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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



October 14, 2014

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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).
  • Coho fishing is good near the mouths of some Columbia River tributaries.
  • Chinook fishing is good at Bonneville Dam.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing is good in Troutdale.

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

Chinook Salmon
Don Wenzel of Albany landed this 44-pound chinook
-Photo by Diane Wenzel-

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid angling was fair to good in the lower Columbia this past weekend. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.1 Chinook and 0.35 coho caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.16 Chinook and 0.26 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.07 Chinook and 0.78 coho caught per boat.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 34 adult Chinook, one jack Chinook and 11 adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept for 31 boats (109 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed nine adult Chinook, 12 adipose fin-clipped adult coho and one adipose fin-clipped jack coho kept, plus three unclipped adult coho released for 57 boats (109 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

No report.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adult Chinook and 16 adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus five unclipped adult coho released for 27 boats (58 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

No report.

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

Weekly checking showed one jack Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 21 boats.

Sturgeon Fishing
Angler releases a sturgeon.
-Photo by Rick Hargrave-


Lower Columbia River:

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



No report.


Weekend checking showed 15 walleye kept for one boat (four anglers).

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