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May 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Columbia River region fishing report finds walleye fishing good in The Dalles Pool

The Columbia River fishing report provided by Oregon Fish and Wildlife:

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Angling is CLOSED for salmon, steelhead and shad in the lower Columbia from the Buoy 10 line upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Spring chinook angling is open through Sunday May 6 (or until the catch guideline is met) between Tower Island and the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and Tower Island.

Sturgeon retention is allowed three days per week (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) from Marker 82 downstream to Wauna Powerlines through July 31with a 38-inch minimum and 54-inch maximum fork length restriction in effect.

Walleye fishing is good 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 BONNEVILLE DAM:

Effective Monday April 23, angling for salmon, steelhead and shad is prohibited.

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

Effective Friday March 16 through Sunday May 6, 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. Effective Wednesday May 16 through Tuesday July 31, 2012 only single point hooks are allowed when angling at Cascade Locks in the area between the boat ramp at the lower end of the locks upstream to the east (upstream) end of the lock wall.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept for nine bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 17 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus three unclipped spring chinook released for 243 bank anglers; and six adipose fin-clipped spring chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 19 boats (46 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept for one bank angler; and no catch for five boats (11 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 closed to the retention of sturgeon. Catch and release is allowed during the retention closure.

The following modifications 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:

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.

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:

The Bonneville Pool is currently closed for sturgeon retention. Catch and release is allowed during the retention closure.

The following modifications were adopted at the April 30 Joint State Hearing for the Columbia River Mainstem from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam:

Allow the retention of white sturgeon Friday June 15 through Saturday June 16, 2012.

Allow the retention of white sturgeon Friday June 22 through Saturday June 23, 2012.

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 catch and effort is low on the lower Columbia River. On Saturday’s (4/28) flight, 71 sturgeon boats and 16 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept for four bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekly checking showed one legal and three sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (three anglers).

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekly checking showed eight sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for 13 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 24 sublegal sturgeon released for 25 boats (62 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 38 sublegal sturgeon released for 30 bank anglers; and three oversize and 59 sublegal sturgeon released for eight boats (21 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed one oversize and five sublegal sturgeon released for 29 bank anglers; and four legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, five oversize and 27 sublegal sturgeon released for 22 boats (48 anglers).

WARMWATER:

Walleye Creel:

Troutdale:

No report.

Portland to Longview boats:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 19 walleye kept, plus three walleye released for five boats (18 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 10 boats (22 anglers).

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