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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Fall fishing still rolling along in the Columbia River and tributaries

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Boat anglers in the lower Cowlitz are catching a few adult hatchery Coho.

Flows below Mayfield Dam are currently 4,830 cfs and are expected to remain steady for at least the next week.

Kalama River – Bank anglers are catching some fall Chinook (most released) and some steelhead.

Lewis River – On the lower mainstem, boat anglers are catching some adult hatchery Coho while most of the catch in the North Fork are adult and jack fall Chinook. Some steelhead are also being caught on the North Fork.

Flows below Merwin Dam are currently 1,270 cfs, about half the long-term mean for this date.

Washougal River – Effort and catch was light.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers continue to catch some fall Chinook.

White Salmon River – Light effort and catch.

Klickitat River – Boat and bank anglers on the lower river are catching adult and jack fall Chinook.

Flows at Pitt are currently 819 cfs and expected to reach 1,000 cfs by tomorrow evening and then retreat to current or lower levels.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 188 salmonid anglers (including 53 boats) with 7 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook, 9 steelhead, and 7 adult Coho. All the Chinook and Coho were kept while 7 (78%) of the steelhead were kept.

Salmonid effort continues to wane on the lower Columbia mainstem from Bonneville Dam to Jones Beach with 100 boats and 65 bank anglers counted during last Saturday’s (Oct. 13) effort flight count.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers off the Klickitat are catching fall Chinook and increasing numbers of Coho.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some fall Chinook jacks and steelhead.

Sturgeon

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

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 13 walleye anglers (9 boats) with 19 fish kept and 10 released (all caught from the Camas/Washougal area).

No walleye boats were observed during last Saturday’s effort flight count.

The Dalles Pool – No walleye or bass anglers were sampled last week but a couple bass were caught by anglers targeting other species.

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