Fishing report 11/24

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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So much for early prospecting for winter steelhead in the East Fork of the Lewis or Washougal rivers this weekend.

On late Wednesday afternoon, the East Fork at Heissen was at 4,900 cubic feet per second, which compares to the good fishing flow of 1,100 to 1,400 cubic feet per second. While the Washougal River no longer has real-time flow monitoring, it tends to be similar to the East Fork Lewis.

The North Fork Lewis at Ariel was a way-too high 16,600 cubic feet per second, while the Cowlitz at Mayfield Dam was a nice 7,990 cubic feet per second.

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

Lower Columbia — Longview, nine bank rods and one boater with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 68 boaters with three legal sturgeon kept and 35 sublegals released; eight Oregon bank rods with two sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Kalama, three bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Woodland, eight bank rods with no sturgeon; nine boaters with two sublegals released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 13 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and 14 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, two bank rods with one sublegal sturgeon released; five boaters with 35 sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Camas-Washougal, 18 boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 19 bank rods with no sturgeon; five boaters with four sublegals released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 63 Oregon bank rods with three legal sturgeon kept plus 20 released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — John Day River arm, 32 boats with 20 steelhead kept and 31 steelhead released; four bank rods with two steelhead kept and one steelhead released. (ODFW)

Cowlitz — Fifty-three boaters with three adult coho, one jack coho and six steelheead kept plus one jack chinook, five adult coho, three steelhead and 15 cutthroat trout released; 141 bank rods with one adult chinook, nine adult coho and two steelhead kept plus 16 adult chinook, six adult coho, one jack coho and two cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Forty-eight bank rods with one adult coho, one jack coho and two steelhead kept plus eight adult coho and seven steelhead released. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Twenty boaters with five adult chinook and 12 adult coho kept plus four adult chinoo and seven adult coho released; 117 bank rods with one adult chinook, 13 adult coho and two steelhead kept plus four adult chinook and 15 adult coho released. (WDFW)

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