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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

June 23, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and summer steelhead is open between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and the OR/WA border.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • The Bonneville Pool is open to the retention of white sturgeon Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28, and Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5, 2015.
  • Sturgeon retention is open through Friday July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam (except in the Bonneville Pool during the above mentioned weekend openers in June and July), but remains an option for catch and release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details).

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend, salmonid angling was fair and shad angling success declined. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.35 summer Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.16 summer Chinook and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.15 summer Chinook, 0.05 steelhead and 0.03 sockeye caught per boat. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 0.10 summer Chinook and 0.30 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge this past week averaged 0.12 summer Chinook, while anglers fishing in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.03 summer Chinook and 0.02 steelhead caught per angler. On Saturday’s (6/20) flight, 539 salmonid boats and 174 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook kept, plus two unclipped adult summer Chinook released for 58 salmonid anglers; and 577 shad kept for 132 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook, and two adipose fin-clipped jack summer Chinook kept, plus two unclipped adult summer Chinook released for 26 boats (76 anglers); and 32 shad kept for five boats (17 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook kept, plus two unclipped adult summer Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 49 boats (114 anglers); and no catch for one shad boat (two anglers).

Chinook Salmon
Spring Chinook
-Photo by Tom Friesen-

Portland to Westport Bank

Weekly checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook and three adipose fin-clipped jack summer Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult summer Chinook and three unclipped steelhead released for 155 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook, two adipose fin-clipped steelhead and one sockeye kept for 39 boats (97 anglers); and no shad for one boat (two anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 10 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekly checking showed no catch for three boats (three anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for 20 bank anglers; and no catch for two boats (two anglers).

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.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Closed for retention.  Weekend checking showed four legal white sturgeon and 15 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (seven anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Closed for retention.  Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon and one sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon and two sublegal sturgeon released for one bank angler.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed five legal white sturgeon, one oversize and 34 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (eight anglers).

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

Weekend checking showed six legal white sturgeon kept, plus 130 sublegal sturgeon released for 175 bank anglers; and 139 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 10 legal, 51 oversize and 1,665 sublegal sturgeon released for 220 boats (645 anglers).

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

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

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

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

Walleye
Ben Creach, of Yakima, WA and the 7-pound Walleye he caught on the Columbia

Walleye

Troutdale:

Weekly checking showed 26 walleye kept, plus two walleye released for five boats (10 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

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

No report.

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