Columbia Zone Fishing
|Never too early to learn
-Photo by Wade Campbell-
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 1,181,100 (128 percent of projected) fall Chinook and 539,600 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 excellent in Troutdale.
Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.
On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 556 salmonid boats and 77 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (10/3) flight; and 18 Oregon boats counted at Buoy 10. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 2.51 fall Chinook and 0.09 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.23 fall Chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.56 fall Chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat. At Buoy 10, boat anglers averaged 0.13 fall Chinook and 1.44 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.06 fall Chinook caught per angler; while bank anglers fishing Clatsop Spit averaged 0.19 coho caught per angler.
Weekend checking showed two adult fall Chinook kept for 35 bank anglers.
Weekend checking showed 85 adult fall Chinook, three jack fall Chinook and two adult coho kept; plus three adult fall Chinook, one jack fall Chinook and one adult coho released for 35 boats (101 anglers).
Weekend checking showed 23 adult fall Chinook, seven jack fall Chinook and two adult coho kept; plus two jack fall Chinook and one adult coho released for 99 boats (212 anglers).
Portland to Westport Bank
Weekend checking showed no catch for nine bank anglers.
Portland to Tongue Point Boats:
Weekend checking showed 72 adult fall Chinook, four jack fall Chinook and three adult coho kept; plus two jack fall Chinook and one adult coho released for 129 boats (298 anglers).
Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):
Weekly checking showed five coho kept; plus four coho released for 47 bank anglers.
Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):
Weekend checking showed two fall Chinook and 18 coho kept; plus five coho released for 16 boats (42 anglers).
Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam):
John Day Pool:
Weekly checking showed seven adult fall Chinook, three jack fall Chinook and three steelhead kept for 21 boats.
Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):
Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.
Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border:
Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.
|Ben Creach, of Yakima, WA and the 7-pound Walleye he caught on the Columbia
Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for one boat (two anglers).
Weekly checking showed 44 walleye kept; plus 35 walleye released for 10 boats (16 anglers).
Portland to Westport:
Weekly checking showed four walleye kept for one boat (one angler).
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