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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

May 5, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring Chinook angling will be open Saturday May 9 from Tongue Point to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam.
  • Spring Chinook angling is open from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines through Sunday May 10.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles Pool until the respective guideline of 100 legal white sturgeon is met.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in the John Day Pool until the respective guideline of 500 legal white sturgeon is met.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details).
  • Walleye fishing was excellent in The Dalles and John Day pools last week.

Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid angling was fair to good during the two day weekend extension in the lower Columbia. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.64 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.45 spring Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.49 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.2 spring Chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers in the gorge averaged 0.10 spring Chinook caught per angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.04 spring Chinook and 0.01 steelhead caught per angler. In the estuary, bank anglers averaged 0.5 spring Chinook caught per angler. On Saturday’s (5/2) flight, 1,472 salmonid boats and 399 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for 17 bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed 11 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus three unclipped spring Chinook released for 68 bank anglers; and 15 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus five unclipped spring Chinook released for 34 boats (87 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm):

Weekly checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus two unclipped spring Chinook released for 44 bank anglers; and 25 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus six unclipped spring Chinook released for 79 boats (183 anglers).

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook kept for 49 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats (Below Beacon Rock):

Weekend checking showed 24 adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook kept, plus 13 unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 58 boats (181 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 45 adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and seven adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook kept, plus 20 unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 144 boats (347 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult spring Chinook and one unclipped jack spring Chinook released for 160 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 146 adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and 23 adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook kept, plus 34 unclipped adult spring Chinook and four unclipped jack spring Chinook released for 369 boats (938 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one unclipped adult spring Chinook released for two bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 10 boats (21 anglers).

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus three sublegal sturgeon released for 10 bank anglers.

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, four oversize and 23 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (15 anglers).

Walleye

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 49 walleye kept, plus 18 walleye released for four boats (10 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed 284 walleye kept, plus 41 walleye released for 33 boats (59 anglers).

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