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Columbia zone fishing report

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Columbia River Zone

COLUMBIA FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Sturgeon retention is allowed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, and in The Dalles and John Day pools. Check the current regulations for retention days and length restrictions.

Spring Chinook are beginning to enter the Columbia River, while winter steelhead are migrating towards the tributary mouths.

Walleye anglers are catching a few fish in The Dalles and John Day pools.

Current Columbia River regulations for sturgeon and spring chinook can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

Salmonid angler effort is picking up on the lower Columbia. On Saturday’s (2/16) flight, 49 salmonid boats and 109 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for 124 bank anglers.

Portland Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 16 boats (36 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for six bank anglers; and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for one boat (three anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers; and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for four boats (eight anglers).

STURGEON:

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for nine bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (five anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for 14 boats (39 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

CLOSED FOR RETENTION.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two oversize and eight sublegal sturgeon released for 55 bank anglers; and one legal and seven sublegal sturgeon released for four boats (10 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 26 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and six sublegal sturgeon released for 33 boats (84 anglers).

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools can be found at the following link:

WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary

WALLEYE:

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed five walleye kept for three bank anglers; and four walleye kept for three boats (seven anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed 10 walleye kept, plus five walleye released for 23 boats (41 anglers).

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