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March 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Anglers are catching a few spring chinook and winter steelhead on the lower Columbia.

The Columbia sport fishery above Bonneville Dam opens for spring Chinook Saturday March 16.

Walleye anglers are catching a few fish in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Sturgeon anglers are catching a few keepers in The Dalles and John Day Pools.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

Salmonid catch rates are still slow, but there are a few fish around and water conditions are excellent.  On Saturday’s (3/9) flight, 317 salmonid boats and 156 Oregon bank anglers were counted between Prescott Beach and Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept for 17 boats (31 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 110 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept and one unclipped spring Chinook released for 68 boats (159 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for one angler.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept for 11 boats (31 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two steelhead released for seven bank anglers.

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers.

STURGEON:

Sturgeon effort and catches are light on the lower Columbia.  On Saturday’s (3/9) flight, 33 sturgeon boats and ten Oregon bank anglers were counted.  Boat anglers in The Dalles and John Day pools are catching a few keepers.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two boats.

Portland to Longview Bank:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus nine sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (14 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed four sublegal sturgeon released for 22 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 34 sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 14 boats (35 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed one sublegal white sturgeon released for 20 bank anglers; and eight legal white sturgeon kept, plus 30 sublegal, one legal, and three oversize sturgeon released for 29 boats (66 anglers).

WALLEYE:

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 20 walleye kept and one walleye released for 19 boats (52 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed six walleye kept and ten walleye released for 23 boats (43 anglers).

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