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March 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing report

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT

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

The lower Columbia is turbid and not ideal, but flows have dropped and catch rates will hopefully improve in coming weeks.  Boat anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged .04 spring Chinook and .01 steelhead caught per boat, while the bank anglers averaged .02 spring Chinook and .03 steelhead caught per bank angler.  On Saturday’s (3/22) flight, 458 salmonid boats and 435 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock):

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 20 boats (49 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook, one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook, and five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped adult spring Chinook, two unclipped jack Chinook and eight unclipped steelhead released for 461 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 106 boats (268 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 20 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 21 boats (39 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for eight bank anglers.

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

No report.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (four anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 13 sublegal sturgeon released for 32 bank anglers; and five legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and 87 sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (53 anglers).

John Day Pool: 

Weekly checking showed six legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 11 sublegal sturgeon released for 78 bank anglers; and 11 legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, one oversize and 49 sublegal sturgeon released for 35 boats (84 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and 76 walleye kept, plus 17 walleye released for 34 boats (84 anglers).

John Day Arm and Vicinity:

Weekly checking showed one walleye kept, plus seven walleye released for 21 boats (47 anglers).

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