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January 16, 2015 at 7:38 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 Dalles and John Day pools last week.
  • Effective Jan. 1 through March 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in the Bonneville Pool. Boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool are catching a few legals.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles and John Day pools until the respective guidelines are met. Anglers in both Pools 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):

No report.

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

Weekly checking showed one unclipped steelhead released for 16 bank anglers; and 21 unclipped steelhead released for five boats (16 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers; and four unclipped steelhead released for four boats (eight anglers).

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 18 sublegal sturgeon released for 57 anglers; and nine legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, three oversize and 306 sublegal sturgeon released for 34 boats (87 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for 34 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus five oversize and 11 sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (19 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two oversize and five sublegal sturgeon released for 40 boats; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released for 11 boats (26 anglers).

WALLEYE

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

Weekly checking showed six walleye released for one boat (one angler).

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