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May 1, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release angling. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details).
  • 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.
  • Effective Friday June 13 – Saturday June 14 and Friday June 20 – Saturday June 21, the Bonneville Pool will be open to the retention of white sturgeon.
  • Spring Chinook angling is open during March 16 – May 9, from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines.  Counts of spring Chinook are improving at Bonneville Dam, and anglers are catching some fish in The Dalles and John Day pools.
  • Walleye fishing was fair in the John Day pool last week.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Anglers are catching a few spring Chinook in The Dalles and John Day pools.  As of Sunday April 27, 45,063 spring Chinook have passed over Bonneville Dam.

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus four unclipped Chinook released for 69 bank anglers; and four adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for seven boats (22 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed 10 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus seven unclipped spring Chinook released for 83 bank anglers; and five adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus four unclipped spring Chinook released for 29 boats (61 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only.

Bonneville Pool:

Catch and release only.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed four sublegal sturgeon released for eight bank anglers.

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept for six bank anglers; and four sublegal sturgeon released for four boats (seven anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

John Day Pool:

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

 

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