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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

December 6, 2016

 Columbia Zone Fishing

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Kaleb Mello (with fish) age 9. First winter steelhead.
-Photo by Joseph Mello -

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details).
  • Steelhead fair has been fair in Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing is excellent in the 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

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume February of 2017.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers; and three steelhead kept, plus two steelhead released for five boats (nine anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and seven steelhead kept, plus five steelhead released for 11 boats (25 anglers).

John Day Arm:  Weekly checking showed one steelhead kept, plus four steelhead released for six boats (14 anglers).

McNary Pool (McNary Dam upstream to Oregon/Washington Border):  Weekly checking showed no catch for 13 bank anglers; and no catch for five boats (13 anglers).

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. No report.

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for two bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed three sublegal and one legal white sturgeon released for two bank anglers.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

Walleye male
Walleye male
-Joseph Tomelleri-

Walleye

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 39 walleye kept for three boats (six anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed five walleye kept, plus seven walleye released for one boat (one angler).

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