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Washington Columbia River mainstem, tributary fishing report for Oct. 23-29

By Columbian news services
Published: November 1, 2023, 4:15pm

The Washington Columbia River mainstem and tributary sport sampling summary for Oct. 23-29:

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Sec 1 (Bonneville) — 43 bank anglers kept six Chinook, two coho, one coho jack and released one Chinook; three boats/four rods kept two Chinook.

Sec 2 (Camas/Washougal) — Eight boats/12 rods kept one Chinook.

Sec 4 (Vancouver) — One bank angler had no catch; six boats/10 rods kept two Chinook and released one Chinook.

Sec 6 (Kalama) — Four bank anglers had no catch.

COLUMBIA RIVER TRIBUTARIES

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River from Interstate 5 bridge downstream — 30 bank rods kept one coho jack; two boats/eight rods kept one coho jack and released one coho.

Cowlitz River above the I-5 bridge — 33 bank rods kept one coho jack and released two Chinook and two coho jacks.

Kalama River — Eight bank rods released two steelhead.

Lewis River — 39 bank rods kept eight coho, one coho jack and released two Chinook and five coho; five boats/eight rods kept two coho and released one Chinook and six coho.

Wind River — Threeboats/eight rods kept one coho.

Drano Lake — 14 bank rods released two Chinook and one coho; 21 boats/41 rods kept five Chinook, nine coho and released four Chinook.

Klickitat River below Fisher Hill Bridge — Eight bank rods kept two coho.

Klickitat River above No. 5 Fishway — Two bank rods had no catch; two boats/five rods kept one Chinook.

Sturgeon update

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week upcoming changes to the white sturgeon retention season structure from seven days a week to three beginning Jan. 1 in the Bonneville and The Dalles pools of the Columbia River.

Retention will be allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to help prolong the season.

Catch-and-release fishing will remain open on days closed to rentention.

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