Fishing report 1/12

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Sturgeon fishing is good in the Bonneville pool with a legal kept per four boat rods although that likely will improve as the weather warms.

Returns of hatchery winter steelhead are a bit ahead of last year from the Cowlitz downstream, while a bit behind upstream.

Rainbow trout have been stocked in Battle Ground Lake (3,000), Klineline Pond (1,500), Kidney Lake (1,000), Rowland Lake (3,060), Spearfish Lake (1,800) and Maryhill Pond (500).

Angler checks and related information from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:

Lower Columbia — Cathlamet, one bank rod with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 62 boaters with 28 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Longview, six bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Kalama, one bank rod with no steelhead. (WDFW) North Bonneville, five bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 71 boaters with 18 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal and 206 sublegals released; 66 bank rods with three legal sturgeon kept plus 15 sublegals released. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 22 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 34 sublegals released; 26 bank rods with two legal sturgeon kept plus seven oversize and 17 sublegals released; three boaters with two steelhead kept and two released; eight bank rods with one steelhead kept and one released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 82 boaters with six legal sturgeon kept plus one legal and 12 sublegals released; 36 bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Washougal — Seventy-four bank rods with two hatchery steelhead kept and three wild fish released; 32 boaters with six hatchery steelhead kept plus one hatchery and eight wild fish released. (WDFW)