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June 26, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and summer steelhead is open between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and Bonneville Dam through June 30 and between Bonneville Dam and the Oregon/Washington border above McNary through July 31.  Catch rates for Chinook are fair and improving for summer steelhead in the lower river.
  • Shad angling is productive in the Columbia Gorge.
  • 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 The Dalles Dam and from 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).

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid catch rates were fair on the lower Columbia this past weekend. Boat Anglers in the Portland to Westport area had the best success, averaging 0.72 summer Chinook, 0.13 steelhead and 0.03 sockeye caught per boat.  Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.52 summer Chinook and 0.28 sockeye caught per boat. Boat anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.20 summer Chinook and 0.03 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.20 summer Chinook caught per angler, while bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.04 summer Chinook, 0.06 steelhead and 0.02 sockeye caught per angler. Catch rates for shad are still good for anglers in the gorge, where the boat anglers averaged ten shad caught per boat, and the bank anglers averaged 3.7 shad caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and one sockeye kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook released for 20 bank anglers; and 469 shad kept for 128 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and six sockeye kept, plus seven unclipped adult Chinook released for 21 boats (62 anglers); and 146 shad kept for 14 shad boats (37 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adult Chinook kept, plus six unclipped adult Chinook and one steelhead released for 35 boats (80 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, four adipose fin-clipped steelhead and two sockeye kept, plus two unclipped summer steelhead released for 93 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 16 unclipped adult Chinook and one sockeye released for 31 boats (65 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept for seven bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for four boats (seven anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed two sockeye kept for one boat (two anglers); and two sockeye and two shad kept, plus one steelhead released for 23 bank anglers.

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.  Boat anglers in the Columbia estuary averaged seven sturgeon released per angler last week.

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed four legal white sturgeon kept, plus 77 sublegal sturgeon released for 78 bank anglers; and 39 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 12 oversize and 878 sublegal sturgeon released for 93 boats (266 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept and 14 sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (22 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Catch and release only. No report.

WALLEYE

Troutdale:

Weekend checking one walleye kept for three boats (six anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed five walleye kept for four boats (12 anglers).

John Day Pool:

No report.

 

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