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December 9, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Columbia River region shows good steelhead action in John Day Arm

Here are the latest sport fishing reports from the Columbia River region:

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Angling for steelhead is good in the John Day Arm.

Sturgeon retention is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 from Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.

SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD

The following modifications are now in effect for the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam:

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, BUOY 10 LINE UPSTREAM TO THE TONGUE POINT/ROCKY POINT LINE:

Effective Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of fall chinook, adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon/steelhead in combination and five jacks. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches and coho less than or equal to 16 inches. The retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, TONGUE POINT/ROCKY POINT LINE UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

Effective Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of fall chinook, adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Anglers are reminded that salmon angling from a floating device is prohibited between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam during Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination and five jack salmon. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches and coho less than or equal to 20 inches. It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after the adult daily bag limit has been reached. Retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, BONNEVILLE DAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER ABOVE McNARY DAM:

Effective Aug. 1 through Dec. 31, this section of the Columbia River is open for fall chinook, coho (only adipose fin-clipped coho may be retained between Bonneville Dam and the Hood River bridge), and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination and five jacks. Jack salmon are chinook less than or equal to 24 inches and coho less than or equal to 20 inches. It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after the adult daily bag limit has been reached. The retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited.

Steelhead fishing slowed down slightly from the previous week in the John Day Arm. The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume February of 2012.

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

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus four unclipped steelhead released for 14 bank anglers; and 15 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 19 unclipped steelhead released for 60 boats.

STURGEON

BUOY 10 UPSTREAM TO WAUNA POWERLINES:

Effective Monday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 31, sturgeon retention is prohibited. Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during retention closures.

WAUNA POWERLINES UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

Effective Saturday Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 (or until the harvest guideline is reached), this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with a daily bag limit of one sturgeon between 38 and 54 inches (fork length) and an annual limit of five fish. The retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

The following modifications were adopted at the Sept. 15th Compact/Joint State Hearing for the 2011 mainstem Columbia River sturgeon fishery from the Wauna powerlines (River Mile 40) upstream to Bonneville Dam, including all adjacent Washington tributaries. The modifications include:

Allow the retention of sturgeon three days per week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and prohibit the retention of sturgeon four days per week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday beginning Saturday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited as per permanent regulations.

Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during sturgeon retention closures.

The lower Willamette remains closed to sturgeon retention.

BONNEVILLE DAM UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER:

In Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day, and McNary Pools the retention of sturgeon is prohibited through Dec. 31, 2011 because the white sturgeon catch guidelines have been reached. Catch and release fishing will be allowed throughout the remainder of the year in all four pools.

Sturgeon fishing is slow on the lower Columbia.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 17 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (15 anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed five sublegal sturgeon released for 12 bank anglers.

Portland Boats:

Weekend checking showed one oversize and 17 sublegal sturgeon released for 14 boats (38 anglers).

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