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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

April 18, 2017

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Chinook Salmon
Madison and Joe with their Jack Chinook at McNary Dam
-Photo by Jennifer Allen-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring Chinook angling is open Thursday April 20 – Sunday April 23 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 McNary Pool is open to the retention of legal white sturgeon through July 31.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam.  Catch and release fishing remains an option during the retention closure.

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 catch and effort are finally showing signs of improvement in the lower Columbia River.  Boat anglers fishing in the gorge below Beacon Rock averaged 1.50 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.34 spring Chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.44 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing is the estuary averaged 0.38 spring Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.10 spring Chinook and 0.01 steelhead caught per angler.  On Saturday’s (4/15) flight, 964 salmonid boats and 355 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock): Weekend checking showed 11 adult spring Chinook kept, plus one adult spring Chinook released for eight boats (27 anglers).

Troutdale Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 19 adult spring Chinook kept, plus two adult spring Chinook released for 62 boats (131 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed 21 adult spring Chinook, two jack spring Chinook, and two steelhead kept, plus four adult spring Chinook and one steelhead released for 243 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed 107 adult spring Chinook and one jack spring Chinook kept, plus 14 adult spring Chinook released for 276 boats (688 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed 12 adult spring Chinook kept for 32 boats (72 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (two anglers).

sturgeon
Sturgeon
- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Sturgeon

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

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

Walleye

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 468 walleye kept, plus 80 walleye released for 38 boats (86 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers; and 51 walleye kept, plus four walleye released for five boats (15 anglers).

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