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February 19, 2015 at 8:08 AM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA RIVER REGIONAL FISHING REPORTS

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Steelhead angling was fair in The Dalles and John Day pools last week.
  • Effective Jan. 1 through March 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in the Bonneville Pool.       The catch guideline for Bonneville Pool is 1,100 legal white sturgeon. Boat anglers are catching a few legals.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles Pool until the respective guideline of 100 legal white sturgeon is met. Angling was slow last week.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015 sturgeon retention is open in the John Day Pool until the respective guideline of 500 legal white sturgeon is met. Bank anglers caught a few legals last week.
  • White sturgeon retention in the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam is closed but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing was good in The Dalles Pool and excellent in the John Day Pool last week.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (2/14) flight, 26 salmonid boats and 54 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 24 bank anglers.

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 two unclipped steelhead released for five bank anglers; and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus six unclipped steelhead released for seven boats (seven anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed one unclipped steelhead released for 16 bank 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 one oversize and 19 sublegal sturgeon released for 38 bank anglers; and five legal white sturgeon kept, plus 156 sublegal sturgeon released for 25 boats (59 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for 32 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus eight sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (17 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, one oversize and 13 sublegal sturgeon released for 56 bank anglers; and two oversize and two sublegal sturgeon released for 10 boats (21 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

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

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three walleye kept, plus one walleye released for six bank anglers; and 37 walleye kept for 30 boats (71 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed 78 walleye kept, plus 17 walleye released for 20 boats (40 anglers).

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