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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Oregon fishing reports indicate good steelhead catches in John Day Arm of Columbia River

OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT

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; however, opportunities to catch fish below Bonneville are limited as most runs of salmon and steelhead are winding down.

Steelhead catches are good in the John Day Arm.

Catch and release angling for sturgeon is fair.

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, anglers are still catching a few fish in the gorge where boat anglers averaged 1.0 fall chinook and 0.25 coho caught per boat, and bank anglers averaged 0.06 fall chinook and 0.06 coho caught per angler. Bank anglers fishing the Rainier area averaged 0.20 coho caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed one adult fall chinook kept, plus one unclipped coho and one unclipped steelhead released for 16 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekly checking showed three adult fall chinook and one adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus one adult fall chinook released for four boats (15 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped jack coho kept for 17 boats (29 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept for five bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekly checking showed no catch for six boats (12 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for six bank anglers; and one adult fall chinook, and 20 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 36 unclipped steelhead released for 48 boats.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adult fall chinook kept for three bank anglers; and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released 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:

Modifications were adopted at the October 29 Joint State Hearing for the 2012 recreational sturgeon fishery from The Dalles Dam upstream to the John Day Dam and all adjacent tributaries.

Allow the retention of white 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 through November 3, 2012. 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.

Prohibit the retention of sturgeon seven days per week during Sunday November 4, 2012 through December 31, 2012.

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 no catch for two bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekly checking showed six legal white sturgeon, one oversize and 66 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (26 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Longview Bank:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon and 14 sublegal sturgeon released for five boats (10 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed four legal white sturgeon kept, plus two oversize and 33 sublegal sturgeon released for 24 bank anglers; and two sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (four anglers).

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