Fishing report 9/20

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Salmon fishing in the lower Columbia River is on the wane heading into the fourth weekend of September.

By Sunday, 85 percent of the bright chinook will have passed Bonneville Dam, according to 10-year averages. This is expected to be poor year for coho, which never bite well much upstream of Buoy 10 anyhow.

Washington and Oregon biologists project a catch of about 7,000 chinook and 700 coho between Sept. 16 and the end of the year.

Chinook retention in the lower Columbia is limited to upstream of Warrior Rock near the mouth of the Lewis River. The gillnetters fished from Warrior Rock to Beacon Rock on Wednesday night and will be back in on Sunday and Tuesday nights.

They are expected to catch 11,400 chinook, 1,900 coho and 200 sturgeon.

Walleye catches at Washougal are picking up a bit now that the river is down to normal summer-fall flows.

Anglers with a two-pole license endorsement can use two rods now in Drano Lake and in Camas Slough. Fall chinook and some coho are getting caught off the mouth of the Klickitat River.

Angler checks and related information from the Washington and Oregon departments of Fish and Wildlife:

Lower Columbia — Buoy 10, 74 boaters on Sunday with 17 coho kept. (WDFW)

Buoy 10 to Tongue Point, 101 boaters with 23 coho kept plus six chinook and 27 coho released. (ODFW)

Estuary upstream of Tongue Point, 25 boaters with one adult chinook, one jack chinook and one coho kept plus one coho released. (ODFW)

Estuary, five boaters with one chinook released. (WDFW)

Wauna to Warrior Rock, 254 boaters with 27 adult chinook, two coho, one steelhead and 10 jack chinook kept plus 64 adult chinook, six adult coho and one steelhead released. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, 35 boaters with two adult chinook kept; four bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Longview, 220 boaters with 26 adult chinook, six jack chinook, four adult coho and one steelhead kept plus 83 adult chinook, two jack chinook, six adult coho, one jack coho and one steelhead released; 54 bank rods with one adult chinook and one jack chinook kept plus one adult chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, 78 boaters with 12 adult chinook, one adult coho and one cutthroat trout kept plus 20 adult chinook, eight jack chinook and two adult coho released. (WDFW)

Kalama, 131 boaters with 22 adult chinook and six jack chinook kept plus 52 adult chinook, two jack chinook and two adult coho released; 162 bank rods with 19 adult chinook and three jacks kept plus 73 adult chinook and five jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Woodland, 73 boaters with 11 adult chinook and one jack chinook kept plus 37 adult chinook and one jack released; 88 bank rods with three adult chinook, two jacks and a steelhead kept plus 25 adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Portland, 119 boaters with 11 adult chinook and four jack chinook kept. (ODFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 702 boaters with 225 adult chinook, 37 jacks and one steelhead kept plus four adult chinook and one jack released; 263 bank rods with 50 adult chinook, 20 jacks and six steelhead kept plus one adult chinook, two jacks and two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 41 boaters with 11 adult chinook kept; 12 bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 455 boaters with 37 adult chinook, 15 jack chinook and one steelhead kept plus two coho and one chinook released; six boaters with six walleye kept. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 104 boaters with 18 adult chinook, four jack chinook and one coho kept plus one steelhead released; 12 bank rods with no catch; 10 boaters with 14 walleye kept and seven released. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 66 boaters with 14 adult chinook and two jack kept; 65 bank rods with 10 adult chinook, 11 jacks and one steelhead kept plus one jack chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 219 boaters with 99 adult chinook, 34 jack chinook and one coho kept plus three steelhead released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 63 boaters with 29 adult chinook and three adult coho kept. (WDFW)

North Fork Toutle — Fourteen bank rods with adult two adult chinook and one adult coho kept plus one chinook released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Ninety-two boaters with 33 adult chinook, three jack chinook, one jack coho and one steelhead kept plus 18 adult chinook, seven adult coho and one jack coho released; 146 bank rods with eight adult chinook, two jack chinook, eight adult coho, two jack coho, three steelhead and five cutthroat trout kept plus 10 adult chinook, two jack chinook and two jack coho released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Twenty-four bank rods with three adult chinook kept and five adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Six boaters with one adult chinook released; two bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Nineteen boaters with four adult chinook, one jack chinook and three jack coho kept plus 20 adult chinook released; 34 bank rods with two adult chinook, one jack chinook, 13 jack coho and one steelhead kept plus three adult chinook and four jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Washougal — Thirty-eight bank rods with four adult chinook kept. (WDFW)

Wind — Three boaters with one adult chinook kept. (WDW)

Drano Lake — Forty-nine boat rods with 12 adult chinook, one adult coho and 10 steelhead kept plus one steelhead released. (WDFW)

White Salmon — Two bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Three boaters with three adult chinook and one adult coho kept; 25 bank rods with 26 adult chinook kept. (WDFW)

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