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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

July 22, 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.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles Pool through Thursday, July 31.
  • Sturgeon retention is open during Feb. 1 – July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles 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

Steelhead angling was fair to good on the lower Columbia, while Chinook angling continued to be slow. Salmonid anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 2.0 summer steelhead and 0.13 summer Chinook caught per boat; and bank anglers averaged 0.17 summer steelhead and 0.02 summer Chinook caught per angler. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.35 summer steelhead per boat, and bank anglers averaged 0.12 summer steelhead caught per angler. Anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.11 steelhead caught per boat.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and six adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 41 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook and 13 unclipped steelhead released for eight boats (29 anglers).

Troutdale Bank:
No report.

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

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for 37 boats (77 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for 25 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped steelhead released for 20 boats (50 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for five boats.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped Chinook kept, plus one unclipped Chinook released for nine bank anglers; and three unclipped steelhead released for four boats (nine anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped Chinook released for five bank anglers.

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

No report.

sturgeon
Sturgeon
- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only. Weekend checking showed six legal, one oversize and three sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only. Weekend checking showed 17 sublegal sturgeon released for 22 bank anglers; and 24 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 10 overize and 338 sublegal sturgeon released for 49 boats (138 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for four bank 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:

Weekend checking showed one walleye kept for two boats (two anglers).

Portland to Westport Boats:
Weekend checking showed four walleye kept, plus two walleye released for one boat (three anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

John Day Pool:

No report.

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