State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River
by Mark Yuasa
Salmon and Steelhead
Cowlitz River -- Anglers continue to catch a mix of fall Chinook, coho, steelhead, and sea run cutthroats. Most of the fish caught were Chinook and coho though a majority of the Chinook were dark and were released. More coho jacks were caught than adults.
Almost 1,000 hatchery sea run cutthroats had returned to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery through Oct. 23.
Kalama River -- Producing mainly coho. Most of the Chinook were dark and were released.
Don’t look now, but the first winter run steelhead (a wild fish) of the season had returned to Kalama Falls Hatchery as of Oct. 23.
Lewis River -- Boat anglers continue to catch mainly Chinook while bank anglers are catching a mix of fall Chinook and coho. Some of the Chinook are becoming darker and were released.
Klickitat River -- Bank anglers on the lower river continue to do well for fall Chinook though the fish are getting more mature. In the upper river, 132 anglers kept 31 salmon and 1 steelhead and released 7 salmon.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam -- Anglers are still catching some fall Chinook.
Thursday Oct. 31 is the last day of the 2013 creel census program on the lower Columbia mainstem. It will resume in February 2014.
Bonneville Pool -- Boat anglers are doing well for coho.
The Dalles Pool -- Bank anglers are catching some Chinook.
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