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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 18, 2015 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 8 boat anglers kept 4 steelhead.  12 bank anglers had no catch.

Kress Lake- This past week 20 adult Early Winter and 17 Kalama Hatchery Steelhead were planted into Kress Lake for a total of 37 steelhead.  No report on angling success.

Lower Columbia from the I-5 Bridge downstream – No report on angling success.  26 salmonid boats and 54 Oregon and 32 Washington bank anglers were counted during the Sat. Feb. 14 effort flight count.

Effective March 1 – June 15, on days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of Chinook, the salmonid daily bag limit in Deep River will be the same as mainstem Columbia River bag limits.  On days when the mainstem Columbia River fishery is closed to Chinook retention, the permanent salmonid bag limit regulations for Deep River apply.

Effective March 1– May 15, the mainstem Columbia River will be open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.

Mainstem Columbia from Buoy 10 upstream to the I-5 Bridge – Open to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead through April 10 (except closed Tuesdays March 24, March 31, and April 7).  Effective March 1, the adult salmonid limit will be 2 fish of which no more than one may be a hatchery Chinook.

Mainstem Columbia from the I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam – Effective March 1 through April 10 (except closed Tuesdays March 24, March 31, and April 7), open to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead.  No boats (bank only) from Beacon Rock upstream.  The adult salmonid limit will be 2 fish of which no more than one may be a hatchery Chinook.

Bonneville Pool – No effort observed for salmonids.

The Dalles Pool – Bank and boat anglers are catching some steelhead though most of the fish were wild and had to be released.

John Day Pool – Bank anglers are catching some steelhead.

Sturgeon

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Through February 8, an estimated 115 (10.5%) of the 1,100 fish guideline had been taken.  Sturgeon may be retained through March 1.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals here too.

John Day Pool – Bank anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville Pool – Light effort and catch for walleye.  No effort observed for bass.

The Dalles Pool – Bank and boat anglers are catching some walleye.  Including fish released, anglers averaged just over ½ fish per rod.  No effort observed for bass.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers did well for walleye, averaging over 2 fish per rod when including fish released.  No effort was observed for bass.

Smelt

Cowlitz River –Effort was higher but catches were lower during the Feb. 14 fishery.  The Cowlitz is now closed to fishing for smelt.

Short recap of this year’s 2-day season:

·         More people than last year

·         About the same harvest in first day as for the two days last year

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