Fishing report 9/15

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Anglers get one more chance to keep fall chinook from Friday through Sunday downstream of Warrior Rock on Sauvie Island.

Washington and Oregon officials agreed Monday two chinook may be retained during the three days of this weekend. Chinook also are fair game again at Buoy 10 (downstream of Tongue Point at Astoria) for the balance of the year.

Chinook fishing has been very good in many stretches of the lower Columbia in the past week.

Large crowds are fishing the lower Washougal at the Oak Park Bridge and getting a few chinook. There's also a decent catch in the lower Cowlitz River, but only hatchery-origin chinook can be retained.

The catch-and-release steelhead fishery in the Wind River from 100 feet upstream of Shipherd Falls to about 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery opens on Friday.

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

Lower Columbia — Buoy 10, 449 boaters with 158 coho and one steelhead kept plus 88 chinook, 120 coho and one steelhead released. (ODFW)

Estuary, six bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Cathlamet, 27 boaters with four adult chinook and one jack chinook kept; five bank rods with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Longview, 187 boaters with 71 adult chinook, three jack chinook, one adult coho and one steelhead kept plus 82 bank rods with eight adult chinook and four steelhead kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Longview to Warrior Rock, 11 boaters with four chinook and one coho released. (ODFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, 95 boaters with 49 adult chinook, five jack chinook, four adult coho and four steelhead kept plus one jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Kalama, 319 boaters with 105 adult chinook, four jack chinook and one adult coho kept plus two adult chinook and one adult coho released; 105 bank rods with 35 adult chinook and three jack kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Woodland, 447 boaters with 182 adult chinook, five jack chinook, six adult coho and three steelhead kept plus eight adult chinook, one jack chinook and three steelhead released; 51 bank rods with 14 adult chinook and two jack chinook kept. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 592 boaters with 172 adult chinook, nine jack chinook, five adult coho and two steelhead kept plus one adult chinook, four adult coho and one steelhead released; 153 bank rods with 43 adult chinook, five jack chinook and eight steelhead kept plus three steelhead released; two boaters with two legal and two sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Portland, 417 boaters with 123 adult chinook, eight jack chinook and two coho kept plus five jack chinook and three coho released. (ODFW)

Troutdale, 457 boaters with 56 adult chinook, nine jack chinook, one coho and three steelhead kept; 11 boaters with one walleye kept. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 81 boaters with 12 adult chinook, one jack chinook and one steelhead kept plus one adult coho released; 13 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; two boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 74 boaters with 21 adult chinook and two jack chinook kept plus one adult chinook released; 139 bank rods with 13 adult chinook, 16 jacks and 14 steelhead kept plus six steelhead and one jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 141 boaters with 57 adult chinook, eight jack chinook and one steelhead kept plus two coho released; 82 Oregon bank rods with 13 adult fall chinook and two jack chinook kept plus one adult chinook and one steelhead released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 41 boaters with seven adult chinook, two jack chinook and two steelhead kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Twenty boaters with nine adult chinook and one adult coho kept plus four adult chinook released; 24 bank rods with nine adult chinook kept and 15 adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Five boaters with three adult coho released. (WDFW)

Washougal — Seventy-three bank rods with 12 adult chinook kept and one adult chinook released. (WDFW)