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August 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River fishing reports

COLUMBIA 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.  Catch rates for Chinook were fair this past weekend.
  • 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).
  • Walleye fishing is fair in Troutdale.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 286 salmonid boats and 82 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (8/9) flight; and 804 Oregon boats at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.56 Chinook and 1.37 coho caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.25 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.02 fall Chinook and 1.18 steelhead caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.26 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.20 steelhead caught per rod, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.16 steelhead caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 12 adipose fin-clipped steelhead and one jack Chinook kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for 70 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus six unclipped steelhead released for eight boats (20 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus six unclipped steelhead released for 47 boats (100 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 25 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adult Chinook, one jack Chinook and 47 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 53 unclipped steelhead released for 85 boats (200 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 141 Chinook, 272 adipose fin-clipped coho and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 38 Chinook and 162 unclipped coho released for 317 boats (1,033 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only. No report.

WALLEYE

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed seven walleye kept for five boats (13 anglers).

 

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