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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



September 16, 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 is excellent at Buoy 10.
  • Chinook fishing is fair to good between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam.
  • White sturgeon is closed for retention but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing is fair in Troutdale.

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

Chinook Salmon
A couple of fishermen land a Chinook salmon while fishing on the Columbia.
-Photo by Rick Swart-

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 1,332 salmonid boats and 111 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (9/13) flight; and 382 Oregon boats at Buoy 10. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 6.27 coho and 0.44 Chinook caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.0 Chinook and 0.07 coho caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area boat anglers averaged 0.72 Chinook, 0.18 coho and 0.03 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.23 Chinook and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.26 Chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 18 adult Chinook and one jack Chinook kept for 69 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 14 adult Chinook and two jack Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult coho released for 14 boats (39 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 26 adult Chinook and three jack Chinook kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for 112 boats (267 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for eight bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed 78 adult chinook, seven jack Chinook, 32 adipose fin-clipped adult Coho and seven adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 81 adult Chinook, one jack Chinook and seven unclipped adult coho released for 222 boats (540 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 477 adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus 301 unclipped coho and 54 Chinook released for 124 boats (395 anglers).

- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-


Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only. Weekend checking showed nine legal, three oversize and four sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

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 three walleye kept for one boat (three anglers).

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