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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 5, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Columbia River region opens fishing doors for sturgeon, chinook and coho in some areas

Here is the sport fishing report from the Columbia River region by Oregon Fish and Wildlife:

COLUMBIA FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Sturgeon retention is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during October 1 – December 31 from Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Catch rates for fall chinook are good for boat anglers in the gorge. Anglers are catching a few coho near the mouths of some tributaries.

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 October 1 through December 31, this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of fall chinook, adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of 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. The retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, TONGUE POINT/ROCKY POINT LINE UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

Effective October 1 through December 31, this section of the Columbia River 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 356 salmonid boats and 64 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (10/1) flight. Catch rates for fall chinook are dropping off now that the peak of the run has crossed Bonneville; however, boat anglers fishing in the gorge this past weekend caught 0.54 fall chinook and 0.08 coho per boat.

In the Portland to Longview area boat anglers averaged 0.28 fall chinook and 0.22 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.08 fall chinook and 0.05 coho caught per boat. Bank angling is slow.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one fall chinook jack kept for 13 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 14 fall chinook adults, six fall chinook jacks, and one adipose fin-clipped coho adult kept, plus one unclipped coho released for 26 boats (79 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed three fall chinook adults, one fall chinook jack, and two adipose fin-clipped coho adults kept for 37 boats (68 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 12 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 13 fall chinook adults, one fall chinook jack, and eight adipose fin-clipped coho adults kept, plus two unclipped coho released for 46 boats (87 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Buoy 10):

No report.

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 Saturday October 1 through December 31 (or until the harvest guideline is reached), this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with a daily bag limit of one sturgeon between 38 and 54 inches (fork length) and an annual limit of five fish. The retention of green sturgeon 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:

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.

The lower Willamette remains closed to sturgeon retention.

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.

On opening day of sturgeon retention there were 356 sturgeon boats and 368 Oregon bank anglers counted on Saturday’s (10/1) flight. Sturgeon anglers had the best success in the gorge where boat anglers averaged 0.76 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, and bank anglers averaged 0.18 legal white sturgeon caught per angler respectively. In the Portland to Longview boat anglers averaged 0.29 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while the bank anglers averaged 0.14 legal white sturgeon caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 27 legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, one oversize, and 30 sublegal sturgeon released for 161 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 17 legal white sturgeon kept, plus eight legal, 19 oversize, and 168 sublegal sturgeon released for 33 boats (97 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 62 sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (25 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed four legal white sturgeon kept, plus 27 sublegal sturgeon released for 29 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 18 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 113 sublegal sturgeon released for 62 boats (151 anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge Boats:

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

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed three walleye kept, plus one walleye released for one boat (three anglers).

Portland to Longview Boats:

No report.

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