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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

May 19, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Fishing the Columbia
Fishing the Columbia
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Effective Saturday May 16, fishing for spring Chinook and summer steelhead is open between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam.
  • Shad fishing is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • 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 John Day Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries took effect May 1 (see special regulations for details).
  • Walleye fishing was good in The Dalles Pool and excellent in the John Day Pool 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

Salmonid angling was fair to good on the lower Columbia last weekend. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.75 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.25 spring Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.39 spring Chinook, 0.03 steelhead and 0.02 sockeye caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.29 spring Chinook caught per bank rod, while bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.06 spring Chinook and 0.04 steelhead caught per bank angler. On Saturday’s (5/16) flight, 555 salmonid boats and 305 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and 10 adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook kept, plus five unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 42 salmonid anglers; and 47 shad kept for 38 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats (Below Beacon Rock):

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook kept, plus four unclipped adult spring Chinook released for eight boats (21 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook kept, plus 11 unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 68 boats (147 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank

Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 105 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 21 adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook, 10 adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus eight unclipped adult spring Chinook, one unclipped jack spring Chinook and one sockeye released for 75 boats (179 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

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):

No report.

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

No report.

sturgeon
Sturgeon
- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. Weekend checking showed 28 legal, one oversize, and 21 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers) fishing the Portland to Westport area.

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):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.

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

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize released for 13 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus five legal, three oversize and 23 sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (40 anglers).

Walleye

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 19 walleye kept for three boats (seven anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed 190 walleye kept, plus 37 walleye released for 29 boats (54 anglers).

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