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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone


 

 

June 27, 2017

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and steelhead is open from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA Border.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the OR/WA Border.
  • 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, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details).
  • Walleye fishing has been outstanding 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

Salmonid angling effort was down from last weekend, most likely due to the extreme heat we experienced in our area. Angler success however, still ranged from fair to excellent. On Saturday’s (6/24) flight, 450 salmonid boats and 215 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam. Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 1.42 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.12 Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.26 Chinook and 0.03 steelhead caught per boat. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 0.63 Chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.02 Chinook and 0.03 sockeye caught per angler.

Shad
Shad
-Photo by Rick Hargrave, ODFW-

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 14 bank anglers; and 361 shad kept, plus 11 shad released for 55 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 12 adult Chinook and one jack Chinook kept, plus five adult Chinook released for 12 boats (44 anglers); and 62 shad kept for six boats (18 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed two adult Chinook kept, plus one adult Chinook released for 26 boats (67 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one adult Chinook, one jack Chinook and two sockeye kept for 59 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed nine adult Chinook, one jack Chinook and one steelhead kept, plus one adult Chinook released for 38 boats (91 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Power lines): No report.

Estuary Boats (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Power lines): Weekend checking showed two adult Chinook kept, plus three adult Chinook released for eight boats (18 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook and three sockeye kept for one bank angler; and 139 shad kept, plus 67 shad released for 37 bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for five bank anglers; and 42 shad kept, plus 139 shad released for 10 bank anglers.

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for five boats, and one Chinook adult kept for six boats (16 anglers); and 396 shad kept, plus 560 shad released for 22 boats (67 anglers).

Sturgeon

Gorge boats: Catch and release only. No report.

Portland to Wauna Power lines: Catch and release only. Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Estuary Boats (Buoy 10 to Wauna Power lines): Catch and release only. No report.

Bonneville Pool: Catch and release only. Weekend checking showed four sublegal sturgeon released for nine bank anglers; and 18 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 145 sublegal and two oversize sturgeon released for 28 boats (77 anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Catch and release only. No report.

John Day Pool: Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed three sublegal, three legal and two oversize sturgeon released for three boats (eight anglers).

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

Walleye

Troutdale boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for 16 boats (34 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed one walleye kept, plus two walleye released for one bank angler; and 131 walleye kept, plus 98 walleye released for 21 boats (46 anglers).

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