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Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

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Columbia River Zone

COLUMBIA ZONE FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Angling for summer steelhead and spring Chinook jacks opens Thursday, May 16 between Tongue Point and the I-5 Bridge.

Shad angling opens Thursday, May 16 between Buoy 10 and Bonneville Dam.

Sturgeon angling is good in the lower Columbia as the population migrates from the Willamette down to the estuary. The estuary sturgeon season is open seven days per week during Saturday May 11 through Sunday, June 30 (or catch guideline) below the Wauna Powerlines.

Walleye angling is excellent in the The Dalles pool.

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

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/reg_changes/index.asp

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

STURGEON:

Sturgeon anglers fishing the Portland to St. Helens area averaged 1.03 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. On Saturday’s (5/11) flight, 268 sturgeon boats and 42 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed four legal white sturgeon kept, plus 22 sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (13 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed one oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released for 15 bank anglers.

Portland to Scappoose Boats:

Weekly checking showed 40 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, two oversize and 382 sublegal sturgeon released for 40 boats (120 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Weekly checking showed five legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 55 sublegal sturgeon released for 20 boats (51 anglers); and no catch for 12 charter boat anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed five sublegal sturgeon released for 10 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 43 sublegal sturgeon released for eight boats (23 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for eight bank anglers; and one legal, one oversize and 15 sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (21 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

http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/region5/

WALLEYE:

Troutdale:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and 22 walleye kept for five boats (11 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and six walleye kept, plus two walleye released for 13 boats (22 anglers).

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