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Columbia River fishing report September 2015

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter
Published: September 3, 2015, 6:04am

Coho fishing at Buoy 10 was excellent as recently as Tuesday.

Washington samplers checked 73 boaters with 46 coho kept , but also 55 charter anglers with 68 coho retained.

The Monday numbers were 1.1 coho per rod at the Oregon ports and 0.7 coho per rod at Chinook and Ilwaco.

Upstream, chinook fishing improved in the past week.

State biologists estimate a catch last week of 6,900 chinook and more than 300 coho from 18,000 angler trips, which is a good catch average for the lower Columbia River.

Catch rates were best between Puget Island and Tongue Point-Rocky Point. There was a surprisingly high catch rate in the stretch between Davis Bar and the Portland airport tower.

Poorest results were in the Camas-Washougal and Cathlamet areas for chinook, although steelhead added to the catch at Cathlamet.

The daily bag limit at Swift Reservoir increased to 10 rainbow trout as of Tuesday. The reservoir is still eight feet below the bottom of the Swift Forest Camp boat ramp.

Angler sampling by the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:

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Lower Columbia — Buoy 10 to Tongue Point, 317 anglers with 253 coho kept plus 256 fall chinook and 135 coho released. (ODFW)

Downstream of Puget Island, 51 boaters with 34 adult fall chinook, one jack chinook and two coho kept plus one adult chinook released; five bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Cathlamet, seven boaters with two adult fall chinook kept; 36 bank rods with six adult chinook kept. (WDFW)

Longview, 366 boaters with 131 adult chinook and one adult coho kept plus three adult chinook and one jack chinook released; 129 bank rods with 19 adult chinook, seven steelhead and one coho kept plus five steelhead released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, 36 boaters with 15 adult chinook, two jack chinook and two steelhead kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Kalama, 275 boaters with 92 adult chinook and two jack chinook kept plus one adult chinook released; 235 bank rods with 51 adult chinook and four jack chinook kept plus one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Woodland, 105 boaters with 37 adult chinook and one steelhead kept; 93 bank rods with 20 adult chinook and one jack chinook kept plus one jack chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 94 boaters with 41 adult fall chinook kept; 102 bank rods with 26 adult chinook kept. (WDFW)

Tongue Point to Portland, 831 boaters with 294 adult chinook, two jack chinook, four adult coho and nine steelhead kept plus four adult chinook, one jack chinook, one adult coho and one steelhead released. (ODFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 10 boaters with no catch; 32 bank rods with one chinook kept and two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, Ore., 47 boaters with three adult fall chinook kept; five boaters with 22 walleye kept and two released. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 34 boaters with two adult chinook kept. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, four boaters with one adult chinook kept; 35 bank rods with 12 adult chinook and one steelhead. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 10 boaters with eight adult chinook kept; 37 Oregon bank rods with 10 adult chinook kept. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 26 boaters with 21 adult chinook kept and two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Wind — Eight boaters with five steelhead kept and six released; five bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — One-hundred-three boaters with 23 adult chinook, one jack chinook and 20 steelhead kept plus six adult chinook, two jack chinook and 26 steelhead released. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Four boaters with no catch. (WDFW)

Klineline Pond — Seventeen bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Columbian Outdoors Reporter