The following is a brief summary of emergency and permanent sport fishing regulations for salmon and steelhead on the mainstem Columbia River and its tributaries plus fall razor clam seasons on the Washington coast.
Complete information contained in this hotline message can be found in the Fishing in Washington pamphlet.
Columbia River mainstem:
Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to the Washington/Oregon border – Open to fishing for salmon and hatchery steelhead. Through July 2, the salmonid limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Sockeye are counted as part of the adult daily limit. Release wild Chinook.
Effective July 3 through July 31, the salmonid limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Only one may be an adult Chinook. Any Chinook (including jacks) adipose fin clipped or with an intact adipose fin may be retained. Sockeye are counted as part of the adult daily limit.
Columbia River Tributaries:
Cowlitz River from mouth to Mayfield Dam – Effective until further notice, anglers may retain up to 6 hatchery Chinook of which no more than 3 may be adults. Release wild Chinook. During the month of July, anglers may use barbed hooks from the Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) upstream to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam. The hatchery steelhead daily limit is 3 fish. Effective July 1, Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention will be in effect.
Kalama River from the mouth to 1,000 feet below the upper salmon hatchery – Open for hatchery spring Chinook until further notice. The daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Release wild Chinook.
The hatchery steelhead daily limit is 3 fish. Effective July 1, Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention will be in effect.
Lewis River (including North Fork) from mouth to overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam – Until further notice, closed to fishing for spring Chinook. Fishing for hatchery steelhead remains open.
Effective July 1, the hatchery steelhead daily limit will be 3 fish. In addition, Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention will be in effect.
White Salmon River from the county road bridge below the former power house upstream to the Northwestern Road Bridge – Selective gear rules are in effect. Effective July 1, the hatchery salmon/steelhead daily limit will be 3 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery spring Chinook. In addition, Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead will also be in effect.
Klickitat River – On the lower Klickitat from the mouth to the Fisher Hill Bridge, the trout daily limit is 3 hatchery steelhead. Release all other trout. Effective July 1, Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention will be in effect.
On the upper Klickitat from 400 feet above fishway #5 upstream to boundary markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery and from boundary markers above the hatchery upstream to the Yakama Indian Reservation, the trout daily limit is 3 fish of which no more than 2 may be other than hatchery steelhead. Wild steelhead must be released. Effective July 1, Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention will be in effect.
On the lower and upper Klickitat upstream to boundary markers below the salmon hatchery, the salmon daily limit is 6 hatchery Chinook of which no more than two may be adults. Wild chinook must be released
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam including all tributaries – Closed for sturgeon retention. Catch-and-release angling is allowed. All fishing for sturgeon is prohibited in the spawning sanctuary from Bonneville Dam downstream 9 miles to a line crossing the Columbia River from navigation Marker 82 on the Oregon shore westerly to the boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point through Aug. 31.
Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam including adjoining tributaries – Catch-and-release angling is allowed. Sturgeon retention will be allowed July 3-July 5. The daily limit will be 1 fish, min. size 38" fork length and max. 54" fork length.
All fishing for sturgeon is prohibited in the spawning sanctuary from The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore through July 31.
The Dalles Dam to McNary Dam and adjoining tributaries – Closed for sturgeon retention. Catch-and-release angling is allowed, EXCEPT fishing for sturgeon is prohibited within the spawning sanctuaries through July 31. The sturgeon spawning sanctuaries are from John Day Dam downstream 2.4 miles to the west end of the grain silo at Rufus Oregon and McNary Dam downstream 1.5 miles to Hwy. 82 (Hwy. 395) Bridge.
State fishing and hunting licenses are available for the new season (begins April 1, 2015) by phone (866-246-9453), online https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), and from licensing dealers around the state (http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/). A Vehicle Access Pass to lands owned by WDFW is free with most types of fishing and hunting licenses.
This endorsement allows you to use two fishing poles on most freshwater lakes, ponds, a few sections of certain rivers, and a few marine areas. You must have a fishing license in addition to the two pole endorsement.
At $35, an annual pass provides access to nearly seven million acres of state-managed recreation lands, including state parks, water-access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads.
Those who buy an annual Discover Pass through the WILD system can now activate the pass immediately or anytime within one year of the purchase date. On-line gift buyers can select a future start date so long as they allow 10 days to receive their Discover Pass by mail.
For details on purchasing a Discover Pass, see http://discoverpass.wa.gov/