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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



September 9, 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 at Buoy 10.
  • Chinook fishing is good to excellent between Tongue Point and 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
A couple of fishermen land a Chinook salmon while fishing on the Columbia.
-Photo by Rick Swart-

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 1,602 salmonid boats and 76 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (9/6) flight; and 875 Oregon boats at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.53 Chinook, 5.1 coho and 0.01 steelhead caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 4.33 Chinook and 0.05 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Tongue Point area averaged 1.03 Chinook, 0.82 coho and 0.03 steelhead caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.74 Chinook, 0.01 coho and 0.01 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.28 Chinook caught per angler.
Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 26 adult Chinook and three jack Chinook kept for 94 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 91 adult Chinook and three jack Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult coho released for 21 boats (57 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 103 adult Chinook, one jack Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one adult Chinook, two jack Chinook and one unclipped adult Coho released for 140 boats (324 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one jack Chinook released for 25 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Boats:

Weekend checking showed 309 adult Chinook, 29 jack Chinook, 136 adipose fin-clipped adult coho, two adipose fin-clipped jack coho and five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 17 adult Chinook, 17 jack Chinook, 125 unclipped adult coho, five unclipped jack coho and three unclipped steelhead released for 318 boats (860 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 737 adipose fin-clipped coho and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 493 unclipped coho, 129 Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 242 boats (733 anglers).


Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only. Weekend checking showed two legal and nine sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (four anglers).

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 five walleye kept for three boats (five anglers).

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