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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone



May 23, 2017

 Columbia Zone Fishing

-Photo courtesy N. Jenkins, OR Bass & Panfish Club-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Effective Tuesday May 16, shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam; and remains open under permanent regulation from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA Border.
  • The McNary Pool is open to the retention of legal white sturgeon through July 31.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details). Frequently check the special regulations page for possible retention openers in the near future.
  • Walleye fishing has been outstanding 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 and Shad

The salmonid creel program on the Columbia River will resume as soon as salmonid angling is permitted.


Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam: Catch and release only.

John Day Pool: Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).


Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 104 walleye kept, plus 15 walleye released for 14 boats (30 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed three walleye kept for 10 bank anglers; and 358 walleye kept, plus 149 walleye released for 42 boats (104 anglers).

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