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Fishing report, Feb. 12

By , Columbian staff writer
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Current and upcoming opportunities

The Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the Interstate 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.

White sturgeon retention will close in the Bonneville Pool as of Friday, Feb. 14, and in the The Dalles Pool as of Tuesday, Feb. 18. White Sturgeon retention is still open in the John Day Pool.

A few winter steelhead are available from Columbia River beaches, and in the tributaries, although high water has slowed the bite.

Lowland lakes have been well-stocked with trout and are fishing very well.

Walleye fishing is good in the Bonneville Pool.

Salmon/steelhead

MAINSTEM COLUMBIA RIVER

I-5 Bridge downstream

Woodland: Five salmonid bank anglers had no catch.

Kalama: One salmonid bank angler had no catch.

Longview: One salmonid bank angler had no catch (WDFW)

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekly checking showed two steelhead released for 34 bank anglers. (ODFW)

TRIBUTARIES

Cowlitz River – I-5 Bridge downstream: 12 bank anglers had no catch.

Above the I-5 Bridge: 13 bank anglers had no catch. Nine boats/42 anglers kept six steelhead and released three. (WDFW)

Sturgeon

Bonneville Pool — 13 bank anglers released two sublegal sturgeon. 16 boats/47 rods kept 20 legal sturgeon and released 118 sublegal sturgeon.

The Dalles Pool — Three boats/seven rods kept one legal sturgeon and released one sublegal and two oversize sturgeon. (WDFW)

John Day Pool — 45 bank anglers released one sublegal sturgeon. 11 boats/26 rods had no catch.

Walleye

Bonneville Pool — Five boats/six rods kept four walleye and released seven walleye.

The Dalles Pool — One bank angler had no catch. One boat/two rods had no catch.

John Day Pool — One bank angler had no catch. 16 boats/37 rods kept one walleye. (WDFW)

Recent trout plants

Battle Ground (Clark) — Planted with 1,500 rainbows at 2.3 per pound on Feb. 3.

Klineline Pond (Clark) — Planted with 1,500 rainbows at 2.3 per pound on Feb. 3.

Rowland Lake (Klickitat) — Planted with 1,837 rainbows at 2.4 per pound on Feb. 4. (WDFW)

Columbian staff writer
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