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Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

COLUMBIA FZONE ISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Angling is CLOSED for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River from the Buoy 10 line upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • Sturgeon fishing is improving in the lower Columbia as the population migrates from the Willamette down to the estuary. The estuary sturgeon season reopens Saturday, May 11 between Buoy 10 and Wauna Powerlines.
  • Walleye fishing is fair the 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:

Bonneville Pool:

Salmonid fishing is CLOSED. Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Salmonid fishing is CLOSED. Weekly checking showed 19 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus six unclipped spring chinook released for 171 bank anglers; and six adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus four unclipped spring chinook released for 12 boats (22 anglers).

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

Salmonid fishing is CLOSED. Weekly checking showed three adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus four unclipped spring chinook released for 35 bank anglers; and six adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus five unclipped spring chinook released for 32 boats (67 anglers).

STURGEON:

Sturgeon anglers fishing the Portland to St. Helens area averaged 0.40 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. On Saturday’s (5/4) flight, 145 sturgeon boats and 27 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats:

Weekly checking showed one oversize and eight sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (13 anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

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

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 12 sublegal sturgeon released for 13 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekly checking showed 21 legal white sturgeon kept, plus four legal, two oversize and 279 sublegal sturgeon released for 68 boats (168 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed nine sublegal sturgeon released for eight bank anglers; and 17 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and one oversize released for eight boats (14 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 one boat (one angler).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (three anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and no catch for three boats (five anglers).

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