Fishing report 9/29

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Salmon fishing for this late in September remains decent. The states sampled more than 7,600 anglers last week with a fish per every three rods, including fish released.

Tuesday, fishing was excellent in the Bonneville area, with 14 boats keeping 61 fall chinook.

Goose Lake stocked

Goose Lake in the southern Gifford Pinchot National Forest has been planted with more than 2,800 cutthroat trout averaging almost a pound.

The lake has a U.S. Forest Service campground and a boat ramp.

Chinook retention reopens Saturday in the Columbia between Tongue Point and Warrior Rock and sturgeon retention also resumes between the Wauna power lines and Bonneville Dam with the arrival of October.

For salmon, the daily bag limit for adult fish is now two chinook or hatchery coho, two hatchery steelhead or one of each. Sturgeon retention is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There are 2,626 sturgeon remaining on the quota.

Two other rule changes are effective come Saturday. The North Fork of the Lewis River from Colvin Creek (upstream of the salmon hatchery) to Merwin Dam is closed to all fishing. Drano Lake is closed to all fishing from 6 p.m. Tuesdays through 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

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

Lower Columbia — Longview, eight boaters and 13 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Longview to Warrior Rock, 28 boaters with six coho kept plus seven adult chinook, one jack chinook and one coho released. (ODFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, one boater with no catch. (WDFW)

Kalama, two boaters with no catch, four bank rods with one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Woodland, two boaters and two bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Portland, 162 boaters with 25 adult chinook, one jack chinook and three coho. (ODFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 116 boaters with 36 adult chinook, one jack chinook and one coho kept plus three adult chinook and one adult coho released; 118 bank rods with 27 adult chinook, five jack chinook and one steelhead kept; two boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport, five boaters with three adult chinook and one jack kept; two bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 218 boaters with 26 adult chinook and two jack chinook kept plus one jack chinook and one adult coho released; one boater with one walleye. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 43 boaters with seven adult chinook, three jack chinook and one steelhead kept; six boaters with four walleye kept. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 22 boaters with three adult chinook and two jacks kept; 36 bank rods with six adult chinook and 11 jacks kept plus two pink salmon released. (WDFW

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonnneville Dam), 191 boaters with 78 adult chinook, 11 jack chinook and one coho; three boaters with five walleye kept; 55 Oregon bank rods with 21 adult chinook, four jack chinook and one coho kept plus one steelhead released. (ODFW)

Cowlitz — Fifty-six boaters with four adult chinook, 15 adult coho and two jack coho kept plus 10 adult chinook, one jack chinook and one sea-run cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Sixteen bank rods with eight adult chinook and two steelhead kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Eight boaters with one adult chinook and one adult coho kept. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Twenty-six boaters with 24 adult chinook, two jack chinook and three adult coho kept plus six adult chinook released; 87 bank rods with one adult chinook, 15 adult coho and four steelhead kept plus three adult coho released. (WDFW)

Washougal — Seventy-two bank rods with 19 adult chinook kept and one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Fourteen boaters with five adult chinook, two adult coho and two steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Six boaters with two adult chinook and one jack chinook kept plus two jack chinook released; 18 bank rods with adult chinook and two jack chinook; six boaters with two adult chinook and one jack chinook kept plus two jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 21 boaters with nine adult chinook, seven jack chinook and six adult coho kept. (WDFW)

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