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June 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling is open for summer Chinook, sockeye and summer steelhead between the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • The Bonneville Pool is open to the retention of white sturgeon Friday June 20 – Saturday June 21.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles pool until the respective guideline of 300 legal white sturgeon is met.
  • Sturgeon retention is open during February 1 – July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, and from the John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch and released angling.  Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries are in effect (see special regulations for details).
  • 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 weekend.  Boat anglers fishing in the gorge had the best success, where anglers averaged 0.74 spring Chinook, 0.06 sockeye and 0.03 steelhead caught per boat.  Anglers fishing in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.33 spring Chinook, 0.44 steelhead and 0.03 sockeye caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.17 spring Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.10 spring Chinook caught per bank angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.02 spring Chinook, 0.04 steelhead and 0.04 sockeye caught per bank angler.  Catch rates for shad are fair for anglers fishing in the gorge, where the boat anglers averaged 24 shad caught per boat, and the bank anglers averaged five shad caught per bank rod.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook released for 29 bank anglers; and 565 shad kept for 105 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed eight adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, two adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 18 unclipped adult Chinook, two unclipped jack Chinook and two sockeye released for 35 boats (106 anglers); and 725 shad kept for 30 shad boats (99 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed four unclipped adult Chinook released for 24 boats (54 anglers); and two shad kept for one shad boat (three anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook, one unclipped steelhead and five sockeye released for 121 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed eight adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and 12 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped adult Chinook, one unclipped jack Chinook, five unclipped steelhead and one sockeye released for 39 boats (97 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for three salmonid anglers; and one shad kept for 21 shad anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one unclipped Chinook released for 35 bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (three anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped Chinook kept for eight bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (three anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekend checking showed five legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 80 sublegal sturgeon released for 88 bank anglers; and 18 legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, six oversize and 262 sublegal sturgeon released for 51 boats (115 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and seven sublegal sturgeon released for 12 bank anglers; and 30 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (five anglers).

John Day Pool:

Catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and two sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (six anglers).

WALLEYE

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (four anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three walleye kept, plus five walleye released for four boats (six anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed four walleye kept for five boats (10 anglers).

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