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April 24, 2014 at 8:08 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 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.  Counts of spring Chinook are improving at Bonneville Dam, and anglers are catching some fish in The Dalles and John Day pools.
  • Walleye fishing was good in The Dalles and John Day pools last week.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid catch rates ranged from fair to excellent on the lower Columbia this past Saturday, April 19. Boat anglers in the gorge averaged 0.82 spring Chinook caught per boat. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 0.65 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.68 spring Chinook caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.63 spring Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, bank anglers averaged 0.05 spring Chinook and 0.03 steelhead caught per bank rod.

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats (below Rooster Rock):

Weekend checking showed 14 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus 5 unclipped adult Chinook released for 23 boats (77 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 56 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus 17 unclipped adult Chinook released for 115 boats (288 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for 142 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 124 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus 29 unclipped adult Chinook released for 226 boats (622 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed 10 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for 17 boats (34 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus two unclipped Chinook released for 131 bank anglers; and seven adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus three unclipped Chinook released for 18 boats (41 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus two unclipped Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 76 bank anglers; and one unclipped Chinook released for twelve boats (one angler).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only.

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed five sublegal sturgeon released for 15 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and 57 sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (21 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 16 bank anglers; and four legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and 15 sublegal sturgeon released for 10 boats (21 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 11 walleye kept, plus 33 walleye released for six boats (14 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed 27 walleye released for four boats (eight anglers).

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