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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

Updated May 24, 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.
  • Angling for spring Chinook will reopen on Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30, from Tongue Point to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • White sturgeon retention is open in the John Day Pool through this coming Saturday, May 28, 2016. 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 good for boat anglers fishing in the John Day Pool.

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 angler success for spring Chinook on the lower Columbia ranged from fair to excellent over the weekend. On Saturday’s (5/21) flight, 532 salmonid boats and 214 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam. Boat anglers fishing in the gorge below Beacon Rock averaged 1.4 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.20 spring Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.23 spring Chinook and 0.04 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.31 spring Chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.22 spring Chinook caught per bank angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.03 spring Chinook and 0.06 steelhead caught per angler. Shad bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 1.9 shad per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jacks kept, plus seven unclipped spring Chinook adults released for 59 bank anglers; and 224 shad kept for 115 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock):

Weekly checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jack kept, plus five unclipped spring Chinook adults released for eight boats (18 anglers); and 40 shad kept for one boat (three anglers).

Spring Chinook

Spring Chinook
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and three adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jacks kept, plus six unclipped spring Chinook adults and one unclipped spring Chinook jack released for 59 boats (128 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adult, one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jack and 10 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped spring Chinook adults and one unclipped spring Chinook jack released for 157 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekly checking showed 12 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults, two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jacks and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 11 unclipped spring Chinook adults released for 101 boats (226 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekly checking showed four adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jack kept for 13 boats (28 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

CLOSED for salmon and steelhead.

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

CLOSED for salmon and steelhead.

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

CLOSED for salmon and steelhead.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed nine legal, one oversize and nine sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (nine anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for five bank anglers; and 13 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, nine oversize and 50 sublegal sturgeon released for 19 boats (55 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):

No report.

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

Weekly checking showed 262 walleye kept, plus 169 walleye released for 53 boats (118 anglers).

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