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June 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Overload of fishing opportunities in the Columbia River region

OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Effective Saturday June 16, angling is open for adipose fin-clipped summer chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, sockeye (fin-clipped or not) and shad from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam.

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 currently closed to angling for salmon and steelhead, but is open to angling for shad. Effective Saturday June 16 through Sunday July 1, the Columbia River mainstem from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Tongue Point is open to angling for adipose fin-clipped summer chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead and sockeye. The daily limit will be two adult salmon or steelhead in combination (chinook > 24″, sockeye, and steelhead ≥ 20″) plus five chinook jacks. All sockeye count toward the adult salmonid daily bag limit, regardless of size.

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

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 through June 15, 2012. 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. Effective Saturday June 16 through Sunday July 1, this section of the Columbia River will be open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped summer chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, sockeye (fin-clipped or not) and shad. The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook (> 24″), adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead or sockeye in combination and five adipose fin-clipped chinook jacks. All sockeye count toward the adult salmonid daily bag 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 through June 15, 2012. Effective Saturday June 16 through Sunday July 1, this section of the Columbia River will be open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped summer chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, sockeye (fin-clipped or not) and shad. The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook, adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead or sockeye in combination and five adipose fin-clipped chinook jacks. All sockeye count toward the adult salmonid daily bag limit, regardless of size.

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

This section of the Columbia River is closed to angling for salmon and steelhead, but is open to angling for shad through June 15, 2012. 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. Effective Saturday June 16 through Tuesday July 31, this section of the Columbia River will be open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped summer chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, sockeye (fin-clipped or not) and shad. The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook, adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead or sockeye in combination and five adipose fin-clipped chinook jacks. All sockeye count toward the adult salmonid daily bag limit, regardless of size.

Steelhead angling was fair on the lower Columbia this past weekend. Bank anglers in the Portland to Longview area had the highest catch rates where anglers averaged 0.08 steelhead and 0.08 sockeye caught per angler. As of Monday (6/11), 839,403 shad have crossed Bonneville Dam. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 10 shad per bank rod over the weekend. On Sunday’s (6/10) flight, 104 salmonid boats, 98 shad boats, 293 Oregon salmonid bank anglers, and 242 Oregon shad bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 1,219 shad kept for 122 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekly checking showed 57 shad kept for three shad boats (nine anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 32 shad kept for five boats (12 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed 11 adipose fin-clipped steelhead and 12 sockeye kept, plus one unclipped steelhead and 16 spring chinook adults released for 156 salmonid anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed five spring chinook adults released for eight salmonid boats (21 anglers); and 20 shad kept for 12 shad boats (30 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Wauna Power Lines to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped steelhead and two sockeye kept, plus six unclipped steelhead and one spring chinook adult released for 34 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Wauna Power Lines to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed eight adipose fin-clipped steelhead and three sockeye kept, plus one unclipped steelhead and three spring chinook adults released for nine boats (17 anglers).

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.

Catch rates declined slightly on the lower Columbia River this past weekend. Anglers had the best success in the estuary where boat anglers averaged 0.56 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.15 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. On Sunday’s (6/10) flight 158 sturgeon boats, 130 of which were in the estuary, and 13 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank (below Marker 82):

No report.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and seven sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (17 anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for 12 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 12 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 150 sublegal sturgeon released for 78 boats (214 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Wauna Powerlines to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for 22 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Wauna Powerlines to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 88 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 29 oversize and 424 sublegal sturgeon released for 157 boats (551 anglers); and two oversize sturgeon released for six charter boat anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 20 sublegal sturgeon released for 21 bank anglers; and two oversize and 15 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 29 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for eight boats (25 anglers).

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