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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Plenty of fishing opportunities happening in Columbia River region

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Summer steelhead angling is good in the lower Columbia River.
  • The fall salmon season opened 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.
  • Walleye angling is good in the The Dalles pool.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 328 salmonid boats and 119 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (8/3) flight; and 271 Oregon boats fishing Buoy 10.  Anglers fishing in the gorge had the best success for steelhead where boat anglers averaged 3.38 steelhead and 0.08 fall chinook caught per boat, while the bank anglers averaged 0.19 steelhead caught per angler.  In the Portland to Longview area, boat anglers averaged 1.29 steelhead and 0.13 fall chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.24 steelhead and 0.12 fall chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.11 steelhead caught per bank angler.  At Buoy 10 this past weekend, anglers averaged 0.65 fall chinook, 0.03 coho and 0.01 steelhead caught per boat.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adult fall chinook and five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus seven unclipped steelhead released for 62 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adult fall chinook and 14 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 30 unclipped steelhead and one sockeye released for 13 boats (43 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed six adult fall chinook and seven adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped steelhead released for 50 boats (114 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 33 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 12 adult fall chinook, three jack chinook and 61 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 55 unclipped steelhead released for 90 boats (200 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for three bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 132 fall chinook, nine adipose fin-clipped coho and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 45 fall chinook released for 271 boats (772 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two fall chinook caught for 20 bank anglers; and two fall chinook caught for five boats (nine 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 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (five 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.  Weekend checking showed five legal and 20 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

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

Bonneville Pool:

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

The Dalles Pool: 

Weekly checking showed five legal white sturgeon kept, plus 18 sublegal sturgeon released for 25 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and 53 sublegal sturgeon released for five boats (14 anglers).

John Day Pool: 

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

WALLEYE:

Gorge:

Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (three anglers).

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed seven walleye kept for five boats (11 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and 19 walleye kept for eight boats (20 anglers).

John Day Pool:

No report.

 

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