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Fishing report, March 10

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 March 9.

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

Salmon/Steelhead: Columbia River mainstem

Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, including Deep River — Through April 4, salmon and steelhead daily limit is six with up to two adults may be retained of which no more than one may be an adult Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. Release wild steelhead. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Fishing for salmon or steelhead from a vessel is prohibited in the area adjacent to the Cowlitz River mouth and includes all of Carrolls Channel. To see full details of the boat-fishing closure area, view the emergency rule online at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Bank angling with hand-cast lines only from Beacon Rock to the Bonneville Dam deadline.

I-5 bridge upstream to The Dalles Dam — Through March 15 the daily limit is two hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon and wild steelhead.

For March 16 through May 5, the daily limit will be six with no more than two adults may be retained of which no more than one may be an adult Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. Release wild steelhead. Bank angling with hand-cast lines only between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island powerlines.

The Dalles Dam upstream to the Washington/Oregon border — Through March 15, the daily limit is one hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon and wild steelhead.

For March 16 through May 5, the daily limit will be six, no more than two adults may be retained of which no more than one may be an adult Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. Release wild steelhead.

Washington/Oregon border upstream to Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco — Through March 31 the daily limit is one hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon and wild steelhead.

Sturgeon: Columbia River mainstem

Columbia River, from Buoy 10 upstream to John Day Dam including adjacent tributaries — Catch and release only. Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.

Columbia River, John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam — White sturgeon open for retention fishing until annual quota is met. Minimum size is 43-inch fork length, maximum size 54-inch fork length. Daily limit is one, and annual limit is two fish. Catch and release allowed when closed to retention. Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.

Salmon/Steelhead: Columbia River tributaries

Cowlitz River from the mouth to posted markers below the Barrier Dam — Through July 31, the daily limit is three hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon and wild steelhead. As of March 5, the fishing boundary markers moved downstream to 400 feet below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery ladder at the Barrier Dam.

Fishery Reports

Lower Columbia mainstem from Bonneville to Astoria — 143 salmonid boats and 78 Washington bank rods were tallied during the March 6 effort count.

Salmon/Steelhead: Columbia River mainstem

Interstate 5 area — One boat/one rod had no catch.

Vancouver — 12 bank anglers had no catch; 18 boats/32 rods had no catch.

Woodland — 59 bank anglers released two steelhead; nine boats/18 rods had no catch.

Kalama — 11 bank anglers had no catch; 18 boats/41 rods had no catch.

Cowlitz — Two boats/six rods had no catch.

Longview — 62 bank anglers kept two steelhead and released one Chinook and three steelhead; 16 boats/33 rods had no catch.

Cathlamet, Section 9 — Three bank anglers had no catch; three boats/seven rods had no catch.

Cathlamet, Sectiom 10 — Three bank anglers had no catch; seven boats/18 rods had no catch.

Bonneville Pool — Three bank anglers had no catch.

Sturgeon: Columbia River mainstem

Woodland — One boat/five rods had no catch.

Bonneville Pool — Seven bank anglers released two sublegal sturgeon; one boat/two rods released two legal and two sublegal sturgeon.

The Dalles Pool — Three bank anglers had no catch.

John Day Pool — 11 bank anglers kept one legal sturgeon; 16 boats/40 rods released three sublegal sturgeon.

Walleye: Columbia River mainstem

Bonneville Pool — Six boats/12 rods kept four walleye and released one.

The Dalles Pool — Five bank anglers kept three walleye and released one; six boats/12 rods kept six walleye.

John Day Pool — Two bank anglers had no catch; 41 boats/90 rods kept 57 walleye and released 18 walleye and 16 bass.

Salmon/Steelhead: Columbia River tributaries

Cowlitz River at Interstate-5 Bridge downstream — 33 bank rods kept one steelhead; one boat/four rods had no catch.

Above Interstate-5 Bridge — 56 bank rods kept five steelhead and released one steelhead; 33 boats/111 rods kept 52 steelhead.

Lewis River — Five bank anglers had no catch.

Recent trout plants

Battle Ground Lake, March 1 — 4,000 rainbow, 2.0 fish per pound from Vancouver Hatchery.

Klineline Pond, March 1 — 2,000 rainbow, 2.0 fish per pound from Vancouver Hatchery.

Lacamas Lake, March 8 — 4,000 rainbow, 2.5 fish per pound from Vancouver Hatchery.

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