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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 21, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife fishing highlights in the Columbia River

Here is the latest fishing reports by Oregon Fish and Wildlife from the Columbia River:

Weekend Fishing Opportunities

Fall chinook catches are good in the Columbia near Bonneville Dam and fair to poor at Buoy 10 and between Warrior Rock and Troutdale. Anglers are catching a few coho near the mouths of some tributaries.

Coho catches are fair to good at Buoy 10.

SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD

The following modifications are now in effect for the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam:

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, BUOY 10 LINE UPSTREAM TO THE TONGUE POINT/ROCKY POINT LINE:

Effective Friday September 16 through December 31, this section of the Columbia River will be open to the retention of adult chinook (greater than 24 inches), adipose fin-clipped adult coho (greater than 16 inches) and adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon/steelhead in combination. The retention of jack salmon, chum and sockeye is prohibited. Effective October 1-December 31, the daily bag limit is two adult salmon (chinook or adipose fin-clipped coho) or adipose fin-clipped steelhead in combination and five jacks.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, TONGUE POINT/ROCKY POINT LINE UPSTREAM TO WARRIOR ROCK LIGHTHOUSE/BACHELOR ISLAND LINE:

Effective September 19 through September 30, the Columbia River from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point Line upstream to a line projected from Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to Red Buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island is closed for chinook retention but is open for adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and adipose fin-clipped coho. The daily limit is two adipose fin-clipped adult coho (>20″) or steelhead in combination and five adipose fin-clipped coho jacks. Effective October 1 through December 31 this section of the Columbia River will re-open for chinook retention with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon/steelhead in combination and five jacks.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, WARRIOR ROCK LIGHTHOUSE/BACHELOR ISLAND LINE UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

Effective September 10 through December 31, the Columbia River from a line projected from Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to Red Buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island upstream to Bonneville Dam is open to the retention of fall chinook, adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination and five jack salmon. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches and coho less than or equal to 20 inches. It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after the adult daily bag limit has been reached. Retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, BONNEVILLE DAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER ABOVE McNARY DAM:

Effective August 1 through December 31, this section of the Columbia River is open for fall chinook, coho (only adipose fin-clipped coho may be retained between Bonneville Dam and the Hood River bridge), and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination and five jacks. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches and coho less than or equal to 20 inches. It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after the adult daily bag limit has been reached. The retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited.

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 1,409 salmonid boats and 166 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (9/17) flight. Catch rates were fair to good for fall chinook, while catch rates for coho remain low. Anglers fishing in the gorge had the best success where boat anglers averaged 1.42 fall chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat, while bank anglers averaged 0.20 fall chinook caught per angler. Between Portland and Longview, boat anglers averaged 0.36 fall chinook and 0.06 coho caught per boat, while boat anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.23 fall chinook and 0.05 coho caught per boat.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed five fall chinook adults and one fall chinook jack kept for 25 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 50 fall chinook adults and six fall chinook jacks kept, plus one unclipped coho released for 35 boats (120 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 30 fall chinook adults, one fall chinook jack, and seven adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus one steelhead released for 128 boats (278 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed one pink salmon for 13 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 29 fall chinook adults, three fall chinook jacks, and three adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus one fall chinook, one steelhead, and two unclipped coho released for 84 boats (188 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped coho kept plus one unclipped coho and two steelhead released for 27 anglers.

Estuary Boats (Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 31 adult fall chinook and 131 adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus 15 fall chinook, 96 coho, and one steelhead released for 96 boats (290 anglers).

STURGEON

BUOY 10 UPSTREAM TO WAUNA POWERLINES: Effective Monday August 1 through Saturday December 31, sturgeon retention is prohibited. Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during retention closures.

WAUNA POWERLINES UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM: Effective Monday August 1 through Wednesday September 30, sturgeon retention is prohibited.

The following modifications were adopted at the September 15th Compact/Joint State Hearing for the 2011 mainstem Columbia River sturgeon fishery from the Wauna powerlines (River Mile 40) upstream to Bonneville Dam, including all adjacent Washington tributaries. The modifications include:

Prohibit the retention of sturgeon seven days per week during Monday, Aug. 1 -Friday, September 30, 2011.

Allow the retention of sturgeon three days per week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and prohibit the retention of sturgeon four days per week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday beginning Saturday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited as per permanent regulations.

Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during sturgeon retention closures.

BONNEVILLE DAM UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER:

In Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day, and McNary Pools the retention of sturgeon is prohibited through December 31, 2011 because the white sturgeon catch guidelines have been reached. Catch and release fishing will be allowed throughout the remainder of the year in all four pools.

Sturgeon retention is closed on the lower Columbia River. Catch and release angling is allowed. Retention season is scheduled to reopen three days per week (Thursdays-Saturdays) beginning Saturday October 1-Saturday December 31 between Wauna Powerlines and Bonneville Dam with a daily limit of one sturgeon between 38 and 54 inches (fork length).

WALLEYE

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

No report.

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