Recreation Report

Columbia Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of Feb. 6, 2018

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

Beginning January 1, 2018, all permanent regulations for salmon, steelhead, and shad apply (see 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

STURGEON

Beginning January 1, 2018, all permanent regulations for sturgeon apply (see 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Closed to retention of white sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed.

COLUMBIA RIVER RESERVOIRS, between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Effective Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 the Bonneville Pool will be closed to the retention of white sturgeon.

The Dalles Reservoir (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam)

  • Effective Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 The Dalles Pool and adjacent tributaries will be closed to the retention of white sturgeon.

John Day Reservoir (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam)

  • Effective Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 the John Day Pool with be closed to the retention of white sturgeon.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

Recreation Report

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • This weekend (Feb. 17 & 18) is a Free Fishing Weekend. You won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon. But remember, all other regulations and area closures still apply.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
  • The McNary Pool is open to the retention of legal white sturgeon through July 31.
  • Walleye angling is excellent in the John Day Pool.
  • Bank anglers are catching winter steelhead on the lower Columbia River.

Columbia River regulation updates for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found above.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekly checking showed two steelhead released for 60 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

No report.

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

No report.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):

No report.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):  Closed for retention.  No report.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

Closed for retention.  No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):

Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for 53 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 19 sublegal and two oversize sturgeon released for 41 boats (96 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed six walleye kept for two bank anglers; and 250 walleye kept, plus 70 walleye released for 52 boats (104 anglers).