Columbia Fishing Report

(REPORT COURTESY TANNA TAKATA, ODFW)

COLUMBIA FISHING

Salmon catch rates improved for boat anglers fishing the lower Columbia this past weekend.  Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 1.33 spring chinook caught per boat, while boat anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.71 spring chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Longview area boat anglers averaged 0.42 spring chinook caught per boat.  Bank angling for salmon remains fair.  On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 314 boats, and 531 Oregon bank anglers counted on Saturday’s (6/11) flight.  Shad angler success was fair this past week.  Shad anglers in the gorge averaged 4.39 shad per bank angler and 25 shad caught per boat.

Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed 496 shad kept, plus 26 shad released for 119 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adult, and three adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jacks kept, plus three unclipped spring chinook released for three salmon boats (nine anglers); and 75 shad kept for three shad boats (seven anglers).

Troutdale Boats: No report.

Portland to Longview Bank: Weekend checking showed 15 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, eight adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jacks, six adipose fin-clipped steelhead and six sockeye kept, plus three unclipped spring chinook adults, two unclipped steelhead and two sockeye released for 273 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats: Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults kept for 12 salmon boats (29 anglers); and 29 shad kept for four shad boats (nine anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, four adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jacks and five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped spring chinook adults and two unclipped spring chinook jacks released for 82 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Tongue Point):  Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults and four adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jacks kept, plus three unclipped spring chinook adults released for seven boats (19 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adult and one sockeye kept, plus two unclipped spring chinook adults and one unclipped spring chinook jack released for eight salmon anglers; and 146 shad kept, plus 38 shad released for 41 shad anglers.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 14 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook, and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 17 unclipped spring chinook released for 135 bank anglers; and no catch for two boats (five anglers).

STURGEON

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 189 boats counted from the gorge (below Marker 82) downstream to the mouth on Saturday’s (6/11) flight, 151 of which were in the estuary.  Water flows have been high and boaters should be mindful of large debris floating down the river.  Boat anglers in the estuary averaged 0.76 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.

Gorge Bank (below Marker 82):  No report.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82): Weekend checking showed eight oversize and 15 sublegal sturgeon released for 11 boats (34 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: No report.

Portland to Longview Bank: No report.

Portland to Longview Boats: Weekend checking showed eight sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (five anglers).

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 79 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, 10 oversize and 450 sublegal sturgeon released for 105 boats (357 anglers); and four sublegal sturgeon released for four charter boat anglers.

Bonneville Pool:  Closed for retention.  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two oversize and 23 sublegal sturgeon released for 22 bank anglers; and 10 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

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