CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Two Columbia River white sturgeon fisheries will close earlier than expected under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington. The summer sturgeon retention season from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam was reduced by one day to Friday, June 21 only. Previously, this fishery was scheduled to be open June 22 as well but that day was eliminated from the season. Sturgeon retention will close effective Friday, June 21 from the Wauna power lines downstream 40 miles to the river mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries. This season was originally scheduled to continue through June 30.
CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The recreational spring chinook salmon fishing season from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border will remain open through Saturday, June 15 under rules adopted by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.
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Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Spring chinook fishing is fair to good below Bonneville Dam. Shad angling is excellent in the gorge for both boat and bank anglers. Summer steelhead abundance is increasing in the lower Columbia. Sturgeon angling is good from Astoria to Marker 82 in the gorge. The last day for retention above Wauna is June 15. Walleye angling is excellent in the The Dalles and John Day pools.
Northeast Zone VIEWING GRANT COUNTY Bighorn sheep can be viewed along the South Fork of the John Day. The first ducklings and goslings are being seen in the valley, deer, antelope, and sheep are having their young as well. As spring progresses it is important to remember to leave any baby wildlife where you found them. It usually won’t be long before mom returns to check on them. 6/3/13.
NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE
Weekend fishing opportunities The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught. Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir is picking up and should be good. Should be good catch-and-release fishing for trout on the upper Umatilla.
SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Waterfowl migration has stopped and most waterfowl found now will be breeding pairs on territories and initiating nesting sites. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.
SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE
Weekend fishing opportunities: Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. The black drake hatch is underway on the upper Williamson River. Trout fishing at Chickahominy has been good.
Crook County The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) North shore road is open to motorized traffic. The WMA offers camping, shoreline angling and opportunities to see a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office and at Prineville Reservoir State Park office.
CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE
Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout fishing on the Crooked River has been very good. Almost all the Cascade lakes are accessible and trout fishing should be good! The stonefly hatches (some the best in years) are underway on the lower Deschutes River.
Springfield Area Fern Ridge Wildlife Area Fern Ridge Wildlife Area is open daily for public use providing great wildlife viewing opportunities. (One section of levee in the western portion of the Fisher Butte unit is posted closed to provide wildlife sanctuary during nesting season.)
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