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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

June 30, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Fishing the Columbia
Fishing the Columbia
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and summer steelhead is open between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and the OR/WA border.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • The Bonneville Pool is open to the retention of white sturgeon Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5, 2015.
  • Sturgeon retention is open through Friday July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam (except in the Bonneville Pool during the above mentioned weekend openers in June and July), but remains an option for catch and release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (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

Salmonid angling was fair to excellent on the lower Columbia this past weekend.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 2.05 summer Chinook and 0.05 sockeye caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.58 summer Chinook and 0.03 steelhead caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.38 summer Chinook and 0.22 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 7.5 summer Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge this past week averaged 0.28 summer Chinook caught per angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.05 summer Chinook, 0.03 steelhead and 0.01 sockeye caught per angler.  On Saturday’s (6/27) flight, 236 salmonid boats and 78 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed 16 adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack summer Chinook kept, plus three unclipped adult summer Chinook released for 67 salmonid anglers; and 471 shad kept for 97 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 13 adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook, one adipose fin-clipped jack summer Chinook and one sockeye kept, plus 28 unclipped adult summer Chinook and three unclipped jack Chinook released for 20 boats (65 anglers); and eight shad kept for three boats (10 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed nine adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook kept, plus 13 unclipped adult summer Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 38 boats (85 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank

Weekly checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook, one adipose fin-clipped steelhead and one sockeye kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 73 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook, one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and seven adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus eight unclipped adult summer Chinook released for 32 boats (79 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekly checking showed 10 adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook kept, plus five unclipped adult summer Chinook released for two boats (nine anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for 23 bank anglers; and one unclipped summer Chinook released for four boats (five anglers).

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

No report.

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

No report.

sturgeon
Sturgeon
- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Closed for retention.  No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Closed for retention.  No report.

Portland to Westport Bank:

Closed for retention.  No report.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Closed for retention.  Weekend checking showed one oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (one angler).

Estuary Boats:

Weekend checking showed 112 legal, 46 oversize and 47 sublegal white sturgeon released for 10 boats (38 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam): 

Weekend checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus two oversize and 41 sublegal sturgeon released for 81 bank anglers; and 84 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 19 legal, 59 oversize and 1,542 sublegal sturgeon released for 202 boats (524 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.  No report.

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.  No report.

Walleye
Ben Creach, of Yakima, WA and the 7-pound Walleye he caught on the Columbia

Walleye

Troutdale:

Weekly checking showed nine walleye kept for two boats (four anglers).

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for one boat (two anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

No report.

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