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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

February 21, 2017

 Columbia Zone Fishing

sturgeon
Sturgeon
- Photo by Rick Hargrave-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • White sturgeon retention is open in Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day and McNary pools until the respective guidelines of 325 (divided between winter and summer fishery), 100 and 105 legal white sturgeon are met.  Fishing effort has increased with the improving weather. We advise that anglers check weather conditions before driving to the gorge.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, 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

Salmonid catch and effort is low and the water conditions are poor.  If you do decide to venture out, be mindful of large woody debris floating down the river.

Gorge Bank:
No report.

Gorge Boats:
No report.

Troutdale Boats:
No report.

Portland to Westport Bank:
Weekly checking showed no catch for 22 bank anglers.

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

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):
No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):
No report.

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 no catch for four bank anglers.

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

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (seven anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus four sublegal sturgeon released for seven bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus 24 sublegal sturgeon released for eight boats (17 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):  Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (three anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):  Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one sublegal sturgeon released for 27 bank anglers; and seven sublegal and two oversize sturgeon released for 21 boats (47 anglers).

Walleye

The Dalles Pool:  Weekly checking showed four walleye kept, plus one walleye released for two bank anglers; and 17 walleye kept, plus four walleye released for nine boats (23 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed eight walleye kept, plus 11 walleye released for 25 boats (52 anglers).

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