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August 1, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA REGION FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Summer steelhead angling is good in the lower Columbia River.
  • The fall salmon season opens Thursday August 1 from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam.
  • 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.
  • Walleye angling is good in the The Dalles pool.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

Steelhead anglers had fair to excellent success below Bonneville Dam this past weekend.  Boat anglers had the best success in the gorge, where anglers averaged 3.5 steelhead per boat.  In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 1.8 steelhead per boat, while in the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.43 steelhead per boat.  Anglers in the Troutdale area averaged 0.33 steelhead per boat.  Bank anglers had the best success in the estuary where anglers averaged 0.26 steelhead per angler.  In the gorge, bank anglers averaged 0.19 steelhead caught per angler, while anglers in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.05 steelhead caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept and six unclipped steelhead released for 53 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, 21 unclipped steelhead released and one summer chinook released for eight boats (21 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept and two unclipped steelhead released for 12 boats (30 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one steelhead released for 22 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 24 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept and 29 unclipped steelhead released for 121 boats (289 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Westport):

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept and five unclipped steelhead released for 34 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Westport):

Weekend checking showed 27 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept and 16 unclipped steelhead released for 24 boats (75 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped summer Chinook kept plus three unclipped chinook released for 27 bank anglers; and one unclipped summer Chinook released for 10 boats (26 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.   No report.

Portland to Westport Bank:

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

Portland to Westport Boats:

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

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Closed to retention, catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed 135 legal, 24 oversize and 68 sublegal sturgeon released for eight boats (34 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

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

The Dalles Pool: 

Weekly checking showed 21 sublegal sturgeon released for 12 bank anglers; and two legal sturgeon kept, plus four oversize and 61 sublegals released for eight boats (23 anglers).

John Day Pool: 

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

WALLEYE:

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale:

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

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed eight walleye kept, plus four walleye released for eight boats (21 anglers).

John Day Pool: 

No report.

 

 

 

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