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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 13, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Columbia River region offers variety of fish to catch from kings, shad, steelhead, sturgeon to walleye

OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COLUMBIA RIVER REGIONAL FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring chinook fishing is fair to good below Bonneville Dam.
  • Shad angling is excellent in the gorge for both boat and bank anglers.
  • Summer steelhead abundance is increasing in the lower Columbia.
  • Sturgeon angling is good from Astoria to Marker 82 in the gorge. The last day for retention above Wauna is June 15.
  • Walleye angling is excellent in the The Dalles and John Day pools.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid catch rates were fair to good in the lower Columbia over the weekend.  Boat anglers in the gorge below Beacon Rock had the best success where anglers averaged 0.86 chinook caught per boat.  In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 0.38 chinook and 0.24 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.16 chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.15 chinook and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers had the best success in the gorge where anglers averaged 0.21 chinook caught per angler.  In the Portland to Westport area, bank anglers averaged 0.04 chinook and 0.05 steelhead caught per angler.  Shad anglers continue to do well in the gorge.  On Saturday’s (6/8) flight, 431 salmonid boats, 49 shad boats, 269 Oregon salmonid bank anglers and 247 Oregon shad bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed six adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack chinook kept, plus one unclipped jack chinook released for 29 anglers; and 969 shad kept for 174 anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack chinook kept, plus two unclipped adult chinook released for seven boats (21 anglers); and 695 shad kept, plus 205 shad released for 23 boats (71 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and three adipose fin-clipped jack chinook kept, plus four unclipped adult chinook and four unclipped jack chinook released for 50 boats (116 anglers); and 252 shad kept for 19 boats (48 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekly checking showed nine adipose fin-clipped adult chinook, three adipose fin-clipped jack chinook and 12 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult chinook, four unclipped jack chinook, one unclipped steelhead and one sockeye released for 246 anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped adult chinook and two unclipped jack chinook released for 48 boats (116 anglers); and 42 shad kept for two boats (three anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Westport):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Westport):

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult chinook, three adipose fin-clipped jack chinook and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept; plus four unclipped adult chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 21 boats (45 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekend checking showed 18 shad kept for 15 anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult chinook released for 10 bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool:

No report.

STURGEON

Sturgeon anglers had the best success in the estuary, where boat anglers averaged 0.99 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  In the Portland to Longview area, boat anglers averaged 0.92 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  On Saturday’s (6/8) flight, 431 sturgeon boats and 23 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Marker 82 in the gorge downstream to Buoy 10.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Weekend checking showed one oversize and 11 sublegal sturgeon released for four boats (10 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 10 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (17 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats

Weekend checking showed 11 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 36 sublegal sturgeon released for 12 boats (42 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 139 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 19 legal, 47 oversize and 461 sublegal sturgeon released for 160 boats (478 anglers); and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released for 15 charter boat anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 24 sublegal sturgeon released for 38 bank anglers; and 35 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and 17 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (14 anglers).

WALLEYE

The Dalles Pool:

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

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed 51 walleye kept, plus seven walleye released for 34 boats (69 anglers).

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