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March 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release angling.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles and John Day pools until the respective guidelines are met.
  • Sturgeon retention is open during February 1-July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • Spring Chinook angling is open from Buoy 10 to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam.
  • Walleye fishing was excellent in The Dalles and John Day pools last week.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Water levels are high and salmonid catch rates are low.  On Saturday’s (3/8) flight, 119 salmonid boats and 104 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two boats (five anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 109 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 42 boats (87 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for six boats (eight anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for nine bank anglers; and one unclipped steelhead released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm):

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed four sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 144 sublegal sturgeon released for 111 bank anglers; and six legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and 188 sublegal sturgeon released for 34 boats (85 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one sublegal sturgeon released for 16 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 20 sublegal sturgeon released for 12 boats (33 anglers).

John Day Pool: 

Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and eight sublegal sturgeon released for 34 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus three sublegal sturgeon released for 10 boats (28 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 38 walleye kept, plus 21 released for 18 boats (35 anglers).

John Day Arm and Vicinity:

Weekly checking showed 22 walleye kept, plus nine released for 19 boats (39 anglers).

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