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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



September 30, 2014

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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

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 excellent at Buoy 10.
  • Coho fishing is good near the mouths of some Columbia River tributaries.
  • Chinook fishing is fair to good between Warrior Rock 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.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 660 salmonid boats and 83 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (9/27) flight; and 233 Oregon boats at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 6.3 coho and 0.12 Chinook caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.96 Chinook, 0.09 coho and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers in Troutdale averaged 0.13 Chinook and 0.02 coho caught per boat.  In the Portland to Warrior Rock area, boat anglers averaged 0.13 Chinook and 0.05 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing Warrior Rock to Tongue Point averaged 0.42 Chinook and 2.33 coho caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.17 Chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed eight adult Chinook and three jack Chinook kept for 47 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 54 adult Chinook, 11 jack Chinook, three adipose fin-clipped adult coho and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two jack Chinook and two unclipped adult coho released for 56 boats (179 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed six adult Chinook, one jack Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept for 46 boats (95 anglers).

Portland (Sauvie Island) Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for eight bank anglers.

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

Portland to Warrior Rock Boats:

Weekend checking showed 14 adult Chinook, 10 jack Chinook and three adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus three unclipped adult coho released for 112 boats (261 anglers).

St. Helens to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

Warrior Rock to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed 22 adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus five adult Chinook and six unclipped adult coho released for 12 boats (27 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 518 adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus 13 Chinook and 184 unclipped coho released for 111 boats (315 anglers).


Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only.

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools: WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary



Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).


Weekend checking showed seven walleye kept for one boat (three anglers).

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