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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



July 21, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Chinook Salmon
My First Chinook!!!
-Photo by Mike Coburn-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and summer steelhead is open between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and the OR/WA border above McNary Dam.
  • The mainstem Columbia River and mainstem Snake River ARE NOT INCLUDED in recent actions that prohibit fishing for trout, salmon, and steelhead in Oregon streams after 2 P.M. daily. 
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Marker 82 below Bonneville Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing is good in Troutdale.

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Low flows and above average water temperatures continue to challenge anglers on the lower Columbia; however, boat anglers fishing the gorge and the mouths of tributaries are producing higher catch rates. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.0 summer Chinook and 0.25 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.03 summer Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.10 summer Chinook, 0.29 steelhead and 0.06 sockeye caught per boat. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 0.20 summer Chinook and 0.10 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.08 summer Chinook, 0.19 steelhead and 0.15 sockeye caught per angler. On Saturday’s (7/18) flight, 378 salmonid boats and 93 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed five adult summer Chinook, five steelhead and five sockeye kept; plus one summer Chinook, six sockeye and nine summer steelhead released for 75 anglers; and three shad kept for five shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adult summer Chinook kept, plus one summer steelhead released for four boats (15 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adult summer Chinook kept for 30 boats (67 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank

Weekly checking showed no catch for 31 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed seven adult and one jack summer Chinook, 14 summer steelhead and four sockeye kept; plus six summer steelhead released for 70 boats (159 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed two adult summer Chinook kept and one coho released for 12 boats (33 anglers). Anglers are reminded that the retention of coho is prohibited until August 1, 2015.

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for 15 bank anglers.

- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-


Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Closed for retention. No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed four sublegal white sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Closed for retention. No report.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed eight legal and 20 sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (eight anglers).

Estuary Boats:

Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed 79 legal, 28 oversize and 28 sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (28 anglers).

Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border:

All sturgeon angling, including catch and release is prohibited until further notice.

Walleye male
Walleye male
-Joseph Tomelleri-



No report.


Weekly checking showed 26 walleye kept and two walleye released for 14 boats (32 anglers).

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

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