Salmon angling is concentrated in four locales in Southwest Washington: The North Fork Lewis and lower Cowlitz rivers, the Columbia at Lady Island and the mouth and lower Klickitat River.

By Kurt Zimmer, Columbian Sports Reporter

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Salmon angling is concentrated in four locales in Southwest Washington: The North Fork Lewis and lower Cowlitz rivers, the Columbia at Lady Island and the mouth and lower Klickitat River.

Bank anglers near the salmon hatchery on the North Lewis averaged just less than a coho per every other rod including fish released. At Lady Island, the average was about a coho per two boats.

Coho catches also have been excellent at the mouth of the Klickitat River at Lyle. More than 215,200 coho have crossed Bonneville Dam, with the run typically 97 percent complete as of Monday.

Seventy to 80 boats are trolling at the mouth of the Klickitat on weekend mornings.

Two weeks ago, four early returning winter steelhead made their way back to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery.

Beginning Sunday, fishing for salmon is closed from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam. The closure is to protect wild chum and fall chinook which spawn in the area.

Although no checks are available, trout fishing should be good at Swift Reservoir, which remains open through Nov. 30. The reservoir is 19 feet below full pool. The boat ramp is usable to 25 feet below full.

Angler checks from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Oregon Department of Fish and WIldlife (ODFW):

Lower Columbia — Estuary, two boaters and one bank rod with no salmon. (WDFW)

Longview, two boaters with no salmon. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, five boaters with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, two boaters with no salmon. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 46 boats with eight salmon. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 97 boaters with 22 adult coho and one adult chinook kept plus three adult coho released; six bank rods with no sturgeon; 13 boaters with 50 sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, two bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; 370 bank rods with 34 legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 43 sublegals released; eight boaters with 44 sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 202 boaters with 212 adult coho and five bass kept plus three adult chinook, six adult coho and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Forty boaters with 11 adult coho, one jack coho and one adult chinook kept plus one adult and three jack coho released; 99 bank rods with 21 adult coho, one steelhead and two cutthroat trout kept plus eight adult and one jack coho released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Thirty-three bank rods with four adult coho and a steelhead kept plus four adult chinook and seven adult coho released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Five bank rods with no catch; 20 boaters with six adult coho kept. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Twenty-three boaters with nine adult coho kept and four released; 367 bank rods with 106 adult coho, four jack coho and four steelhead kept plus 17 adult chinook, 43 adult coho and three jack coho released. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Seventeen boaters with 19 adult coho kept; 28 bank rods with 25 adult coho and six adult chinook kept plus two adult chinook released. (WDFW)