Fishing report 11/08

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Six waters in Southwest Washington will close to fishing, be stocked with trout and reopen on “Black Friday,” also known as Nov. 23.

The six spots are Battle Ground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County; Rowland Lake in Klickitat County; Kress Lake in Cowlitz County and Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County.

Each lake will get 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 1.25 pounds.

“If you’d rather be out on the water than shopping in a mall, this fishery is for you,” said John Weinheimer, a Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist in Carson. “These rainbows should provide good fishing for several weeks after the holiday.”

The lakes will be closed Nov. 19-22 for stocking.

There’s still a decent bite for trollers off the mouth of the Klickitat River , plus some late coho in the Cowlitz and North Fork of the Lewis.

Trout fishing remains good at Swift Reservoir, which is open through Nov. 30.

The reservoir is seven feet below full pool. Try trolling using about a half-ounce of weight.

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

Cowlitz — Twenty-nine boaters with seven adult coho kept; 138 bank rods with 26 adult coho, eight jack coho, two steelhead and one cutthroat trout kept plus 59 adult chinook, four jack coho and two cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Thirty-eight bank rods with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Lewis — Four bank rods and one boater with no catch. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Seventy bank rods with three adult chinook, one adult coho and one jack coho kept plus two cutthroat trout released; 14 boaters with three adult chinook, one jack chinook, 16 adult coho and one jack coho kept.(WDFW)

Washougal — Twenty-seven bank rods with four adult coho kept; six boaters with no catch. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Seven bank rods with six adult coho and one jack coho kept. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 44 boaters with 21 coho kept plus one chinook and one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 32 bank rods with four legal sturgeon kept, four oversize sturgeon and 70 sublegals released; 20 boaters with three legal sturgeon kept plus six oversize and 72 sublegals released; seven bank rods with one steelhead released; three boaters with no walleye. Sturgeon retention in The Dalles pool is closed for the rest of 2012. (WDFW)

John Day pool and backwater, 26 boats with 10 steelhead kept and 11 steelhead released; eight bank rods with one steelhead released. (ODFW)