Fishing report 11/03

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Salmon fishing is limited to a handful of tributaries and sturgeon catches in the lower Columbia certainly are nothing to get excited about. It's a typical November.

Ten winter steelhead had returned to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery as of the middle of last week.

Coho continue to provide action at the mouth of the Klickitat River and steelhead catches are good in the lower John Day River for anglers who want to make a long drive.

Swift Reservoir remains open for trout through the end of November, but anglers are having to work for a five-fish limit, or are coming up a bit short.

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

Lower Columbia — Longview, eight bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; 35 bank rods with no sturgeon; 15 boaters with 14 sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 31 Oregon bank rods with six sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Kalama, 28 bank rods with one adult chinook kept; 10 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept; 30 boaters with four legal sturgeon kept plus 12 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Woodland, 12 bank rods with one jack chinook kept; 17 bank rods with one sublegal sturgeon released; eight boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize and 10 sublegals released. (WDFW)

St. Helens to Portland, 100 boaters with five legal sturgeon kept plus 82 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, one bank rod with no salmon or steelhead; three boaters with two sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport, two boaters with no sturgeon; five boaters with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Troutdale, seven boaters with no salmon or steelhead; five bank rods with one sublegal sturgeon released; 32 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one legal and 91 sublegals released; two boaters with no walleye. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, one bank rod with no salmon or steelhead; 12 boaters with one adult chinook kept; nine bank rods with one sublegal sturgeon released; 20 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus 60 sublegals released. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, three bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; 96 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept plus 15 sublegals released; six boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 15 boaters with 16 adult chinook released; 47 boaters with three legal sturgeon kept plus two legal and 156 sublegals released; 82 Oregon bank rods with 10 legal sturgeon kept plus three oversize and 28 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 68 boaters with 25 adult coho kept and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 44 boats with 23 steelhead kept and 30 steelhead released; eight bank rods with one steelhead kept. (ODFW)

Cowlitz — Thirteen boaters with nine adult coho kept and one cutthroat trout; 246 bank rods with nine adult chinook, 23 adult coho, one jack coho and four steelhead kept plus 23 adult chinook, 14 adult chinook, two jack chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Seventy-one bank rods with 30 adult coho, four steelhead and two adult chinook kept plus nine adult chinook, 13 adult coho and two steelhead released; five boaters with one steelhead kept and one released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Four bank rods with no catch; six boaters with two adult coho kept and one released. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Forty-three boaters with 11 adult chinook, one jack chinook and 13 adult coho kept plus six adult chinook and 13 adult coho released. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Seven bank rods with two adult coho kept; five boaters with two adult coho kept. (WDFW)

Klineline Pond — Sixty bank rods with 18 brown trout.