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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Fall chinook, summer steelhead and walleye among the best Columbia River fishing bets

COLUMBIA FISHING BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Fall chinook fishing is excellent at Buoy 10, and catches in the mainstem below Bonneville are good in the Portland to Longview area.

Summer steelhead fishing is fair in the lower Columbia River.

Walleye fishing is good in the gorge.

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 the lower Columbia this past weekend, there were 600 salmonid boats and 119 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (8/25) flight, and 848 Oregon boats at Buoy 10. Anglers had the best success at Buoy 10, where boat anglers averaged 1.81 chinook and 0.58 coho caught per boat, and the bank anglers averaged 0.06 chinook and 0.19 coho caught per bank angler. Boat anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.89 chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.10 chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.05 chinook and 0.09 steelhead caught per bank angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed three adult fall chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 57 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for five boats (15 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adult fall chinook, and two jack chinook kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 42 boats (88 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 21 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 122 adult fall chinook, seven jack chinook, and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three adult fall chinook and one jack chinook released for 141 boats (350 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus one adult fall chinook released for 16 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 598 adult fall chinook, 152 adipose fin-clipped coho, and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 239 adult fall chinook, 114 unclipped coho and one unclipped steelhead released for 462 boats (1,447 anglers). Forty seven charter boat anglers kept three fall chinook, and one adipose fin-clipped coho, and released one unclipped coho.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers; and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for seven boats (18 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:

Effective Sunday August 5, the retention of sturgeon is only allowed three days per week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and is prohibited four days per week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 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:

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.

Sturgeon retention is closed on the lower Columbia River. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed downstream of Marker 82 near Multnomah Falls. Retention season is scheduled to reopen Saturday October 20 between Wauna Powerlines and Bonneville Dam.

Sturgeon angling is fair in The Dalles Pool.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three oversize and six sublegal sturgeon released for 13 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus five oversize and 42 sublegal sturgeon released for five boats (12 anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge:

Weekend checking showed six walleye kept for one boat (four anglers).

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed five walleye kept for five boats (10 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 10 walleye kept, plus 10 walleye released for four boats (nine anglers).

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