Follow us:

Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing report


Mainstem Grays River from Hwy. 4 Bridge to South Fork and West Fork Grays from mouth to boundary markers 300 yards below the hatchery road bridge – Under permanent rules, closes to all fishing from Oct. 16-Nov. 30. These areas will reopen for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead beginning December 1.

North Fork Toutle – Some coho are being caught.

Cowlitz River – Fishing has slowed for boat anglers near the mouth of the river.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,160 fall Chinook adults, 146 jacks, 1,024 coho adults, 704 jacks, 15 summer-run steelhead during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 291 fall Chinook adults, 45 jacks, 290 coho adults, and 271 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site, 278 fall Chinook adults, 31 jacks, 10 coho adults and 29 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at Packwood and 145 fall Chinook adult, eight jacks, 13 coho adults, and 47 jacks into the Cispus River near Randle. A total of 441 fall Chinook adults, 60 jacks, 571 coho adults, and 205 jacks were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,720 cubic feet per second on Monday, October 8. Water visibility is at 15 feet.

Kalama River – Still a few fall chinook being caught (though most are dark) along with some bright summer run steelhead.

Lewis River – Boat anglers in the mainstem are catching some coho while those in the North Fork are mainly catching fall chinook.

Wind River – Boat anglers are catching some hatchery coho.

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

White Salmon River – Light effort and catch.

Klickitat River – Anglers continue to catch fall chinook on the lower river.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort and catches are waning but some bright fall chinook and large summer run steelhead continue to be caught. Last week we sampled 330 salmonid anglers (including 59 boats) with 13 adult and 6 jack fall Chinook, 7 steelhead plus 1 adult and 1 jack coho. Overall, all the adult Chinook and 6 (86%) of the steelhead were kept while both coho were released.

Bonneville Pool – Off the mouths of the White Salmon and Klickitat rivers, boat anglers averaged about a chinook per rod when including jacks. Jacks comprised about half the catch. Some coho are also being caught off the Klickitat.

Under permanent rules, the night closure is lifted beginning Oct. 16.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some coho, steelhead, and fall chinook jacks.

Effective Oct. 16, the anti-snagging rule is lifted from Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam.


Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch in the catch-and-release only fishery that has been extended through the end of the year.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals. Through September, an estimated 239 (79.7%) of the annual 300 fish guideline had been taken.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the Woodland area are catching some walleye.

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, the handful of boat anglers sampled averaged a walleye per rod. Some bass were also being caught.



No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.

The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.

The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►