Fishing report, Nov. 16

By Terry Otto, Columbian staff writer



The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details).

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.

Coho angling is good in the Bonneville Pool.

Walleye angling is good in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update at

Salmon, Steelhead, Shad

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume February of 2018.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 69 adult coho and one jack coho kept for 37 boats (86 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed two steelhead released for two bank anglers; and three steelhead kept, plus one adult Chinook and six steelhead released for 17 boats (36 anglers).


The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 27 walleye kept, plus 40 walleye released for 11 boats (22 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 36 walleye kept, plus 16 released for eight boats (12 anglers).


John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed six sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

Lakes stocked with trout

Trout stockings will take place this week in many area lakes as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife prepares for the annual Black Friday trout opener.

Some of the lakes scheduled to receive fish include:

• Battle Ground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County

• Kress Lake in Cowlitz County

• Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County

• American and Tanwax lakes in Pierce County

• Rowland Lake in Klickitat County

• Black, Long, and Offutt lakes in Thurston County

• Elton Pond North in Yakima County