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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Good bite for fall chinook in Lower Columbia River, and excellent for coho at Buoy 10

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE:

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Fall chinook catches are fair to excellent from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam. Sunday September 16, is the last day for Chinook retention between Tongue Point and Warrior Rock, and currently only adipose fin-clipped Chinook are allowed between Tongue Point and Warrior Rock.

Coho catches are excellent at Buoy 10.

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:

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:

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:

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 951 salmonid boats and 149 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (9/8) flight, and 218 Oregon boats at Buoy 10. Boat anglers had the highest catch rates for fall chinook in the estuary above Tongue Point where anglers averaged 2.85 chinook and 1.32 coho caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.13 chinook and 0.13 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.29 chinook and 0.01 coho caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.21 chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.19 chinook caught per bank rod. Boat anglers fishing Buoy 10 averaged 4.0 coho caught and 1.32 chinook released per boat, while the bank anglers averaged 0.20 coho caught and 0.14 chinook released per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 19 adult fall chinook, and five jack chinook kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 100 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 34 adult fall chinook, four jack chinook and one adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus three unclipped coho released for 30 boats (88 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 21 adult fall chinook and four jack chinook kept, plus two jack chinook released for 102 boats (239 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed one adult fall chinook kept for 39 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 58 adult fall chinook, six jack chinook, one adipose fin-clipped adult coho and three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three adult fall chinook, one jack chinook, two unclipped coho and one unclipped steelhead released for 214 boats (515 anglers).

Estuary above Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed 217 adult fall chinook, 234 jack chinook, 64 adipose fin-clipped adult coho, and 10 adipose fin-clipped jack coho kept, plus 54 adult fall chinook, 23 jack chinook, 87 unclipped adult coho, and one unclipped steelhead released for 114 boats (362 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus seven adult fall chinook, two jack chinook, three unclipped adult coho and three unclipped jack coho released for 49 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 108 coho kept, plus 140 unclipped coho and 82 chinook released for 62 boats (183 anglers). Twenty-seven charter boat anglers kept five adipose fin-clipped coho and released two chinook and three unclipped coho.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two coho kept for three bank anglers; and two fall chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 15 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 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.

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.

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 angling is allowed. 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 one sublegal sturgeon released for one bank angler; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and 20 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (seven anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge:

Weekend checking showed one walleye released for two boats (five anglers).

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed nine walleye kept, plus four walleye released for three boats (eight anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

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

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