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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



August 25, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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

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.
  • The mainstem Columbia River and mainstem Snake River ARE NOT INCLUDED in recent actions to prohibit angling for trout, salmon, and steelhead in Oregon streams after 2 P.M. daily. 
  • 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 angling is good the gorge and Troutdale.

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

The lower Columbia basin was filled with heavy smoke over the weekend due to fires burning on the eastern side of the state. On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 368 salmonid boats and eight Oregon bank anglers counted from Corbett downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (8/22) flight; and 1,217 Oregon boats counted at Buoy 10. Anglers fishing Buoy 10 averaged 1.90 fall Chinook and 0.36 coho caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.21 fall Chinook and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Tongue Point area averaged 0.56 fall Chinook and 0.05 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.04 fall Chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adult fall Chinook and one jack fall Chinook kept for 25 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two boats (five anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed nine adult fall Chinook and one jack fall Chinook kept; plus one steelhead released for 43 boats (97 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank

Weekend checking showed no catch for 17 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed 34 adult fall Chinook, two jack fall Chinook and two steelhead kept; plus one adult fall Chinook, three jack fall Chinook and one steelhead released for 63 boats (150 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 865 fall Chinook, 112 coho and one steelhead kept; plus 135 fall Chinook and 75 coho released for 526 boats (1,779 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.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Closed for retention. No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed one legal and one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (one angler).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Closed for retention. No report.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Closed for retention. No report.

Estuary Boats:

Closed for retention.

Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border:

All sturgeon fishing, including catch and release is prohibited until further notice.

Walleye male
Walleye male
-Joseph Tomelleri-



Weekly checking showed nine walleye kept, plus one walleye released for one boat (five anglers).


Weekly checking showed 16 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for five boats (15 anglers).

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