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September 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Fall chinook, steelhead and coho top the action in Columbia River region

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Fall chinook catches are fair to good from Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam.

The Columbia River downstream of Warrior Rock remains open for adipose fin-clipped steelhead and adipose fin-clipped coho.

Coho catches are fair 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 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 1,186 salmonid boats and 179 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (9/15) flight, and 88 Oregon boats at Buoy 10. Boat anglers had the highest catch rates for fall chinook in the gorge, where boat anglers averaged 1.37 chinook and .013 coho caught per boat. Anglers fishing the Warrior Rock to Wauna area averaged 0.77 chinook and 0.067 coho caught per boat. From Warrior Rock to Portland, boat anglers averaged 0.21 fall chinook per boat, and in Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.18 chinook and .01 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.27 chinook caught per bank rod, and bank anglers from Wauna to Warrior Rock averaged 0.16 fall chinook per rod. Boat anglers fishing the estuary above Tongue Point averaged 0.14 fall chinook and 0.28 coho per boat. Boat anglers fishing Buoy 10 averaged 0.49 coho caught and 0.06 chinook released per boat, while the bank anglers averaged 0.37 coho caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 26 adult fall chinook, one adult chinook released and eight jack chinook kept for 98 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 99 adult fall chinook, 34 jack chinook and one adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus three unclipped summer steelhead released for 72 boats (219 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 37 adult fall chinook, one fin-clipped steelhead and 15 jack chinook kept, plus two fin-clipped coho and one chinook released for 204 boats (455 anglers).

Warrior Rock to Portland Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 3 bank anglers.

Warrior Rock to Portland Boats:

Weekend checking showed 11 adult fall chinook and four jack chinook kept for for 51 boats (119 anglers).

Wauna to Warrior Rock Bank:

Weekend checking showed one unclipped adult fall chinook released for 6 anglers.

Wauna to Warrior Rock Boats:

Weekend checking showed 27 fin-clipped adult fall chinook, two fin-clipped coho, one adipose fin-clipped steelhead and 10 chinook jacks kept, plus 64 unclipped adult Chinook, six unclipped coho, and one unclipped steelhead released for 118 boats (254 anglers).

Estuary above Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adult fall Chinook kept, one jack Chinook, and one fin-clipped coho kept, plus one unclipped coho released for 7 boats (25 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept and two unclipped adult coho released for eight bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 23 coho kept, plus six Chinook and 27 unclipped coho released for 39 boats (101 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

No report

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.

Gorge:

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon, two sublegal sturgeon and eight oversize white sturgeon released for 1 boat (3 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

No report

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge:

No report

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed six walleye kept for three boats (six anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

No report

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