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March 6, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports show options are growing

COLUMBIA RIVER REGIONAL FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, but remains an option for catch and release angling.
  • Effective Monday February 24 – Sunday March 9, sturgeon retention is open in Bonneville Pool.
  • Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles and John Day pools until the respective guidelines are met.
  • Sturgeon retention is open during February 1-July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.
  • Spring Chinook angling is open from Buoy 10 to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam.
  • Walleye fishing was excellent in the John Day pool last week.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Anglers are catching a few salmon and steelhead from the beaches on the lower Columbia.

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook released for 77 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 14 boats (32 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped steelhead released for four bank anglers.

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

No report.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River: No report, catch and release only.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed one legal and 13 sublegal sturgeon released for 25 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 192 sublegal sturgeon released for 15 boats (35 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for eight bank anglers; and one oversize and three sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

John Day Pool: 

Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 11 sublegal sturgeon released for 15 boats (36 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

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

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for one bank angler; and three walleye kept for three boats (nine anglers).

John Day Arm and Vicinity:

Weekly checking showed 24 walleye kept, plus five released for nine boats (13 anglers).

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