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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

January 27, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Steelhead
Steelhead
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

Notice of Columbia River Compact/Joint State hearing: ODFW & WDFW have scheduled a Joint State hearing for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at the Clark Regional Wastewater District office (8000 52nd Court, Vancouver, Washington). The purpose of this hearing is to review salmon and steelhead stock status and consider non-Indian commercial and recreational fishing seasons for spring Chinook in the Columbia River and Select Areas.

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Steelhead fishing was fair in Bonneville and The Dalles pools, and good in the John Day Pool last week.
  • Effective Jan. 1 through March 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in the Bonneville Pool.  The catch guideline for Bonneville Pool is 1,100 legal white sturgeon.  Boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool are catching a few legals.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles Pool until the respective guideline of 100 legal white sturgeon is met.  Anglers in The Dalles Pool are catching a few legals.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in the John Day Pool until the respective guideline of 500 legal white sturgeon is met.
  • White sturgeon retention in the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam is closed but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.

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 lower Columbia will resume in February 2015.

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam):

Weekly checking showed two unclipped steelhead released for one boat (two anglers).

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for eight bank anglers; and two unclipped steelhead released for three boats (six anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm):

Weekly checking showed no catch for 13 bank anglers; and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus nine unclipped steelhead released for five boats (10 anglers).

sturgeon
White Sturgeon
- Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam): 

Weekly checking showed 16 sublegal sturgeon released for 49 bank anglers; and seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal and 251 sublegal sturgeon released for 25 boats (69 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for 11 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus three oversize and 25 sublegal sturgeon released for 10 boats (23 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed one oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released for 33 bank anglers; and 14 sublegal sturgeon released for 14 boats (32 anglers).

Walleye

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool:
Weekly checking showed two walleye kept, plus one walleye released for four boats (seven anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed eight walleye kept, plus two walleye released for five boats (eight anglers).

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