The angling choices are few as early November transitions to late November.
The Cowlitz, Lewis and Klickitat have decent returns of late-stock coho and offer some opportunity, but it’s simply a lean time of the year.
Blue Creek, a Cowlitz River tributary, now is open for hatchery steelhead and hatchery cutthroat trout through Jan. 31. Open water is from the mouth to the sign just above the rearing pond outlet.
The daily limit is five trout with a 12-inch minimum, but no more than two longer than 20 inches. All salmon must be released. Fishing at night is closed.
Access to Blue Creek is by foot either from the mouth or the trail at the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery boat ramp parking lot.
Anglers age 15 and older must have a Columbia River endorsement to fish in Blue Creek.
The backwater of the John Day River is productive, as usual in November, but is a long drive for often dark steelhead.
Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:
Cowlitz — Thirty-one bank rods with one adult coho kept plus three adult chinook, one adult coho and two jack coho released; 136 bank rods with seven adult coho, 11 jack coho and two steelhead kept plus 13 adult chinook, three adult coho, four jack coho and six cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)
Kalama — Forty-seven bank rods with one adult coho, one jack coho and two steelhead kept plus one steelhead and one adult chinook released; three boaters with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)
Lewis — Six bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)
North Fork Lewis — Fifty-four bank rods with one adult chinook and one jack coho kept; 34 boaters with 17 adult chinook, two jack chinook and six adult coho kept plus two chinook and one coho released. (WDFW)
Klickitat — Twelve bank rods with seven adult coho kept. (WDFW)
Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, Klickitat River mouth, 11 boaters with three adult coho kept. (WDFW)
John Day River backwater, 43 boats with 17 steelhead kept and 38 steelhead released; four bank rods with two steelhead kept. (ODFW)