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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

May 26, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling for spring Chinook and summer steelhead is open between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam.
  • Angling for spring Chinook and summer steelhead will open Thursday May 28, from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in the John Day Pool until the respective guideline of 500 legal white sturgeon is met.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the John Day Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details).
  • Walleye fishing was excellent in the John Day Pool last week.

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 good on the lower Columbia this past weekend, while shad angling was slow but should improve in the coming weeks. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.73 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.30 spring Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.31 spring Chinook and 0.07 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.15 spring Chinook, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.03 spring Chinook caught per angler. On Saturday’s (5/23) flight, 335 salmonid boats and 218 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Chinook Salmon
Spring Chinook
-Photo by Tom Friesen-

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and three adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 39 salmonid anglers; and 20 shad kept for 42 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats (Below Beacon Rock):

Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook kept, plus five unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 15 salmonid boats (39 anglers); and eight shad kept for six shad boats (24 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook kept, plus six unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 23 salmonid boats (48 anglers); and no catch for one shad boat (two anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 105 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed eight adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook, one adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook and three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 42 boats (105 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

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

No report.

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. Weekend checking showed one legal and five sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers) fishing in the gorge.

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

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

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

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.

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

Weekly checking showed 10 legal white sturgeon kept, plus three legal, four oversize and 28 sublegal sturgeon released for 20 boats (48 anglers).

Walleye

Troutdale:

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

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

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

Weekly checking showed 331 walleye kept, plus 41 walleye released for 49 boats (115 anglers).

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