Fishing report, Nov. 9

By Terry Otto, Columbian staff writer

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The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam.

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.

Salmonid angling is good in the pools above Bonneville.

Walleye angling is good in the John Day Pool.

The use of barbed hooks is allowed when fishing for salmon, steelhead or trout in the following areas:

• Within the Youngs Bay Select Area (Clatsop County) from the Highway 101 Bridge upstream to markers at the confluence of the Youngs and Klaskanine rivers, including the lower Lewis and Clark River upstream to the Alternate Highway 101 Bridge and the Walluski River upstream to the Highway 202 Bridge.

• Within the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area (Clatsop County) from markers at the west end of Minaker Island upstream to markers at the mouth of Blind Slough, continuing upstream to the railroad bridge in Blind Slough. See Columbia Zone updates regarding hook regulations for adjacent sections of the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area site.

• Barbless hooks are still required when fishing for salmon, steelhead or trout in the mainstem Columbia River.

All other rules identified in the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River — I-5 bridge. downstream: 30 bank rods kept 3 adult coho and released 3 fish. 2 boat anglers had no catch. Upstream from the I-5 bridge: 77 bank rods kept 34 adult and 1 jack coho and released 11 adult Chinook and 26 adult coho. 6 boat rods kept 6 adult coho and released 6 fish.

North Fork Lewis River — 72 bank rods kept 1 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho. 40 boat rods kept 4 adult Chinook and 1 jack and 24 adult coho and released 4 adult Chinook and 5 jack and 8 adult coho.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam) — Weekly checking showed 26 coho adults kept, plus one coho adult released for 20 boats (41 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam) — Weekly checking showed four Chinook adults, four Chinook jacks and 12 coho adults kept for five boats (11 anglers).

Sturgeon

John Day Pool — Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 17 sublegal, three legal and one oversize sturgeon released for five boats (11 anglers).

Walleye

The Dalles Pool — Weekly checking showed no catch for three boats (five anglers).

John Day Pool — Weekly checking showed 77 walleye kept, plus 83 walleye released for 14 boats (36 anglers).