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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Chinook, sockeye, steelhead, walleye and shad are just some of the fish biting in Columbia River

Columbia River fishing report by Oregon Fish and Wildlife

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).

The Bonneville Pool is open to sturgeon retention June 22 and June 23.

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 ASTORIA-MEGLER BRIDGE:

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, ASTORIA-MEGLER BRIDGE UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

Effective Saturday June 16 through Sunday July 1, this section of the Columbia River is 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 is 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:

Effective Saturday June 16 through Tuesday July 31, this section of the Columbia River is 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 is 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.

Catch rates ranged from fair to good during the first weekend of summer chinook angling on the lower Columbia River. Boat anglers in the gorge had the best success where anglers averaged 1.05 summer chinook caught per boat. In the estuary boat anglers averaged 0.9 summer chinook, 0.2 steelhead, and 0.1 sockeye caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.3 summer chinook and 0.03 sockeye caught per boat. In Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.13 summer chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge had the highest summer chinook catch rates where anglers averaged 0.10 summer chinook caught per angler. In the estuary bank anglers averaged 0.09 summer chinook, 0.09 steelhead and 0.13 sockeye caught per angler, while bank anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.04 summer chinook, 0.05 steelhead, and 0.12 sockeye caught per angler. On Saturday’s (6/16) flight, 850 salmonid boats, 36 shad boats, 612 Oregon salmonid bank anglers, and 147 Oregon shad bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook kept, plus two unclipped adult summer chinook released for 42 salmonid anglers; and 393 shad kept for 83 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 12 adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook, and one adipose fin-clipped jack chinook kept, plus nine unclipped adult summer chinook released for 20 salmonid boats (60 anglers); and 335 shad kept, plus one shad released for six shad boats (18 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook, and one sockeye kept, plus eight unclipped adult summer chinook and one sockeye released for 104 salmonid boats (218 anglers); and 82 shad kept, plus four shad released for 21 boats (52 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook, three adipose fin-clipped jack chinook, nine adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and 24 sockeye kept, plus three unclipped adult summer chinook, and one unclipped steelhead released for 205 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 12 adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook, three adipose fin-clipped jack chinook, and two sockeye kept, plus nine unclipped adult summer chinook released for 70 salmonid boats (154 anglers); and eight shad released for one shad boat (two anglers).

Estuary Bank (Wauna Power Lines to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook, one adipose fin-clipped jack chinook, one adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and three sockeye kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 23 salmonid anglers.

Estuary Boats (Wauna Power Lines to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook, one adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and one sockeye kept, plus two unclipped adult summer chinook, and one unclipped steelhead released for 10 boats (31 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.

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 308 sturgeon boats counted from the gorge (below Marker 82) downstream to the mouth on Saturday’s (6/16) flight, 220 of which were in the estuary. Boat anglers in the estuary averaged 0.81 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.37 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. In the gorge boat anglers averaged 0.14 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.07 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. Boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool averaged 1.29 legal white sturgeon kept per boat.

Gorge Bank (below Marker 82):

No report.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus five oversize and 30 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (19 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and 108 sublegal sturgeon released for 14 boats (39 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed six legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, and 55 sublegal sturgeon released for 19 boats (54 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Wauna Powerlines to Clatsop Spit):

Weekly checking showed one oversize sturgeon released for six bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Wauna Powerlines to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 142 legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, 32 oversize and 515 sublegal sturgeon released for 177 boats (581 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekend checking showed six legal white sturgeon kept, plus five oversize and 125 sublegal sturgeon released for 75 bank anglers; and 98 legal white sturgeon kept, plus nine legal, 34 oversize and 888 sublegal sturgeon released for 83 boats (239 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed five sublegal sturgeon released for four bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and six sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (seven anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and 22 walleye kept for five boats (14 anglers).

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