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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Summer steelhead remain the highlight in the Columbia River area

COLUMBIA RIVER REGIONAL FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities provided by Oregon Fish and Wildlife:

Effective Monday July 2 through Tuesday July 31, angling is open for adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and adipose fin-clipped chinook jacks from Tongue Point upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Summer chinook and steelhead retention is allowed through Tuesday July 31, from Bonneville Dam 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.

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:

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, TONGUE POINT/ROCKY POINT LINE UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

Effective 12:01 AM Monday July 2 through Tuesday July 31, the retention of adult chinook salmon and sockeye is prohibited. The retention of adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and adipose fin-clipped summer Chinook jacks (12-24 inches) is allowed under permanent regulations.

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

Effective Monday July 9 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, and shad. The daily bag limit is two adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook or adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead in combination and five adipose fin-clipped chinook jacks. The retention of sockeye and chum is prohibited.

On Saturday’s (7/14) flight, 252 salmonid boats and 136 Oregon salmonid bank anglers were counted. Steelhead anglers had the best success in the gorge where boat anglers averaged 1.64 steelhead caught per boat and bank anglers averaged 0.27 steelhead caught per angler. In the Portland to Longview area boat anglers averaged 0.86 steelhead and 0.05 jack chinook caught per boat, while the bank anglers averaged 0.18 steelhead and 0.03 jack chinook caught per angler rod.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 15 salmonid bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 16 unclipped steelhead, four adult summer chinook, and one sockeye released for 11 boats (42 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed four unclipped steelhead and one adult summer chinook released for 12 boats (28 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed 10 adipose fin-clipped steelhead and two adipose fin-clipped jack chinook kept, plus 11 unclipped steelhead and two unclipped jack chinook released for 119 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 28 adipose fin-clipped steelhead and two adipose fin-clipped jack chinook kept, plus 29 unclipped steelhead, six adult summer chinook and one unclipped jack chinook released for 66 boats (164 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Wauna Power Lines to Tongue Point):

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

Estuary Boats (Wauna Power Lines to Tongue Point):

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

Bonneville Pool Bank:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for 20 bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 11 bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (two 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 Thursday July 5 through the remainder of the year sturgeon retention is prohibited.

The following modifications were adopted at the June 28 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:

Prohibit the retention of sturgeon seven days per week during Thursday, July 5 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:

This section of the Columbia River below Navigation Marker 82 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 through Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

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 Navigation 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 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 Saturday’s (7/14) flight, 126 sturgeon boats and 14 Oregon bank anglers were counted. Sturgeon angling below Bonneville Dam remains fair. Boat anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.15 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the gorge below marker 82 averaged 0.14 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.

Gorge Bank (below Marker 82):

No report.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 49 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (19 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed 28 sublegal sturgeon released for five boats (14 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

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

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed five legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 95 sublegal sturgeon released for 39 boats (109 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for 14 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus three legal, three oversize and 70 sublegal sturgeon released for four boats (10 anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale:

Weekly checking showed three walleye kept for two boats (five anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 69 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for 10 boats (19 anglers).

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