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Fishing Report: Chinook fishing on Columbia River reopens Friday

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Oregon and Washington agreed Wednesday to reopen chinook salmon retention on Friday, Oct. 1, from Buoy 10 to Warrior Rock on Sauvie Island.

Chinook season had been closed, but fishing those areas was open for hatchery coho salmon.

Wednesday’s decision means chinook retention now will be legal from Buoy 10 upriver to Pasco.

From Buoy 10 upstream to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point Line, the adult bag limit will be three salmon, only one of which may be a Chinook.

From the Tongue Point/Rocky Point Line upstream to Warrior Rock, the adult bag limit will be two salmon, only one of which may be a Chinook.

Only hatchery coho may be retained. All other previously adopted regulations remain in effect.

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 for Sept. 28.

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 — 21 bank anglers kept five Chinook; 19 boats/50 rods kept 17 Chinook, two Chinook jacks and two coho.

Camas/Washougal — 19 boats/47 rods kept 11 Chinook, two coho and released one Chinook.

Interstate 5 area — 20 boats/43 rods kept three Chinook and five coho.

Vancouver — Three bank anglers had no catch; 35 boats/101 rods kept 26 Chinook, three Chinook jacks, 16 coho and released two Chinook, two Chinook jacks and three coho.

Woodland — Four boats/nine rods kept one coho and released one coho.

Kalama — 22 bank anglers had no catch; 14 boats/30 rods kept 10 coho and released 16 Chinook and nine coho.

Cowlitz — Four boats/11 rods kept one coho.

Longview — One bank angler had no catch; 15 boats/28 rods kept two coho, one coho jack and released one Chinook and 14 coho.

Cathlamet (Sect. 9) — One bank angler had no catch.

Sturgeon

Bonneville — Five bank anglers released one oversize sturgeon; two boats/six rods had no catch.

Interstate 5 area — Two boats/four rods released one sublegal sturgeon.

Vancouver — Six boats/17 rods released one oversize sturgeon.

Woodland — One boat/three rods released four sublegal and kept three legal sturgeon.

Kalama — Eight bank anglers had no catch; 30 boats/81 rods released nine sublegal, three oversize and kept two legal sturgeon.

Cowlitz — Five boats/12 rods released seven sublegal and one oversize sturgeon.

Longview — Two bank anglers had no catch; 47 boats/109 rods released 15 sublegal, five oversize and kept two legal sturgeon.

Cathlamet (Sect. 9) — One boat/two rods released one sublegal, one oversize and kept one legal sturgeon.

Columbia River tributaries

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River from Interstate 5 Bridge downstream — Three bank rods had no catch; 39 boats/102 rods kept 13 coho, six coho jacks, one steelhead and released 29 Chinook, 16 coho and one steelhead.

Kalama River — 10 bank rods kept one Chinook, one coho and released two Chinook.

Lewis River — 33 bank rods kept two coho and released one Chinook and one coho; four boats/eight rods kept four coho jacks.

Wind River — Three bank rods had no catch; five boats/15 rods kept three Chinook, four coho and released one Chinook and one coho.

Drano Lake — Two boats/four rods released two steelhead.

Klickitat River below Fisher Hill Bridge — 12 bank rods kept one Chinook.

Klickitat River above No. 5 Fishway — Four bank rods had no catch.

Sturgeon

Cowlitz River from Interstate 5 Bridge downstream — Seven bank rods had no catch; eight boats/15 rods released four sublegal and kept one legal sturgeon.

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