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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 30, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Wide range of spring fishing activities in the Columbia River region

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Angling is open for summer steelhead, spring chinook jacks and sockeye from the Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge.

Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border.

Sturgeon retention is allowed three days per week (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) from Marker 82 downstream to Wauna Powerlines through July 31 with a 38-inch minimum and 54-inch maximum fork length restriction in effect.

The estuary sturgeon season is open seven days per week during Saturday May 12 through Sunday July 8 (or catch guideline) below the Wauna power lines with a 41-inch minimum and 54-inch maximum size limit (fork length).

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 TONGUE POINT/ROCKY POINT LINE:

This section of the Columbia River is closed to angling for salmon and steelhead, but is open to angling for shad.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, TONGUE POINT/ROCKY POINT LINE UPSTREAM TO THE I-5 BRIDGE:

Effective Wednesday May 16, this section of the Columbia River is open to angling for adipose fin-clipped steelhead, adipose fin-clipped chinook jacks (between 12 and 24 inches), sockeye (fin-clipped or not) and shad. The daily bag limit is two sockeye and/or steelhead in combination plus five adipose fin-clipped chinook jacks. All sockeye count toward the adult daily limit, regardless of size.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, I-5 BRIDGE UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

This section of the Columbia River is currently closed to angling for salmon and steelhead, but is open to angling for shad.

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

This section of the Columbia River is currently closed to angling for salmon and steelhead, but is open to angling for shad. Effective Wednesday May 16 through Tuesday July 31, 2012 only single point hooks are allowed when angling at Cascade Locks in the area between the boat ramp at the lower end of the locks upstream to the east (upstream) end of the lock wall.

Salmonid angling was fair overall during the two day opener over the Memorial holiday weekend. Boat anglers in the gorge below Beacon Rock had the best success where anglers averaged 1.25 spring chinook caught per boat. In the estuary boat anglers averaged 0.5 spring chinook and 0.06 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers in Troutdale averaged 0.19 spring chinook and 0.01 steelhead caught per boat. In the Portland to Longview area boat anglers averaged 0.13 spring chinook and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers had the best success in the estuary where anglers averaged 0.23 spring chinook and 0.39 steelhead caught per angler. In the gorge bank anglers averaged 0.11 spring chinook caught per angler, while anglers in the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.04 spring chinook and 0.05 steelhead caught per angler. Shad anglers are catching a fair number of fish especially in the gorge. On Saturday’s (5/26) flight, 1,034 salmonid boats, 16 shad boats, 865 Oregon salmonid bank anglers, and 99 Oregon shad anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed nine adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults kept, plus two unclipped spring chinook adults released for 101 salmon anglers; and 893 shad kept for 172 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adult, plus four unclipped spring chinook released for four salmon boats (18 anglers); and 120 shad kept for three shad boats (six anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 13 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus nine unclipped spring chinook released for 117 salmon boats (262 anglers); and seven shad kept for two shad boats (four anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed 17 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, two adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jacks, and 25 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus eight unclipped spring chinook adults and five unclipped steelhead released for 666 salmon anglers; and 24 shad kept, plus two shad released for nine shad anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 11 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, three adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jacks and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus four unclipped spring chinook adults and one unclipped spring chinook jack released for 114 salmon boats (264 anglers); and 245 shad kept for nine shad boats (23 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Wauna Power lines to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jack, and 10 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped spring chinook and two unclipped steelhead released for 31 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed 19 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, two adipose fin-clipped steelhead and one sockeye kept, plus five unclipped spring chinook adults and one unclipped steelhead released for 48 boats (134 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Salmonid angling prohibited.

The Dalles Pool:

Salmonid angling prohibited.

John Day Pool:

Salmonid angling prohibited.

STURGEON:

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

BUOY 10 UPSTREAM TO WAUNA POWERLINES:

Effective Saturday, May 12 through Sunday, July 8 (or until guideline is reached) this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week with a daily bag limit of one sturgeon between 41 – 54 inches fork length.

The following modifications were adopted at the Jan. 26 Compact/Joint State Hearing for the 2012 mainstem Columbia River sturgeon fishery from Wauna Powerlines (River Mile 40) downstream to the mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries. The modifications include:

Allow the retention of sturgeon seven days per week effective Saturday, May 12 through Sunday, July 8, 2012 (or until the harvest guideline of 4,160 legal white sturgeon has been reached) with a daily bag limit of one fish between 41 – 54 inches fork length in effect.

Prohibit the retention of sturgeon seven days per week during Monday, July 9 through Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited as per permanent regulations.

Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during retention closures.

WAUNA POWERLINES UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

Effective Jan. 1 through Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 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 fish between 38 – 54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish.

The following modifications were adopted at the Jan. 26 Compact/Joint State Hearing for the 2012 mainstem Columbia River sturgeon fishery from the Wauna Powerlines (River Mile 40) upstream to Bonneville Dam, all adjacent Washington tributaries, excluding the lower Willamette River upstream to Willamette Falls, Multnomah Channel, and Gilbert River. The modifications include:

Allow the retention of white 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 Jan. 1 through Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

Prohibit the retention of sturgeon seven days per week during Wednesday, Aug. 1 through Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.

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. 20 through Dec. 31, 2012 or until the catch guideline of 2,080 legal white sturgeon has been met.

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited as per permanent regulations.

Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during sturgeon retention closures, except all sturgeon angling is prohibited between Marker 82 and Bonneville Dam during May 1-August 31, 2012.

BONNEVILLE DAM UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER:

Regulations for the 2012 sturgeon sport fishery from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border are currently as follows:

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools can be found at the following link:

WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary

BONNEVILLE DAM UPSTREAM TO THE DALLES DAM:

The Bonneville Pool is currently closed for sturgeon retention. Catch and release is allowed during the retention closure.

The following modifications were adopted at the April 30 Joint State Hearing for the Columbia River Mainstem from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam:

Allow the retention of white sturgeon Friday June 15 through Saturday June 16, 2012.

Allow the retention of white sturgeon Friday June 22 through Saturday June 23, 2012.

The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 38-54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish. The use of more than one single point barbless hook is prohibited.

THE DALLES DAM UPSTREAM TO JOHN DAY DAM:

Effective January 1, 2012 this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week until the catch guideline of 300 fish is reached. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish. The use of more than one single point barbless hook is prohibited.

JOHN DAY DAM UPSTREAM TO MCNARY DAM:

Effective Monday, May 21 – December 31, 2012, the retention of sturgeon is prohibited because the catch guideline of 500 legal white sturgeon has been met. Catch and release will be allowed during the retention closure.

MCNARY DAM UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER:

Effective Wednesday, February 1 through Tuesday, July 31, 2012 this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week with a daily bag limit of one sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish. The use of more than one single point barbless hook is prohibited.

Sturgeon angling ranged from fair to good on the lower Columbia River this past weekend. Boat anglers had the best success in the gorge below marker 82 where anglers averaged 1.0 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. In the estuary boat anglers averaged 0.47 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, and in the Portland to Longview area boat anglers averaged 0.40 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. On Saturday’s (5/26) flight 113 sturgeon boats, 48 of which were in the estuary, and 27 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank (below Marker 82):

No report.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 23 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 31 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (17 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 16 sublegal sturgeon released for five boats (13 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 21 legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and 126 sublegal sturgeon released for 45 boats (125 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one oversize and 32 sublegal sturgeon released for 40 bank anglers; and one oversize and eight sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (six anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for four boats (seven anglers).

Portland to Longview Boats:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 43 walleye kept, plus five walleye released for six boats (16 anglers).

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