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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Columbia River region fishing reports show excellent boat fishing action in The Dalles Pool

COLUMBIA FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Sturgeon angling is good for boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool. Water flows have been high and boaters should be mindful of large debris floating down the river.

Winter steelhead fishing is excellent for boat anglers in The Dalles pool.

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 I-5 BRIDGE:

This section of the Columbia River is currently open seven days per week to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and adipose fin-clipped coho during January 1 through Wednesday February 29, 2012 with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon or steelhead in combination plus five jacks.

Effective Thursday March 1 through Friday April 6, 2012 (or until the catch guideline of 12,700 upriver spring Chinook has been reached) this section of the Columbia River will be open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad with a daily bag limit of two adult salmonids only one of which may be a Chinook and five adipose fin-clipped jacks; however, the season will be closed on Tuesdays, March 20, 27, and April 3 to allow for possible commercial fishing days. The retention of chum and sockeye salmon is prohibited. All other permanent rules apply.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, I-5 BRIDGE UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

This section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish during January 1 – February 29, 2012. The retention of spring Chinook is prohibited as per permanent regulations.

Effective Thursday March 1, the mainstem Columbia River from the I-5 Bridge upstream to Beacon Rock plus the Oregon and Washington banks from Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad through Friday April 6 (or until the catch guideline of 12,700 upriver spring Chinook has been reached); however, the season will be closed on Tuesdays, March 20, 27 and April 3 to allow for possible commercial fishing days. The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped adult salmonids, of which only one may be a Chinook, plus five adipose fin-clipped Chinook jacks. The retention of chum and sockeye salmon is prohibited. All other permanent rules remain in effect.

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

This section of the Columbia River is open January 1 – March 15, 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. Effective Friday March 16 through Wednesday May 2, 2012 (or until the catch guideline of 1,700 fish has been reached), this area will be open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two adipose fin-clipped adult salmon or steelhead in combination, plus five adipose fin-clipped Chinook jacks. Angling for salmon and steelhead from a floating device between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island Powerlines (located approximately 6 miles downstream from The Dalles Dam) is prohibited.

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

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 13 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 23 unclipped steelhead released for six boats (13 anglers).

John Day Pool:

No report.

STURGEON

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

BUOY 10 UPSTREAM TO WAUNA POWERLINES:

This section of the Columbia River is currently open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week 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 modification were adopted at the January 26 Compact/Joint State Hearing for the 2012 mainstem Columbia River sturgeon fishery from Wauna Powerlines (River Mile 40) downstream to the mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries.

The modifications include:

Allow the retention of white sturgeon seven days per week effective Sunday January 1 through Monday April 30, 2012 with a daily bag limit of one fish between 38 – 54 inches fork length.

Prohibit the retention of sturgeon seven days per week during Tuesday May 1 through Friday May 11, 2012.

Allow the retention of sturgeon seven days per week effective Saturday May 12 through Sunday July 8, 2012 (or until the harvest guideline of 4,160 legal white sturgeon has been reached) with a daily bag limit of one fish between 41 – 54 inches fork length in effect.

Prohibit the retention of sturgeon Monday July 9 through Monday December 31, 2012.

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:

Effective January 1 through Tuesday July 31, 2012, 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 fish between 38 – 54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish.

The following modifications were adopted at the January 26 Compact/Joint State Hearing for the 2012 mainstem Columbia River sturgeon fishery from the Wauna Powerlines (River Mile 40) upstream to Bonneville Dam, all adjacent Washington tributaries, excluding the lower Willamette River upstream to Willamette Falls, Multnomah Channel, and Gilbert River.

The modifications include:

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 through Tuesday July 31, 2012.

Prohibit the retention of sturgeon seven days per week during Wednesday August 1 through Friday October 19, 2012.

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 October 20 through December 31, 2012 or until the catch guideline of 2,080 legal white sturgeon has been met.

Effective Wednesday, February 1 through Monday, April 30 angling is prohibited for all species in the area from a line between the upstream end of Sand Island and a marker on the Oregon shoreline, downstream to a line between the lower end of Sand Island and a marker on the Oregon shoreline.

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 for sturgeon retention except for February 17 – 18 and February 24 – 25.

BONNEVILLE DAM UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER:

Regulations for the 2012 sturgeon sport fishery from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border are currently as follows:

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools can be found at the following link:

WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary

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:

Effective Wednesday February 1 through Tuesday July 31, 2012 this section of the Columbia River is 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 angler effort increased slightly this past weekend on the lower Columbia; however, catch rates remain poor overall. Sturgeon fishing is good in the Bonneville Pool when the weather cooperates. Boaters should be mindful of large debris floating down river.

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for three bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 18 sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (38 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed seven sublegal sturgeon released for 19 bank anglers; and 15 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and 124 sublegal sturgeon released for 22 boats (52 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one oversize and three sublegal sturgeon released for 17 bank anglers; and 15 sublegal sturgeon released for eight boats (20 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 43 bank anglers; and two sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (41 anglers).

WALLEYE

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (four anglers).

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