Fishing Report, Sept. 14





Cowlitz River — From the I-5 Bridge downstream: 19 boats/56 rods kept 12 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook, 2 steelhead and 2 coho and released 20 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook and 1 steelhead. 2 bank anglers had no catch.

From the I-5 Bridge upstream: 10 bank anglers kept 2 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook. No boats were sampled.

Drano Lake — 45 boat anglers kept 16 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook, 1 adult and 1 jack coho, and released 2 adult Chinook and 3 steelhead.

Buoy 10 — Hatchery coho are being caught at Buoy 10. The closure just outside Young’s Bay is lifted beginning Sept. 16.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam — During the first three days of the Chinook mark selective fishery below the Lewis we sampled 543 salmonid anglers (including 163 boats) with 271 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook, 3 steelhead, and 1 adult coho. 90 (33-percent) of the adult Chinook were kept.

From the Warrior Rock Line downstream to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line — Beginning Sept. 15, closed to Chinook retention until October 1. Remains open for hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead.

Lewis River upstream to Bonneville Dam (non-mark selective Chinook fishery) — 512 salmonid anglers sampled (including 139 boats) with 113 adult and 5 jack fall Chinook, 1 adult coho, and no steelhead. 106 (94-percent) of the adult Chinook were kept though all could have been retained.

Bonneville Pool — 18 boat anglers kept 12 adult fall Chinook and released one. There were 37 boats outside Drano Lake, 4 off the White Salmon River, and 9 off the Klickitat River last Saturday morning.

Yakima River Fall Chinook

A total of 182 adult Chinook and 10 jacks have moved upstream of the Prosser Diversion since August 1. Fall Chinook continue to trickle into the Yakima River. The bulk of the return usually migrates into the river in October. WDFW staff interviewed 43 anglers this past week with one salmon observed in the harvest. There were an estimated 292 angler trips for salmon in the lower Yakima River this past week with a total of 440 angler trips for the season.


Smoke from wildfires forced the cancelation of the Carson Fish Hatchery fishing derby, and 2000 rainbow trout that were meant for the derby will now be planted in Council Lake and Takhlakh Lake. 1000 trout will be planted in each lake. Check the WDFW weekly trout stocking report for information about when they will be planted.

Warm Water Fishing

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed 13 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for eight boats (15 anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for five bank anglers; and 31 walleye kept, plus 35 walleye released for 19 boats (42 anglers).

Fishing effort has slowed at many lakes, especially in the eastern end of the Gorge because of smoke from wildfires.

Kress Lake

Anglers continue to catch good numbers of panfish.

Vancouver Lake

Fishing for crappie and channel catfish continues to be good.