The Columbia River is open to the retention of hatchery coho salmon and hatchery steelhead from Buoy 10 up to the Bonneville Dam. Only one steelhead may be retained as part of a two-fish limit. Chinook retention is closed.
Fishing for salmon or steelhead from Bonneville Dam to the Hwy. 395 Bridge in Pasco is closed for the year.
White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
A few late run coho are available in local tributaries.
Large rainbow trout have been stocked into local lakes for the Black Friday fishing event.
It’s a free fishing weekend in Oregon. Anglers can fish, clam, crab, and more in the Beaver State without a license both Friday and Saturday. All other regulations apply.
Walleye fishing has slowed.
The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume in February.
Columbia River Tributaries
Grays River — Five bank anglers released thee coho.
Elochoman River — 15 bank anglers released one steelhead and one coho.
Cowlitz River — Interstae 5 Bridge downstream: 18 bank rods kept one coho. One boat/two rods had no catch. Above the I-5 Bridge: 15 bank rods kept two coho. One boat/five rods kept one coho.
Kalama River — Four bank anglers had no catch.
Lewis River — 12 bank anglers had no catch. One boat/one rod had no catch.
Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge — Eight bank anglers kept four coho and released one Chinook.
Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam) — Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (four anglers).
John Day Pool — Closed for retention. No report.
Bonneville Pool — Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for two boats (three anglers).
The Dalles Pool — No report.
Holdover trout in local lakes have been biting well and will now be joined by extra-large rainbow trout stocked in advance of WDFW’s Black Friday fishing event. The following lakes have been stocked with trout that run up to 15 or 16 inches and can weigh up to three pounds.
These lakes have each received about 2,000 rainbows:
• Klineline Pond (Clark)
• Battle Ground Lake (Clark)
• Kress Lake (Cowlitz)
• Rowland Lake (Klickitat)
A few kokanee are biting at Lake Merwin. Low flows have closed most boat ramps on the lake. Only the Speelyai ramp is usable currently.