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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Columbia River region alive with steelhead, shad, walleye, sturgeon and some sockeye

OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT

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.

Steelhead angling was fair on the lower Columbia this past weekend, and shad anglers are doing quite well in the gorge. On Saturday’s (6/2) flight, 60 salmonid boats, 48 shad boats, 99 Oregon salmonid bank anglers, and 161 Oregon shad bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 1,278 shad kept for 186 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed six shad kept for two boats (three anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed eight adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead, five spring chinook adults, and one spring chinook jack released for 55 salmonid anglers; and five shad kept for five shad anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed one spring chinook released for eight salmonid boats (18 anglers); and 112 shad kept for 19 shad boats (46 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Wauna Power Lines to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Wauna Power Lines to Buoy 10):

No report.

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 anglers had the best success in the estuary where boat anglers averaged 0.63 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. In the Portland to Longview area boat anglers averaged 0.33 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. On Saturday’s (6/2) flight 225 sturgeon boats, 80 of which were in the estuary, and 26 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank (below Marker 82):

No report.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed 20 sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (five anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for four bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 25 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, two oversize and 161 sublegal sturgeon released for 79 boats (193 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Wauna Powerlines to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Wauna Powerlines to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 71 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one green, two oversize and 262 sublegal sturgeon released for 113 boats (349 anglers); and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus three sublegal sturgeon released for 25 charter boat anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and 21 sublegal sturgeon released for 33 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 17 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (seven anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

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

Portland to Longview Boats:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 48 walleye kept, plus two walleye released for 15 boats (33 anglers).

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