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March 20, 2014 at 8:15 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.
  • Spring Chinook angling is open from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines.
  • Walleye fishing was excellent in The Dalles pool last week.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid angling continues to be slow but is showing signs of improvement.  Boat anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged .02 spring Chinook caught per boat, while the bank anglers averaged .03 spring Chinook and .03 steelhead caught per bank angler.  On Saturday’s (3/15) flight, 271 salmonid boats and 314 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock):

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 26 boats (49 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped adult spring Chinook and four unclipped steelhead released for 217 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook kept for 131 boats (294 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for five bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

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

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

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 legal white sturgeon released for three boats (six anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 19 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 21 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (19 anglers).

John Day Pool: 

Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus 11 sublegal sturgeon released for 47 bank anglers; and seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 24 sublegal sturgeon released for 27 boats (51 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 91 walleye kept, plus 20 walleye released for 23 boats (54 anglers).

John Day Arm and Vicinity:

Weekly checking showed one walleye kept, plus three walleye released for 23 boats (39 anglers).

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