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Fishing report Jan. 9

By , Columbian staff writer
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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 Washington/Oregon border, fishing is 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.

A few crappie are being caught at Silver Lake.

Walleye and bass should be available in The Dalles and John Day pools whenever weather allows.

Salmon/steelhead

Columbia mainstem

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the season and will resume in February.

John Day Pool — 15 bank anglers released 15 steelhead. One boat/one rod had no catch.

Columbia River Tributaries

Grays River — Two bank anglers had no catch.

Elochoman River — 22 bank anglers kept 12 steelhead. Three boats/four rods kept one steelhead and released one steelhead and one coho.

Cowlitz River, Interstate 5 Bridge downstream — Nine bank rods had no catch.

Cowlitz River, above the I-5 Bridge — 11 bank rods had no catch. One boat/three rods had no catch.

Sturgeon

Bonneville Pool — Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 46 sublegal and three oversize sturgeon released for 10 boats (28 anglers).

The Dalles Pool — Weekly checking showed five legal white sturgeon kept, plus seven sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 42 bank anglers; and four legal white sturgeon kept, plus 17 sublegal, six legal and seven oversize sturgeon released for 12 boats (40 anglers).

Walleye

Bonneville Pool — One boat/two rods had no catch.

The Dalles Pool — Two boats/three rods released two walleye.

John Day Pool — One bank angler had no catch. Six boats/12 rods kept 13 walleye.

Bass

John Day Pool — One boat/three rods kept six bass.

Recent trout plants

Battle Ground Lake, (Clark): Planted with 2,000 rainbows at 2.4 per pound on Dec. 16. Planted with 75 brood rainbows at 0.2 per pound and 26 brood rainbows at 0.1 per pound on December 31.

Klineline Pond, (Clark): Planted with 4,185 rainbows at 2.4 per pound on Dec. 16.

Horseshoe Lake (Cowlitz): Planted with 16 steelhead at about 0.1 per pound, 30 rainbows at 0.1 per pound, and 55 rainbows at 0.2 per pound on Dec. 31.

Horsethief Lake, (Klickitat): Planted with 50 brood rainbows at 0.1 per pound and 100 rainbows at 0.2 per pound on Dec. 30.

Tunnel Lake, (Skamania): Planted with 25 brood rainbows at 0.2 per pound and five rainbows at o.1 per pound on Dec. 16.

Little Ash Lake, (Skamania): Planted with 25 brood rainbows at 0.2 per pound, and five rainbows at 0.1 per pound on Dec. 16. (WDFW)

Columbian staff writer
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