John Day Pool last sturgeon retention day is Wednesday, March 9

Columbia River

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Sturgeon retention will be closed in the John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam) as of Thursday, March 10.

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington made the decision because catches increased rapidly beginning late last week. Due to the increased catch rate the 105 fish harvest guideline is projected to be met mid-week. Therefore, the sturgeon retention will close Wednesday, March 9 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Sturgeon retention currently remains open the next two Wednesdays (March 9 and 16) in Bonneville Pool and Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays in The Dalles Pool until March 30.

The daily bag limit for retention seasons is one legal-sized white sturgeon, with a statewide annual bag limit of two fish. Remember legal sizes differ between Bonneville Pool and other areas (see release).

Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal fin (tail) with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface, with the tape measure/ruler positioned flat under the fish.

Catch-and-release sturgeon angling remain opens all year, except angling for sturgeon is prohibited May 1 through Aug. 31 within the designated sanctuary areas in each of the dam tailraces.

For the latest Columbia River regulations always visit the Recreation Report Fishing Report at

As sturgeon and other Columbia River fisheries can close quickly when harvest guidelines are reached, anglers are also encouraged to sign up for Columbia River Action Notices to stay on top of fishery management actions. Sign up at


More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, March 3rd, 2022
: ODFW Recreation Report
Ana Reservoir: Fishing for hybrid bass has been successful
Upper Klamath Lake: Water clarity has been good for Upper Klamath Lake
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
North Fork Sprague River: Fish density is very low due to the Bootleg Fire
Chetco River: Recent rainfall has brought the river levels up

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

Ana Reservoir: Fishing for hybrid bass has been successful for a few fishermen recently
Dog Lake: Ice is approximately 11 inches deep and fishing has been fair
Upper Klamath Lake: Fishing is very slow
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Lake Of The Woods: Ice fishing has been excellent at times for small yellow perch
Chetco River: Recent rainfall has brought the river levels up
Cooper Creek Reservoir: A recent extra stocking of larger trout should make fishing for trout more productive
Coos River: The rain this week should finally get the river levels to rise
Coquille River: The rain this week should finally get the river levels to rise to more normal conditions
Galesville Reservoir: The boat ramp is usable and anglers are taking advantage of it
Rogue River- Lower: With recent rainstorms, fishing conditions have improved
Rogue River - Middle: Wild steelhead can now be retained above Hog Creek boat ramp
Rogue River- Upper: Best bets for the upper river would be concentrating on the area between Shady Cove and Touvelle
Sixes River: Current fishing conditions are good
Umpqua River: Steelhead fishing has slowed as the river has gotten low and clear
Winchuck River: Current conditions are great
Alsea River: Winter steelhead fishing is expected to pick up this week after some much needed rain
Kilchis River: The Kilchis River will be one of the first floatable rivers to come back into shape
Necanicum River: The hatchery winter steelhead run on the Necanicum River is about done
Nehalem River: The Nehalem went all the way into flood stage on Tuesday
Nestucca River: The Nestucca is high and off color but is on the drop
Siletz River: Winter steelhead fishing should pick up this week as the river starts to drop into shape
Siuslaw River: Winter steelhead is expected to pick up as the river drops back into shape later this week
Trask River: The Trask is high and off color
Wilson River: The Wilson went all the way to flood stage on Tuesday
Imnaha River: Anglers have been catching some steelhead in the Imnaha River
John Day River: Steelhead fishing remains closed in rivers and streams within the John Day Basin
Wallowa Lake : Wallowa Lake currently has ice on it
Wallowa River: Steelhead anglers have been successful on the Wallowa River
Hills Creek Reservoir: Hills Creek Reservoir will be stocked this week for the first time this spring
Santiam River ( North Fork) : For the next few months things are going to be fairly quiet as far as fishing on the river goes
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 2,500 cfs at the Waterloo gage
Timber Linn Lake: It was stocked last week with about 950 hatchery trout