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by Mark Yuasa
COLUMBIA FISHING REPORT
Notice of Columbia River Compact Hearing: ODFW & WDFW have scheduled a Compact Hearing for 10 a.m., Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland to discuss commercial and recreational seasons for spring chinook and sturgeon.
Weekend Fishing Opportunities:
Sturgeon angling is good for boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool. Sturgeon anglers are also catching a few in The Dalles and John Day Pools.
Steelhead anglers are catching a few fish in The Dalles Pool. Some winter steelhead should be available from beaches on the lower Columbia.
SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD
Recreational salmon fisheries will resume for the early portion of 2012 under permanent regulations.
Modifications to the 2012 spring chinook fishery will be considered at the January 26 Compact Hearing.
COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, BUOY 10 LINE UPSTREAM TO THE I-5 BRIDGE:
Under permanent regulations, this section of the Columbia River is open January 1 - March 31, 2012 to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead and adipose fin-clipped coho with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon or steelhead (chinook > 24" and coho > 20" or steelhead > 20") and five jacks.
COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, I-5 BRIDGE UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER ABOVE MCNARY DAM:
Under permanent regulations, this section of the Columbia River is open January 1 - March 31, 2012 to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of spring chinook is prohibited as per permanent regulations.
The salmon creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for 2011 and will resume February of 2012.
The Dalles Pool:
Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for eight bank anglers; and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for one boat (three anglers).
John Day Pool:
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