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August 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Summer steelhead angling is fair to good in the lower Columbia River.
  • Fall chinook season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam.  Fall chinook fishing is good at Buoy 10, and catches in the mainstem below Bonneville should improve over the next two weeks.
  • Sturgeon retention is open from The Dalles Dam upstream to the John Day Dam.
  • Walleye angling is good in Troutdale.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 534 salmonid boats and 135 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (8/10) flight; and 636 Oregon boats at Buoy 10.  Anglers had the best success at Buoy 10 where anglers averaged 1.77 chinook and 0.05 coho caught per boat.  In the Portland to Longview area, boat anglers averaged 0.22 fall chinook and 0.23 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.14 chinook and 0.71 steelhead caught per boat.  In Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.08 chinook and 0.06 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.34 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.06 chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 15 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 15 unclipped steelhead released for 89 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adult fall chinook and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for seven boats (16 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed six adult fall chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus four unclipped steelhead released for 80 boats (160 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 28 bank anglers. 

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 22 adult fall chinook, one jack chinook and 14 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one adult fall chinook and 10 unclipped steelhead released for 103 boats (250 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed one adult fall chinook kept for 18 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 823 adult fall chinook and 25 adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus 304 adult fall chinook and six unclipped coho released for 636 boats (1,928 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three unclipped steelhead released for 22 bank anglers; and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 10 unclipped steelhead released for 17 boats (37 anglers).

John Day Pool:

No report.

STURGEON:

Gorge (below Marker 82) downstream to Buoy 10:

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

The Dalles Pool: 

Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus three legal, one oversize and 39 sublegal sturgeon released for 17 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 39 sublegal sturgeon released for four boats (14 anglers).

WALLEYE:

Gorge:

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

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed six walleye kept for six boats (10 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for four boats (10 anglers).

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