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Fishing Report, Oct. 24

By , Columbian staff writer
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The Columbia River is open to the retention of coho salmon from Buoy 10 up to the Dalles Dam through Oct. 31. Chinook retention is closed.

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 Thursday from the Wauna power lines at River Mile 40 upstream to the fishing deadlines at Bonneville Dam, including the Cowlitz River.

Coho are available in local tributaries.

Salmon/Steelhead

Columbia River Mainstem — From Oct. 18-20, 12 bank anglers kept eight coho and released one. Ten boats/21 anglers released six adult Chinook and one jack. They kept two coho and released two. (WDFW)

Updates

Rocky Point/Tongue Point upstream to Bonneville Dam, Effective October 18, 2019 through October 31, 2019: Six hatchery coho limit, with no more than two adults may be retained. Release all steelhead and salmon except hatchery coho.

Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam, Effective October 18 through October 31, 2019: Six coho limit, with no more than two adults may be retained. All Coho (adults and jacks) retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be hatchery fish. Release all steelhead and salmon except Coho.

The Dalles Dam upstream to Hwy 395 Bridge in Pasco, WA, Effective September 26, 2019 through December 31, 2019: Closed to angling for and retention of salmon and steelhead.

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman — Eight bank anglers released two steelhead.

Cowlitz River I-5 Bridge downstream — Two bank rods had no catch. Seven boats/22 rods kept 15 coho, six coho jacks and released three Chinook, five Chinook jacks and 20 coho.

Cowlitz, above the I-5 Bridge — 20 bank rods released one Chinook.

Kalama River — eight bank anglers released two Chinook, two Chinook jacks and one coho jack.

Lewis River — 26 bank anglers kept three Chinook. Six boats/19 rods kept two Chinook, one coho and released two coho.

Washougal River — Two bank anglers had no catch.

Washougal River (Slough) — Six boats/nine rods kept one coho, one coho jack and released one coho.

Wind River — Two boats/three rods kept two Chinook and released five Chinook.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge — 57 bank anglers kept 13 Chinook, three Chinook jacks, 23 coho, five coho jacks and released one Chinook and one Chinook jack.

Klickitat above No. 5 Fishway — Four bank anglers kept one coho and released one Chinook. One boat/two rods had no catch (WDFW).

Sturgeon

During last Saturday’s retention opener, five surveyed bank anglers had no catch. Ten boats/26 surveyed anglers released six sublegal sturgeon, and kept two.

Trout

Holdover trout are responding to cooler temps and biting well in lowland lakes. The action has picked up in Battle Ground and Horseshoe Lake, although Klineline Pond is still fishing slow.

Walleye

Columbia River below Bonneville: Three bank anglers had no catch (WDFW).

Columbian staff writer
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