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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

September 23, 2014

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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

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 excellent between Warrior Rock and Bonneville Dam.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed 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.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 823 salmonid boats and 77 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (9/20) flight; and 422 Oregon boats at Buoy 10. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 3.9 coho and 0.10 Chinook caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.25 Chinook and 0.05 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.44 Chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat. In the Portland to Warrior Rock area, boat anglers averaged 0.46 Chinook and 0.01 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing Warrior Rock to Tongue Point averaged 1.2 Chinook and 0.6 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.14 Chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed nine adult Chinook and three jack Chinook kept for 66 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 55 adult Chinook, six jack Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus one unclipped adult Coho released for 44 boats (151 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

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

Weekend checking showed 79 adult Chinook, 11 jack Chinook and three adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus one adult Chinook and two unclipped adult coho released for 181 boats (416 anglers).

Portland (Sauvie Island) Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Portland to Warrior Rock Boats:

Weekend checking showed 78 adult Chinook, 21 jack chinook and one adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus two adult Chinook and one unclipped adult coho released for 174 boats (392 anglers).

St. Helens to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers.

Warrior Rock to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus three adult coho, 12 adult Chinook and two jack Chinook released for 10 boats (22 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 530 adipose fin-clipped coho and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 261 unclipped coho and 20 Chinook released for 204 boats (589 anglers).

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only. Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

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

Walleye

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale:

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

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