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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



October 21, 2014

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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).
  • Coho fishing has slowed down but a few are still being caught near the mouths of some Columbia River tributaries.
  • A few Chinook are still available in the gorge.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.

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

Chinook Salmon
Don Wenzel of Albany landed this 44-pound chinook
-Photo by Diane Wenzel-

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 112 salmonid boats and 15 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (10/18) flight. Anglers had the best success in the gorge, where boat anglers averaged 2.0 Chinook and 0.50 coho caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.02 Chinook and 0.40 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.08 Chinook and 0.50 coho caught per boat.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for eight bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept for two boats (seven anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adult Chinook and 18 adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus one unclipped adult coho released for 47 boats (86 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adult Chinook and six adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept for 12 boats (26 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed two jack Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 11 unclipped steelhead released for 41 boats.

Sturgeon Fishing
Angler releases a sturgeon.
-Photo by Rick Hargrave-


Lower Columbia River:

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



No report.


Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

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