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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Good numbers of steelhead lurking in John Day Arm of Columbia River

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COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

Notice of Columbia River Compact/Joint State Hearing: ODFW & WDFW have scheduled a hearing for Wednesday January 30, 2013 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel (8235 Northeast Airport Way Portland, Oregon) to discuss commercial and recreational seasons for spring chinook and sturgeon.

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Steelhead fishing was good in the John Day Arm last week.

Effective January 1, 2013 white 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 daily bag limit of one white sturgeon between 38 and 54-inches fork length and an annual Oregon limit of one legal white sturgeon total for all zones statewide.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

Recreational salmon fisheries in 2013 will begin under permanent regulations except barbless hooks will be required when angling for salmon, steelhead, and trout. Modifications to the 2013 spring chinook fishery will be considered at the January 30 Compact/Joint State Hearing.

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

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, this section of the Columbia River is 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 longer than 24 inches or steelhead longer than 20 inches) and five jacks. Barbless hooks are required when angling for salmon, steelhead, and trout.

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

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of spring chinook is prohibited. Barbless hooks are required when angling for salmon, steelhead, and trout.

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia will resume in February of 2013.

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

Weekly checking showed six adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 10 unclipped steelhead released for 11 boats.

STURGEON

Recreational sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River will begin under permanent regulations for 2013, except the annual bag limit in 2013 will be one white sturgeon total in all zones statewide. Modifications to the 2013 sturgeon fishery will be considered at the January 30 Compact/Joint State Hearing.

BUOY 10 UPSTREAM TO WAUNA POWERLINES:

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, regulations for sturgeon from Wauna Powerlines (River Mile 40) downstream to Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay include the following:

Retention of white sturgeon is allowed seven days per week until further notice with a daily bag limit of one white sturgeon between 38 and 54-inches fork length and an annual Oregon limit of one legal white sturgeon total for all zones statewide.

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during retention closures.

WAUNA POWERLINES UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, regulations for sturgeon from Wauna Powerlines (River Mile 40) upstream to Bonneville Dam, including Oregon tributaries upstream to the mainline railroad bridges, except Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls (including Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River) include the following:

Retention of white sturgeon is allowed three days per week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until further notice with a daily bag limit of one white sturgeon between 38 and 54-inches fork length and an annual Oregon limit of one legal white sturgeon total for all zones statewide.

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during sturgeon retention closures.

Until further notice, retention of sturgeon prohibited in the Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls to the mouth including Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River. See Willamette Zone for more information regarding the Willamette River.

BONNEVILLE DAM UPSTREAM TO THE DALLES DAM:

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, regulations for sturgeon in this section of the Columbia River include the following:

Retention of white sturgeon is allowed seven days per week through Sunday Feb. 10, 2013 or until a winter harvest guideline of approximately 1,150 legal white sturgeon has been met. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 38-54 inches fork length. The annual bag limit for Oregon in 2013 is one legal white sturgeon total for all zones statewide.

THE DALLES DAM UPSTREAM TO THE JOHN DAY DAM:

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, regulations for sturgeon in this section of the Columbia River include the following:

Retention of white sturgeon is allowed seven days per week until the catch guideline has been met. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length. The annual bag limit for Oregon in 2013 is one legal white sturgeon total for all zones statewide.

JOHN DAY DAM UPSTREAM TO MCNARY DAM:

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, regulations for sturgeon in this section of the Columbia River include the following:

Retention of white sturgeon is allowed seven days per week until the catch guideline has been met. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length. The annual bag limit for Oregon in 2013 is one legal white sturgeon total for all zones statewide.

MCNARY DAM UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER:

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, regulations for sturgeon in this section of the Columbia River include the following:

Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited through Jan. 31, 2013.

Retention of white sturgeon is allowed seven days per week Feb. 1, 2013 through July 31, 2013. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length. The annual bag limit for Oregon in 2013 is one legal white sturgeon total for all zones statewide.

Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during sturgeon retention closures.

(Photo courtesy of Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter)

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