Columbia Zone Fishing
|Columbia River near Rowena
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-
Weekend Fishing Opportunities:
- Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and steelhead is open through Sunday July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA Border.
- The fall salmon season opens Monday August 1, from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). An estimated 960,200 fall Chinook and 322,600 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.
- White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries are in effect through Sunday July 31 (see special regulations for details).
- Walleye angling is good in Troutdale.
Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.
On Saturday’s (7/23) flight, 281 salmonid boats and 121 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam. Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.28 summer Chinook and 0.17 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.24 summer Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.03 summer Chinook, 0.53 summer steelhead and 0.03 sockeye caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.02 summer Chinook, 0.08 steelhead and 0.02 sockeye caught per angler.
Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead and one sockeye kept, plus one unclipped Chinook adult and two unclipped steelhead released for 53 bank anglers.
Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped Chinook adults, one adipose fin-clipped Chinook jack and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped Chinook adults, one unclipped Chinook jack and one unclipped steelhead released for 18 boats (66 anglers).
Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped Chinook adults and two adipose fin-clipped Chinook jacks kept, plus six unclipped Chinook adults released for 34 boats (73 anglers).
Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped Chinook jack kept for 31 bank anglers.
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife-
Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped Chinook adult, 21 adipose fin-clipped steelhead and two sockeye kept, plus one unclipped Chinook adult, two unclipped Chinook jacks and 10 unclipped steelhead released for 58 boats (142 anglers).
Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.
Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).
Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for nine bank anglers.
The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for 12 bank anglers; and no catch for two boats (four anglers).
John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam and John Day Arm): No report.
Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed 14 sublegals, 36 legals and six oversize sturgeon released for four boats (12 anglers).
Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam): Closed for retention. No report.
The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam): Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 15 sublegal and one legal white sturgeon released for eight bank anglers; and 23 sublegal, four legal and one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).
Troutdale: Weekend checking showed six walleye kept for two boats (five anglers).
Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): No report.
The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for one bank angler; and 28 walleye kept, plus 17 walleye released for five boats (nine anglers).
John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): No report.
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