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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

March 28, 2017

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Buoy 10 salmon fishery
Anglers land a Chinook salmon at the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria during Oregon's famous Buoy 10 salmon fishery.
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring Chinook angling is open to both boat and bank anglers from Buoy 10 upstream to Beacon Rock, except for the sanctuary at the Lewis River Mouth. Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam is open to bank angling only. For sanctuary details please follow the Sport Fishing Regulation Update link below.
  • Spring Chinook angling is open from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines.
  • The Bonneville Pool is closed to the retention of white sturgeon because the winter catch guideline of sturgeon has been met. Catch-and-release fishing remains an option during the retention closure.
  • The Dalles Pool is closed to the retention of white sturgeon because the catch guideline of 100 sturgeon has been met. Catch-and-release fishing remains an option during the retention closure.
  • The John Day Pool is open to the retention of legal white sturgeon until the guideline of 105 fish is met.
  • The McNary Pool is open to the retention of legal white sturgeon through July 31.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.

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 (3/25) flight, 104 salmonid boats and 95 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River estuary to Bonneville Dam. Catch rate and effort remain low due to high, dirty water.

Gorge Bank: No report.

Gorge Boats: No report.

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for nine boats (17 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one steelhead kept, plus one steelhead released for 109 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for 28 boats (75 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines): No report.

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

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 no catch for two bank anglers.

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

sturgeon
Sturgeon
- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. No report.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 17 sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 32 bank anglers; and 52 sublegal and four oversize sturgeon released for six boats (19 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed four sublegal sturgeon released for 14 bank anglers; and two sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (14 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus 29 sublegal and three oversize sturgeon released for 97 bank anglers; and 12 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 59 sublegal, one legal and 15 oversize sturgeon released for 36 boats (96 anglers).

Walleye

Troutdale: No report.

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 69 walleye kept, plus three walleye released for 18 boats (42 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed nine walleye kept, plus 15 walleye released for 33 boats (61 anglers).

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