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Old 12-29-2019, 04:03 PM   #1
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Making my first sturgeon trip above Bonneville and curios if anyone could suggest a launch and which direction to go from there.

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Old 12-29-2019, 05:44 PM   #2
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Cascade locks is most popular on the Oregon side, then from there look for deeper holes between cascade locks and Stevenson, this time of year fish are lethargic and dont move around much which means to increase your odds move around if you dont get bit quickly. Another option is launch at rowena and do the same thing between the launch and lyle. Stay warm and good luck.
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Old 12-30-2019, 01:22 AM   #3
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Cascade locks is most popular on the Oregon side, then from there look for deeper holes between cascade locks and Stevenson, this time of year fish are lethargic and dont move around much which means to increase your odds move around if you dont get bit quickly. Another option is launch at rowena and do the same thing between the launch and lyle. Stay warm and good luck.
Thank you for the help. I really appreciate it and wish you a very Happy New Year!
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Old 12-30-2019, 09:45 AM   #4
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Be careful anchoring in that stretch between the bridge of gods and the locks. I explored it last year, I nearly got my anchor snagged twice and also lost some gear. Not sure what’s on the bottom there but my guess is very large riprap boulders which made things difficult. I told myself I wouldn’t mess around there again. But that’s just my experience...

My suggestion is to take a little drive up I-84 and back down HWY 14 and play a little eye spy, to get a general idea of where to fish and from there, where to launch.

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I agree with last post , between launch and below bridge is very tricky, I travel up river when I launch at cascade locks. Found some nice holes just below the wind river on Washington side
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Are there any good bank spots for me to access on the Washington side during this retention?
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Old 12-30-2019, 11:11 AM   #7
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Keep an eye on the wind report. The Columbia can get really rough in that area. A West wind is particularly tricky to work with. It stands up the waves and can often spin you around on your anchor.



I see that the FishWeather App is calling for West gusts up to 47mph on 31st, 38mph on the 1st, then improving late Thursday morning. Windfinder App shows it to be quite a bit calmer. Temira's Gorge Forecast is my favorite, but she's "out on vacation" currently... (although she did call the for West wind to kick in).



Look up Stevenson light 15, Rowena or Hood River event center weather stations for updates.
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Old 12-30-2019, 07:46 PM   #8
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Coastalhounddog... a few spots that can be productive is mouth of drano lake and inside drano you will see guys sturgeon fishing at times, my favorite areas have been limited since the sheriff likes to give out tickets for walking over the railroad tracks to get to the river on the stretch from drano to white salmon, I forget the name of the park right before you get to white salmon going east but I have landed a few keepers there in the past when I was bank bound. Good luck
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Making my first sturgeon trip above Bonneville and curios if anyone could suggest a launch and which direction to go from there.
Getting ready to do the same. Any reports from over there?
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Cold real cold and windy, not much fishing going on to give a good report, a few keepers were being caught before the weather got nasty.
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Cold real cold and windy, not much fishing going on to give a good report, a few keepers were being caught before the weather got nasty.
I'm looking for a window of nice weather!
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Heading Out Tomorrow.........
Thanks for the Assistance PnwC!
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Good luck !!!!
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I cant seem to find the dates on when it closes for retention above Bonneville?
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:30 PM   #16
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I cant seem to find the dates on when it closes for retention above Bonneville?
It's in the 2020 regs, you can access here:

http://www.eregulations.com/oregon/fishing/

Page 74. Bonneville pool quota is 500

Open for white sturgeon from Jan 1 -
until quota is reached.
» Bag limit is 1 per day, 2 per year.
» Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam
sturgeon must be between 38 inch minimum and 54 inch maximum fork length.
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It's in the 2020 regs, you can access here:

http://www.eregulations.com/oregon/fishing/

Page 74.

Open for white sturgeon from Jan 1 -
until quota is reached.
» Bag limit is 1 per day, 2 per year.
» Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam
sturgeon must be between 38 inch minimum and 54 inch maximum fork length.
That reply says NOTHING. What is the quota?? Every pool has a different quota and the Bonni pool has several openings thru out the year. WHY is it so hard to get the answers???
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Here is a link To the same question I asked earlier. Lots of replies but NO real info. Good luck!


https://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=1604317
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Here is a link To the same question I asked earlier. Lots of replies but NO real info. Good luck!


https://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=1604317

It's 500, don't worry, we'll do your homework for you
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That reply says NOTHING. What is the quota?? Every pool has a different quota and the Bonni pool has several openings thru out the year. WHY is it so hard to get the answers???
Save this so you don't have to insult me when I am trying to help next time

https://myodfw.com/recreation-report.../columbia-zone


Bonneville Pool: 2020 harvest guideline is 500 fish

Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus five sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (six anglers).

The Dalles Pool: 2020 harvest guideline is 135 fish

Weekly checking showed no catch for 14 bank anglers; and eight legal white sturgeon kept, plus 22 sublegal sturgeon released for 13 boats (33 anglers).

John Day Pool: 2020 harvest guideline is 105 fish

No report.
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Save this so you don't have to insult me when I am trying to help next time

https://myodfw.com/recreation-report.../columbia-zone


Bonneville Pool: 2020 harvest guideline is 500 fish

Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus five sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (six anglers).


I will save the link you provided. It is what I have been looking for since the beginning of the year. Finally some usefull information. Wish it was on your first post. Maybe next time????


The Dalles Pool: 2020 harvest guideline is 135 fish

Weekly checking showed no catch for 14 bank anglers; and eight legal white sturgeon kept, plus 22 sublegal sturgeon released for 13 boats (33 anglers).

John Day Pool: 2020 harvest guideline is 105 fish

No report.
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Wow, I let this happen. troll
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Probably not meant as a troll Sir.
Frustration happens when the reporting agencies change things on a weekly basis, and knowing what the right thing to do is always in limbo.
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Report for today......
Woke to reports of slick and closed roads. Didn't venture out to explore yet.
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Report for today......
Woke to reports of slick and closed roads. Didn't venture out to explore yet.
I saw the ice report late, wondered if you would still be out. Don’t blame you. I’ll be paying attention for your report.
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Frustration happens when the reporting agencies change things on a weekly basis, and knowing what the right thing to do is always in limbo.
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SW WA, Columbia Gorge Pools Fishing Report (1-14-20)


http://nwsportsmanmag.com/sw-wa-colu...eport-1-14-20/
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WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
https://wdfw.wa.gov/

January 22, 2020
McNary Pool shifts to catch-and-release fishing for white sturgeon year-round
Action: Anglers fishing the McNary Pool must release all sturgeon.
Effective: Feb. 1, 2020.
Location: McNary Pool (Lake Wallula), including the Hanford Reach and Snake River upstream to Ice Harbor Dam.
Species affected: White sturgeon.
Reason for action: The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in December approved multiple modifications to white sturgeon sport fishery regulations statewide to address conservation measures. This emergency regulation implements the decision to shift retention fisheries upstream of McNary Dam to catch-and-release fishing only.
Additional information: Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will continue to be allowed. This modification will become a permanent regulation in 2020. The area affected includes the Columbia River from McNary Dam upstream to Priest Rapids Dam and the Snake River from the confluence with the Columbia River upstream to Ice Harbor Dam. These measures were implemented to help ensure the long-term viability of the population by helping to improve abundance of white sturgeon.
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