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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



July 28, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Fishing for summer Chinook, sockeye and summer steelhead is open through Friday, July 31, between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and the OR/WA border above McNary Dam.
  • The fall salmon season opens Saturday, Aug. 1, from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). An estimated 925,300 fall Chinook and 539,600 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.
  • The mainstem Columbia River and mainstem Snake River ARE NOT INCLUDED in recent actions to prohibit angling for trout, salmon, and steelhead in Oregon streams after 2 P.M. daily. 
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Marker 82 below Bonneville Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye angling is good in the gorge and Troutdale areas.

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 fishing was fair to excellent on the lower Columbia this past weekend. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.25 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.10 summer Chinook and 0.24 steelhead caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.15 summer Chinook and 0.12 steelhead caught per boat. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 1.52 summer Chinook, 0.06 coho and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.12 summer Chinook, 0.12 steelhead and 0.02 sockeye caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed five adult summer Chinook, one jack summer Chinook and two steelhead kept; plus three steelhead and one sockeye released for 41 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one steelhead released for four boats (12 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adult summer Chinook and two steelhead kept; plus three steelhead released for 21 boats (37 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank

Weekend checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adult summer Chinook and two steelhead kept; plus one steelhead released for 26 boats (59 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed 92 adult summer Chinook and six jack Chinook kept; plus five adult Chinook, 17 jack Chinook, one steelhead, four adult coho and one jack coho released for 64 boats (198 anglers). Anglers are reminded that the retention of coho is prohibited until August 1, 2015.

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

Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook and one steelhead kept for 15 bank anglers.

- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-


Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Closed for retention. No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Closed for retention. No report.

Portland to Westport Bank:

Closed for retention. No report.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Closed for retention. No report.

Estuary Boats:

Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 11 legal, 13 oversize and nine sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (11 anglers).

Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border:

All sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release is prohibited until further notice.

Walleye male
Walleye male
-Joseph Tomelleri-



Weekly checking showed six walleye kept and one walleye released for one boat (three anglers).


Weekly checking showed 28 walleye kept and three walleye released for 15 boats (36 anglers).

Portland to Westport Boats:

No report.

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