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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Still a fair mix of salmon and steelhead to catch in Columbia River region

Here is the Columbia River regional fishing summary provided by Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver:

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching a mix of chinook, coho, and sea run cutthroats.

Kalama River – Some fall chinook are being caught but most are dark and being released.

Lewis River – Anglers are catching a mix of fall chinook, coho, and a few steelhead. Quite a few chinook and coho jacks are being caught.

Effective October 1, any chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained on the mainstem Lewis. In addition, the North Fork from Colvin Creek (located above the salmon hatchery) upstream to Merwin Dam closes to all angling from October 1 through December 15.

Washougal River – Bank anglers are catching some fall chinook.

Wind River – Light effort but some hatchery coho are being caught.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers are catching some fall chinook. In October, fishing is closed from 6 pm Tuesdays to 6 pm Wednesdays.

Buoy 10 – A hatchery coho per rod at times last week. Effective October 1, the salmonid daily limit increases to 6 fish of which 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Release all salmon other than chinook and hatchery coho.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 497 salmonid anglers (including 135 boats) with 87 adult and 33 jack fall Chinook, 8 steelhead, 10 adult and 5 jack coho. Overall, 84 (97%) of the adult Chinook, 4 (50%) of the steelhead, and 4 (40%) of the adult coho were kept.

Still quite a few salmonid anglers last Saturday. Over a third of the 305 boats were observed in the airport to Washougal section during the Sept. 29 effort flight count.

Effective October 1, up to two adult fall chinook (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse, through Red Buoy #4, to the orange marker atop the dolphin on the Washington shore downstream. The salmonid daily is 6 fish of which 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Release all salmon other than chinook and hatchery coho.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers at the mouths of the White Salmon and Klickitat are catching fall chinook and some coho and steelhead.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some fall chinook.

For those that may have missed it, the 110,771 fall chinook jacks counted in August and September 2012 at Bonneville Dam are the third highest for that period since at least 1960. The highest count was 163,186 fish in 1986.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Sturgeon effort remains light during the current catch and release fishery.

A Joint State Hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday October 2 to consider modifying the recreational sturgeon fishery upstream of the Wauna powerlines which is scheduled to re-open for retention October 20. Stay tuned!

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – There were only a couple walleye boats in the Camas/Washougal area during last Saturday’s effort flight count. The half dozen walleye anglers sampled had only kept 1 fish.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some bass. No walleye anglers were sampled.

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