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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 26, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Latest word sport fishing in the Columbia River area

Here are the latest fishing reports from the Columbia River region.

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 16 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.

Boat anglers continued to produce excellent catch rates in the gorge this past weekend even though the peak of the fall Chinook run crossed Bonneville Dam back in early September. Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 2.29 fall Chinook and 0.29 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.12 fall Chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.33 fall Chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed three fall Chinook adults and one fall Chinook jack kept, plus one fall Chinook adult released for 12 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 14 fall Chinook adults, four fall Chinook jacks, two adipose fin-clipped coho adults, and one adipose fin-clipped coho jack kept, plus two fall Chinook adults released for seven boats (22 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed one fall Chinook adult, and one fall Chinook jack kept, plus two fall Chinook adults released for 25 boats (49 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats: No report.

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm): Weekly checking showed four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 11 bank anglers; and three fall Chinook adults, one fall Chinook jack, and nine adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 18 unclipped steelhead released for 46 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 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.

Catch rates were fair on the lower Columbia this past weekend for sturgeon anglers. Anglers fishing in the gorge had the best catch rates where boat anglers averaged 0.19 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, and the bank anglers averaged 0.10 legal white sturgeon caught per angler. In the Portland to Longview area boat anglers averaged 0.10 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.03 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed six legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and 16 sublegal sturgeon released for 62 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, two oversize and 65 sublegal sturgeon released for 16 boats (49 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 69 sublegal sturgeon released for 40 boats (94 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank: Weekend checking showed eight sublegal sturgeon released for 35 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats: Weekend checking showed six legal white sturgeon kept, plus 51 sublegal sturgeon released for 58 boats (144 anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge Boats: No report.

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed four walleye kept for five boats (nine anglers).

Portland to Longview Boats: No report.

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