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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Still decent fall salmon and steelhead fishing in the Columbia River region

Here are the latest sports catch reports from this past week:

Salmon/Steelhead

In the Cowlitz River on the lower river anglers are primarily catching coho.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,671 fall chinook adults, 148 jacks, 4,860 coho adults, 339 jacks, 33 summer-run steelhead, 24 sea-run cutthroat and four pink salmon during seven days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 457 coho adults, 21 jacks, 170 fall chinook adults and two jacks into the Upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood and 821 fall chinook adults, 67 jacks, 1,052 coho adults and 25 jacks into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam. Also, 276 fall chinook adults, 33 jacks, 246 coho adults and seven jacks were released into the Cispus River, near the mouth of Yellow Jacket creek.

During the week 1,044 fall chinook adults, 33 jacks, 179 coho salmon adults, 16 jacks and seven cutthroat were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

A total of six cutthroat trout and four pink salmon were released into the Cowlitz River at the Barrier Dam boat launch during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,980 cubic feet per second on Monday, October 10. Water visibility is 16 feet.

In the Kalama River anglers a catching a mixture of fall chinook, coho, and steelhead though most of the chinook were released.

In the Lewis River mainstem, bank and boat anglers are catching some coho. On the North Fork, boat anglers are catching as many chinook as coho while bank anglers are primarily catching coho.

In the Wind River there has been light effort and catch. October 31 is the last day to fish for salmon.

In the White Salmon River boat anglers are catching some coho though many are unmarked and have to be released.

In the Klickitat River, on the lower river, anglers are catching coho and some fall chinook. Under permanent rules, all chinook must be released upstream from the Fisher Hill Bridge beginning November 1.

in the Yakima River, Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco reported angler effort decreased slightly this week as river flows increased on the lower Yakima River. Harvest remained strong. This past week there were an estimated 1,063 angler trips on the Yakima River for salmon.

State Fish and Wildlife staff sampled 156 anglers with 21 adult chinook, 8 jacks, and one coho. Anglers averaged one chinook for 12 hours of fishing. Estimated harvest for the week was 171 adult chinook, 53 jacks, and 9 coho.

For the season an estimated 474 adult chinook, 200 chinook jacks, and 28 coho have been harvested.

Oct. 22 is the last scheduled day of the salmon fishery.

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam last week state Fish and Wildlife sampled 242 salmonid anglers (including 53 boats) with 33 adult and 3 jack fall chinook, 21 adult coho, and one steelhead. All the chinook and the steelhead were kept as were 16 (76-percent) of the coho.

Under permanent rules, fishing for salmon is closed from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam beginning November 1.

In Bonneville Pool boat anglers at the mouth of Klickitat are doing well for coho and some fall chinook.

Sturgeon

In the Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam it was slow for bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam that averaged a legal kept per every 15.3 rods based mainly on incomplete trips. We also sampled some legals caught by boat anglers in the gorge, Vancouver, and Kalama areas.

Walleye

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam boat anglers were still catching some walleye in the Camas/Washougal area.

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