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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

August 19, 2014

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Sockeye Salmon

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The fall salmon season is open 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. Catch rates for Chinook ranged from fair to good this past weekend.
  • Summer steelhead fishing is fair 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).
  • Walleye fishing is fair in 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

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 498 salmonid boats and 79 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (8/16) flight; and 1,590 Oregon boats at Buoy 10. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 1.49 Chinook and 0.56 coho caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.32 fall Chinook and 0.51 steelhead caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.12 fall Chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.10 steelhead caught per angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.03 steelhead caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 42 bank anglers.

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

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for seven boats (17 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adult Chinook kept for 41 boats (75 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one unclipped steelhead released for 38 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 30 adult Chinook, six jack Chinook and 30 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one adult Chinook and 20 unclipped steelhead released for 98 boats (215 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 313 Chinook and 79 adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus 67 Chinook, 65 unclipped coho and one unclipped steelhead released for 255 boats (863 anglers).

sturgeon
Sturgeon
- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Sturgeon

Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed one legal, one oversize and 13 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (three anglers).

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:

No report.

Troutdale:

Weekly checking showed one walleye kept, plus two walleye released for five boats (12 anglers).

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