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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

March 3, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Steelhead
Steelhead
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Steelhead fishing was fair in The Dalles and John Day pools last week.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles Pool until the respective guideline of 100 legal white sturgeon is met. Fishing was slow last week.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in the John Day Pool until the respective guideline of 500 legal white sturgeon is met. Boat anglers caught a few legals last week.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing was excellent in The Dalles and John Day pools last week.

Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (2/28) flight, 98 salmonid boats and 132 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank: No report.

Gorge Boats: No report.

Troutdale Boats: No report.

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 160 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: Weekly checking showed no catch for 21 boats (40 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines): Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): Weekly checking showed no catch for seven boats (10 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam): No report.

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one unclipped steelhead released for two bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (one angler).

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm): Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 24 bank 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 20 sublegal sturgeon released for 48 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, one oversize and 263 sublegal sturgeon released for 31 boats (78 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one legal and two sublegal sturgeon released for 19 bank anglers; and 10 sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (seven anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for 32 bank anglers; and two legal, one oversize and 12 sublegal sturgeon released for 11 boats (26 anglers).


Walleye

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 21 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for 10 boats (21 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed 83 walleye kept, plus 23 walleye released for 29 boats (61 anglers).

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