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May 22, 2014 at 9:08 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 is open between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • 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 excellent in The Dalles and John Day pools last week.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Catch rates for Chinook remain fair but did improve from last weekend’s check on the lower Columbia, and a few more summer steelhead are showing in the creel. Boat anglers had the best success in the Portland to Westport area, where anglers averaged 0.42 spring Chinook and 0.04 steelhead caught per boat. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 0.36 spring Chinook and 0.14 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.27 spring Chinook caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.13 spring Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.07 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. Shad anglers are beginning to catch a few fish on the lower Columbia, especially in the gorge.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook and one unclipped jack Chinook released for 27 bank anglers; and 101 shad kept for 47 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and four adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook released for 15 boats (42 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept for 15 boats (29 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, two adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 159 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 16 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, 12 adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 13 unclipped adult Chinook and six unclipped jack Chinook released for 69 boats (170 anglers); and 42 shad kept for three boats (five anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for nine bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, six adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus six unclipped adult Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 22 boats (43 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

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

No report.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only.  Weekend checking showed 15 legal and 30 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only.

The Dalles Pool:

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

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for five bank anglers; and four legal white sturgeon kept, plus 12 sublegal sturgeon released for 15 boats (28 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 37 walleye kept, plus five walleye released for seven boats (17 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed 28 walleye kept, plus 10 walleye released for 14 boats (27 anglers).

 

 

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