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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

February 24, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Steelhead
Steelhead
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Steelhead fishing was fair 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. Anglers 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. 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 in the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam is closed 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 (2/21) flight, 63 salmonid boats and 167 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 one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus nine unclipped steelhead released for 161 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

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

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

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 no catch for six bank anglers.

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

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 25 bank anglers; and one unclipped steelhead released for one boat (two 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 one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 29 sublegal sturgeon released for 54 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 142 sublegal sturgeon released for 21 boats (55 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one sublegal sturgeon released for 28 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and 12 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (16 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for 23 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus 11 sublegal sturgeon released for 23 boats (55 anglers).

Walleye

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for three bank anglers; and 33 walleye kept for 13 boats (30 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 60 walleye kept, plus 35 walleye released for 33 boats (68 anglers).

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