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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

April 21, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Chinook Salmon
Spring Chinook
-Photo by Tom Friesen-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring Chinook fishing is open from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles Pool until the respective guideline of 100 legal white sturgeon is met.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in the John Day Pool until the respective guideline of 500 legal white sturgeon is met.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details).
  • Walleye fishing was good in The Dalles Pool and excellent in the John Day Pool 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

Anglers are catching a few spring Chinook in The Dalles and John Day pools.  As of Sunday April 19, 41,223 spring Chinook have passed over Bonneville Dam, which is 452 percent of the 10 year average.
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 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus two unclipped spring Chinook released for 71 bank anglers; and one unclipped spring Chinook released for nine boats (20 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed four adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook released for 118 bank anglers; and one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook released for 37 boats (80 anglers).

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): 

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

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

Weekly checking showed six sublegal sturgeon released for 15 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 14 sublegal sturgeon released for four boats (seven anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and six legal white sturgeon kept, plus 10 oversize and 27 sublegal sturgeon released for 16 boats (41 anglers).

Walleye
Ben Creach, of Yakima, WA and the 7-pound Walleye he caught on the Columbia

Walleye

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 39 walleye kept, plus two walleye released for eight boats (18 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed 459 walleye kept, plus 43 walleye released for 57 boats (131 anglers).

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