Fishing report, Oct. 26

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Salmon/Steelhead

Lower portions of Abernathy, Cedar (North Fork Lewis tributary), Coal, Germany, Goble, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Mulholland, Skamokawa creeks and the Coweeman and Elochoman rivers re-open to fishing for hatchery steelhead and hatchery salmon beginning November 1.

Cowlitz River — From the I-5 bridge downstream: 19 bank rods kept 2 adult coho and released 3. 16 boat rods kept 4 adult coho and released 2 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho.

Above the I-5 bridge: 98 bank rods kept 2 jack and 28 adult coho and released 1 jack and 43 adult Chinook, 10 jack and 15 adult coho, 3 steelhead, and 1 cutthroat trout.

Drano Lake — 4 bank anglers kept 1 adult coho. 6 boat anglers kept 5 adult Chinook. Beginning November 1, open to fishing for 7 days per week.

White Salmon River — No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish from the county road below the former location of the powerhouse upstream.

Klickitat River — 26 bank anglers kept 1 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam — Last week we sampled 240 anglers (including 68 boats) with 1 jack and 40 adult Chinook, 43 adult coho but no steelhead. Under permanent rules, closed to fishing for salmon and steelhead from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam effective November 1.

Sturgeon

Despite the wind and rain, there were several thousand sturgeon anglers out in the elements trying their best to fill their daily bag limit during the one day weekend opener. On Saturday’s count, 948 sturgeon boats and 349 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Longview. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.06 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Wauna power lines area averaged 0.15 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Wauna power lines area averaged 0.01 legal white sturgeon caught per angler.

Gorge Bank — Weekend checking showed no catch for 77 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats — Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for 40 boats (117 anglers).

Troutdale Boats — Weekend checking showed seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus 66 sublegal and five oversize sturgeon released for 111 boats (305 anglers).

Portland to Wauna power lines Bank — Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus five sublegal sturgeon released for 138 bank anglers.

Portland to Wauna power lines Boats — Weekend checking showed 53 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 211 sublegal and 28 oversize sturgeon released for 355 boats (1,002 anglers).

Fly Fishers Fall Casting Clinic

The Clark-Skamania Fly Fishers Fall Casting Clinic will be held on Oct 28 at Lewisville Park from 9:00 am to noon. There will be instruction on both spey and single-handed techniques. Single-handed fly rods will be available, but those wishing to do spey casting will need to bring their own equipment.

The clinic is open to members and guests and is for all skill levels. Early arrivals may enjoy coffee, tea, cocoa, donuts, and a warm fire.