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January 8, 2015 at 8:02 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS

Notice of Columbia River Compact/Joint State hearing: ODFW & WDFW have scheduled a Joint State hearing for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at the Clark Regional Wastewater District office (8000 52nd Court, Vancouver, Washington). The purpose of this hearing is to review salmon and steelhead stock status and consider non-Indian commercial and recreational fishing seasons for spring Chinook in the Columbia River and Select Areas.

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Steelhead angling was good in the Bonneville Pool and slow in the John Day Pool and John Day Arm last week.
  • Effective Jan. 1 through March 1, 2015 sturgeon retention will be open in the Bonneville Pool. Boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool are catching a few legals.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon retention will be open in The Dalles and John Day Pools until the respective guidelines are met. Boat and bank anglers in The Dalles Pool are catching a few legals.
  • White sturgeon retention in the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam is closed but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia will resume in February 2015.

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam):

Weekly checking showed one unclipped steelhead released for two bank anglers; and seven unclipped steelhead released for one boat (four anglers).

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

No report.

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

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for six bank anglers; and one unclipped steelhead released for six boats.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam):

Weekly checking showed eight sublegal sturgeon released for 21 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept plus 46 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (20 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept plus eight sublegal sturgeon released for 68 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept plus four oversize and 35 sublegal sturgeon released for 11 boats (30 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for 23 bank anglers; and one oversize and five sublegal sturgeon released for 11 boats (30 anglers).

WALLEYE

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed two walleye kept and one walleye released for one boat (two anglers).

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