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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 12, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Walleye and bass are good fishing alternative on Columbia River, along with a few sturgeon

The spring chinook aren’t the only fish biting in the Columbia River right now.

A few legal-sized sturgeon were caught by boat anglers from Vancouver to Kalama in the Lower Columbia.

In The Dalles Pool, bank anglers are catching some legal-sized sturgeon, and an estimated 87 (29-percent) of the 300 fish guideline had been taken through March. Including fish released, boat anglers averaged 3.2 walleye per rod, and bank anglers are catching some bass.

In the John Day Pool, fishing is closed for sturgeon retention through the remainder of the year, but catch and release is allowed. Boat anglers averaged just under ½ walleye kept per rod.

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