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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 now.

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 sturgeon.

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.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

July 14, 2010 

Columbia River Estuary sturgeon fishery extended  

Action:   Anglers will be able to retain white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary for 18 additional days.

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 sturgeon

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 guideline.  

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