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Fishing reports for the Columbia River

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Columbia River Zone

COLUMBIA FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

• Anglers are catching a few spring chinook and winter steelhead on the lower Columbia.

• The Columbia sport fishery above Bonneville Dam opened for spring Chinook Saturday, March 16.

• Walleye anglers are catching a few fish in The Dalles and John Day pools.

• Sturgeon anglers are catching a few keepers in The Dalles and John Day Pools.

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

SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD:

Salmonid catch rates are still slow, but there are a few fish around and water conditions are excellent. On Thursday’s (3/14) flight, 323 salmonid boats and 150 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No Report

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 52 boats (124 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, one unmarked spring Chinook released and one fin-clipped steelhead kept for 91 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed ten adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept and two unclipped spring Chinook released for 129 boats (329 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept and one unmarked steelhead released for 15 anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept for nine boats (20 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

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

Weekly checking showed one fin-clipped steelhead kept and two unmarked steelhead released for one boat (two anglers) and no catch for seven bank anglers.

STURGEON:

Sturgeon effort and catches are light 0n the lower Columbia. On Thursdays (3/14) flight, eight sturgeon boats were counted. Boat anglers in The Dalles and John Day pools are catching a few keepers.

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for three boats (nine anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

No report.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed one legal sturgeon white kept for three boats (nine anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for four bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus 93 sublegal and two oversize sturgeon released for 11 boats (30 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed two oversize white sturgeon released for 27 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 11 sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 26 boats (56 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:

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for one bank angler and nine walleye kept for 15 boats (32 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed eight walleye kept and six walleye released for 31 boats (60 anglers).

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