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April 17, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA RIVER REGIONAL 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 during March 16 – May 9, 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 catch rates ranged from fair to excellent on the lower Columbia this past weekend. Boat anglers had the best success in the gorge, where anglers averaged 1.34 spring Chinook caught per boat.  In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 0.56 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.49 spring Chinook caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.37 spring Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.25 spring Chinook and 0.5 steelhead caught per bank rod, while anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.14 spring Chinook caught per bank rod.  In the Portland to Westport area, bank anglers averaged 0.06 spring Chinook and 0.01 steelhead caught per bank rod.  On Saturday’s (4/12) flight, 1,918 salmonid boats and 742 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed nine adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook released for 81 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock):

Weekend checking showed 39 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus 12 unclipped adult Chinook released for 38 boats (129 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 17 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus seven unclipped adult Chinook released for 65 boats (144 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed 17 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus four unclipped adult Chinook, one unclipped jack Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 374 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 211 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus 46 unclipped adult Chinook released for 445 boats (1,183 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for four bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed 12 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus three unclipped adult Chinook released for 27 boats (57 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report. 

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one unclipped Chinook released for 30 bank anglers.

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only. 

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two oversize and 10 sublegal sturgeon released for 38 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and 34 sublegal sturgeon released for eight boats.

John Day Pool: 

Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for 25 bank anglers; and five legal white sturgeon kept, plus five legal, one oversize and 13 sublegal sturgeon released for 28 boats (55 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and eight walleye kept, plus three walleye released for five boats (11 anglers).

John Day Arm and Vicinity:

Weekly checking showed 13 walleye kept, plus eight walleye released for 18 boats (30 anglers).

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