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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone


 

 

August 22, 2017

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Chinook Salmon
Father and son time well spent!!
-Photo by Wade Campbell-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). An estimated 613,800 fall Chinook and 319,300 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing. Anglers are reminded that the Bonneville Dam spawning sanctuary is still in effect through August 31 (see special regulations for details).
  • Walleye angling is good 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

On Sunday’s (8/20) flight, 399 salmonid boats and 31 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 606 Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.84 Chinook and 0.57 coho caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.13 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the Portland to Tongue Point area averaged 0.15 Chinook, 0.01 coho and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 12 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for three boats (eight anglers).

Chinook Salmon
Tom Lum strikes it rich on the Columbia, September 2016.
-Photo by Tom Lum-

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed four Chinook adults kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 38 boats (74 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for eight bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed 20 Chinook adults, and one coho adult kept, plus three steelhead released for 133 boats (316 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 369 Chinook adults and 202 coho adults kept, plus 84 Chinook, 107 coho and three steelhead released for 542 boats (1,748 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed three Chinook adults kept, plus one steelhead released for five boats (seven anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed 14 Chinook adults kept, plus one steelhead released for 12 boats (29 anglers).

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

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed 22 sublegal and four legal white sturgeon released for five boats (12 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (three anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

Walleye
Walleye
-Photo courtesy N. Jenkins, OR Bass & Panfish Club-

Walleye

Gorge: Weekend checking showed four walleye kept for one boat (one angler).

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed 11 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for five boats (seven anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 41 walleye kept, plus 14 walleye released for 10 boats (22 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 57 walleye kept, plus 19 walleye released for 28 boats (54 anglers).

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