike H. - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
COHO COHO COHO ARE IN THE RIVER!  
 
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8/24/2001 - Mike H. - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
North Fork of the Lewis River has been good in the morning from 5 to 11:00. Lost 2 nice steelhead, But went home with 3 jacks. The Coho are in the corkline at the Salmon hatchery, you can see them in the water. Use sand shrimp.  
 
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7/2/2002 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
I fished off our bank by Woodland most of the day, just plunking with a spin-n-glo. I never caught any today. Someone in a boat said they caught two steelhead. The North Fork has steelhead all up and down the river and fishing is good. I have been too lazy to go after them with sand shrimp or eggs and that is what they are catching them on.  
 
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6/13/2001 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Yahoo! Caught a sixteen pound steelhead right off our bank on the North Fork Lewis river, at 9:15 AM today. What a beautiful fish. Orange and white spin-n-glo.  
 
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6/4/2001 - Dusty - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Fished with a good buddy of mine in the late afternoon. Drifted eggs and in the first 2 passes, landed 2 8 # hatchery females. The friends 5 year old brought em both to the boat...nice job!! Appears that there are fish through out the river in the typical locales.  
 
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6/1/2001 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Two steelhead were landed off our bank on the North Fork Lewis River yesterday. One eleven pounds and one thirteen pounds.  
 
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5/22/2001 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Caught an eleven pound steelhead Friday and a ten pound steelhead today at 11:30 A. M. I fish right off our bank in our back yard of the North Fork Lewis River. I smoked the last one.  
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4/17/2001 - sean galloway - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Last day on the columbia. Started fishing at daylight, ten minutes into it had a fish in the box. 30 minutes later one more for the box. Then it went real sloooooooowwwwwwwwwwww. Fished the p.m. outgoing, fishing picked up but couldn't seem to hang the fish. Had 10-15 take downs and only landed 7 fish. all in all the last day on the river was o.k. hopefully get another shot before thery're all over the dams.  
 
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4/13/2001 - Noel Johnson - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Landed a twelve pound hatchery steelhead.  
 
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4/11/2001 - sean galloway - Lewis River (mainstem), Clark County, WA
Wednesday morning, 3 people in the boat. started fishing at 9:00, 9:15 3 fish in the box. 9:45, one more for the box. 10:40, back to back fish on, one native(released unharmed). 10:55, one more for the box making it a limit in less than two hours. bait wraps and more!  
 
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