Columbia River Salmon

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Columbia River Salmon fight hard and are good to eat. 
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Columbia River Salmon are some of the freshest in the world. Salmon migrate up the Columbia River every year in the Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring.

This is a sample fishing report for the Columbia River. It is not current but it shows the type of reports you will get by checking out the Washington Dept. Of Fish & Wildlife Website. the Cowlitz River the Lewis River Astoria Oregon mouth of the Columbia River Bonneville pool Hood River Oregon and fishing spots near Portland, Oregon are popular all year long.

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Fishing: Most area rivers have been running too high for serious Steelhead fishing so far this year, but that could change in the days ahead. A cold front moving into the area during the second week of January could slow flows enough to improve fishing conditions just in time for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, said Wolf Dammers, WDFW fish biologist.

"If the snow doesn't turn to rain, the rivers could drop back into shape in time for the weekend," Dammers said. "Anglers have been catching a few hatchery Steelhead at Blue Creek and the Barrier Dam on the upper Cowlitz River, but Steelhead fishing has been pretty tough in most other areas."

One exception is Kress Lake near Kalama, where WDFW has planted more than 1,000 excess hatchery Steelhead from the Cowlitz River since late December. The department hasn't been conducting creel surveys there, but Dammers said he's heard from several anglers who have done very well. "A guy from Lake Stevens called last week to say that he and his buddy hooked 10 to 17 Steelhead each day over a four-day period," Dammers said. "The angler said all the fish were in good condition and that he and he and his fishing partner had a great time."

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Anglers may catch and keep up to two Steelhead per day as part of their five-trout limit in Kress Lake, and are not required to record Steelhead caught in the lake on their catch record cards. The same rules apply at South Lewis County Park Pond near Toledo, where WDFW is also planting excess hatchery Steelhead from the Cowlitz River. Dammers said he didn't have any current reports on fish at the county pond.

Columbia River Salmon & Steelhead Fishing Facts:

     Coho Salmon and Sockeye Salmon are found in freshwater year-round; Coho in small coastal streams and sockeye in lakes. Salmon have adapted to use virtually every part of every stream in the northwest in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Big rivers are used by pink Salmon in the lower reaches, chinook in the mainstem and larger tributaries, Coho in small tribs, and Steelhead in the uppermost tributaries. Small streams are used by chum in the lower reaches, Coho next, and cutthroat in the headwaters. Salmon tend to spawn in parts of the stream that their offspring use for rearing; the emerging fry do not have to travel far to find rearing areas.

     The size of a Salmon is usually related to its age. Pink Salmon are the smallest fall-spawning Salmon and are also the youngest, at two years. Chinook Salmon can live up to nine years, the longest, which is why some chinook can grow to over 100 pounds. Cutthroat, which live longer than pinks, are smaller because they live in less productive areas of the watershed.

     Steelhead and rainbow trout are the same species of fish; rainbow are the freshwater form, and Steelhead the anadromous form. Steelhead and cutthroat trout were recently added to the Salmon genus, Oncorhynchus, from the trout genus, Salmo. Also, the scientific name of Steelhead changed from Salmo gairdneri to Oncorhynchus mykiss.

Thanks to the WDFW for much of the information above.

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Meanwhile, the Columbia River sturgeon fishery has reopened up to McNary Dam, although most of the action has been in The Dalles Pool, said Brad James, WDFW fish biologist. Eighteen boat anglers reported catching six legal-size fish and releasing one more in a week-long creel survey ending Jan. 7, he said. Four boat anglers fishing the Bonneville Pool caught one legal-size fish and five sub-legals that week.

"Most sturgeon are out of the estuary and have moved upriver at this time of year," James said. "Fishing will improve throughout the river in the next few months as the water warms up and sturgeon redistribute themselves."

Current fishing rules for white sturgeon on the Columbia River are as follows:
  • From the mouth to the Wauna powerlines: sturgeon may be kept seven days a week through April 30. The minimum size is 42 inches.


  • From the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam: Sturgeon may be kept Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only through July 31 - except for the spawning sanctuary from Marker 85 upstream which is closed to all fishing from May through July. The minimum size is 42 inches.


  • Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools: Sturgeon may be retained seven days a week until the guidelines are met. However, fishing will be

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closed from May through July in the two spawning sanctuaries, located below John Day Dam downstream 2.4 miles and McNary Dam downstream 1.5 miles.  From Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam, the minimum size is 42 inches. From The Dalles Dam to McNary Dam, the minimum size is 48 inches.
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James noted that fishery managers will sponsor a public hearing Jan. 25 in Vancouver to consider adopting season modifications for the sturgeon fishery from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam. At that hearing, fishery managers will consider options for providing additional retention opportunity to access up to 4,000 sturgeon left over from last year's harvest guideline. The hearing will be held at the Water Resource Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, Wash. For more information, see

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