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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Just a smattering of fishing activity for steelhead, sturgeon and walleye in Columbia River region

COLUMBIA RIVER FISHING REPORTS 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:

Sturgeon fishing is fair in the Bonneville Pool. Boat anglers experienced lots of action on sublegal sturgeon with a few keepers in the mix.

A few steelhead are being caught in the John Day Pool.

Walleye anglers are catching a few fish in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

Recreational salmon fisheries in 2013 began under permanent regulations except barbless hooks are 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 and steelhead.

Boat anglers had decent success for steelhead in the John Day Pool last week. Bank anglers in The Dalles Pool also caught a few fish, and a few winter steelhead are being caught off the lower Columbia River beaches.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two unclipped steelhead released for eight bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (three anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers; and two adipose fin-clpped steelhead kept and one unclipped steelhead released for three boats (six anglers).

STURGEON:

The annual bag limit in 2013 is one white sturgeon total in all zones statewide. Modifications to the 2013 sturgeon fishery will be considered at the Jan. 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.

Sturgeon angling was really slow on the lower Columbia last week, but anglers are catching a few keepers in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report – effort was light.

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed seven sublegal white sturgeon released for 23 boats (61 anglers).

Estuary Bank:

No report.

Estuary Boats:

No report.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed ten sublegal and one legal white sturgeon released for 52 bank anglers; and ten legal white sturgeon kept, plus 353 sublegal, one legal and two oversize sturgeon released for 28 boats (74 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two sublegal sturgeon released for 25 bank anglers; and ten sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for eight boats (16 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed four sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 55 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus ten sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 18 boats (46 anglers).

WALLEYE:

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and two walleye kept for two boats (four anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed three walleye kept for four boats (seven anglers).

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