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Fishing Report, Oct. 10

By , Columbian staff writer

The Columbia River fall salmon season is now closed from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line up to the Highway 395 bridge near Pasco.

Anglers may still fish for hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead from Buoy 10 to the Tongue Point/ Rocky Point line. Retention of chinook is prohibited.

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.

White sturgeon retention will be open on Saturday from the Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Coho are available in local tributaries

Walleye fishing is fair in the John Day Pool.


Columbia mainstem

Boat anglers fishing at Buoy 10 averaged 2.70 coho and 0.11 Chinook caught per boat.

Tongue Point to Buoy 10 Boats — Weekly checking showed 83 coho kept, plus 63 coho and six Chinook released for 54 boats (152 anglers). (ODFW)

Columbia Tributaries — No report


Bonneville Pool — Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 10 sublegal, two legal and one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (five anglers).

John Day Pool — Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 25 sublegal and four oversize sturgeon released for four boats (seven anglers).


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

The Dalles Pool — Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool — Weekly checking showed 24 walleye kept, and one walleye released for 18 boats (37 anglers).


Trout fishing is picking up in lowland lakes in response to the cooler weather. Battle Ground Lake and Horseshoe Lake are producing good catches.

Kokanee fishing in Merwin and Yale has slowed as mature kokanee move into spawning areas.

Tiger muskie are biting well in Speelyai Bay.

Warm water fisheries

Horsethief Lake — Fishing for crappie has been excellent.

Rowland Lake — The lake is producing chunky yellow perch.

Lacamas Lake — The lake is still very good for large mouth bass.

Columbian staff writer