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April 4, 2013 at 9:41 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.
  • Effective April 1, the Oregon annual sturgeon bag limit increases from one to two legal white sturgeon.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid anglers in the estuary had the best catch rates where boat anglers averaged 0.22 spring Chinook caught per boat, and bank anglers averaged 0.06 spring chinook caught per bank rod.  In the Portland to Westport area boat anglers averaged 0.13 spring Chinook caught per boat, while the bank anglers averaged 0.04 spring Chinook and 0.03 steelhead caught per bank rod.  In Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.09 spring Chinook caught per boat.  On Saturday’s (3/30) flight, 874 salmonid boats and 479 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for 65 boats (146 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed nine adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook, and six adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped spring Chinook and two unclipped steelhead released for 298 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed nine adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus two unclipped spring Chinook released for 82 boats (196 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for 17 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus three unclipped spring Chinook released for 45 boats (110 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 14 bank anglers.

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for 15 bank anglers.

STURGEON

On Saturday’s (3/30) flight, 42 sturgeon boats and 11 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 Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for three boats (seven anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

Portland to Westport Boats

Weekend checking showed one oversize and 20 sublegal sturgeon released for five boats (13 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 13 bank anglers; and one legal, three oversize and 81 sublegal sturgeon released for 16 boats (42 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed 10 sublegal sturgeon released for 40 bank anglers; and eight legal, one legal, and 74 sublegal sturgeon released for 45 boats (106 anglers).

WALLEYE

Troutdale:

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

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and 23 walleye kept for 19 boats (40 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed 16 walleye kept, plus five walleye released for 38 boats (77 anglers).

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