Fishing report 1/9

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Sturgeon angling started slowly in the Bonneville pool of the Columbia River with boaters averaging a legal fish per 11.4 rods and bank anglers averaging a keeper per 26 rods.

Blustery weather part of the time made angling a chore.

Winter steelhead fishing is slow in the Cowlitz and Washougal rivers.

Battle Ground Lake was stocked with 41 brood stock rainbow trout averaging 5 pounds and 35 trout averaging 10 pounds.

Angler checks from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW):

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 251 boaters with 20 legal sturgeon kept plus two legal, 766 sublegal and two oversize sturgeon released; 130 bank rods with five legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 38 sublegals released. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 34 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 88 sublegals released; 48 bank rods with one legal, two oversize and eight sublegals released; one bank rod and one boater with no walleye. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 48 boaters with two oversize and eight sublegals released; 36 bank rods with two sublegals released; two boaters with three wild steelhead and one hatchery steelhead released, six bank rods with no steelhead; two boaters with two walleye kept. (WDFW)

John Day River backwater, two boaters with four steelhead released; six bank rods with no catch. (ODFW)

Cowlitz — Forty-four boaters with 12 steelhead kept; 93 bank rods with six steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Washougal — Twelve boaters with one steelhead released; 25 bank anglers with no steelhead. (WDFW)