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Columbia River weekly fishing report

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Columbia River Zone

COLUMBIA FISHING

Corp of Engineers fish counts are available online.

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Fishing is open for adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.

Chinook and sockeye retention are allowed from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.

Sturgeon retention is open from The Dalles Dam upstream to the John Day Dam and from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.

Catch and release angling for sturgeon is good in the estuary and fair from Marker 82 downstream to Longview.

Walleye fishing has been good in the The Dalles pool.

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

Steelheadcatch rates were poorover the weekend of 7/6-7/7. Boat anglers had the best success in the Gorgewhere anglers averaged 0.25 steelhead caught per boat. In thearea from Portland-Westport, boat anglers averaged 0.08 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers in Troutdalehad no observed catch. Bank anglers hadno observed catch from Westport all the way upstream to the Gorge. On Saturday’s (7/6) flight, 180 salmonid boats, seven shad boats, 100 Oregon salmonid bank anglers and 22 Oregon shad bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 7 salmonid anglers; and two shad kept for six anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for four boats (14 anglers) and zero shad for one boat (3 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 2 adult Chinook released for 11 boats (18 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 35 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adult Chinook released, three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 50 boats (113 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Westport):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Westport):

No report.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 2 salmonid anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook released for 31 bank anglers.

John Day Pool:

No report.

STURGEON:

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. Weekend checking showed one legal and four sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (4 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. Weekend checking showed two legal, one oversize and 11 sublegal sturgeon released for one boats (two anglers).

Estuary Bank (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed no catch for two anglers.

Bonneville Pool:

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for two bank anglers and six oversize and 94 sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (21 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

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:

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed one walleye kept for four boats (eight anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 31 walleye kept, plus 19 walleye released for nine boats (20 anglers).

John Day Pool:

No report.

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