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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 1, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Columbia River full of fishing fun for fall chinook, steelhead and walleye

COLUMBIA FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities by Oregon Fish and Wildlife:

Summer steelhead are abundant in the lower Columbia River.

Fall chinook season opens Wednesday August 1 from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam.

Walleye fishing is good in Troutdale and The Dalles Pool.

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:

August 1 through September 3, this area is open for adult chinook (greater than 24 inches), adipose fin-clipped adult coho (greater than 16 inches) and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination, only one of which may be a chinook. The retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited.

September 4 through September 30, this area is open for adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and adipose fin-clipped adult coho (greater than 16 inches). The daily bag limit is two adult coho and/or steelhead in combination. The retention of chinook, chum and sockeye is prohibited.

October 1 through December 31, this section of the Columbia River is open for fall chinook, adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination and five jacks. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches and coho less than or equal to 16 inches. It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after the adult daily bag limit has been reached.

Seasons may be subject to in-season modifications.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, TONGUE POINT/ROCKY POINT LINE UPSTREAM TO A LINE PROJECTED FROM WARRIOR ROCK LIGHTHOUSE ON SAUVIE ISLAND THROUGH RED BUOY #4 TO A MARKER ON THE LOWER END OF BACHELOR ISLAND:

August 1 through September 9, this area is open to the retention of fall chinook, adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination, only one of which may be a chinook, and five jack salmon. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches and coho less than or equal to 20 inches. It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after the adult daily bag limit has been reached. The retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited.

September 10 through September 16, this area is open for adipose fin-clipped fall chinook, adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and adipose fin-clipped coho. The daily bag limit is two adults, only one of which may be a chinook, and five jack salmon. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches or coho less than or equal to 20 inches. It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after the adult daily bag limit has been reached. The retention of unclipped chinook, chum and sockeye is prohibited.

September 17 through September 30, this area is open adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and adipose fin-clipped coho. The daily bag limit is two adult coho and/or steelhead in combination plus five coho jacks. Coho jacks are less than or equal to 20 inches. It is unlawful to angle for coho jacks after the adult daily bag limit has been reached. The retention of chinook, chum and sockeye is prohibited.

October 1 through December 31, this area is open for fall chinook, adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination and five jacks. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches and coho less than or equal to 20 inches. It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after the adult daily bag limit has been reached. The retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited. Seasons may be subject to in-season modifications.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, A LINE PROJECTED FROM WARRIOR ROCK LIGHTHOUSE ON SAUVIE ISLAND THROUGH RED BUOY #4 TO A MARKER ON THE LOWER END OF BACHELOR ISLAND LINE UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

August 1 through September 9, this area is open to the retention of fall chinook, adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination, only one of which may be a chinook, and five jack salmon. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches and coho less than or equal to 20 inches. It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after the adult daily bag limit has been reached. The retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited.

September 10 through December 31, this area is open to the retention of fall chinook, adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination and five jack salmon. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches and coho less than or equal to 20 inches. It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after the adult daily bag limit has been reached. The retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited. Seasons may be subject to in-season modifications.

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

Effective August 1 through December 31, this section of the Columbia River is open for fall chinook, coho (only adipose fin-clipped coho may be retained between Bonneville Dam and the Hood River bridge), and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination and five jacks. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches and coho less than or equal to 20 inches. It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after the adult daily bag limit has been reached. The retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited. Seasons may be subject to in-season modifications.

On Saturday’s (7/28) flight, 322 salmonid boats and 152 Oregon bank anglers were counted. Boat anglers had the best success in the Portland to Longview area where anglers averaged 0.61 steelhead caught per boat, while in Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.50 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers had the highest catch rates in the gorge where anglers averaged 0.55 steelhead caught per angler. In the Portland to Longview area bank anglers averaged 0.15 steelhead caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 13 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 15 unclipped steelhead and one summer chinook adult released for 51 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

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

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for four boats (six anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead and one summer chinook adult released for 55 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 25 adipose fin-clipped steelhead released, plus 18 unclipped steelhead and one summer chinook adult released for 71 boats (167 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Wauna Power Lines to Tongue Point):

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for 11 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Wauna Power Lines to Tongue Point):

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

Bonneville Pool Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 12 bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 12 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 49 unclipped steelhead released for 87 bank 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:

Effective Wednesday August 1 through Friday October 19, sturgeon retention is prohibited. Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during sturgeon retention closure, except all sturgeon angling is prohibited between Navigation Marker 82 and Bonneville Dam during May 1-August 31, 2012 to protect spawning sturgeon.

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:

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 closed for sturgeon retention. Catch and release is allowed during the retention closure.

THE DALLES DAM UPSTREAM TO JOHN DAY DAM:

The Dalles Pool is open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week through Saturday August 4, 2012. 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. Effective 12:01 am Sunday August 5, the retention of sturgeon will only be allowed 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.

JOHN DAY DAM UPSTREAM TO MCNARY DAM:

The John Day Pool is closed for sturgeon retention through the remainder of the year. Catch and release will be allowed during the retention closure.

MCNARY DAM UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER:

Effective Wednesday August 1 through the remainder of the year, the retention of sturgeon is prohibited. Catch and release will be allowed during the retention closure.

On Saturday’s (7/28) flight, 131 sturgeon boats and nine Oregon bank anglers were counted. Catch rates showed some improvement during the last week of retention below Bonneville Dam. Boat anglers had the best success in the Portland to Longview area where anglers averaged 0.38 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while in the gorge boat anglers averaged 0.13 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. Bank anglers in the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.17 legal white sturgeon caught per angler.

Gorge Bank (below Marker 82):

No report.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two oversize and 12 sublegal sturgeon released for eight boats (23 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed eight sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (six anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two sublegal sturgeon released for six bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus 21 sublegal sturgeon released for eight boats (16 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 17 sublegal sturgeon released for nine bank anglers; and two oversize and 40 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (16 anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge:

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

Troutdale:

Weekly checking showed 10 walleye kept for six boats (22 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed four walleye kept for four boats (eight anglers).

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