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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

February 2, 2016

 Columbia Zone Fishing

sturgeon
Sturgeon
- Photo by Rick Hargrave-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • In the Bonneville Pool, white sturgeon retention is open through Sunday February 7. Beginning Monday, Feb. 8, the retention of white sturgeon will be prohibited but will remain an option for catch and release. The catch guideline for Bonneville Pool is 325 legal white sturgeon (140 for winter fishery and 185 for summer fishery).
  • White sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles and John Day pools until the respective guidelines of 100 and 500 legal white sturgeon are met. Anglers are catching a few keepers in The Dalles, and John Day pools.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing is good to excellent 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

Boat anglers are catching a few steelhead in the Bonneville Pool.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):
Weekly checking showed two unclipped steelhead released for one boat (two anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):
Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and no catch for two boats (four anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam and John Day Arm):
Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Sturgeon

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):
Weekly checking showed 14 sublegal sturgeon released for 44 bank anglers; and 14 legal white sturgeon kept, plus three legal, three oversize and 265 sublegal sturgeon released for 42 boats (98 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):
Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for 21 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 21 sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (24 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):
Weekly checking showed no catch for 18 bank anglers; and two oversize and eight sublegal sturgeon released for 12 boats (31 anglers).

Walleye male
Walleye male
-Joseph Tomelleri-

Walleye

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):
No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):
Weekly checking showed six walleye kept, plus two walleye released for two bank anglers; and 82 walleye kept, plus five walleye released for 10 boats (25 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):
Weekly checking showed 11 walleye kept, plus three walleye released for 16 boats (35 anglers).

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