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Although it has slowed a little bit, Local hoglines continue to produce Chinook, and some anglers are doing well by trolling 360 flashers and spinners. Also, the Camas Slough opened to salmon fishing on October 1.

Local tributaries are filled with salmon, but the bite has slowed in most of them. A real burst of rain would help the bite, and that may be on the way. However, the early run of coho should be past its peak by now. The late runs of coho will start to show in a week or two.

Holdover trout are waking up in local lowland lakes, and warm water species are still biting, albeit a bit slower, in the local lakes.

Lewis and Washougal Rivers Fishing Report—The Lewis River is full of coho, but the fishing has been slow. However, the WDFW has raised the adult coho limit to 6 adults, citing the fact that the run will far exceed the hatchery brood stock needs. Also, Anglers can now keep two Chinook a day, fin-clipped or not, as part of their daily limit. Most of the action is centered around the hatchery, where anglers fishing the Meat Hole are getting a few fish to bite on salmon eggs and by twitching jigs. However, a recent creel survey shows how slow the bite has been, with 18 bank rods keeping just one coho.

Bank anglers are fishing bobber and eggs, twitching jigs, or drifting in the fast water sections. Hover fishing and twitching jigs has worked for boaters.

The Washougal has also suffered from low water, but the lower holes have good numbers of chinook in them, and some anglers are getting them to take bobber and eggs. The Camas slough has now opened for salmon, but there has been no report as yet on angler success. The slough is mostly a coho show, and the Washougal gets a strong late run. Until they start to show in a couple weeks the slough may fish slow.

Merwin and Yale Lakes Fishing Report – John Thompson of Sportsman’s Warehouse in Vancouver, (360) 604-8000), reports that anglers have begun getting the kokanee to bite by jigging, and the schools are still massing up toward the bays where they will spawn. The Speelyai Bay area has been producing well over the last couple of weeks. The best depths are reportedly from 20 to 40 feet. Kokanee flashers trolled ahead of hootchies tipped with corn is still one of the best ways to get the fish to bite, although the spawn-ready fish are also taking jigged baits.

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Cowlitz and Kalama Rivers Fishing Report—
Things are still slow in the upper Cowlitz, but there are enough coho around now to make it worth the while to fish it. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 4,552 coho adults, 1,524 coho jacks, 406 fall Chinook adults, and 10 fall Chinook jacks in a week of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery. A few coho are falling for both boat and bank anglers, following a rise in the river flows. Salmon eggs, jigs, and plugs are all getting bit right now. The reach from the Barrier Dam down to Blue Creek is where most of the coho are holding.

The lower river is still fishing fair to good, with a mix of Chinook, steelhead, and coho ending up in the batch. Most of the Chinook are now turning dark. Drifting and bobber and eggs have taken many of the fish, but some are taking jigs. In the Cowlitz itself salmon eggs, fished beneath a bobber, has been the go-to, but plugs, spinners, and jigs are also scoring.
The Kalama is full of Chinook and coho salmon, with most of the action still taking place in the lower river below the fish collection weir. Spinners, bobber and eggs, twitching jigs, or throwing plugs are all getting strikes. The word has gotten out, and the fishing pressure is pretty serious. Early mornings are best, but cloudy days have seen a better bite all day.

Columbia River Gorge
Fishing has slowed just a bit at the mouths of the White Salmon and Klickitat Rivers, with most of the Chinook starting to turn dark. Some bright fish are still available. Jigging wobblers works best at the White Salmon and trolling 360 flashers with spinners is working well at the Klickitat. Late run coho headed to the Klickitat are giving a boost to trollers there.
Local Lakes Fishing Report—Goose Lake has been fishing very well for the big cutthroats, and Rowland Lake is doing well for bluegill and a few bass.

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