The Columbia River fall salmon season is now closed from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line up to the Highway 395 bridge near Pasco.
Hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead are open from Buoy 10 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.
Coho are available in local tributaries.
Columbia River Mainstem
Columbia River Tributaries
- Boat anglers fishing at Buoy 10 averaged 0.26 coho caught per boat.
- Tongue Point to Buoy 10 Boats -- Weekend checking showed two coho kept, and three coho released for 19 boats (58 anglers).
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- Cowlitz River -- I-5 Bridge downstream: 31 bank rods kept two coho and released four coho adults. 19 boats/61 rods kept 16 coho, three coho jacks and released 20 Chinook, four Chinook jacks, 28 coho and one coho jack.
- Above the I-5 Bridge: 32 bank rods kept four coho and released 43 Chinook and one coho.
- Kalama River -- Four bank anglers had no catch.
- Lewis River -- 48 bank anglers kept three Chinook, one Chinook jack and one coho. 13 boats/38 rods kept 17 Chinook, four Chinook jacks and released three Chinook and one coho.
- Washougal River (Slough) -- 11 boats/20 rods kept 16 coho and released one coho.
Fishing Report, October 17
The Columbian, October 17, 2019
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