Oregon fishing charters fishing report
Water conditions are good for spring Chinook fishing, with flows
at Bonneville Dam a low 110,000 cubic feet a second, 7 feet of
visibility and 44 degrees. But it is early in March, and while
an occasional salmon is reported, fishing is a long-shot right
Washington and Oregon officials sampled eight Chinook kept and
four released last week, mostly near the mouth of the Willamette
River. Anglers need to remember Chinook fishing is closed on
Tuesday to avoid conflict with commercial fishermen.
One spring Chinook showed at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery last
week. Five spring Chinook crossed Bonneville Dam between
Saturday and Monday.
Wind River and Drano Lake will open for spring Chinook on March
16. The limit is same as a year ago — two hatchery Chinook or
steelhead, or one of each.
Angler checks from the Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife :
Lower Columbia — Longview, 11 boaters and three bank rods with
no spring Chinook.
Longview to Portland, 285 boaters with five spring Chinook and
one steelhead kept plus four spring Chinook released; 34 bank
rods with no salmon; 58 boaters with 19 sublegal sturgeon
released; seven bank rods with no sturgeon.
Cowlitz River, seven boaters with no spring Chinook.
Kalama, 40 boaters and two bank rods with no spring Chinook, six
boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released.
Wodland, 50 boaters with three adult spring Chinook; 14 bank
rods with no salmon.
Lewis River to Kelley Point, 34 boaters with no salmon.
Kelley Point to I-5, 29 boaters with one steelhead kept.
Camas-Washougal, three boaters and two bank rods with no
Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 27 bank rods with one sublegal
sturgeon released; 11 boaters with one oversize and four
sublegal sturgeon released; seven bank rods with one steelhead
kept and one released; four boaters with three steelhead
released; 10 boaters with five walleye kept and one released;
four bank rods with no walleye.
WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
July 14, 2010
River Estuary sturgeon fishery extended
Action: Anglers will be able
to retain white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary for 18
Location: Columbia River and
its tributaries from the mouth of the Columbia upstream to the
Wauna power lines near Cathlamet, Wash.
Effective Dates: July 15
through Aug. 1, 2010
Species affected: White
Reason for action: Catch and
effort in the estuary sturgeon fishery have been less than
expected. White sturgeon remain available for harvest based on
the guideline for this area.
Other information: The daily
catch limit is one white sturgeon, with a fork-length
measurement of 41 inches to 54 inches. All green sturgeon must
be released. Catch and release fishing will continue to be
allowed on days not open to retention. Staff will continue to
closely monitor catch as the season continues, and modify the
proposed season as necessary in order to remain within the catch