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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

March 24, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring Chinook fishing is open from Buoy 10 to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam.
  • Spring Chinook fishing is open from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles Pool until the respective guideline of 100 legal white sturgeon is met.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in the John Day Pool until the respective guideline of 500 legal white sturgeon is met.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing was excellent in The Dalles and John Day pools last week.

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Effort is increasing, but salmonid catch rates are still low in most areas.  Boat anglers fishing in the gorge below Beacon Rock averaged 1.0 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.07 spring Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.13 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.08 spring Chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.2 spring Chinook caught per bank angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.03 spring Chinook and 0.01 steelhead caught per bank rod. On Saturday’s (3/21) flight, 889 salmonid boats and 423 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for five bank anglers.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock):

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for three boats (10 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for 14 boats (34 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook and three unclipped steelhead released for 269 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 32 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus five unclipped spring Chinook released for 283 boats (749 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for 12 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for 24 boats (46 anglers).

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

No report.

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 18 bank anglers.

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm):

Weekly checking showed no catch for 17 bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

Gorge Bank:

No report.

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

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers; and one oversize and 17 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (17 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for 11 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus three sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (23 anglers).

Walleye

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and 188 walleye kept, plus two walleye released for 27 boats (63 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and 77 walleye kept, plus 12 walleye released for 35 boats (62 anglers).

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