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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling is open for adipose fin-clipped jack chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead and sockeye from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • Chinook retention is 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 open from Marker 82 in the gorge downstream to Buoy 10 and in Bonneville and John Day pools.
  • Walleye angling is good in the The Dalles pool.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

Steelhead anglers had fair to good success below Bonneville Dam this past weekend.  Boat anglers had the best success in the Portland to Westport area where anglers averaged 0.70 steelhead and 0.02 chinook caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.46 steelhead and 0.08 chinook caught per boat, while in Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.22 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers had the best success in the estuary where anglers averaged 0.40 steelhead caught per angler.  In the gorge, bank anglers averaged 0.25 steelhead caught per angler, while in the Portland to Westport area bank anglers averaged 0.16 steelhead caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 16 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped steelhead and one adult chinook released for 13 boats (47 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

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

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus six unclipped steelhead released for 45 bank anglers. 

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 23 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 42 unclipped steelhead, two adult chinook and one unclipped jack chinook released for 93 boats (214 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Westport):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for five bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Westport):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for one boat (two anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead and one adult chinook released for 16 bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one unclipped steelhead released for 14 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.  Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (two anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

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

Portland to Westport Boats:

Closed to retention, catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (four anglers).

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Closed to retention, catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed 14 legal, five oversize and 23 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (four anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

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

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 20 sublegal sturgeon released for three bank anglers; and one oversize and 52 sublegal sturgeon released for five boats (nine anglers).

John Day Pool: 

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

WALLEYE: 

Gorge:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed seven walleye kept for three boats (seven anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two walleye kept, plus four walleye released for two boats (four anglers).

John Day Pool: 

No report.

 

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