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Columbia zone fishing update

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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.

The March 5 Columbia Zone update will be posted on the ODFW Website on Wednesday, March 6.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad:

Salmonid catch rates should improve in the coming weeks. On Saturday’s (2/23) flight, 43 salmonid boats and 67 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 89 bank anglers.

Portland Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for eight boats (17 anglers).

Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

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

Weekend checking showed no catch for nine bank anglers.

STURGEON:

Sturgeon catch and effort has been low. On Saturday’s (2/23) flight, 26 sturgeon boats and three Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

No report.

Portland to Longview Boats:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers.

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 12 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus 14 sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (36 anglers).

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools can be found at WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary.

WALLEYE:

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed three walleye kept for two bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (four anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed six walleye kept, plus one walleye released for 13 boats (31 anglers).

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