Fishing Report, Oct. 12

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The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam. An estimated 487,000 fall Chinook and 319,300 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.

Salmonid angling is good in the Bonneville Pool and the Gorge.

White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.

Walleye angling is good in the John Day Pool.

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River — From the I-5 Bridge downstream: 33 bank rods kept 5 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook and 2 chum. 11 boat rods kept 2 adult coho and released 2 adult Chinook and 2 adult coho. Above the I-5 Bridge: 73 bank rods kept 1 jack and 7 adult coho and released 25 adult Chinook, 11 jack and 2 adult coho and 4 cutthroat.

Lewis River (North Fork) — 26 bank anglers kept 4 adult coho. 13 boat anglers kept 1 jack and 4 adult Chinook, 2 adult coho and released 1 steelhead.

Klickitat River — 33 bank anglers kept 6 adult Chinook and 1 adult coho.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam — 457 boats and 156 bank anglers tallied. One adult Chinook per boat and a fish for every 4 bank rods.

During October 1-8, anglers on the lower Columbia made 10,288 trips and caught 2,574 adult Chinook (2,562 kept and 12 released), 23 summer steelhead (11 kept and 12 released) and 895 adult coho (651 kept and 244 released).

Gorge Boats — Weekend checking showed 31 Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and two coho adults kept, plus one coho adult released for 35 boats (96 anglers).

Troutdale Boats — Weekend checking showed 62 Chinook adults, nine Chinook jacks and 15 coho adults kept, plus two coho adults released for 111 boats (256 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank — Weekend checking showed one coho adult kept for 14 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats — Weekend checking showed 25 Chinook adults, five Chinook jacks, 21 coho adults and one coho jack kept, plus one Chinook jack, three coho adults and one coho jack released for 105 boats (217 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10) — Weekly checking showed three Chinook adults and 16 coho adults kept, plus one Chinook adult and four coho adults released for 52 boats (172 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam) — Weekly checking showed 23 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks, six coho adults and one steelhead kept, plus three Chinook adults and one steelhead released for 33 boats (80 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam) — Weekly checking showed one Chinook adult and three Chinook jacks kept, plus three Chinook adults released for 14 boats (27 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam) — Weekly checking showed one Chinook adult, one Chinook jack and five coho adults kept for 15 boats (23 anglers).

Lowland lakes

Lacamas Lake continues to produce good catches of yellow perch.

Catfishing has slowed at Vancouver Lake, but crappie and bluegill catches continue to be good.

Bluegill fishing has picked up again at Rowland Lake.