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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

July 29, 2014

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Sockeye Salmon

Salmon
-Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Timothy Knepp-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The fall salmon season opens Friday, Aug 1 from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam.  Over 1,500,000 fall Chinook and 600,000 coho are expected to return to the Columbia this fall.
  • Summer steelhead fishing is good in the Columbia gorge and near the mouths of some tributaries.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that some spawning sanctuaries are in effect (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

Steelhead fishing was fair to excellent on the lower Columbia this past weekend.  Salmonid anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 1.63 summer steelhead and 0.13 summer Chinook caught per boat; and bank anglers averaged 0.08 summer steelhead and 0.02 summer Chinook caught per angler. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 1.30 summer steelhead and 0.02 summer Chinook caught per boat; and bank anglers averaged 0.22 summer steelhead and 0.02 sockeye caught per angler. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 1.6 summer steelhead caught per boat, while the bank anglers averaged 0.25 summer steelhead and 0.13 summer Chinook caught per angler. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.39 summer steelhead caught per boat.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 49 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook and 21 unclipped steelhead released for 16 boats (46 anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

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

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and six adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 23 boats (47 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus six unclipped steelhead and one sockeye released for 46 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and 40 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook, one unclipped jack Chinook and 33 unclipped steelhead released for 56 boats (137 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Astoria Bridge to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook released for 16 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Astoria Bridge to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed 13 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 10 boats (19 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for 21 bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for four boats (nine anglers).

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

No report.

sturgeon
Sturgeon
- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only. Weekend checking showed three legal and 21 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only. No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (four anglers).

John Day Pool:

Catch and release only. No report.

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools: WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary

Walleye

Gorge:

Weekend checking showed three walleye kept and three walleye released for three boats (seven anglers).

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed two walleye kept for three boats (six anglers).

Portland to Westport Boats:

No report.

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed seven walleye kept, plus one walleye released for two boats (three anglers).

John Day Pool:

No report.

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