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Fishing Report: Nov. 26

The Columbian
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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 on Nov. 25.

Always check the WDFW website at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing for the latest fishing rules and regulations as seasons can change or close quickly if necessary.

Updates

Columbia River Mainstem

Salmon/steelhead

Buoy 10 upstream to Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco — Through Dec. 31, the daily  limit is six salmon with up to two adults of which one may be a hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon other than Chinook and coho. Release wild coho downstream of Hood River Bridge. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Columbia River tributaries

Cowlitz River — Through Dec. 31 from the mouth to posted markers below the Barrier Dam, the salmon daily limit is six, with no more than three adult salmon. Release all  salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Toutle River, North Fork Toutle River, and Green River Through Nov. 30 in all river areas with salmon seasons currently open as published in the 2020-2021 sport fishing rules pamphlet, the salmon daily limit is six, with up to two adult salmon. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Kalama River Through Dec. 31, from the mouth to 1,000 feet below fishway at Kalama Falls Hatchery, the salmon daily limit is six, with up to three adults. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Lewis River — Through Dec. 31, from the mouth to Colvin Creek, the salmon daily limit is six, with up to three adults of which no more than two may be Chinook. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho. From Dec. 16-31 from Colvin Creek to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam, the salmon daily limit will be six with up to three adult salmon of which no more than two may be Chinook. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.

Washougal River — Through Dec. 31, from the mouth to the bridge at Salmon Falls, the salmon daily limit is six with up to three adults. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Drano Lake — Through Dec. 31, the salmon and hatchery steelhead daily limit is six with up to two adults, of which no more than one may be a hatchery steelhead.

Klickitat River Through Jan. 31 from the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge, the salmon daily limit is six with up to three adults. Effective through Nov. 30 from 400 feet upstream of No. 5 Fishway to boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon hatchery, the salmon daily limit is six with up to three adults.

Fishery reports

Columbia River tributaries

Salmon/steelhead

Cowlitz River – Interstate-5 Bridge downstream Two bank rods had no catch.

Above the I-5 Bridge 29 bank rods kept 18 coho, four coho jacks, one steelhead, two cutthroat and released 23 coho; three boats/seven rods kept five coho and one cutthroat.

Kalama River 12 bank anglers kept one coho and released two coho.

Lewis River 44 bank rods kept one Chinook jack, three coho and released four coho; three boats/eight rods kept eight Chinook, one Chinook jack and released 12 Chinook.

Washougal River Three bank anglers released two Chinook.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge 25 bank anglers kept seven coho.

https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports/creel

Recent trout plants

Nov. 24

Kress Lake (Cowlitz) — 880 rainbow trout, 0.80 fish per pound from Mossyrock Hatchery.

Nov. 25

Kress Lake (Cowlitz) — 1,000 rainbow trout, 1.00 fish per pound from Mossyrock Hatchery.

More trout plant reports available at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports/stocking/trout-plants

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