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Fishing report, March 18

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As reported by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

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

Warrior Rock line upstream to Bonneville Dam is open seven days a week through March 31 for salmon and steelhead. Starting April 2 until further notice it will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Open for boat and bank fishing from the Warrior Rock line upstream to the Beacon Rock line, plus bank angling only from the Beacon Rock line upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline.

Wild Chinook, coho and steelhead are catch and release only.

Effective April 1 through May 5 bank angling only from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Tower Island power lines (except for those waters closed under permanent regulations). Only hand-cast lines may be used.

Open for boat and bank angling from the Tower Island power lines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Release all wild Chinook, coho and steelhead.

White Sturgeon is open for catch-and-release fishing only. Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.

Salmon Creek: Effective March 16-May 22, From the mouth to the 182nd Avenue Bridge steelhead minimum size is 20 inches with a daily limit of three. Selective gear rules, except barbed hooks are allowed.

Wind River: As of March 16, from the mouth to 400 feet downstream of Shipherd Falls fish ladder the salmon and steelhead daily limit is six with no more than two hatchery steelhead, or one hatchery salmon and one hatchery steelhead may be kept.

Beginning May 1 from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery the salmon and steelhead daily limit is six with no more than two hatchery steelhead, or one salmon and one hatchery steelhead kept.

Drano Lake: As of March 16 in the waters downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish hatchery and upstream of Highway 14 Bridge, the salmon and steelhead daily limit is two, no more than one may be an adult salmon. Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead may be kept.

Klickitat River: Effective April 1, 2020 until further notice, from the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge the adult salmon daily limit is one fish.

Salmon/Steelhead

MAINSTEM LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER

Bonneville — 9 bank anglers had no catch.

Camas/Washougal — 2 boats/3 rods kept one steelhead.

Interstate 5 area — 3 boats/4 rods had no catch.

Vancouver — 31 bank anglers released one steelhead. 41 boats/76 rods kept two Chinook.

COLUMBIA RIVER TRIBUTARIES

Elochoman River — 5 bank anglers kept one steelhead. 2 boats/5 rods released 3 steelhead.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Bridge downstream — 170 bank rods kept 18 steelhead and released 10 steelhead. 2 boats/4 rods kept one steelhead.

Cowlitz River above the I-5 Bridge — 59 bank rods kept nine steelhead and released one steelhead. 135 boats/437 rods kept 161 steelhead and released 17 steelhead.

Kalama River — 2 bank anglers had no catch. 3 boats/7 rods kept five steelhead.

Lewis River — 5 bank anglers had no catch.

Recent trout plants

Battle Ground Lake — Planted with 2,000 rainbows at 1.8 per pound on March 9.

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

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

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