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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 3, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Oregon Fish and Wildlie fishing reports show fall options to catch walleye and chinook

OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Sturgeon retention will remain closed from Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam for the remainder of the year. Catch and release angling is allowed during retention closure.

Fall chinook catches are fair to good from Longview to Bonneville Dam.

The Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border is open for fall chinook, adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead.

Walleye fishing is excellent in Troutdale.

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:

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:

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 305 salmonid boats and 68 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (9/29) flight. Boat anglers had the highest catch rates for fall chinook in the gorge, where anglers averaged 0.96 chinook, 0.07 coho and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat. Anglers fishing the Warrior Rock to Wauna area averaged 0.33 chinook released and 0.47 coho and 0.13 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Warrior Rock to Portland area averaged 0.19 chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat. In Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.1 chinook and 0.07 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.07 chinook caught per bank rod.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed three adult fall chinook kept for 42 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 53 adult fall chinook, 15 jack chinook, four adipose fin-clipped coho, and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two adult fall chinook, four jack chinook, one legal white sturgeon and one oversize sturgeon released for 57 boats (205 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed seven adult fall chinook, and one jack chinook kept, plus two jack chinook and five unclipped coho released for 70 boats (139 anglers).

Warrior Rock to Portland Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for five bank anglers.

Warrior Rock to Portland Boats:

Weekend checking showed seven adult fall chinook, two jack chinook, one adipose fin-clipped adult coho and one adipose fin-clipped jack coho kept for 37 boats (75 anglers).

Wauna to Warrior Rock Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

Wauna to Warrior Rock Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult coho and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped adult coho, one fin clipped jack coho, one unclipped steelhead, five adult chinook and one jack chinook released for 15 boats (29 anglers).

Estuary above Tongue Point Boats:

No report.

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one chinook kept 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:

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:

The retention of sturgeon is prohibited 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:

Modifications were adopted at the October 2 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:

The retention of sturgeon is prohibited seven days per week through the remainder of the year.

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 will remain closed from Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam for the remainder of the year. Catch and release angling is allowed during retention closure.

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed two legal white sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 12 sublegal sturgeon released for six bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept for one boat (two anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed 16 walleye kept for three boats (five anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

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