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Fishing Report, October 3

by Terry Otto
The Columbian, October 3, 2019

Spring chinook salmon fishing on the Snake River is popular (shown here) as is fishing for Fall Chinook The Columbia River fall salmon season is now closed from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line up to the Highway 395 bridge near Pasco. The closure remains in effect through Oct. 31 downstream of Bonneville Dam and through Dec. 31 upstream of Bonneville Dam.

Anglers may still fish for hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia to the Tongue Point/ Rocky Point line. Retention of chinook is prohibited.

White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.

Trout fishing in high elevation lakes is still good, but early snow may have blocked off access to some waters.

Coho are available in local tributaries.

Tuna fishing is still very good out of Ilwaco when the ocean cooperates.


Columbia River Mainstem

Anglers are averaging just over a coho per boat at Buoy 10.

Columbia River Tributaries

Anglers are reminded that many tributaries of the Columbia have special regulations in place. Always check the regulations before fishing any water.

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Terry Otto
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