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Fishing report: Columbia River sturgeon retention on tap

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Washington and Oregon will allow three more retention days for white sturgeon in the lower Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to power lines at Wauna, east of Astoria. The area includes the Cowlitz River, but not the Willamette.

The dates are Saturday, Sept. 26, along with Tuesday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 3.

Legal fish are between 44 and 50 inches fork-length. Only one per day may be kept, but the annual limit is two fish that size. Any fish taken this year prior to this opening count against the annual limit.

Fishery reports

Fishing reports for waters in southwest Washington, including the Columbia River and tributaries as reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Sept. 21.

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.

Mainstem Lower Columbia River

Salmon/steelhead

Bonneville — 69 bank anglers kept six Chinook, three Chinook jacks, two coho and three coho jacks; 19 boat/56 rods kept 36 Chinook, seven Chinook jacks and released one Chinook, five Chinook jacks and one coho.

Camas/Washougal — 42 boats/105 rods kept 49 Chinook, six Chinook jacks, one coho and released four Chinook, one Chinook jack and one coho jack.

Vancouver — 30 bank anglers kept one Chinook jack, one coho and released one coho jack; 60 boats/146 rods kept 41 Chinook, seven Chinook jacks, four coho and released two Chinook jacks, three coho and one coho jack.

Woodland — 32 boats/87 rods kept 14 Chinook, one Chinook jack and one coho.

Kalama — 147 bank anglers kept 15 Chinook; 51 boats/137 rods kept 40 Chinook, three Chinook jacks, four coho and released seven Chinook, two Chinook jacks and five coho.

Cowlitz — 28 boats/76 rods kept 33 Chinook, two Chinook jacks, two coho and released two Chinook and five coho.

Longview — 28 bank anglers kept one Chinook and one coho; 25 boats/51 rods kept 15 Chinook, one Chinook jack, one coho jack and released one coho.

Sturgeon

Bonneville — 66 bank anglers with no catch; 2 boats/4 rods with no catch.

Camas/Washougal — Three boats/eight rods released two sublegal sturgeon.

Vancouver — 12 bank anglers with no catch; 21 boats/62 rods kept four legal and released 12 sublegal and 10 oversized sturgeon.

Woodland — 13 boats/34 rods kept four legal and released seven sublegal and one oversized sturgeon.

Kalama — 18 bank anglers with no catch; 65 boats/179 rods kept 13 legal and released 78 sublegal and 10 oversized sturgeon.

Cowlitz — 7 boats/22 rods kept three legal and released six sublegal sturgeon.

Longview — 58 bank anglers released three sublegal sturgeon; 10 boats/31 rods kept one legal sturgeon.

Columbia River tributaries

Salmon/steelhead

Cowlitz River from I-5 Bridge downstream — 46 bank anglers kept one coho, two coho jacks and released one Chinook jack and one sublegal sturgeon; 49 boats/114 rods kept six coho, five coho jacks, one steelhead, three legal sturgeon and released nine Chinook, two Chinook jacks, one coho, 22 sublegal and five oversized sturgeon.

Above the I-5 Bridge — Four bank anglers kept one coho and released three Chinook; two boats/five rods kept one coho, two cutthroat and released one Chinook.

Lewis River — Two bank anglers with no catch.

Drano Lake — 26 bank anglers kept two Chinook and released four steelhead; 77 boats/180 rods kept 89 Chinook, 11 Chinook jacks, seven coho, one coho jack and released five Chinook, one Chinook jack, one coho and one steelhead.

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

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