Columbia Zone Fishing
|Columbia River near Rowena
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-
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). 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 the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
- 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 (8/20) flight, there were 683 salmonid boats and 49 Oregon bank anglers counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 825 Oregon boats at Buoy 10. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.88 Chinook and 0.29 coho caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.67 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.21 Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.23 Chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.11 steelhead caught per angler.
Weekend checking showed two steelhead kept, plus two steelhead released for 36 bank anglers.
Weekend checking showed 10 Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for six boats (16 anglers).
Weekend checking showed 12 Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for 57 boats (135 anglers).
Portland to Westport Bank:
Weekend checking showed no catch for five bank anglers.
|Personal record breaking catch
-Photo by Jon Nichols-
Portland to Tongue Point Boats:
Weekend checking showed 30 Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and three steelhead kept, plus four Chinook adults and one steelhead released for 149 boats (356 anglers).
Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):
Weekend checking showed 229 Chinook and 94 coho kept, plus 170 Chinook and 35 coho released for 451 boats (1,543 anglers).
Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):
Weekly checking showed no catch for 14 bank anglers; and no catch for three boats (six anglers).
The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):
Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and two Chinook kept for two boats (nine anglers).
Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):
Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers); and one sublegal sturgeon released for one bank angler.
Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two bank anglers.
The Dalles Pool:
Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.
Gorge: Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).
Troutdale: Weekend checking showed 14 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for two boats (eight anglers).
The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for two boats (five anglers).
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