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Fishing report, March 11

By , Columbian staff writer

Current and upcoming opportunities

Mainstem Columbia River waters downstream of the Warrior Rock line are closed to salmon, steelhead and shad fishing.

Spring Chinook angling is open to boat and bank anglers from Warrior Rock upstream to Beacon Rock. Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam is open to bank angling only. Fishing has been very slow.

Effective Wednesday April 1, spring Chinook angling will be open from the Tower Island power lines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border, plus the banks between Bonneville Dam and Tower Island power lines.

White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.

Winter steelhead fishing is good in the Cowlitz River, poor on Columbia beaches.

Lowland lakes have been well-stocked with trout and are fishing very well.

Crappie fishing is good in Silver Lake.

Walleye fishing is good in the John Day Pool.



Bonneville — Two bank anglers had no catch.

Camas/Washougal — Two boats/four rods had no catch.

I-5 area — One bank angler had no catch. Two boats/three rods had no catch.

Vancouver — 10 bank anglers had no catch. 27 boats/47 rods had no catch. (WDFW)


Grays River — Three bank anglers released two steelhead.

Elochoman River — 16 bank anglers kept one steelhead and released three steelhead. Two boats/six rods released 16 steelhead.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Bridge downstream — 92 bank rods kept 13 steelhead and released two steelhead. Two boats/six rods had no catch.

Above the I-5 Bridge — 48 bank rods kept five steelhead. 98 boats/331 rods kept 188 steelhead and released 19 steelhead.

Kalama River — Five bank anglers released one steelhead. Two boats/three rods kept one steelhead and released one steelhead.

Lewis River — Four bank anglers had no catch. (WDFW)


John Day Pool — 18 bank anglers had no catch. Nine boats/24 rods kept three legal sturgeon and released four sublegal sturgeon.


John Day Pool — Five bank anglers kept three walleye. 43 boats/92 rods kept 94 walleye and released 26 walleye.


John Day Pool — One bank angler had no catch. Two boats/five rods kept four bass.

Recent trout plants

Klineline Pond — Planted with 1,500 rainbows at 2.0 per pound on March 3.

Lacamas Lake — Planted with 4,000 rainbows at 2.3 per pound on March 2.

Columbian staff writer