Fishing report 10/24

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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There's still lots of salmon getting caught in the North Fork of the Lewis River and in the Columbia River at the mouth of the Klickitat River.

Sixty-two boats were tallied Saturday off the mouth of the Klickitat and 15 off the mouth of the White Salmon River at Underwood.

The elevation of Bonneville pool was below 73 feet on the weekend, making launching at Mayer State Park in Oregon difficult. That's the ramp used by many to fish at the mouth of the Klickitat River.

To get the pool elevation level, go online to http://www.cbr.washington.edu/dart/query/river_graph_text.

State biologists have downgraded the coho run. The initial forecast was 433,600 total to the Columbia, of which 145,100 were late stock. The update is 386,100 total coho, although the late stock now is predicted to number 157,100.

Swift Reservoir continues to yield a mix of rainbow trout plus resident coho and resident chinook. The trout are 12 to 13 inches, the coho are about 9 inches and the chinook about 10 inches.

The bite is not hot, but trollers who fish shallow (half-ounce at about 50 pulls) will catch fish. Anglers using worms will catch a higher percentage of trout compared to the little salmon.

The pool is seven feet below full pool, so plenty high enough for launching.

Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildife:

Lower Columbia — Longview, six bank rods and two boaters with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 19 boaters with one adult chinook kept and one coho released; nine Oregon bank rods with no catch. (ODFW)

Kalama, six boaters with one adult coho kept. (WDFW)

Woodland, 12 boaters with no catch; 20 bank rods with one adult chinook kept; one boater with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, one boater with no catch; nine bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, one boater with no catch. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 107 boaters with nine adult coho kept plus two chinook and three coho released; four boaters with seven walleye kept. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 19 boaters with one adult chinook and four adult coho kept. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 20 boaters with one adult chinook released; 21 bank rods with three adult chinook kept. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 97 boaters with 32 adult chinook, two jack chinook and 12 adult coho kept plus two adult chinook and two adult coho released; 45 Oregon bank rods with six adult chinook and one adult coho kept. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 46 boaters with 22 adult chinook, one jack chinook and eight adult coho kept. (WDFW)

Bonneville pool, 221 boaters with 148 adult fall chinook, 15 jack chinook and 95 coho kept plus 19 adult chinook, three adult coho and three steelhead released. (ODFW)

The Dalles pool, 13 boaters with one chinook kept; nine boaters with 21 sublegal sturgeon released; 10 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 63 sublegals released; two boaters with three bass released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Eighteen boaters with one adult chinook kept plus four adult coho released; 153 bank rods with three adult chinook, 16 adult coho and 12 jack coho kept plus 35 adult chinook, two adult coho, three jack coho and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Ninety-nine bank rods with five adult chinook, 12 adult coho, five jack coho and four steelhead kept plus seven adult chinook, one jack chinook, three adult coho, five jack coho and one steelhead released; three boaters with one adult coho released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Eight bank rods with no catch; eight boaters with one adult coho released. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Eighty-six bank rods with 16 jack coho kept plus one adult coho, two jack coho and one steelhead released; 79 boaters with 26 adult chinook, two jack chinook, 12 adult coho and 22 jack coho kept plus two adult chinook, two adult coho, six jack coho and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Wind — One boater with no catch. (WDFW)

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