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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

July 15, 2014

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Sockeye Salmon

Salmon
-Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Timothy Knepp-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Fishing for sockeye, adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and adipose fin-clipped summer Chinook is open between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam.
  • The Bonneville Pool is open to the retention of white sturgeon Friday July 18 – Saturday July 19.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles Pool through Thursday, July 31.
  • Sturgeon retention is open during February 1 – July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam and from John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries are in effect (see special regulations for details).

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Angling for summer Chinook is slow on the lower Columbia, but angling for summer steelhead is good. Salmonid anglers in the gorge averaged 0.95 summer steelhead and 0.41 summer Chinook per boat; and bank anglers averaged 0.21 summer steelhead and 0.08 summer Chinook caught per angler. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 2.6 summer steelhead and 0.18 summer Chinook per boat, and bank anglers averaged 0.30 summer steelhead per angler. Anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.13 summer steelhead and 0.04 summer Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.32 summer steehead and 0.03 summer Chinook per boat, and bank anglers averaged 0.11 summer steelhead and 0.04 summer Chinook per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, one sockeye and two adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook and six unclipped summer steelhead released for 24 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and two sockeye kept, plus nine unclipped adult Chinook, two sockeye and 16 unclipped steelhead released for 22 boats (62 anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 23 boats (46 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for 28 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook and five unclipped steelhead released for 31 boats (61 anglers).

Chinook Salmon
My First Chinook!!!
-Photo by Mike Coburn-

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept and two unclipped summer steelhead released for 10 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed 16 adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook and 13 unclipped steelhead released for 11 boats (23 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept for nine bank anglers and no catch for five boats (16 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

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

No report.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only; no report.

sturgeon
Sturgeon
- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 49 sublegal sturgeon released for 22 bank anglers; and 33 legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, 13 oversize and 618 sublegal sturgeon released for 27 boats (148 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and 34 sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (six anglers).

John Day Pool:

Catch and release only. No report.

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools: WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary

Walleye

Troutdale:

No report.

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one walleye released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool:

No report.

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