Fishing report 7/26

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter

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Fall chinook fishing opens Wednesday in the Columbia River, including Buoy 10, while sturgeon retention upstream of the Wauna power lines closes with the arrival of August.

Until then, summer steelhead angling has improved with almost 1,000 steelhead caught last week, although only 48 percent were hatchery fish.

Get this: eight steelhead were caught from the White Salmon River last week.

Goose Lake was stocked with 2,000 cutthroat trout on Monday. Swift Reservoir was planted with 1,275 rainbow trout averaging 6 pounds and 2,600 averaging 1.5 pounds about 10 days ago.

Takhlakh Lake was planted with 375 rainbow trout averaging 3 pounds last week.

Smallmouth bass fishing is good in the Columbia Gorge.

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

Lower Columbia — Estuary, 37 boaters with 24 steelhead kept and 11 released; 46 bank rods with nine steelhead kept and two released. (WDFW)

Tongue Point to Wauna power lines, 31 boaters with seven steelhead kept and six released; 33 Oregon bank rods with nine steelhead kept and eight released. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, 66 boaters with 24 steelhead kept and 15 released; 136 bank rods with 33 steelhead and one jack chinook kept plus four adult summer chinook and 19 steelhead released; seven boaters with six sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 226 boaters with 31 steelhead and one jack chinook kept plus 27 steelhead and three adult summer chinook released; 104 Oregon bank rods with 12 steelhead kept plus 15 steelhead, one adult summer chinook and one jack chinook released; 122 boaters with five legal sturgeon kept plus 121 sublegals released. (ODFW) Longview, 204 boaters with 52 steelhead kept plus 42 steelhead, four adult summer chinook and one jack chinook released; 596 bank rods with 103 steelhead and one jack chinook kept plus 70 steelhead and one adult chinook released; 33 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus 47 sublegals released; 12 bank rods with three sublegals released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, 17 boaters with one steelhead kept plus one steelhead and one sockeye released; three bank rods with five steelhead kept and two released. (WDFW)

Kalama, 122 boaters with 21 steelhead kept plus 42 steelhead, one adult chinook and one jack chinook released; 380 bank rods with 49 steelhead kept plus 64 steelhead and four adult chinook released; 47 boaters with 13 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, one oversize and 125 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Woodland, 82 boaters with nine steelhead kept plus 18 steelhead and three adult summer chinook released; 315 bank rods with two jack chinook and 38 steelhead kept plus 45 steelhead and two adult chinook released; 14 boaters with three legals sturgeon kept plus 38 sublegals released; four bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 141 boaters with 14 steelhead and one jack chinook kept plus one jack chinook and 25 steelhead released; 331 bank rods with 38 steelhead kept plus 24 steelhead and five adult summer chinook released; six boaters with four sublegals released; one bank rod with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 15 boaters with three steelhead released; 25 bank rods with one steelhead released; three boaters with three sublegals released; seven bank rods with one sublegal released; two boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 26 boaters with two steelhead kept and one released; eight boaters with one walleye released; 12 boaters with 14 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 27 boaters with one steelhead kept and four released; 59 bank rods with one steelhead kept and three released; seven boaters with five sublegals released; six bank rods with five sublegals released; two boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, one boater with no steelhead; 243 bank rods with 47 steelhead kept plus 110 steelhead, two sockeye and 47 steelhead released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 32 boaters with seven steelhead kept plus 23 steelhead, three adult summer chinook and one sockeye released. (ODFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Marker 82), 17 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 54 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 18 boaters with eight steelhead kept and 12 released. Four boats were counted on Saturday off the mouth of the White Salmon River and 10 outside Drano Lake. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 16 bank rods with one legal sturgeon and 26 sublegals released; 17 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus six oversize and 69 sublegals released; 64 bank rods with two steelhead and one chinook kept plus 17 steelhead released; seven boaters with no catch; 21 boaters with eight walleye kept and one released; two boaters with 54 bass released; seven bank rods with eight bass kept and two released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 18 boaters with 61 shad kept and 39 shad released; six boaters with 26 bass released; 40 boaters with 31 walleye kept and three released; 11 boaters with 10 sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Ninety-nine bank rods with 60 steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Lewis — Three boaters with no catch. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Forty-seven bank rods with five steelhead kept and one released. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Five boaters with no catch. (WDFW)

White Salmon — Twelve bank rods with eight steelhead. The catch was split equally between the mouth and the Husum area. (WDFW)

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