Current and upcoming opportunities
The Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the I-5 bridge is open to the retention of hatchery steelhead and hatchery Chinook. From the I-5 Bridge to the McNary Dam, open for hatchery steelhead.
White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia upstream to Bonneville Dam, but remains an option for catch and release.
Fishing for white sturgeon is open in the Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools until quotas are met.
A few winter steelhead are available from Columbia River beaches, and in the tributaries.
Lowland lakes have been well-stocked with trout and are fishing very well.
Walleye fishing is good in the Bonneville and the John Day pools.
Main Stem Columbia
Columbia River Tributaries
Cowlitz River – I-5 Bridge downstream — Two bank rods had no catch.
Above the I-5 Bridge — 20 bank rods kept one steelhead. 11 boats/38 rods kept 19 steelhead and released one steelhead. (WDFW)
Bonneville Pool — 10 boats/23 rods kept five legal sturgeon and released 54 sublegal and one oversize sturgeon.
The Dalles Pool — Seven bank anglers had no catch. Six boats/15 rods kept one legal sturgeon and released one sublegal and one oversize sturgeon.
John Day Pool — 32 bank anglers had no catch. 28 boats/58 rods kept three legal sturgeon and released one sublegal sturgeon. (WDFW)
Bonneville Pool — Four boats/nine rods kept 14 walleye.
The Dalles Pool — Three boats/five rods kept two walleye.
John Day Pool — 19 boats/32 rods kept 25 walleye and released three walleye.
Recent trout plants
Icehouse Lake (Skamania) — Planted with 3,078 rainbow trout at 2.45 per pound on Jan. 27.
Kress Lake (Cowlitz) — Planted with 10 adult winter steelhead on Jan. 24, and planted with 4 adult winter steelhead on Jan. 27.
Klineline Pond (Clark) — Planted with 2,000 rainbow trout at 2.27 per pound on Jan. 23. (WDFW)
Lake Merwin fishing is fair.