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Columbia Zone fishing report, April 19

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release angling. Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles and John Day pools until the respective guidelines are met. Sturgeon retention is open during February 1-July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Spring Chinook angling is open during March 16 – May 9, from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines. Walleye fishing was good in The Dalles and John Day pools last week.

Northeast Zone hunting report, April 19

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31), CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR (opens April 15)

Northeast Zone fishing report, April 19

Weekend fishing opportunities Anglers have reported catching 20 fish limits of kokanee at Wallowa Lake. Rainbow trout were stocked last week in Tatone, Hatrock and McNary ponds, and continue to provide great early season action.

Southeast Zone hunting report, April 19

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31)

Spring Ritual: States begin trapping, euthanizing sea lions feasting on Chinook at Bonneville Dam

A total of six California sea lions known to frequent the lower Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam in the past and feast on spring chinook salmon were trapped this week and euthanized as a part of a state plan to reduce predation on fish stocks that are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Cycling challenge coming in May

To continue building on its reputation as the go-to race organizers for all things related to long distance cycling, The Challenge Series is back for its third event in their 2014 Series, taking place May 10 in Hillsboro.

Southeast Zone fishing report, April 17

Weekend fishing opportunities: Brown trout fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good. Largemouth bass fishing is picking up in Willow Valley Reservoir. With calm, warm weather predicted for this week, trout fishing should continue to be good on Klamath and Agency lakes.

Central Zone hunting report, April 17

OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31) CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR

Central Zone fishing report, April 17

CENTRAL ZONE FISHING Kokonee fishing on Lake Billy Chinook continues to be excellent! This is a great time of year to find trout feeding on the surface of the lower Deschutes River. It’s peak winter steelhead season on the Hood River. Pine Hollow and Rock Springs reservoirs have been stocked and, with water temperatures getting warmer, fishing should be good.

Willamette Zone hunting report, April 17

WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31)

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Willamette Zone fishing report, April 17

Weekend fishing opportunities: Spring chinook fishing continues on the Willamette River. The most productive spots last week were Portland Harbor and the lower Multnomah Channel. ODFW will host a family fishing event at St. Louis Ponds on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To ensure there are plenty of fish for participating families, ODFW will stock the pond this week with 2,000 legal-sized, larger and trophy trout. This event is free, and ODFW will supply gear, bait and instruction. Trout stocking is in full gear at locations throughout the Willamette Valley. This week’s releases includes Benson Lake, Bethany Pond, Blue Lake, Canby Pond, Commonwealth Lake, Dorman Pond, Haldeman Pond, Harriet Lake, Hartman Pond, Henry Hagg Lake, Mt. Hood Pond, Progress Lake, Sheridan Pond, St. Louis Ponds, Trojan Ponds, Cottage Grove Reservoir, EE Wilson Pond, Foster Reservoir, Green Peter Reservoir, Hills Creek Reservoir, Junction City Pond, Roaring River Pond, Timber Linn Lake, Walling Pond Walter Wirth Lake, and Waverly Lake. The Clackamas, Molalla and Santiam rivers and Eagle Creek are in good condition for steelhead fishing.

States set up their June sturgeon seasons

CLACKAMAS (ODFW) – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington today set the summer retention sturgeon fishing seasons and adopted a new sturgeon spawning sanctuary in the Columbia River behind Bonneville Dam.

Corps begins spring fish operations; Little Goose lock closed for repairs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that it has begun implementing its 2014 “Spring Fish Operations Plan” at its four lower Snake River and four lower Columbia River dams.

Fish passage Fixes at Wanapum Dam to be completed April 15; first weeks of spring run trucked

While investigations are continuing to identify the extent and cause of a 65-foot-long crack across a Wanapum Dam spillway pier monolith, fishery experts, engineers and others are scurrying to assure passage for fast-approaching salmon spawners.

Smelt return attracts more Sea Lions to Columbia River

Lookout… here they come. Biologists counted about 1,420 California sea lions Monday nestled at docks at the East Mooring Basin in Astoria, which is double the 739 peak counted last year – which was a record high number over the course of long-running monitoring of pinniped presence.

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