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February 28, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Latest Columbia River regional fishing reports by Oregon Fish and Wildlife

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

 Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Sturgeon retention is allowed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, and in The Dalles and John Day pools.  Check the current regulations for retention days and length restrictions.
  • Spring Chinook are beginning to enter the Columbia River, while winter steelhead are migrating towards the tributary mouths.
  • Walleye anglers are catching a few fish in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid catch rates should improve in the coming weeks.  On Saturday’s (2/23) flight, 43 salmonid boats and 67 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 89 bank anglers.

Portland Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for eight boats (17 anglers).

Westport Boats:

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

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

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

Weekend checking showed no catch for nine bank anglers.

STURGEON

Sturgeon catch and effort has been low.  On Saturday’s (2/23) flight, 26 sturgeon boats and three Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

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

Portland to Longview Bank:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

No report.

The Dalles Pool: 

Weekly checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers.

John Day Pool: 

Weekly checking showed no catch for 12 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus 14 sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (36 anglers).

WALLEYE

 The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three walleye kept for two bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (four anglers).

John Day Pool: 

Weekly checking showed six walleye kept, plus one walleye released for 13 boats (31 anglers).

(Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times archive. Pictured are fishermen on the banks of the Columbia River fishing for spring chinook on Sauvie Island, 20 miles from Portland, near one of Lt. William Broughton’s campsite’s used on his historic trip 100 miles up from the mouth of the Columbia River in 1792, exploring the area years before Lewis and Clark came from the other direction.)

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