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April 3, 2014 at 11:38 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 and John Day pools last week.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid catch rates improved on the lower Columbia this past weekend.  Boat anglers had the best success in the estuary, where anglers averaged 0.43 spring Chinook and 0.07 steelhead caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.33 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.17 spring Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.10 spring Chinook caught per bank rod, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.06 spring Chinook and 0.01 steelhead caught per bank rod.  On Sunday’s (3/30) flight, 695 salmonid boats and 627 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for 21 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock):

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

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed eight adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus four unclipped adult Chinook released for 36 boats (88 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed 15 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus eight unclipped adult Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 356 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 16 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus three unclipped adult Chinook released for 112 boats (269 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for 14 boats (28 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 12 bank 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. 

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for 11 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 38 sublegal sturgeon released for 11 boats (35 anglers).

John Day Pool: 

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus five oversize and eight sublegal sturgeon released for 38 bank anglers; and seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, three oversize and 26 sublegal sturgeon released for 22 boats (58 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 29 walleye kept, plus 16 walleye released for 16 boats (47 anglers).

John Day Arm and Vicinity:

Weekly checking showed 20 walleye kept, plus 23 walleye released for 25 boats (48 anglers).

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