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Fishing report: Virtual town halls, workshop set for coastal steelhead season

The Columbian
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With the recent and long-term declines in coastal steelhead and last season’s early closure of the coastal steelhead fishery, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers are hosting a suit of virtual public town hall meetings this summer to gather feedback from the public as they prepare for next season.

Anglers and other interested members of the public are invited to attend a 6 p.m. virtual town hall and workshop on July 28 to hear the initial indications for 2020-21 fishery returns, get more information about upcoming opportunities to stay engaged in preseason planning and provide feedback for the 2021-22 season.

For more information on the July 28 workshop and virtual town hall meetings this summer, go to wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/management/steelhead/coastal. The meetings will be recorded and posted online so people can also watch afterward at their convenience.

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 June 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.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM

Salmon/Steelhead

Bonneville — 71 bank anglers kept four Chinook and released one Chinook and two jacks; three boats/six rods released one Chinook.

Camas/Washougal — 16 boats/35 rods kept five Chinook, one jack and released one Chinook.

Interstate 5 area — 33 bank anglers kept two sockeye and released on Chinook; two boats/four rods had no catch.

Vancouver — 35 bank anglers kept one Chinook and released two Chinook; seven boats/12 rods had no catch.

Woodland — 35 bank anglers kept one Chinook and one sockeye; 4 boats/13 rods kept five Chinook, one steelhead and released seven sockeye.

Kalama — 211 bank anglers kept 22 Chinook, seven sockey and released nine Chinook, two steelhead and three sockeye; 47 boats/132 rods kept 15 Chinook, two jacks and released six Chinook.

Cowlitz — 27 boats/90 rods kept 13 Chinook, one jack and released five Chinook and three jacks.

Longview — 70 bank anglers kept two Chinook, five steelhead and three socekeye; 49 boats/109 rods kept seven Chinook, two steelhead, two sockeye and released four Chinookand one steelhead.

Cathlamet (Sec. 9) — 32 bank anglers kept one Chinook, two jacks, four steelhead, one sockeye and released one Chinook and two steelhead; five boats/18 rods kept one Chinook, 11 steelehead, two sockeye and released four steelhead.

Cathlamet (Sec.10) — Three bank anglers had no catch; two boats/five rods had no catch.

Sturgeon

Bonneville — One boat/two rods released one sublegal, two legal and five oversize sturgeon.

Kalama — One boats/three rods released five sublegal, eight legal and seven oversize sturgeon.

Longview — Two boats/eight rods released six sublegal, one legal and one oversize sturgeon.

Shad

Bonneville — 80 bank anglers kept 748 shad; seven boats/16 rods kept 277 shad and released 52 shad.

Camas/Washougal — Three boats/nine rods kept three shad.

COLUMBIA RIVER TRIBUTARIES

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River from Interstate-5 Bridge downstream — 43 banks rod had no catch; 1 boat/3 rods released two sturgeon

Above the I-5 Bridge — 19 bank rods kept one Chinook and one jack; 20 boats/76 rods kept 64 steelhead.

Kalama River — No report.

Lewis River — No report.

Wind River — No report.

Drano Lake — No report.

Klickitat River below Fisher Hill Bridge — No report.

Klickitat above No. 5 Fishway — No report.

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