What Information Is in the Columbia Fishing Report?


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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife release reports covering specific sections of the Columbia river listing regulations for fishing certain species at certain times and including numbers of fish caught. NorthwestFishingReports.com also posts Columbia river fishing reports with maps, photos and weather information.

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Both the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife release season information for salmon, coho, chinook and other species at specific spots along the Columbia river. The report also provides catch and boater totals. For example, as of December 2015, the report indicated steelhead fishing was open in the John Day Arm of the river, and noted that of the 15 boats fishing, they kept seven steelhead and released 16. For the same time period fishing for white sturgeon is closed from Buoy 10 to the Washington/Oregon border, but is available for catch and release.

Northwest Fishing offers compilations of first person fishing reports with GPS information, maps and weather. Some of the information is free while paid subscribers receive more details about bait and water conditions. A sample section of reports from December 2015 contains 10 individual reports on the section from Rock Island Dam to Rocky Reach. Each lists the time of day, species and date. Also, individual reports describe launch points, bait and water temperature and some include photos.

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