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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Summer chinook fishing is fair below Bonneville Dam.
  • Shad angling is good in the gorge for both boat and bank anglers.
  • Summer steelhead abundance is increasing in the lower Columbia.
  • Walleye angling is good in the The Dalles and John Day pools.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid catch rates were fair in the lower Columbia this past weekend.  Boat anglers in the Portland to Longview area had the best success where anglers averaged 0.42 chinook and 0.04 steelhead caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.25 chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.17 chinook caught per boat.  In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 0.11 chinook, 0.22 steelhead and 0.06 sockeye caught per boat.  Bank anglers had the best success in the gorge where anglers averaged 0.06 chinook caught per angler.  In the Portland to Westport area, bank anglers averaged 0.03 chinook and 0.05 steelhead caught per angler, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.13 steelhead caught per angler. On Saturday’s (6/15) flight, 556 salmonid boats, 23 shad boats, 260 Oregon salmonid bank anglers and 155 Oregon shad bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult chinook kept for 16 anglers; and 333 shad kept for 82 anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult chinook kept for eight boats (18 anglers); and 107 shad kept for 13 boats (15 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and two adipose fin-clipped jack chinook kept, plus four unclipped adult chinook and one unclipped jack chinook released for 42 boats (91 anglers); and one shad kept for five boats (10 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult chinook, one adipose fin-clipped jack chinook, four adipose fin-clipped steelhead and one sockeye kept, plus one unclipped adult chinook, two unclipped jack chinook and two unclipped steelhead released for 130 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 18 adipose fin-clipped adult chinook, eight adipose fin-clipped jack chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped adult chinook and four unclipped jack chinook released for 55 boats (118 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Westport):

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 15 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Westport):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult chinook, one unclipped steelhead and one sockeye released for 18 boats (37 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekend checking showed no catch for three salmonid anglers; and 14 shad kept for seven anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 16 bank anglers; and no catch for two boats (three anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult chinook kept for 30 bank anglers; and two chinook released for eight boats (14 anglers).

STURGEON

Sturgeon anglers had the best success in the estuary, where boat anglers averaged 1.11 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  In the Portland to Longview area, boat anglers averaged 0.52 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers in the Troutdale area averaged 0.20 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  On Saturday’s (6/15) flight, 639 sturgeon boats and 44 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Marker 82 in the gorge downstream to Buoy 10.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

CLOSED. Weekend checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (four anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

CLOSED. Weekend checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 18 sublegal sturgeon released for 10 boats (28 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

CLOSED. Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for four anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

CLOSED. Weekend checking showed 12 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 88 sublegal sturgeon released for 23 boats (67 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 222 legal white sturgeon kept, plus seven legal, 51 oversize and 723 sublegal sturgeon released for 207 boats (683 anglers); and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 16 sublegal sturgeon released for 16 charter boat anglers.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed 17 legal white sturgeon kept, plus three legal, 10 oversize and 191 sublegal sturgeon released for 146 bank anglers; and 125 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 17 legal, 91 oversize and 1,653 sublegal sturgeon released for 113 boats (343 anglers).

The Dalles Pool: 

Weekly checking showed one oversize and eight sublegal sturgeon released for four bank anglers.

John Day Pool: 

Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for three bank anglers; and six legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and 18 sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (45 anglers).

WALLEYE

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed two walleye kept for two boats (six anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and four walleye kept, plus seven walleye released for seven boats (16 anglers).

John Day Pool: 

Weekly checking showed 35 walleye kept, plus nine walleye released for 26 boats(57 anglers).

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