Lower Columbia Fishing Report (ODFW, 8-16-11)

(COURTESY TANNA TAKATA, ODFW, VIA FISHERIES BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)

Anglers are beginning to catch a few fall chinook in the lower Columbia and the steelhead catch rates continue to be good as well.  In the gorge boat anglers averaged 0.07 fall chinook and 1.53 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.31 fall chinook and 0.41 steelhead caught per boat.  In Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.05 fall chinook and 0.35 steelhead caught per boat.  Catch rates for bank anglers in the gorge are good but slow elsewhere.  At Buoy 10 this past weekend anglers averaged 0.15 fall chinook and 0.02 coho caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed 23 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 22 unclipped steelhead released for 150 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one fall chinook adult and 13 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 10 unclipped steelhead released for 15 boats (39 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed three fall chinook adults, one fall chinook jack and 12 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 11 unclipped steelhead and one sockeye released for 65 boats (136 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 105 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 43 fall chinook adults, one fall chinook jack and 45 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 12 unclipped steelhead and two unclipped coho released for 140 boats (313 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Clatsop Spit):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for two bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 68 fall chinook, five adipose fin-clipped coho, and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five fall chinook and 14 unclipped coho released for 168 boats (486 anglers).

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