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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

April 14, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Chinook Salmon
Spring Chinook
-Photo by Tom Friesen-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring Chinook fishing is open from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles Pool until the respective guideline of 100 legal white sturgeon is met.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in the John Day Pool until the respective guideline of 500 legal white sturgeon is met.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details).
  • Walleye fishing was excellent in the John Day Pool last week.

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 decreased in some areas of the lower Columbia River while they improved in others this past weekend. Boat anglers fishing in the gorge below Beacon Rock averaged 1.53 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.27 spring Chinook caught per boat.

In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.52 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.42 spring Chinook caught per boat.

Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.05 spring Chinook caught per angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.02 spring Chinook caught per angler.

On Saturday’s (4/11) flight, 1,665 salmonid boats and 444 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook adult released for 20 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock):

Weekend checking showed 21 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults kept, plus two unclipped spring Chinook adults released for 15 boats (50 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 12 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults kept, plus three unclipped spring Chinook adults released for 56 boats (118 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adult kept for 45 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 74 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook jack kept, plus 10 unclipped spring Chinook adults released for 163 boats (444 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults kept, plus two unclipped spring Chinook adults and two unclipped spring Chinook jacks released for 19 boats (48 anglers).

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

No report.

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for 50 bank anglers.

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

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for 54 bank anglers; and no catch for four boats (eight anglers).

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

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

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus four sublegal sturgeon released for 20 bank anglers; and two oversize and 11 sublegal sturgeon released for four boats (10 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for nine bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 11 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (17 anglers).

Walleye
Ben Creach, of Yakima, WA and the 7-pound Walleye he caught on the Columbia

Walleye

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers; and two walleye kept for three boats (six anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 207 walleye kept, plus 52 walleye released for 34 boats (65 anglers).

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