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Columbia Chinook Closure
Limits Choices

by Staff
The Columbian, September 20, 2007

With the closure of chinook retention in the Columbia all the way upstream to Pasco, angling choices in the big river are a bit thin.

Coho will provide a smattering of action near the mouth of the Cowlitz and around Lady Island at Camas, plus a few steelhead always get caught, but fishing is clearly waning for the season.

Lots of salmon remain in the tributaries though.

In the North Fork of the Lewis, there's the usual mix of fall chinook plus good numbers of coho. The lower Washougal gets a lot of fishing pressure, although not a lot of catch.

Bank fishermen are getting coho in the Cowlitz at the mouth of the Toutle River, while fall chinook action is best at the barrier dam.

Walleye fishermen in the Camas-Troutdale stretch of the river had a good weekend.

Steelhead are moving out of the Bonneville pool rapidly, winding down action at Drano Lake.

Angler checks from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW):

Bonneville Dam fish count

SOURCE: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Note: Flow is in cubic feet per second.

Columbia Chinook Closure Limits Choices
The Columbian, September 20, 2007

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