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June 5, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling for spring Chinook and summer steelhead is open between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam.
  • Angling for spring Chinook and summer steelhead is open from the Tower Island power lines approximately six miles below The Dalles Dam, upstream to the Oregon/Washington border (about 17 miles upstream of McNary Dam), plus bank fishing only from Bonneville Dam to the Tower Island power lines.
  • 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.  Effective Saturday June 14, the John Day Pool will be closed to the retention of sturgeon.
  • 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

Chinook angling was excellent for boat anglers fishing in the gorge this past weekend where anglers averaged 1.79 spring Chinook and 0.08 steelhead caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.67 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.15 spring Chinook and 0.37 steelhead caught per boat.  In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 0.33 spring Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.06 spring Chinook and 0.07 steelhead caught per bank rod, while anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.04 spring Chinook caught per bank rod.  Shad angling is excellent in the gorge.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept for 24 bank anglers; and 1,087 shad kept for 260 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed 14 adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus 29 unclipped adult Chinook, one unclipped jack Chinook and two unclipped steelhead released for 24 boats (77 anglers); and 1,081 shad kept, plus 30 shad released for 30 shad boats (97 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept for 23 boats (46 anglers); and 35 shad kept for seven boats (19 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and nine adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus six unclipped adult Chinook released for 123 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and 10 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped adult Chinook and three unclipped steelhead released for 34 boats (81 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 one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for six boats (seven anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two salmonid anglers; and 34 shad kept for 13 shad anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekend checking showed one unclipped Chinook released for 22 bank anglers; and no catch for seven boats (16 anglers).

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

Weekend checking showed seven Chinook released for 19 bank anglers; and two adipose fin-clipped Chinook kept, plus two unclipped Chinook released for 27 boats (61 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only.  No report.

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one oversize and seven sublegal sturgeon released for 25 bank anglers; and 16 sublegal sturgeon released for four boats (13 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed five legal white sturgeon kept, plus three legal, four oversize and 20 sublegal sturgeon released for 13 boats (27 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed five walleye kept, plus 11 walleye released for five boats (10 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed 71 walleye kept, plus six walleye released for 17 boats (36 anglers).

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