Kalama River Reports
The Kalama gets both summer and winter steelhead, spring and fall chinook, early and late stock coho, and sea-run cutthroat trout. Hatchery sea-run cutthroat are not released into the Kalama. All chum salmon, wild cutthroat, wild steelhead, and wild coho salmon must be released. To further protect wild steelhead, hatchery winter and summer steelhead returning to Kalama Falls hatchery are recycled downstream to the lower river. To protect wild steelhead "jacks," the trout minimum size limit is 20 inches. An estimated 3,600 spring chinook are expected to return to the Kalama in 2003, providing good fishing opportunity from Kalama Falls hatchery downstream. All wild chinook (those with an intact adipose fin) must be released between January 1 and July 31. Fall chinook returns are expected to be down slightly this year, while coho returns are predicted 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. The river is easily accessible from I-5, and gets quite a bit of pressure from the surrounding metropolitan areas. Several boat launching sites operated by WDFW are available: Lower Kalama, Modrow Bridge, Lower Kalama Salmon Hatchery, and Pritchards. Privately-operated ramps are available at Mahaffey's and Camp Kalama RV Park. For boat launch directions and information, go to http://boat.iac.wa.gov. A section of river above Kalama Falls is set aside for fly-fishing only; check the regulations pamphlet for boundaries.