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Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

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Columbia River Zone

COLUMBIA RIVER ZONE FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Effective Saturday May 25 through June 15 spring chinook fishing is open from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam.

Shad fishing is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam.

Sturgeon fishing is good from Portland to Longview and is beginning to pick up in Astoria 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.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

Salmonid angling was fair over the Memorial holiday weekend. Boat anglers in the gorge below Beacon Rock had the best success where anglers averaged 0.6 spring chinook caught per boat. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 0.14 spring chinook and 0.14 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers in Troutdale averaged 0.09 spring chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Longview area boat anglers averaged 0.05 spring chinook and 0.05 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers had the best success in the gorge where anglers averaged 0.12 spring chinook caught per angler. In the Portland to Longview area, bank anglers averaged 0.03 spring chinook and 0.05 steelhead caught per angler. Shad anglers are doing well in the gorge. On Saturday’s (5/25) flight, 416 salmonid boats, 45 shad boats, 409 Oregon salmonid bank anglers and 181 Oregon shad bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult spring kept, plus one unclipped adult chinook released for 26 salmonid anglers; and 1,213 shad kept for 215 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack chinook kept for five salmonid boats (14 anglers); and 363 shad kept for nine shad boats (25 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped jack chinook kept, plus three unclipped adult chinook released for 35 salmonid boats (78 anglers); and 84 shad kept for 14 shad boats (34 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult chinook, two adipose fin-clipped jack chinook and six adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept; plus two unclipped adult chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 149 salmonid anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult chinook, two adipose fin-clipped jack chinook, and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept; plus one unclipped steelhead released for 43 salmonid boats (101 anglers); and 80 shad kept for seven shad boats (16 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Westport):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult chinook, two adipose fin-clipped jack chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for seven boats (15 anglers).

STURGEON:

Sturgeon anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.64 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing the estuary averaged 0.58 legal white sturgeon caught per boat. On Saturday’s (5/25) flight, 263 sturgeon boats and six Oregon bank anglers were counted from Marker 82 in the gorge downstream to Buoy 10.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed six sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (four anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept for four bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 16 legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and 96 sublegal sturgeon released for 25 boats (61 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Weekly checking showed 48 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, eight oversize and 208 sublegal sturgeon released for 84 boats (246 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 19 sublegal sturgeon released for 15 bank anglers; and one oversize and 23 sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (six anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon released for 15 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and eight sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (13 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:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 16 walleye kept for five boats (seven anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed four walleye kept for three bank anglers; and three walleye kept for eight boats (17 anglers).

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