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August 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River fishing reports

COLUMBIA RIVER FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam.  Over 1,500,000 fall Chinook and 600,000 coho are expected to return to the Columbia this fall.
  • Summer steelhead fishing is good in the Columbia gorge and near the mouths of some tributaries.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that some spawning sanctuaries are in effect (see special regulations for details).

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 247 salmonid boats and 112 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (8/2) flight; and 387 Oregon boats at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.51 Chinook and 0.04 coho caught per rod.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.07 Chinook and 0.93 steelhead, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.05 Chinook and 0.61 steelhead caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.06 Chinook and 0.20 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.01 Chinook and 0.18 steelhead caught per rod, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.06 steelhead caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adult fall Chinook and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 10 unclipped steelhead released for 80 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adult fall Chinook and five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one jack Chinook and nine unclipped steelhead released for 15 boats (40 anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adult Chinook kept, plus one adult Chinook and seven unclipped steelhead released for 35 boats (81 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one unclipped steelhead released for 16 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adult fall Chinook and 16 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus seven unclipped steelhead released for 38 boats (79 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 311 Chinook and 12 adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus 74 Chinook and 17 unclipped coho released for 232 boats (754 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for nine 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. Weekend checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (one anglers); plus four legal and 10 sublegal sturgeon released for three bank anglers.

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only. No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Catch and release only. No report.

John Day Pool:

Catch and release only. No report.

WALLEYE

Gorge:

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

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed three walleye kept for four boats (11 anglers).

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