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Columbia River Zone weekly fishing report

COLUMBIA FISHING

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Columbia River Zone

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring chinook angling is open above Bonneville Dam.
  • Walleye anglers are having some success in The Dalles and John Day pools.
  • Sturgeon anglers are catching keepers in the Portland area. Effective April 1, the annual sturgeon bag limit is two legal white sturgeon.

Current Columbia River regulations for sturgeon and spring chinook can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

Bank anglers are catching a few spring chinook in The Dalles and John Day pools. As of Sunday April 21, 3,574 spring chinook have passed over Bonneville Dam.

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus two spring Chinook released for 95 bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (two anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus two unclipped spring chinook released for 43 bank anglers; and no catch for two boats (four anglers).

STURGEON:

Boat anglers fishing the Portland to St. Helens area averaged 0.34 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. On Saturday’s (4/20) flight, 78 sturgeon boats and 35 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekly checking showed four sublegal sturgeon released for five boats (13 anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed no catch for four boats (eight anglers).

Portland Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for five bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekly checking showed 20 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, five oversize and 267 sublegal sturgeon released for 62 boats (172 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for 15 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 17 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (nine anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed seven sublegal sturgeon released for 28 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and six sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (15 anglers).

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools can be found at the following link:

WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary

WALLEYE:

Troutdale:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one walleye released for one bank angler; and two walleye kept for four boats (eight anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for four boats (14 anglers).

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