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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 12, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Fall salmon and steelhead catches still available in the Columbia River region

COLUMBIA RIVER FISHING REPORTS BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Anglers are catching a few salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River above the John Day Dam and in the John Day Arm.

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 to fair in the lower Columbia. 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 259 salmonid boats and 77 Oregon bank anglers counted on Saturday’s (10/8) flight. Salmonid anglers are still producing high catch rates in the gorge where boat anglers averaged 1.58 fall chinook and 0.26 coho caught per boat, and bank anglers averaged 0.40 fall chinook caught per angler. In the Portland to Longview area boat anglers averaged 0.29 fall chinook and 0.38 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.17 fall chinook and 0.07 coho caught per boat.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed 17 fall chinook adults, and two fall chinook jacks kept for 42 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 30 fall chinook adults, four fall chinook jacks, and two adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus three unclipped coho and one pink released for 19 boats (68 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed five fall chinook adults, and one adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus one unclipped coho released for 29 boats (65 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank: No report.

Portland to Longview Boats: Weekend checking showed four fall chinook adults, and six adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus two fall chinook adults, and two unclipped coho released for 21 boats (39 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm): Weekly checking showed one unclipped steelhead released for seven bank anglers; and two fall chinook adults, two fall chinook jacks, one adipose fin-clipped coho, and five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus eight unclipped steelhead released for 35 boats.

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 power lines (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 the Lower Columbia this past weekend there were 265 sturgeon boats and 293 Oregon bank anglers counted on Saturday’s (10/8) flight. Sturgeon angling was slow this past weekend. Sturgeon anglers had the best success in the gorge where boat anglers averaged 0.29 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.17 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. In Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.08 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. Bank anglers in the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.05 legal white sturgeon caught per angler, while anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.01 legal white sturgeon caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 10 sublegal sturgeon released for 148 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus four oversize and 161 sublegal sturgeon released for 24 boats (68 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 84 sublegal sturgeon released for 12 boats (28 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank: Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 25 sublegal sturgeon released for 38 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats: Weekend checking showed 17 legal white sturgeon kept, plus two oversize and 108 sublegal sturgeon released for 101 boats (263 anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge Boats: No report.

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed four walleye kept for two boats (four anglers).

Portland to Longview Boats: No report.

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