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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Effective Thursday May 15, angling for spring Chinook and summer steelhead will be open between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam.
  • Shad angling will open on Thursday May 15, from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release angling. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details).
  • 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.
  • Effective Friday June 13 – Saturday June 14 and Friday June 20 – Saturday June 21, the Bonneville Pool will be open to the retention of white sturgeon.
  • Walleye fishing was fair in The Dalles and John Day pools last week.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid catch rates were fair on the lower Columbia this past Friday and Saturday.  Boat anglers had the best success in Troutdale, where anglers averaged 0.30 spring Chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.24 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.20 spring Chinook caught per boat.  In the gorge (below Rooster Rock), boat anglers averaged 0.08 spring Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.22 spring Chinook caught per bank rod, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.03 spring Chinook and 0.04 steelhead caught per bank rod. 

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed nine adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and five adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus four unclipped adult Chinook released for 58 bank rods.

Gorge Boats (below Rooster Rock):

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for 12 boats (29 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 38 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and 12 adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus 15 unclipped adult Chinook and one unclipped jack Chinook released for 179 boats (418 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, 10 adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and 10 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook, one unclipped jack Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 260 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boat:

Weekend checking showed 39 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and 23 adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus 11 unclipped adult Chinook and one unclipped jack Chinook released for 207 boats (520 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept for two bank rods.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for 10 boats (23 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers. 

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed nine adipose fin-clipped Chinook kept, plus 11 unclipped Chinook released for 81 bank anglers; and 21 adipose fin-clipped Chinook kept, plus 12 unclipped Chinook released for 28 boats (79 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed 16 adipose fin-clipped Chinook kept, plus nine unclipped Chinook released for 56 bank anglers; and 18 adipose fin-clipped Chinook kept, plus six unclipped Chinook released for 41 boats (90 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only.

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for nine bank anglers; and six sublegal sturgeon released for four boats (eight anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and three sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (18 bank anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for three boats (nine anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for one boat (one angler).

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