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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 6, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Latest Lower Columbia salmon and steelhead catch figures, includes a record month for kings

Here is the updated sport salmon and steelhead catch figures from Lower Columbia River by state Fish and Wildlife:

During August 27-31, anglers on the lower Columbia River made 17,109 trips and caught 4,079 adult fall Chinook (3,984 kept and 95 released), 617 summer steelhead (374 kept and 243 released) and 67 adult coho (25 kept and 42 released). The total kept catch for adult Chinook during August is 7,584, which is a new record for the month. Catch rates seem to have entered a slight lull during the first few days of September, as the water level has dropped.

During the first two days of September, anglers on the lower Columbia River made 15,059 trips and caught 2,977 adult Chinook (2,946 kept and 31 released), 158 summer steelhead (123 kept and 35 released), and 91 adult coho (27 kept and 64 released).

Effort remained high during today’s flight with just under 1,200 boats observed.

Through Sept. 2 there have been an estimated 74,000 angler trips with 10,530 adult Chinook kept. The total preseason catch expectation for the Lower Columbia mainstem fishery is 25,100 Chinook and 1,500 hatchery coho.

Bonneville: 99 boats with 284 anglers caught 125 adult chinook.

Camas/Washougal: 438 boats with 1,056 anglers caught 71 adult chinook and 34 steelhead kept.

Vancouver: 515 boats with 1,314 anglers caught 238 adult chinook, and 15 steelhead kept and eight released.

Woodland: 906 boats with 5,038 anglers caught 529 adult chinook.

Kalama: 685 boats with 1,860 anglers caught 465 adult chinook and eight steelhead kept.

Cowlitz: 628 boats with 1,520 anglers caught 516 adult chinook, and 26 steelhead kept and seven released.

Longview: 796 boats with 1,898 anglers caught 545 adult chinook and nine steelhead kept.

Rocky Point/Tongue Point: 175 boats with 350 anglers caught no fish.

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