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March 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional 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 opened 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 remain low, most likely caused by the large run of smelt that has entered the lower Columbia. On Saturday’s (3/23) flight, 657 salmonid boats and 212 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook released for 90 boats (220 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook and five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 183 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus three unclipped spring Chinook released for 83 boats (199 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for 28 boats (62 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 17 bank anglers.

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers.

STURGEON

Sturgeon effort and catches are light on the lower Columbia. On Saturday’s (3/23) flight, 32 sturgeon boats and three Oregon bank anglers were counted. Boat anglers in The Dalles and John Day pools are catching a few keepers.

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

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

Portland to Westport Bank:

No report.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 31 sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (eight anglers).

The Dalles Pool: 

Weekly checking showed six sublegal sturgeon released for 24 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 69 sublegal sturgeon released for 13 boats (38 anglers).

John Day Pool: 

Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for 25 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus five legal, one oversize and 24 sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (38 anglers).

WALLEYE

Troutdale:

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

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for six bank anglers; and 26 walleye kept, plus two walleye released for 18 boats (54 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed six walleye kept, plus six walleye released for 30 boats (62 anglers).

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