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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

Updated September 27, 2016

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Columbia River near Roweena
Columbia River near Rowena
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). The current estimated fall Chinook return to the Columbia River is 729,200 adult fish.
  • Salmonid angling is good in The Dalles Pool, the Bonneville Pool, and in the gorge.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye angling is good in the John Day Pool.

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 catch rates ranged from fair to good on the Columbia River this past weekend. In The Dalles Pool, boat anglers averaged 1.16 Chinook, 0.04 coho and 0.08 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the Bonneville Pool averaged 1.61 Chinook and 0.02 coho caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.22 Chinook and 0.06 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.2 Chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.41 Chinook and 0.02 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing Buoy 10 averaged 0.08 Chinook and 0.50 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area had no observed catch.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed two hatchery summery steelhead kept and three wild steelhead released for 27 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 60 Chinook adults, seven Chinook jacks and three hatchery steelhead kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 50 boats (155 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 29 Chinook adults, three hatchery steelhead, five Chinook jacks and three coho adults kept, plus two coho adults released for 144 boats (343 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 55 Chinook adults, nine Chinook jacks, two hatchery steelhead, two coho adults and two coho jacks kept, plus eight Chinook adults, one coho adult and one wild steelhead released for 155 boats (371 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed one Chinook and four coho kept, plus two coho released for 12 boats (33 anglers).

Chinook Salmon
Tom Lum strikes it rich on the Columbia, September 2016.
-Photo by Tom Lum-

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for 20 bank anglers; and 280 Chinook adults, 39 Chinook jacks, three coho adults, two coho jacks and one steelhead kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 175 boats (507 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed two Chinook jacks and two steelhead kept, plus one steelhead released for 17 bank anglers; and 56 Chinook adults, 12 Chinook jacks, two coho adults and three steelhead kept, plus two Chinook adults and one steelhead released for 50 boats (122 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and one steelhead released for five boats (10 anglers).

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed eightublegal and two legal white sturgeon released for one boats (three anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 10 sublegal, two legal and one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and 15 sublegal, 10 legal and seven oversize white sturgeon released for one boat (four anglers).

John Day Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 14 sublegal and two legal white sturgeon released for four boats (seven anglers).

Walleye

Troutdale: Weekly checking showed three walleye kept for three boats (six anglers).

Portland: No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): No report.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed 22 walleye released for four boats (seven anglers).

  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). The current estimated fall Chinook return to the Columbia River is 729,200 adult fish.
  • Salmonid angling is good in the Bonneville Pool and gorge.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye angling is good in the John Day Pool.

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 catch rates ranged from fair to good on the Columbia River this past weekend. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.22 Chinook and 0.06 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.2 Chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.41 Chinook and 0.02 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing Buoy 10 averaged 0.08 Chinook and 0.50 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area had no observed catch.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed two hatchery summery steelhead kept and three wild steelhead released for 27 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 60 Chinook adults, seven Chinook jacks and three hatchery steelhead kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 50 boats (155 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 29 Chinook adults, three hatchery steelhead, five Chinook jacks and three coho adults kept, plus two coho adults released for 144 boats (343 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 55 Chinook adults, nine Chinook jacks, two hatchery steelhead, two coho adults and two coho jacks kept, plus eight Chinook adults, one coho adult and one wild steelhead released for 155 boats (371 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed one Chinook and four coho kept, plus two coho released for 12 boats (33 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): No report.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam): No report.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed eightublegal and two legal white sturgeon released for one boats (three anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

Walleye male
Walleye male
-Joseph Tomelleri-

Walleye

Troutdale: Weekly checking showed three walleye kept for three boats (six anglers).

Portland: No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): No report.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam): No report.

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