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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



September 1, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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 925,300 fall Chinook and 539,600 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.
  • 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 excellent in the gorge and Troutdale.

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

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

High winds and heavy rain brought much needed moisture to the Pacific Northwest; however, the strong storm front caused a dramatic decline in fishing efforts in some areas.

At Buoy 10 this past weekend there were six Oregon boats counted on Saturday and 300 on Sunday. Anglers fishing Buoy 10 averaged 2.63 fall Chinook and 3.96 coho caught per boat.

In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 2.67 fall Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.16 fall Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 1.03 fall Chinook, 0.02 coho and 0.03 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.27 fall Chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 10 adult fall Chinook kept for 37 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed eight adult fall Chinook kept for three boats (10 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed three adult fall Chinook kept for 19 boats (47 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 21 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed 294 adult fall Chinook, two jack Chinook, four adult coho and nine steelhead kept; plus four adult Chinook, one jack Chinook, one adult coho and one steelhead released for 289 boats (831 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 253 coho kept; plus 256 fall Chinook and 135 coho released for 98 boats (317 anglers).

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

No report.

- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-


Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.

Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border:

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.

Walleye male
Walleye male
-Joseph Tomelleri-



No report.


Weekly checking showed 22 walleye kept, and two walleye released for two boats (five anglers).

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