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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Columbia River reports indicate slow to excellent fishing for fall chinook

The Columbia River fishing report by Oregon Fish and Wildlife:

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 poor to excellent 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.

Anglers are catching a few salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River above the John Day Dam and in the John Day Arm.

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 102 salmonid boats and 33 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Sunday’s (10/7) flight. Anglers had the highest catch rates in the gorge this past weekend where the boat anglers averaged 2.11 fall chinook and 0.33 coho caught per boat, and the bank anglers averaged 0.17 fall chinook, 0.17 steelhead, and 0.04 coho caught per bank angler. In the Portland to Longview area boat anglers averaged 0.17 fall chinook, 0.15 coho, and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat, while in Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.11 fall chinook and 0.16 coho caught per boat.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed three adult fall chinook, one adipose fin-clipped adult coho, and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one adult fall chinook released for 24 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 19 adult fall chinook, six jack chinook, three adipose fin-clipped adult coho, and one adipose fin-clipped jack coho kept for nine boats (33 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adult fall chinook, and five adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus one unclipped coho and one jack chinook released for 37 boats (70 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed seven adult fall chinook, two jack chinook, and five adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus one unclipped steelhead, one unclipped adult coho, and one unclipped jack coho released for 41 boats (89 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm:

Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and six adult fall chinook, and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped steelhead released for 39 boats.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and four adipose fin-clipped adult coho, and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for one boat (three 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 Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon and nine sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers).

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed five sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (one angler).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed seven sublegal sturgeon released for four bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and eight sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (10 anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale:

No report.

Portland to Longview:

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

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two walleye kept, plus three walleye released for three boats (five anglers).

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