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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

Updated May 17, 2016

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling for summer steelhead and spring Chinook jacks is open between Tongue Point and the I-5 Bridge.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • White sturgeon retention is open in the John Day Pool until the respective guideline of 500 legal white sturgeon is met. Anglers are catching a few keepers.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the John Day Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing is fair to good for boat anglers fishing in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Angling for spring Chinook on the lower Columbia was fair over the weekend. Shad bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 9.3 shad per bank rod.

Gorge Bank:

CLOSED for salmon and steelhead. Weekly checking showed 11 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults, four adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jacks and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus four unclipped spring Chinook adults released for 84 bank anglers; and 223 shad kept for 24 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock):

CLOSED for salmon and steelhead. Weekly checking showed three adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and three adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jacks kept, plus 13 unclipped spring Chinook adults released for 33 boats (89 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

CLOSED for salmon and steelhead. Weekly checking showed five adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jack kept, plus six unclipped spring Chinook adults and one unclipped spring Chinook jack released for 92 boats (190 anglers).

Spring Chinook

Spring Chinook
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 125 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekly checking showed 26 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and five adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jacks kept, plus 16 unclipped spring Chinook adults and three unclipped spring Chinook jacks released for 268 boats (622 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook adult released for 24 boats (46 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 three adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jacks kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook adult and one unclipped spring Chinook jack released for 35 bank anglers; and no catch for 10 boats (22 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam and John Day Arm):

Weekly checking showed three adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jacks kept for 26 bank anglers; and seven adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 28 boats (37 anglers).

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 44 legal, five oversize and 47 sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (17 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed three legal and 12 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):
Weekly checking showed five legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, two oversize and 28 sublegal sturgeon released for 14 boats (31 anglers).

Walleye male
Walleye male
-Joseph Tomelleri-

Walleye

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 14 walleye kept for five boats (13 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):
Weekly checking showed 168 walleye kept, plus 198 walleye released for 42 boats (94 anglers).

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