Fishing report 10/17

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Chinook and coho fishing is hanging on with the best catches in the Columbia River coming off the mouth of the Klickitat at Lyle. In the tributaries, the lower Klickitat, Lewis and Cowlitz rivers offer the most-promising prospects.

The commercials will fish 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Monday downstream of Woodland and 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through Oct. 25 upstream of Woodland.

Swift Reservoir is seven feet below full pool for anglers interested in some autumn trout fishing. The boat ramp is usable to 25 feet below full pool.

Willamette sturgeon opener

PORTLAND — Sturgeon retention will be open Saturday in the lower Willamette River including Multnomah Channel.

Anglers will be allowed to keep one sturgeon with a fork length of 38 to 54 inches.

Open water includes downstream of Willamette Falls, Multnomah Channel and the Gilbert River on Sauvie Island from its mouth upstream a few hundred yards.

Additional retention days on the Willamette are possible, depending on the catch, said John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The adjacent lower Columbia River is closed.

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

Lower Columbia — Longview to Portland, 29 boaters with two adult chinook and one jack kept; 10 Oregon bank rods with no catch. (ODFW)

Longview, two boaters and 12 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, nine boaters with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Kalama, four boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 37 bank rods with six adult chinook kept. (WDFW)

Woodland, six boaters with one adult chinook and one adult coho kept; 12 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, four boaters with no salmon or steelhead; six bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 68 boaters with seven adult chinook and one adult coho kept plus two coho released; four boaters with 10 walleye. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 55 boaters with three adult fall chinook and three adult coho kept plus two coho released; one bank rod with no catch; four boaters with four legal and 23 sublegal sturgeon released; two boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 16 boaters with four adult chinook kept. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 47 boaters with 20 adult fall chinook, two jack chinook and three coho kept; 28 Oregon bank rods with one jack chinook kept. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 53 boaters with 35 chinook and 30 coho kept plus 17 chinook released. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 30 boats with seven legal sturgeon kept plus plus one oversize and 69 sublegals released; eight bank rods with 12 sublegal sturgeon released; eight boaters with one steelhead kept and one chinook released; five bank rods with no catch; two boaters with two bass released; one bank rod with no bass. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Thirty-nine boaters with seven adult coho, four jack coho and two cutthroat trout kept plus eight adult chinook and one adult coho released; 291 bank rods with 12 adult chinook, 68 adult coho, 20 jack coho, 42 cutthroat trout and one steelhead kept plus 38 adult chinook, two jack chinook, 37 adult coho, 74 jack coho, two cutthroat trout and one pink salmon released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Seventy-four bank rods with nine adult chinook, 15 adult coho, 20 jack coho and three steelhead kept plus 14 adult chinook, two jack chinook, one adult coho and three jack coho released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Eighteen bank rods with one adult coho kept and two released; six boat rods with four adult coho kept and one released. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Eighty-six boat rods with 58 adult chinook, 14 jack chinook, 13 adult coho, six jack coho and one steelhead kept plus two adult chinook, nine jack chinook, three adult coho and 16 jack coho released; 105 bank rods with 28 jack coho and one steelhead kept plus two jack coho released. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Ten boaters with 10 adult chinook kept. (WDFW)

Lower Klickitat — Forty-two bank rods with 48 adult chinook, two jack chinook and one adult coho kept plus 15 adult coho released; 13 boaters with five adult chinook, one jack chinook and three adult coho kept. (WDFW)

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