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Weekly Recreation Report: Columbia Zone

 

 

January 20, 2015

 Columbia Zone Fishing

Steelhead
Steelhead
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

Notice of Columbia River Compact/Joint State hearing: ODFW & WDFW have scheduled a Joint State hearing for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at the Clark Regional Wastewater District office (8000 52nd Court, Vancouver, Washington). The purpose of this hearing is to review salmon and steelhead stock status and consider non-Indian commercial and recreational fishing seasons for spring Chinook in the Columbia River and Select Areas.

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Steelhead angling was slow in The Dalles and John Day pools last week.
  • Effective Jan. 1 through March 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in the Bonneville Pool. Boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool are catching a few legals.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles and John Day pools until the respective guidelines are met. Anglers in the John Day Pool are catching a few legals.
  • White sturgeon retention in the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam is closed 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

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia will resume in February 2015.

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 three anglers; and six unclipped steelhead released for three boats (eight anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed one unclipped steelhead released for 15 bank anglers; and two 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 two sublegal sturgeon released for 28 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 47 sublegal sturgeon released for eight boats (27 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for thirteen bank anglers; and one sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for 31 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 16 sublegal sturgeon released for 19 boats (46 anglers).

Walleye

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

Weekly checking showed 11 walleye kept and three walleye released for seven boats (eight anglers).

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