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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



October 28, 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). Beginning Nov. 1, boat angling is prohibited in the gorge between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam.
  • The heavy rains washed out most of the lower Columbia River tributaries; however, some lucky anglers still managed to catch a few coho before the water got too muddy.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.

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

Chinook Salmon
Fall Chinook Salmon
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 27 salmonid boats and nine Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Sunday’s (10/26) flight.  Anglers had the best success in the gorge where boat anglers averaged 0.33 Chinook and 0.17 coho caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.29 coho caught per boat. 

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

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

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one jack Chinook and nine adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus one unclipped adult coho released for 35 boats (64 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus two unclipped adult coho released for 15 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two boats (three anglers).

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

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

Weekly checking showed five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus seven unclipped steelhead released for 30 boats.


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

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