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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Columbia River regional fishing reports show chinook catches slowing down, but still fair for steelhead in places

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

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. Fall chinook catches are winding down, but anglers are still catching a few quality fish below Bonneville Dam.

Steelhead catches are fair 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.

Salmonid angling is winding down in the lower Columbia River; however, there are still a few fall chinook and coho milling around the mouths of tributaries. In the gorge boat anglers averaged 0.33 fall chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.08 fall chinook and 0.10 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.02 fall chinook and 0.02 steelhead caught per bank angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed one adult fall chinook, three jack chinook, and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 53 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekly checking showed one adult fall chinook kept for three boats (six anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed four adult fall chinook, one jack chinook, and four adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus one unclipped coho released for 48 boats (82 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 11 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 14 boats (26 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 13 unclipped steelhead released for 23 boats.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers; and no catch for three boats (six 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:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon and eight sublegal sturgeon released for seven bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekly checking showed five legal white sturgeon, two oversize and 68 sublegal white sturgeon released for five boats (15 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

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

Portland to Longview Bank:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon and seven sublegal white sturgeon released for eight boats (23 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 108 sublegal sturgeon released for six bank anglers.

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale:

Weekly checking showed no catch for three boats (six anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

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