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Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

COLUMBIA FISHING

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Columbia River Zone

Columbia River fish counts.

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring chinook angling is open above Bonneville Dam through Sunday, May 5.
  • Walleye anglers are having some success in The Dalles and John Day pools.
  • Sturgeon anglers are catching keepers in the Portland to St. Helens 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:

Salmonid angling is picking up in The Dalles and John Day pools. As of Sunday, April 28, 24,283 spring chinook have passed over Bonneville Dam.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 23 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus five unclipped spring chinook released for 331 bank anglers; and six adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus one unclipped spring chinook released for 10 boats (23 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed three adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus one unclipped spring chinook released for 35 bank anglers; and no catch for 11 boats (26 anglers).

STURGEON:

Boat anglers fishing the Portland to St. Helens area averaged 0.31 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. On Saturday’s (4/27) flight, 93 sturgeon boats and 50 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for 13 boats (26 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for eight bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekly checking showed 13 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 299 sublegal sturgeon released for 51 boats (144 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two oversize and five sublegal sturgeon released for 22 bank anglers; and 23 sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (11 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed seven sublegal sturgeon released for 14 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 10 sublegal sturgeon released for 13 boats (27 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:

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

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers; and eight walleye kept for 11 boats (28 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for eight boats (14 anglers).

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