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December 29, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING

Notice of Columbia River Compact Hearing: ODFW & WDFW have scheduled a Compact Hearing for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in Oregon City to discuss commercial and recreational seasons for spring chinook and sturgeon.

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Angling for steelhead is fair 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:

Recreational salmon fisheries will resume for the early portion of 2012 under permanent regulations.

Modifications to the 2012 spring chinook fishery will be considered at the Jan. 26 Compact Hearing.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, BUOY 10 LINE UPSTREAM TO THE I-5 BRIDGE:

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.

Under permanent regulations, this section of the Columbia River will be open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead and adipose fin-clipped coho with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon or steelhead (chinook > 24″ and coho > 20″ or steelhead > 20″) and five jacks effective January 1 – March 31, 2012.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, I-5 BRIDGE UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER ABOVE MCNARY DAM:

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 between 12 to 24 inches and coho between 12 to 20 inches. The retention of chum and sockeye is prohibited. Effective November 1 through December 31, 2011 angling for salmon from a floating device is prohibited from Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Under permanent regulations, this section of the Columbia River will be open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish effective January 1 – March 31, 2012. The retention of spring chinook is prohibited as per permanent regulations.

Steelhead fishing improved this past week in the John Day Arm. Upstream of Philippi Park is currently iced over. 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 no catch for three bank anglers; and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped steelhead released for nine boats.

STURGEON:

Recreational sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River will resume for the early portion of 2012 under the same regulations as 2011.

Modifications to the 2012 sturgeon fishery will be considered at the January 26 Compact Hearing.

BUOY 10 UPSTREAM TO WAUNA POWERLINES:

Effective Monday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 sturgeon retention is prohibited. Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during retention closures.

Regulations for 2012 sturgeon sport fishery from Wauna Powerlines (River Mile 40) downstream to Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries are currently as follows:

Allow the retention of white sturgeon seven days per week effective Monday January 1, 2012 until further notice with a daily bag limit of one white sturgeon between 38 and 54-inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish. The retention of green sturgeon 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, 2011 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.

Regulations for 2012 sturgeon sport fishery from Wauna Powerlines (River Mile 40) upstream to Bonneville Dam, including all adjacent Washington tributaries are currently as follows:

Allow the retention of white 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 January 1, 2012 until further notice.

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 DALLES DAM:

The retention of sturgeon in The Dalles Pool is currently closed through the end of the 2011 year. Catch and release will be allowed during the retention closure.

Effective January 1, 2012 this section of the Columbia River will be open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week until the catch guideline is reached. The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 38-54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish. The use of more than one single point barbless hook is prohibited.

THE DALLES DAM UPSTREAM TO MCNARY DAM:

The retention of sturgeon in The Dalles and John Day pools is currently closed through the end of the 2011 year. Catch and release will be allowed during the retention closure.

Effective January 1, 2012 this section of the Columbia River will be open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week until the catch guidelines are reached. The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish. The use of more than one single point barbless hook is prohibited.

MCNARY DAM UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER:

The retention of sturgeon in this section of the Columbia River is currently closed through January 31, 2012. Catch and release will be allowed during the retention closure. Effective February 1 through July 31, 2012 this section of the Columbia River will be open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week with a daily bag limit of one sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish. The use of more than one single point barbless hook is prohibited.

Sturgeon fishing is slow and effort is light in the lower Columbia River

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Longview Bank:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

No report.

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