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July 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing report

COLUMBIA RIVER FISHING REPORT BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling is open for adipose fin-clipped jack chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • Chinook and sockeye retention are allowed from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • Sturgeon retention is open from The Dalles Dam upstream to the John Day Dam and from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • Catch and release angling for sturgeon is good in the estuary and fair from Marker 82 downstream to Longview.
  • Walleye angling is good in the The Dalles and John Day pools.

Current Columbia River regulations for sturgeon and spring chinook can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

Steelhead catch rates were poor over the weekend of 7/6-7/7.  Boat anglers had the best success in the Gorge where anglers averaged 0.25 steelhead caught per boat.  In the area from Portland-Westport, boat anglers averaged 0.08 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers in Troutdale had no observed catch.    Bank anglers had no observed catch from Westport all the way upstream to the Gorge.  On Saturday’s (7/6) flight, 180 salmonid boats, seven shad boats, 100 Oregon salmonid bank anglers and 22 Oregon shad bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 7 salmonid anglers; and two shad kept for six anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for four boats (14 anglers) and zero shad for one boat (3 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 2 adult chinook released for 11 boats (18 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 35 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adult chinook released, three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 50 boats (113 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Westport):

No report. 

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Westport):

No report.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 2 salmonid anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adult chinook released for 31 bank anglers.

John Day Pool:

No report.

 

STURGEON:

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Closed to retention, catch and release only.  No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Closed to retention, catch and release only.  Weekend checking showed one legal and four sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (4 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Closed to retention, catch and release only. No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Closed to retention, catch and release only.  No report.

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Closed to retention, catch and release only.  Weekend checking showed two legal, one oversize and 11 sublegal sturgeon released for one boats (two anglers).

Estuary Bank (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed no catch for two anglers.

Bonneville Pool:

Closed to retention, catch and release only.  No report.

The Dalles Pool: 

Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for two bank anglers and six oversize and 94 sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (21 anglers).

John Day Pool: 

Closed to retention, catch and release only.  No report.

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools can be found at the following link:

WALLEYE:

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed one walleye kept for four boats (eight anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 31 walleye kept, plus 19 walleye released for nine boats (20 anglers).

John Day Pool: 

No report

 

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