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Washington Columbia River mainstem, tributary fishing report for Sept. 18-24

By Columbian news services
Published: September 27, 2023, 2:31pm

The Washington Columbia River mainstem and tributary sport sampling summary for Sept. 18-24.

There were 606 salmonid boats and 53 Washington bank rods were tallied during the Sept. 23 flight count.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Sec 1 (Bonneville) — 107 bank anglers kept 30 Chinook, five Chinook jacks, one coho and released one Chinook and three coho; 34 boats/90 rods kept 46 Chinook, six Chinook jacks, four coho and released one Chinook jack and one coho.

Sec 2 (Camas/Washougal) — 26 boats/ 62 rods kept 21 Chinook, two Chinook jacks, four coho and released three Chinook, one Chinook jack and one coho.

Sec 3 (I-5 area) — One bank angler had no catch; 11 boats/20 rods kept three Chinook and one Chinook jack.

Sec 4 (Vancouver) — 10 bank anglers had no catch; 32 boats/68 rods kept eight Chinook, one Chinook jack, three coho and released one Chinook.

Sec 6 (Kalama) — Five bank anglers had no catch; nine boats/17 rods kept nine Chinook and three coho.

Sec 7 (Cowlitz) — Four boats/11 rods kept four Chinook and two Chinook jacks.

Sec 9 (Cathlamet) — One bank angler had no catch; eight boats/19 rods released two Chinook jacks.

COLUMBIA RIVER TRIBUTARIES

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River from Interstate 5 bridge downstream — 47 bank rods kept one coho, five coho jacks and released one Chinook and one coho jack; nine boats/15 rods kept three coho, two coho jacks and released one Chinook jack, seven coho and three coho jacks.

Cowlitz River above the I-5 bridge — 44 bank rods kept one coho, two steelhead and released three Chinook; one boat/two rods kept three steelhead and released two Chinook, two coho jacks and one steelhead.

Kalama River — 12 bank rods released two Chinook and two coho.

Lewis River — 16 bank rods kept 15 coho and two coho jacks.

Wind River — Three bank rods had no catch; eight boats/12 rods kept one Chinook, three coho and released one Chinook, 23 coho and one steelhead.

Drano Lake — Three bank rod had no catch; 93 boats/312 rods kept 182 Chinook, 28 Chinook jacks, 38 coho and released 12 Chinook, two Chinook jacks, four coho and one steelhead.

Klickitat River below Fisher Hill Bridge — Two bank rods had no catch.

Klickitat River above No. 5 Fishway — One bank rod had no catch; one boat/three rods kept three Chinook.

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