Fishing report, Sept. 21

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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.

Walleye angling is good in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.

Salmon/Steelhead

Main stem Columbia River—Last week on the lower Columbia, anglers made 15,120 trips and caught 6,350 adult Chinook (5,765 kept and 585 released) 358 adult coho (188 kept and 170 released) and 165 summer steelhead (123 kept and 42 released).

Gorge Boats — Weekend checking showed 32 Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept for 29 boats (81 anglers).

Troutdale Boats — Weekend checking showed 74 Chinook adults, four Chinook jacks and one coho adult kept, plus two Chinook adults and one pink released for 172 boats (383 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank — Weekend checking showed one coho adult kept, plus four Chinook adults released for nine bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: — Weekend checking showed 154 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks, five coho adults and two steelhead kept, plus six Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and five coho adults released for 215 boats (489 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Above Tongue Point) — Weekend checking showed four coho adults kept, plus one coho adult released for one boat (two anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10) — Weekend checking showed 161 coho adults kept, plus 20 Chinook and 101 coho released for 162 boats (486 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam) — Weekly checking showed 158 Chinook adults, 14 Chinook jacks, two coho adults and two steelhead kept, plus six Chinook adults released for 98 boats (234 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam) — Weekly checking showed 21 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks and one coho adult kept for 17 boats (47 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam) — Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and five Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for 29 boats (54 anglers).

Cowlitz River — From the I-5 Bridge downstream: 12 boats/42 rods kept 13 adult and 2 jack Chinook and released 42 adult and 4 jack Chinook. 5 bank anglers had no catch. No anglers were sampled upstream from the bridge.

Lewis River — No report on angling success. On the mainstem and North Fork Lewis rivers, any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained effective September 23.

Drano Lake — 33 boats/75 anglers kept 33 adult Chinook and adult coho and released 3 steelhead. There were 65 boats were here last Saturday morning.

Bonneville Pool — 18 boats/43 anglers kept 22 adult Chinook. Last Saturday morning there were 75 boats off the Klickitat, 40 off the White Salmon, and 30 off Drano Lake.

Walleye

Troutdale — Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point — Weekend checking showed one walleye kept for two boats (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool — Weekly checking showed 24 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for three boats (nine anglers).

John Day Pool — Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 53 walleye kept, plus 16 walleye released for 15 boats (28 anglers).

Northern Pikeminnow

The Northern Pikeminnow sport reward program will end on September 30. Anglers turned in a total of 10, 270 pikeminnows this past week. The year-to-date total is over 175,500 fish, with the average catch per day per angler at just over 7 fish.

The program pays registered anglers for each Pikeminnow that is caught and kept. Northern Pikeminnow prey on salmon and steelhead smolts in the Columbia River. The program is designed to reduce the predation caused by these toothy fish.