It’s been windy in the Columbia Gorge, and icy at times, too, resulting in poor sturgeon catches in the Bonneville pool.
The retention season is open through Feb. 10 or until 1,150 sturgeon are kept.
A couple of boat fishermen in the lower Columbia were checked with sturgeon last weekend.
The water temperature on Wednesday was 41 degrees at Bonneville Dam.
Streamflow in the Washougal River was a high 4,200 cubic feet per second on Wednesday and 2,400 in the East Fork Lewis. Flow in the North Fork Lewis was a typical 7,180.
Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:
Lower Columbia — Longview to Portland, 113 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept and 58 sublegals released; three Oregon bank rods with no catch. (ODFW)
Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 29 boaters with 70 sublegal sturgeon released; 36 bank rods with four sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)
The Dalles pool, 16 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 16 sublegals released; 54 bank rods with 26 sublegal and four oversize sturgeon released; one bank rod with one walleye. (WDFW)
John Day pool, 56 boaters with three legal sturgeon kept plus, one legal, four oversize and 14 sublegals released; 44 bank rods with two sublegal sturgeon released; two boats with no walleye. (WDFW)
John Day River arm, two bank rods with one steelhead kept. (ODFW)
Washougal — Ten boaters with one hatchery steelhead kept and three wild steelhead released; 51 bank rods with three hatchery steelhead kept and one wild steelhead released. (WDFW)