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Fishing report: Good trout opportunity at Swift Reservoir


Trout fishing at Swift Reservoir continues through Nov. 30 and the smattering of trollers on the Skamania County water are experiencing good success.

Three boat anglers in the past week had 26 rainbow trout kept, plus released a number of smaller, landlocked chinook and coho from the salmon reintroduction program.

The water level at the reservoir is at 982 feet elevation, which makes about half the dock at Swift Forest Park usable. Boats can be launched down to about 975 feet elevation.

The trout are well scattered throughout the 4,500-acre impoundment on the North Fork of the Lewis River. Trollers are fishing about 70 feet behind the boat using either 1/2- to 1-ounce of weight.

The trout are ranging from 12.5 to 14 inches. Spinners, hoochies and most lures are working. It is best to tip the hooks with a worm or Berkeley grubs.

The daily bag limit is 10. Only trout with a clipped fin may be retained. The small salmon, if retained, count as part of the 10-fish limit.


Fishing reports for waters in southwest Washington, including the Columbia River and tributaries as reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for Nov. 9.

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

Columbia River tributaries


Kalama River — 79 bank anglers kept 21 coho, one steelhead and released two Chinook and four coho; 16 boats/38 rods kept 18 coho, one steelhead and released one Chinook jack, two coho and one coho jack.

Lewis River — Nine bank rods kept one coho; three boats/four rods kept two Chinook jacks and four coho.

(NOTE: If a particular body of water that is usually included in the report but is not listed here, there was no report.)

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