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Fishing report, May 18

The Columbian

Fishing reports for waters in southwest Washington, including the Columbia River and tributaries as reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on May 18.

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

Fishery reports

Columbia River mainstem


Woodland — 13 bank anglers had no catch; two boats/three rods had no catch.

Kalama — 17 bank anglers had no catch; three boats/six rods had no catch.

Longview — 54 bank anglers kept two steelhead; six boats/15 rods kept one jack and two steelhead.

Cathlamet (Sec. 9) — 13 bank anglers had no catch; two boats/12 rods had no catch.

Cathlamet (Sec. 10) — Two boats/four rods had no catch.


Cathlamet (Sec. 9) — 40 bank anglers kept four legal and released nine sublegal and three oversize sturgeon.

Cathlamet (Sec. 10) / Deep R./ Chinook — 38 bank anglers released one oversize sturgeon; 279 boats/825 rods kept 20 legal and released 47 sublegal and 29 oversize sturgeon.


Kalama — Two boats/five rods released two shad.

Longview — One boat/two rods had no catch.

Columbia River tributaries


Cowlitz River at Interstate-5 Bridge downstream — 128 bank rods kept one steelhead and released five Chinook and four steelhead; five boats/19 rods released one steelhead.

Above I-5 Bridge — Five bank rods released one steelhead; six boats/13 rods released one Chinook.

Kalama River — 24 bank rods kept one Chinook, two jacks and released one steelhead; 11 boats/25 rods kept three Chinook and one jack.

Lewis River — One boat/two rods released two steelhead.

Drano Lake — 14 bank rods had no catch; 205 boats/623 rods kept 280 Chinook, 12 jacks and released 16 Chinook and two jacks.

Klickitat River — 15 bank rods kept three Chinook.

Pikeminnow catch

Weekly catch numbers from area stations, May 10-16:

The Dalles — 1,598 with two tagged fish

Bingen — 10

Cascade Locks —31

Washougal — 108

Chinook Landing — 131

Gleason —95

Ridgefield — 204 with one tagged fish

Scappoose Bay — 19

Kalama — 82

Rainier — 204

Willow Grove — 144 with four tagged fish

Cathlamet — 156

NOTE: Northern Pikeminnow 9 inches or larger pays from $5 to $8 per fish, and special tagged fish are worth $500. Complete information at