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January 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Columbia River regional fishing reports show some sturgeon and walleye action

COLUMBIA RIVER FISHING REPORTS BY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Sturgeon fishing is fair in Bonneville and John Day Pools.

Walleye anglers are catching a few fish in the John Day pool.

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.

Steelhead effort has been light in the John Day pool and on the lower Columbia below Bonneville.

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (two 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 harvest guideline of approximately 1,100 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 of 300 legal white sturgeon 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 500 legal white sturgeon 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.

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report – effort was light.

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for 18 boats (42 anglers).

Estuary Bank:

No report.

Estuary Boats:

No report.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for 17 bank anglers; and seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus 49 sublegal sturgeon released for 10 boats (47 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 29 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus seven sublegal sturgeon released for 16 boats (39 anglers).

WALLEYE:

Bonneville Pool:

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

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed two walleye kept, plus two walleye released for seven boats (13 anglers).

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