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June 6, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife’s Columbia River fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Effective Saturday May 25 through June 15 spring Chinook angling is open from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam.
  • Sturgeon retention is allowed three days per week (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) from Marker 82 downstream to Wauna Powerlines through June 15 with a 38-inch minimum and 54-inch maximum fork length restriction in effect.
  • The estuary sturgeon season is open seven days per week during Saturday May 11 through Sunday, June 30 (or catch guideline) below the Wauna Powerlines with a 41-inch minimum and 54-inch maximum limit (fork length).
  • Walleye angling is excellent in the The Dalles and John Day pools.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid catch rates improved slightly over the weekend in most areas along the lower Columbia.  Boat anglers in the gorge below Beacon Rock had the best success where anglers averaged 0.6 spring Chinook caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.37 spring Chinook caught per boat, while in the estuary boat anglers averaged 0.33 spring Chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Longview area, boat anglers averaged 0.2 spring Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers had the best success in the gorge where anglers averaged 0.08 spring Chinook caught per angler.  In the Portland to Westport area, bank anglers averaged 0.01 spring Chinook and 0.03 steelhead caught per angler.  Shad anglers are doing well in the gorge.  On Saturday’s (6/1) flight, 306 salmonid boats, 61 shad boats, 344 Oregon salmonid bank anglers and 281 Oregon shad bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept for 26 salmonid anglers; and 3,204 shad kept, plus 47 shad released for 424 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for five salmonid boats (14 anglers); and 962 shad kept for 23 shad boats (77 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus five unclipped adult Chinook released for 19 salmonid boats (45 anglers); and 113 shad kept, plus 11 shad released for 17 shad boats (36 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and eight adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook and one unclipped jack Chinook released for 236 salmonid anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and three adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for 20 boats (48 anglers); and 52 shad kept for four boats (nine anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Westport):

Weekend checking showed no catch for 21 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Westport):

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept for nine boats (24 anglers).

STURGEON

Sturgeon anglers had the best success in the estuary where boat anglers averaged 0.77 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  Sturgeon anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.43 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.34 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.14 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  On Saturday’s (6/1) flight, 342 sturgeon boats and 42 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Marker 82 in the gorge downstream to Buoy 10.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two oversize and 22 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (26 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus 29 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (14 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for five bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boat:

Weekend checking showed 10 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, four oversize and 99 sublegal sturgeon released for 32 boats (87 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 32 legal white sturgeon kept, plus five legal, three oversize and 69 sublegal sturgeon released for 48 boats (132 anglers); and five legal white sturgeon kept, plus six sublegal sturgeon released for eight charter boat anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed five sublegal sturgeon released for seven bank anglers; and 12 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for 21 bank anglers; and nine legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, 14 oversize and 44 sublegal sturgeon released for 23 boats (64 anglers).

WALLEYE

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 12 walleye kept for four boats (15 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 23 walleye kept, plus four walleye released for 23 boats (41 anglers).

 

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