Hatchery steelhead retention allowed above The Dalles Dam beginning Nov. 1

Columbia Park Pond - Kennewick, WA (Benton County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ODFW

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
10-30-2020
Website

CLACKAMAS, Ore.— Due to a better-than-expected return of B-Index summer steelhead and low cumulative impacts to wild ESA-listed fish, Oregon and Washington fishery managers are easing steelhead regulations for the ongoing fishery in the mainstem Columbia River above The Dalles Dam.

From Nov. 1-Dec. 31, anglers may retain up to one hatchery steelhead within the two-fish daily adult salmonid bag limit in the mainstem Columbia River from The Dalles Dam upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge near Pasco, WA.

This regulation change will provide some late fall steelhead retention opportunity for anglers upstream of The Dalles Dam for the first time since 2017.

The change also applies to the lower John Day River downstream of Tumwater Falls where one hatchery steelhead per day may be retained from Nov. 1 through the end of the year.

Fishery managers took a conservative approach when setting this year’s summer steelhead fishery due to a low projected return. The pre-season plan included extensive steelhead retention block closures and a reduced bag limit when open. These actions have resulted in low impacts to returning ESA-listed wild upriver summer steelhead, allowing fishery managers to lift the planned steelhead closure for the mainstem Columbia River upstream of The Dalles Dam during November and December.

The B-Index run is also doing better than expected with the return now projected at 32,300 fish, compared to the preseason expectation of 9,600 fish.

Winter steelhead retention was already scheduled to reopen from the mouth upstream to The Dalles Dam on Nov. 1.

All other regulations remain in effect including those specific to retention of jacks (5 per day allowed under permanent Oregon regulations) and the use of barbless hooks only.

For the latest on Columbia River regulations, always visit https://myodfw.com/recreation-report/fishing-report/columbia-zone



< Previous Report Next Report >




< Previous Report Next Report >


More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, October 22nd

: ODFW Recreation Report
: Central coast closes for razor clamming while south coast opens for mussel harvesting

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, October 21st

Applegate Reservoir: Applegate Reservoir Fishing Report
Coos River: Coos River Basin Fishing Report
Coquille River: Fishing for Hatchery Chinook Salmon Has Been Slow
Emigrant Reservoir: Fishing Should Be Good If you Get Out on The Water
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Fishing Report
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Emergency Regulations Are No Longer in Effect
Hyatt Lake: Deepest Spot is By The Dam
Lake Selmac: Lake Selmac Fishing Report
Lost Creek Reservoir: Lost Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Rogue River - Middle: Middle Rogue River Report
Rogue River Upper: Upper Rogue River Fishing Report
Tenmile Lakes: Largemouth Bass Action Has Been Good
Clackamas River: Coho Throughout The Clackamas
Detroit Reservoir: HWY 22 Re-Opened Lasy Week
Foster Reservoir: The Reservoir is Beginning to Draw Down