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May 29, 2014 at 8:08 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 improved for boat anglers fishing in the gorge and Troutdale, however rates declined for the remainder of the river.  Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.63 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.24 spring Chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.16 spring Chinook and 0.44 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.08 spring Chinook caught per bank rod, while anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.04 spring Chinook caught per bank rod.  Shad anglers fishing in the gorge are catching a fair number of fish.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept for 24 bank anglers; and 340 shad kept for 118 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus three unclipped adult Chinook released for eight boats (23 anglers); and 404 shad kept for 13 shad boats (44 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus three unclipped adult Chinook released for 25 boats (48 anglers); and 24 shad kept for four shad boats (10 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, six adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus four unclipped adult Chinook and three unclipped jack Chinook released for 97 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and 11 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for 25 boats (67 anglers); and 40 shad kept for one boat (four anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for two boats (three 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.  No report.

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed five sublegal sturgeon released for 17 bank anglers; and 33 sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (10 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two bank anglers; and seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and 28 sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (47 anglers).

WALLEYE 

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

 

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 72 walleye kept, plus 18 walleye released for 13 boats (28 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed 72 walleye kept, plus 18 walleye released for 44 boats (90 anglers).

 

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