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Fishing Report, Oct. 30

By , Columbian staff writer

Current and upcoming opportunities

The Columbia River is open to the retention of hatchery coho salmon and hatchery steelhead from Buoy 10 up to The Dalles Dam. Only one steelhead may be retained as part of a two-fish limit. Chinook retention is closed.

On Nov. 1 fishing for salmon or steelhead from Bonneville Dam to the Hwy 395 Bridge in Pasco will close for the year. The river below Bonneville will remain open until Dec. 31.

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.

Coho are available in local tributaries.

Holdover trout are available and biting in lowland lakes.


Columbia mainstem

Boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool averaged almost a coho kept per boat.

Gorge: Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers, and one coho kept, plus 18 Chinook released for two boats (seven anglers).

Troutdale: Weekly checking showed one coho kept, plus six Chinook released for 19 boats (38 anglers).

Portland to St. Helens: Weekly checking showed no catch for 10 boats (17 anglers).

Prescott to Jones Beach: Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

Goble to Beaver: Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook released for six boats (10 anglers). (ODFW)

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed one adult coho released for one bank angler; and 143 adult coho, and six jack coho kept, plus one adult coho, 22 adult Chinook, two jack Chinook and three steelhead released for 149 boats (360 anglers). (ODFW)

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman: Three bank anglers released one steelhead.

Cowlitz River — I-5 Bridge downstream: Nine bank rods kept one coho. Seven boats/19 rods kept 12 coho and released three Chinook, two coho and one coho jack.

Above the I-5 Bridge: 40 bank rods kept two steelhead and released 14 Chinook. Six boats/17 rods kept four coho and released two Chinook, six coho and one coho jack.

Kalama River: Seven bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River: 17 bank anglers kept one coho. Nine boats/23 rods kept 11 Chinook, two Chinook jacks, three coho and released seven Chinook, one coho and one coho jack.

Wind River: One boat/two rods released one Chinook.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge: 42 bank anglers kept 30 Chinook, one Chinook jack, 25 coho and three coho jacks. (WDFW)


Sturgeon angling was very slow this past Thursday; however, anglers in Westport averaged 0.33 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. (ODFW)

Cowlitz River — I-5 Bridge downstream: Two boats/seven rods released three sublegal sturgeon. (WDFW)


Holdover trout are biting well in response to the colder weather. Fishing has improved in Sacajawea Lake in Longview, Battle Ground Lake in Battleground, and Rowland Lake in the Gorge.


Kokanee fishing is fair to poor in Merwin and Yale reservoirs. (WDFW)

Columbian staff writer