Fishing report 11/07

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Dark chinook are being caught and mostly released in the Cowlitz, Kalama and Lewis rivers, while a better percentage of the coho still are worth keeping.

A few coho and chinook are getting taken off the mouth of the Klickitat River, but salmon fishing is just about done for 2013.

In the Kalama, one of the steelhead caught possibly was a winter fish.

The fall steelhead fishery in the backwater at the mouth of the John Day River has perked up with trollers getting better than a steelhead per boat last week.

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

Lower Columbia — Troutdale, 19 boaters with one adult chinook and one coho kept; two boaters with no walleye. (ODFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Beacon Rock), four boaters with one adult chinook kept; six Oregon bank rods with six adult chinook released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 12 boat rods with three adult chinook and two adult coho kept. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, five boaters with one oversize and nine sublegal sturgeon released; seven bank rods with 42 sublegal sturgeon released; six bank rods with three chinook kept and one steelhead released; two boaters with no catch. Sturgeon retention closes Tuesday in The Dalles pool. State biologists project the 300-fish guideline will be reached. (WDFW)

John Day River backwater, 45 boats with 22 steelhead kept and 45 steelhead released; 13 bank rods with two steelhead kept and three released. (ODFW)

Cowlitz — Twenty-one boaters with 15 adult coho and three jack coho kept plus four coho and two jack coho released; 149 bank rods with one adult chinook, seven adult coho and 10 jack coho kept plus 12 adult chinook, two adult coho, nine jack coho, one chum and one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Seventy-six bank rods with seven adult coho, three jack coho and two steelhead kept plus two adult coho released; 12 boat rods with two adult coho, one jack coho and one steelhead kept plus three adult chinook, 18 adult coho and three jack coho released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Four boat rods with two adult coho salmon kept; 10 bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Seventy-eight bank rods with one adult chinook, five adult coho and one jack coho kept plus three adult chinook, five jack chinook and one adult coho released; 42 boaters with nine adult chinook, eight adult coho and one jack coho kept plus 15 adult chinook, seven adult coho, two jack coho and two cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Eight boaters with two adult fall chinook kept and three adult chinook released. (WDFW)