Fishing report 12/8

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Klineline Pond and Battle Ground Lake have been stocked with rainbow trout to provide winter angling opportunities.

Battle Ground Lake got 5,000 trout, while Klineline received almost 2,900.

Winter steelhead numbers continue to build locally, as is expected in December.

Grays River hatchery had 28 winter fish back at the end of November, while Beaver Creek on the Elochoman River had 82.

Cowlitz hatchery recovered 257 winter steelhead in five days last week. Steelhead catches are increasing, mostly around the mouth of Blue Creek.

Kalama Falls Hatchery had seven hatchery and 11 wild winter steelhead through November, while a combined 18 hatchery and two wild winter steelhead had showed at the facilities on the North Fork of the Lewis River.

Sturgeon fishing in the lower Columbia is very poor.

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

Lower Columbia — Longview to Portland, 38 boaters with one oversize and 17 sublegal sturgeon released; 12 Oregon bank rods with five sublegals released. (ODFW)

Longview, two boaters with six sublegal sturgeon released; one bank rod with no sturgeon; one bank rod with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Kalama, five boaters with nine sublegal sturgeon released; one bank rod with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Woodland, five boaters with 12 sublegal sturgeon released; four bank rods with no sturgeon; seven bank rods with no steelhead; one bank rod with one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, five boaters with eight sublegal sturgeon released; two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Camas-Washougal, 11 boaters with nine sublegal sturgeon released; six bank rods with no sturgeon; four bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 18 bank rods with no sturgeon; three boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 15 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus two sublegals released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — John Day River backwater, 60 boats with 15 steelhead kept and 19 released; 14 bank rods with one steelhead kept and four released. (ODFW)

Cowlitz — Twenty-nine boaters with 12 steelhead kept plus two steelhead and one adult coho released; 117 bank rods with 18 steelhead and four adult coho kept plus 12 adult chinook, two adult coho, one steelhead and four sea-run cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Twenty-five bank rods with four steelhead kept plus six steelhead, three adult coho and one jack coho released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Sixteen bank rods with one steelhead and one chinook salmon kept. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Twenty-eight boaters with 18 adult chinook and two adult coho kept plus 15 adult chinook and one adult coho released; 117 bank rods with eight steelhead and one adult coho kept plus one jack chinook and three adult coho released. (WDFW)

Washougal — Seventy-seven boaters with five steelhead kept plus eight steelhead and one adult coho released; 117 bank rods with four steelhead kept plus four steelhead and one adult coho released. (WDFW)