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August 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE:

Weekend Fishing Opportunities

  • Summer steelhead angling is fair 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 and The Dalles Pool.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 543 salmonid boats and 71 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (8/17) flight; and 1,583 Oregon boats at Buoy 10.  Anglers had the best success at Buoy 10 where anglers averaged 1.61 chinook and 0.43 coho caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.23 chinook and 0.21 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.07 chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.11 steelhead caught per angler

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for 36 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adult fall chinook and two jack chinook kept for 14 boats (41 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 17 boats (33 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 19 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 43 adult fall chinook, one jack chinook and 30 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one adult fall chinook, one jack chinook and 10 unclipped steelhead released for 195 boats (449 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 2,121 adult fall chinook, 443 adipose fin-clipped coho and six adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 421 fall chinook and 233 unclipped coho released for 1,583 boats (5,176 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for nine bank anglers; and four fall chinook caught for nine boats (22 anglers).

STURGEON:

Gorge (below Marker 82) downstream to Buoy 10 Boats:

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

Gorge (below Marker 82) downstream to Buoy 10 Bank:

Closed to retention, catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for two bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool: 

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 14 sublegal sturgeon released for six bank anglers; and 20 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

WALLEYE:

Gorge:

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

Troutdale:

Weekly checking showed 10 walleye kept for eight boats (14 anglers).

Portland to Westport:

Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for one boat (two anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed nine walleye kept, plus six walleye released for three boats (eight anglers).

 

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