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Fishing report, May 21

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Fishing reports for waters in Southwest Washington, including the Columbia River and tributaries as reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Salmon and steelhead

Columbia River tributaries

Cowlitz River — Closed to Chinook salmon retention effective May 5 until further notice, from the mouth upstream to Forest Road 1270, the Cispus River and Lake Scanewa.

Kalama River — Effective until further notice, from the mouth to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery, the daily salmon limit is six fish, of which only one may be an adult. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook and hatchery coho.

Lewis River — Closed to salmon retention from the mouth to Merwin Dam until further notice.

Salmon Creek — Effective through Friday (May 22), from the mouth to the 182nd Avenue Bridge, daily limit of three steelhead with minimum size 20 inches. Selective gear rules, except barbed hooks are allowed.

Wind River — Effective until further notice, from the mouth to 400 feet downstream of Shipherd Falls fish ladder, salmon and steelhead daily limit is six; no more than two hatchery steelhead, or one hatchery adult salmon and one hatchery steelhead may be retained. Also, 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 adult salmon and one hatchery steelhead retained. The closed waters area around the coffer dam remains in effect.

Drano Lake — Effective until further notice, 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 there is a daily limit of two salmon and steelhead and no more than one may be an adult salmon. Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Klickitat River — Effective until further notice, from the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge the adult salmon daily limit is one fish. Effective Saturday (May 23) until further notice, from 400 feet upstream from No. 5 fishway to boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon hatchery the daily salmon limit is six fish, of which only one may be an adult.

Fish reports

Lower Columbia mainstem from Tongue Point

Rocky Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam — 338 salmonid boats and 285 Washington bank rods were tallied on May 16.

Mainstem lower Columbia River

Bonneville — 598 bank anglers with 49 Chinook and 11 jacks kept, 21 Chinook released. 15 boats/29 rods with five Chinook, and two jacks kept, one Chinook released.

Camas/Washougal — 63 boats/126 rods kept four Chinook and released one Chinook.

Interstate-5 area — 55 boats/116 rods kept three Chinook and released one Chinook and one jack.

Vancouver — 85 bank anglers kept one Chinook and released two Chinook and one jack. 121 boats/269 rods kept 20 Chinook, one jack and released four Chinook and one steelhead.

Woodland — Four bank anglers had no catch.

Kalama — Eight bank anglers had no catch. 2 boats/5 rods had no catch.

Longview — 28 bank anglers released one Chinook. 2 boats/2 rods had no catch.

Columbia River tributaries

Salmon Creek — One bank angler had no catch.

Cowlitz River from I-5 Bridge downstream — Nine bank rods had no catch. 2 boats/6 rods had no catch.

Above the I-5 Bridge — Nine bank rods released one steelhead. 1 boat/1 rod had no catch.

Kalama River — 32 bank anglers kept one Chinook. 5 boats/10 rods kept three Chinook.

Lewis River — No report

Wind River — Four bank rods had no catch. 55 boats/110 rods kept 19 Chinook, two jacks and released one Chinook.

Wind River above Shipherd Falls — Three bank rods released one Chinook.

Drano Lake — Eight bank rods had no catch. 52 boats/94 rods kept 18 Chinook and released one Chinook.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge — 14 bank anglers kept one Chinook and released two Chinook.

Sturgeon

White Sturgeon is open for catch-and-release fishing only from the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to McNary Dam including adjacent tributaries. Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.

I-5 area — 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.

Vancouver — 3 boats/12 rods released 11 sublegal and two legal sturgeon.

Shad

Bonneville — 31 bank anglers kept 16 shad.

Kalama — 3 boats/12 rods kept five shad.

OREGON

Columbia River

Shad retention allowed on Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Tongue Point/Rocky Point line.

I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam is closed for salmon and steelhead through June 15.

Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/Washington border (upstream of McNary Dam) is closed for salmon and steelhead through June 15.

https://myodfw.com/recreation-report

Recent trout plants

Battle Ground Lake, May 18 — 2,333 rainbow trout, 2.31 fish per pound.

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