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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

Updated April 26, 2016

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Columbia River near Roweena
Columbia River near Rowena
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring Chinook angling is open from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks only between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines.
  • 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.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing remains good to outstanding for boat anglers fishing 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

As of Sunday April 24, 14,977 spring Chinook have crossed over Bonneville Dam.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

Spring Chinook

Spring Chinook
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook released for 97 bank anglers; and no catch for nine boats (13 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam and John Day Arm):

Weekly checking showed one unclipped spring Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 49 bank anglers; and one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for seven boats (11 anglers).

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for eight bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 37 sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (10 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed one oversize and two sublegal sturgeon released for five bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 27 sublegal sturgeon released for 10 boats (20 anglers).

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 no catch for one bank angler; and 107 walleye kept, plus 27 walleye released for 15 boats (34 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed four walleye kept for one bank angler; and 124 walleye kept, plus 96 walleye released for 36 boats (66 anglers).

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