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The Bonneville Pool of the Columbia River will close to retention on Sunday, Feb.4. The John Day Pool will close to retention on Monday, Feb. 12.

Effective March 1 through Aug. 15 anglers with a two-rod validation will be able to use two rods for all species except sturgeon.

Fishing

Canary rockfish are relatively large, reaching weights of 10 pounds.

Features: Canary rockfish are named for their bright yellow to orange mottled bodies. They also have undertones of gray and three orange stripes across their heads. They grow to be 30-inches long, and have very firm and desirable meat.

Habitat: Canary rockfish are a schooling fish, common along the Pacific Northwest coast over rocky reefs and pinnacles. Larger adults are usually further offshore, with younger fish sometimes common down to 100 feet. 

Yelloweye, canary and vermillion rockfish can look similar. See this rockfish identification article for distinguishing features for each species.

Technique: They readily take both bait and lures. Locate suspended schools of canary rockfish in offshore areas during periods open for fishing offshore, and work rubber-tail jigs, shrimp flies, or baited hooks through the schools.