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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



September 29, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Chinook on the Columbia
Columbia River Chinook.
-Photo courtesy Kevleen Melcher-

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). An estimated 1,095,900 fall Chinook and 539,600 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
  • Walleye angling is good in the gorge and 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 601 salmonid boats and 76 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (9/19) flight; and 113 Oregon boats counted at Buoy 10. Anglers fishing Buoy 10 averaged 2.52 coho and 0.75 fall Chinook caught per boat, while bank anglers fishing Clatsop Spit averaged 0.30 coho and 0.09 fall Chinook caught per angler. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.80 fall Chinook caught per boat, while boat anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.55 fall Chinook, 0.04 coho and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 1.39 fall Chinook and 0.07 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.26 fall Chinook caught per angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.14 fall Chinook and 0.07 coho caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 15 adult fall Chinook kept; plus one adult and one jack fall Chinook released for 61 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 109 adult fall Chinook and seven jack fall Chinook kept; plus one adult fall Chinook released for 61 boats (188 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 72 adult fall Chinook, seven jack fall Chinook, three adult coho and one steelhead kept; plus three adult fall Chinook, two adult coho and two steelhead released for 137 boats (297 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank

Weekend checking showed one adult coho kept; plus two adult and one jack fall Chinook released for 14 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed 122 adult fall Chinook, 11 jack fall Chinook and four adult coho kept; plus 37 adult fall Chinook and four adult coho released for 114 boats (267 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):

Weekly checking showed 24 coho kept; plus eight coho, 10 fall Chinook and one steelhead released for 108 anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 102 coho kept; plus 67 coho and 50 fall Chinook released for 67 boats (190 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam): No report.

- Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-


Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. Weekly checking showed 20 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers); and no catch for two bank anglers.

Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border:

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.



Weekly checking showed six walleye kept for one boat (one angler).


Weekly checking showed 19 walleye kept; plus 13 walleye released for five boats (10 anglers).

Portland to Westport: No report.

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