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April 11, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Columbia River fishing report by Oregon Fish and Wildlife

COLUMBIA FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

A Joint State hearing is scheduled for 12 PM Thursday, April 12 via teleconference to review the recreational spring chinook fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam.

Sturgeon retention is allowed three days per 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.

Walleye fishing is excellent in The Dalles and John Day Pools.

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:

Effective Saturday April 7 through Friday April 13, 2012 (or until the catch guideline of 12,700 upriver spring chinook is reached) this section of the Columbia River is 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 (≥24″), and five adipose fin-clipped jacks; however, the season will be closed on Tuesday April 10 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:

Effective Saturday April 7, 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 is open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad through Friday April 13 (or until the catch guideline of 12,700 upriver spring chinook is reached); however, the season will be closed on Tuesday April 10 to allow for possible commercial fishing days. The daily bag limit is two adipose fin-clipped adult salmonids, of which only one may be a chinook (≥24″), 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:

Effective Friday March 16 through Wednesday May 2, 2012 (or until the catch guideline of 1,700 fish is reached), this area is 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 chinook (≥24″) 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.

Water flows remain high on the lower Columbia; however, the color is improving. In the estuary boat anglers averaged 0.33 spring chinook caught per boat, while boat anglers in the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.15 spring chinook caught per boat. In Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.06 spring chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers in the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.07 spring chinook and 0.11 steelhead caught per bank angler. On Saturday’s (4/7) flight, 728 salmonid boats and 604 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for six bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept for 65 boats (143 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed 24 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook and 34 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped spring chinook and nine unclipped steelhead released for 385 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview boats:

Weekend checking showed 32 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus three unclipped spring chinook released for 234 boats (540 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed nine adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept for 27 boats (52 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept for 23 bank anglers.

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

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 Jan. 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, Jan. 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 seven days per week during Monday July 9 through Monday, Dec. 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 Jan. 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 Jan. 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 Jan. 1 through Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

Prohibit the retention of sturgeon seven days per week during Wednesday, Aug. 1 through Friday, Oct. 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, Oct. 20 through Dec. 31, 2012 or until the catch guideline of 2,080 legal white sturgeon has been met.

Effective Wednesday, Feb. 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, except all sturgeon angling is prohibited between Marker 82 and Bonneville Dam during May 1-August 31, 2012.

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 Saturday February 18, 2012 the retention of sturgeon in the Bonneville Pool and all adjacent tributaries is prohibited. Catch and release is allowed during retention closure.

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 angling effort is low due to the majority of anglers concentrating their efforts on spring chinook; however, those anglers that are targeting sturgeon in the Portland area seem to be catching a few legals. On Saturday’s (4/7) flight, 23 sturgeon boats and seven Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two boats (six anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal and 24 sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (15 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 30 sublegal sturgeon released for 39 bank anglers; and 17 sublegal sturgeon released for five boats (14 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed four legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 14 sublegal sturgeon released for 92 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 30 sublegal sturgeon released for 28 boats (51 anglers).

WARMWATER:

Troutdale:

No report.

Portland to Longview boats:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and 55 walleye kept, plus five walleye released for 24 boats (60 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed 11 walleye kept, plus five walleye released for 24 boats (43 anglers).

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