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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 31, 2011 at 2:49 PM

More winter steelhead arrive in the Cowlitz River, and other southwest region fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

In the Cowlitz River anglers at the barrier dam were catching fall chinook and coho while at the trout hatchery the catch is mostly steelhead and sea run cutthroats. Most of the fall chinook were released (wild or dark fish). The lower river has slowed.

Eight hatchery and 2 wild winter run steelhead had returned to the salmon hatchery as of October 26.

In the Kalama River bank anglers are catching coho and some fall chinook. The majority of the fall chinook were released (wild or dark fish) as were about a third of the coho.

In the Lewis River anglers on the mainstem and North Fork Lewis were catching some fall chinook and coho though nearly half the fish were released.

In the Klickitat River bank and boat anglers on the lower river are catching some coho.

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam, last week state Fish and Wildlife sampled 70 salmon anglers (including 10 boats) with two adult and one jack fall chinook, all of which were kept.

Today (Oct. 31) is the last day of the 2011 lower Columbia mainstem creel census program though some limited sturgeon creel checks will continue through the end of the year. The creel census program will resume in February 2012.

In Bonneville Pool boat anglers averaged about 1/2 coho per rod.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna power lines to Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the Camas/Washougal, Woodland, and Kalama areas were catching some legals. Overall, 84 boat anglers kept seven legals. Bank angling was slow with 167 anglers and just tw keepers.

Trout

At Klineline Pond 60 bank anglers this past week had 18 nice looking brown trout. The fish were caught in the northwest corner of the pond by anglers using biscuit dough suspended under a bobber.

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