Columbia River Fish Report for 1-24-2023
Sturgeon retention closing in The Dalles and John Day pools this week
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Wednesday, Jan. 25 will be the last day to retain sturgeon in The Dalles Pool (mainstem Columbia River from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam and adjacent tributaries) and Sunday, Jan. 29 will be the last day to retain sturgeon in the John Day Pool (mainstem Columbia River from John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam and adjacent tributaries).
Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon made the decision today after determining that harvest guidelines will be reached soon due to higher-than-expected effort and catch rates.
Through Jan. 25, the projected catch in The Dalles Pool is 184 fish (97 percent of the guideline) while in John Day Pool, the projected catch thru Jan. 29 is 101 fish (96 percent of the guideline).
Fishery managers implemented staggered, three-day-per-week fishing seasons (Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays) in Bonneville and The Dalles pools this year to try and lengthen the season. A combination of higher effort and good catch rates had sturgeon harvest accruing more quickly than managers originally projected.
While 75 sturgeon remain on the Bonneville Pool guideline since that season closed Jan. 12, fishery managers decided not to add another fishing day due to the potential to exceed the guideline if anglers were given an additional day next week. Managers considered adopting an additional day in the Bonneville Pool on short notice this week, but ultimately decided not to reopen the fishery.
Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing remains open in the mainstem upstream of Bonneville Dam, except angling for sturgeon is prohibited May 1-Aug. 31 within sanctuary areas below each of the dam tailraces. See the permanent regulations for details, https://www.eregulations.com/oregon/fishing/columbia-river-zone
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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Thursday, January 19th
Hood River: Hood River Fishing Report
Green Peter Reservoir: The water level is back down to its lowest level to maximize storage capacity
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Flows will remain high due to rain in the forecast
Santiam River (South Fork): A few late summer steelhead are all that is available
Necanicum River: The Necanicum has had fair fishing lately
Nehalem River: The lower Nehalem remains off color due to recent rains
Trask River: The Trask is still a little high, but should be in shape by late this week
Wilson River: Winter steelhead fishing on the Wilson has been slow to fair
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant has filled to 18 percent full
Emigrant Reservoir: Howard Prairie has started to fill with recent rain and snow and is at 15 percent full
Rogue River - Middle: Summer steelhead are still being caught
Rogue River- Upper: Hatchery summer steelhead are still available but winding down
: ODFW Recreation Report
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