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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

Updated September 20, 2016

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Columbia River near Roweena
Columbia River near Rowena
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

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). The current estimated fall Chinook return to the Columbia River is 860,300 adult fish.
  • Salmonid angling is good in the Bonneville Pool and gorge.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye angling is good in the John Day Pool.

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 catch rates ranged from fair to good on the Columbia River this past weekend. In the John Day Pool, boat anglers averaged 0.14 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in The Dalles Pool averaged 0.64 Chinook, 0.06 coho and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat. In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers averaged 1.2 Chinook, 0.02 coho and 0.01 steelhead. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.27 Chinook, 0.03 coho and 0.03 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.46 Chinook and 0.02 coho caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.30 Chinook and 0.02 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing Buoy 10 averaged 0.18 Chinook and 0.18 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.06 steelhead caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 34 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 83 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks, two coho adults and two steelhead kept, plus two Chinook adults released for 67 boats (223 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 69 Chinook adults, 14 Chinook jacks and one coho adult kept, plus one Chinook adult and two coho adults released for 151 boats (366 anglers).

Chinook Salmon
Tom Lum strikes it rich on the Columbia, September 2016.
-Photo by Tom Lum-

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one steelhead kept for 16 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed 45 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks and two coho adults kept, plus nine Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and one coho adult released for 180 boats (366 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed two Chinook and two coho kept for 11 boats (25 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

Weekly checking showed two Chinook adults and one steelhead kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 31 bank anglers; and 164 Chinook adults, 20 Chinook jacks, three coho adults, one coho jack and one steelhead kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 137 boats (390 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed one steelhead kept for 11 bank anglers; and 30 Chinook adults, five Chinook jacks and three coho adults kept, plus one steelhead released for 47 boats (122 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed one Chinook adult kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 14 boats (31 anglers).

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed 25 legal white sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers.

Walleye male
Walleye male
-Joseph Tomelleri-

Walleye

Troutdale: Weekly checking showed nine walleye kept for two boats (six anglers).

Portland: Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for two boats (five anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 12 walleye kept, plus five walleye released for two boats (four anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed three walleye released for three bank anglers; and 63 walleye kept, plus 72 walleye released for 13 boats (26 anglers).


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