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January 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Columbia River fishing reports by Oregon Fish and Wildlife

COLUMBIA FISHING

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities

Effective Sunday January 1, 2012 sturgeon retention is allowed three days a week (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) from Bonneville Dam downstream to Wauna Powerlines, and seven days per week from Wauna Powerlines downstream to Buoy 10 with a 38-inch minimum and 54-inch maximum fork length restriction in effect.

Some winter steelhead should be available from beaches on the lower Columbia.

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 January 26 Compact Hearing.

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

Under permanent regulations, this section of the Columbia River is open January 1 – March 31, 2012 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.

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

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

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for 2011 and will resume February of 2012.

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

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus eight 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:

Regulations for the 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 Sunday 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.

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited as per permanent regulations.

Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during retention closures.

WAUNA POWERLINES UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

Regulations for the 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:

Effective January 1, 2012 this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week until the catch guideline is reached. The daily bag limit is 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:

Effective January 1, 2012 this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week until the catch guidelines are reached. The daily bag limit is 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 is 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.

High muddy flows improved the sturgeon bite over the weekend in the lower Columbia River. Water flows have been high and boaters should be mindful of large debris floating down the river.

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed five sublegal sturgeon released for three bank anglers.

Portland to Prescott Boats:

Weekend checking showed four legal white sturgeon kept, plus 68 sublegal sturgeon released for 34 boats (83 anglers).

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