The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). An estimated 613,800 fall Chinook and 319,300 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.
White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing. Anglers are reminded that the Bonneville Dam spawning sanctuary is still in effect through August 31 (see special regulations for details).
Walleye angling is good in The Dalles and John Day pools.
Angler sampling by the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:
Lower Columbia — Buoy 10 to Tongue Point, 1,639 boaters with 921 adult chinook and 249 coho kept, plus 123 chinook, 103 coho and one steelhead released. (ODFW)
• Tongue Point to Portland, 353 boaters with 36 adult chinook, two jack chinook and one coho adult kept, plus one steelhead released. (ODFW)
• Troutdale, 4 adult chinook, 1 jack chinook and 1 steelhead kept; plus 5 boaters with 3 walleye kept. (ODFW)
• Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 31 boaters with 7 adult chinook kepl; 31 Oregon bank rods with one steelhead kept. (ODFW)
Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 35 boaters with two Chinook adults kept, plus three steelhead released. (ODFW)
• The Dalles pool, 99 boaters with 44 chinook adults, five jack chinook kept, plus three steelhead released; 11 boaters with 14 walleye kept, plus one walleye released. (ODFW)
• John Day pool, 43 boaters with 38 walleye kept and 13 released. (ODFW)