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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

Updated July 18, 2016

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Columbia River near Roweena
Columbia River near Rowena
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and steelhead is open from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA Border.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the OR/WA Border.
  • 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 (see special regulations for details).

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 Saturday’s (7/16) flight, 254 salmonid boats and 78 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam. Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 1.0 summer Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.41 summer Chinook and 0.05 summer steelhead caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.25 summer Chinook, 1.03 summer steelhead and 0.09 sockeye caught per boat, while boat anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.20 summer Chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.25 summer steelhead caught per angler, while bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.03 summer steelhead caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus seven unclipped steelhead released for 40 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed three unclipped Chinook adults released for three boats (seven anglers).

Spring Chinook

Spring Chinook
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped Chinook adults and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 16 unclipped Chinook adults released for 44 boats (92 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped Chinook jack kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 36 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped Chinook adults, one adipose fin-clipped Chinook jack, 23 adipose fin-clipped steelhead and three sockeye kept, plus six unclipped Chinook adults and 10 unclipped steelhead released for 32 boats (90 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed two unclipped Chinook adults released for 10 boats (28 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept for eight bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for 18 bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (three anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam and John Day Arm): No report.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 74 sublegal, 244 legal, 61 oversize and two green sturgeon released for 13 boats (52 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 six sublegal, one legal and one oversize sturgeon released for seven bank anglers; and five sublegal and one legal sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

Walleye male
Walleye male
-Joseph Tomelleri-

Walleye

Troutdale: Weekly checking showed 23 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for nine boats (25 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 36 walleye kept, plus three walleye released for four boats (13 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): No report.

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