Columbia River Fishing Update (7-19-11)

Editor’s note: Updated 9:50 a.m. July 20, 2011 with estuary salmonid and sturgeon catch info.

(REPORT COURTESY ODFW, VIA FISHERIES BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER IN VANCOUVER)

SALMON STEELHEAD

Fishing for summer chinook slowed down just before the closure on the lower Columbia last weekend as most of the run had passed Bonneville Dam.  Summer steelhead numbers are increasing as the sockeye and shad runs are winding down. This past weekend, boat and bank anglers had the best success for summer steelhead in the gorge, where boat anglers averaged 0.41 summer steelhead caught per boat and bank anglers averaged 0.16 summer steelhead per angler.  Boat anglers in the Portland to Longview areas averaged 0.07 summer steelhead per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the Portland to Longview averaged 0.05 summer steelhead caught per angler.  On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 245 salmonid boats, and 259 Oregon bank anglers counted on Saturday’s (July 16) flight.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept, plus three unclipped summer steelhead released for 32 salmonid anglers. One shad angler kept four shad.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook kept, plus one unclipped summer chinook jack and 5 unclipped summer steelhead released for 12 salmon boats (44 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 17 salmonid boats (34 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook, three adipose fin-clipped steelhead and one sockeye kept, plus three unclipped summer chinook and 5 unclipped summer steelhead released for 147 salmon anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed two unclipped summer chinook adults released and two adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept for 29 salmonid boats (47 anglers).

JACEY JOHNSON, 11, OF PORTLAND NABBED THIS SUMMER-RUN IN THE LOWER COLUMBIA ALONG THE WASHINGTON SIDE AT COUNTY LINE PARK LAST MONTH. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to the Astoria-Megler Bridge):

Weekend checking showed 13 adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept and two unclipped steelhead released for 31 anglers.

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to the Astoria-Megler Bridge):

Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook and 15 adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult summer chinook and seven unclipped summer steelhead released for 35 boats (97 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekend checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for four boats (10 anglers); and three adipose fin-clipped summer Chinook kept, plus three unclipped summer chinook and two unclipped summer steelhead released for 67 bank anglers.

STURGEON:

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 238 boats counted from the gorge (below Marker 82) downstream to the mouth on Saturday’s (July 16) flight, 151 of which were in the estuary.

Gorge Bank (below Marker 82):

No report.

Gorge Boats (below Marker 82):

Weekend checking showed two oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (8 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 19 sublegal sturgeon released for 5 boats (10 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for 13 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept and 39 sublegal sturgeon released for 15 boats (36 anglers).

Estuary Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for seven anglers.

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed showed 86 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 270 sublegal, 21 oversize and two green sturgeon released for 93 boats (281 anglers).  Six charter boat anglers had one legal white sturgeon kept and three sublegal sturgeon released.

Bonneville Pool:

Closed for retention.  No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 66 sublegal sturgeon released for 66 bank anglers; and four white sturgeon kept, plus five oversize and 143 sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (27 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Closed for retention. No report.

WALLEYE AND BASS:

The Dalles Pool Boat:

Weekly check showed 70 walleye kept and 13 walleye released for 17 boats (44 anglers).

The Dalles Pool Bank:

Weekly check showed two walleye kept for 4 rods.

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