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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 7, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Columbia River area still giving up some late fall fishing opportunities

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Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Most of the catch are by bank anglers at the barrier dam that are finding a mixture of fall chinook and coho while steelhead and sea run cutthroats are being caught around the trout hatchery. Most of the fall chinook were dark or wild and were released. The lower river remains slow.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 5,182 coho adults, 217 jacks, 639 fall chinook adults, 17 jacks, 38 summer-run steelhead, 15 winter-run steelhead and 81 sea-run cutthroat trout during seven days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 745 coho adults, 34 jacks, 74 fall chinook adults and one jack into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood and 1,911 coho adults, 71 jacks, 280 fall chinook adults, 16 jacks and three steelhead adult into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam.

Also during the week 992 coho salmon adults, 34 jacks, 157 fall chinook adults, three jacks and 40 cutthroat trout were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. One cutthroat trout was released above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,920 cubic feet per second on Monday, November 7. Visibility is 15 feet.

Kalama River – Boat anglers are doing better for coho and steelhead than bank anglers. No fall chinook were observed in the catch.

Lewis River – Anglers are catching a mixture of fall chinook and coho. Some of the fish released were dark.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers on the lower river are catching some coho.

Lower Columbia mainstem from Beacon Rock downstream – We only sampled a few salmon anglers and they had no catch.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are still catching some coho.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the gorge and at Woodland are catching some legals. Fishing from the bank is slow.

Trout

Klineline Pond – 6 bank anglers kept 11 browns averaging 10-12 inches. Fish are being caught by anglers using biscuit dough suspended under a bobber.

(Photo by Gerald Chew)

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