Southwest Washington (Region 5) Fishing Hotline

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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Anglers should be aware the permanent regulations in the Fishing in Washington pamphlet remain in effect through June 30. Newly adopted permanent regulations will take effect July 1.

RAZOR CLAMS

Digging will remain closed on ocean beaches for the remainder of the razor clam season because of elevated toxin levels.

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Columbia River mainstem:
Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam – Open to fishing for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad through June 15, except no boats for salmon and steelhead from Beacon Rock upstream through May 29. The salmonid limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Only one may be a hatchery adult Chinook. Release wild Chinook, wild steelhead, and all sockeye.

Bonneville Dam to Washington/Oregon Border – Open May 28 through June 15 for salmon and steelhead. Area includes the Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border, plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines. The salmonid limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Only one may be a hatchery adult Chinook. Release wild Chinook, wild steelhead, and all sockeye.

Effective through June 15: When the mainstem Columbia River from the Tower Island Powerlines (located approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) downstream to Bonneville Dam is open to fishing from the Washington bank for hatchery spring Chinook, only hand-casted lines may be used. It is unlawful to use a floating device to set lines for salmon and steelhead

Effective through June 15: When the mainstem Columbia River from the Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam upstream to the Washington/Oregon state line is open to fishing for hatchery spring Chinook, upstream of the Dalles Dam the possession limit will allow up to four adult Chinook salmon in fresh form. Anglers aboard a boat may only possess one daily limit of salmon in fresh form.

Columbia River Tributaries:
Deep River – Through June 15, on days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of Chinook, the salmonid daily limit in Deep River will be the same as the adjacent mainstem Columbia River daily limits. On days when the mainstem Columbia River fishery is closed to Chinook retention, the permanent salmonid daily limit regulations for Deep River apply.

Mainstem Grays from mouth to South Fork and West Fork Grays from mouth to hatchery intake/footbridge – Effective through June 5, the salmon and steelhead daily limit will be six fish of which no more than two may be hatchery adult chinook or two hatchery steelhead or one of each. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Release all fish except hatchery chinook and hatchery steelhead.

Elochoman River from mouth upstream to the bridge located 400 feet below the upper hatchery rack at the site of the former salmon hatchery – Effective through June 5, the salmon and steelhead daily limit will be six fish of which no more than two may be hatchery adult chinook or two hatchery steelhead or one of each. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Release all fish except hatchery chinook and hatchery steelhead.Selective gear rules will be in effect.

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. In addition, anglers may use two poles with a Two Pole Endorsement from the Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) upstream to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam.

Until further notice, the hatchery steelhead daily limit is 3 fish. Release wild steelhead.

Anglers should note the south side of the river from Mill Creek to the Barrier Dam is closed to all fishing through June 15 per permanent regulations.

Green River from mouth to 400 feet below the Toutle Hatchery intake and South Fork Toutle River from mouth upstream to the 4700 Road Bridge – Effective through June 5, the hatchery steelhead daily limit will be 2 fish. Release all fish except hatchery steelhead. Selective gear rules 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. Release wild steelhead.

Lewis River (including North Fork) – Until further notice, closed to fishing for spring Chinook. Fishing for hatchery steelhead remains open. North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek (downstream from the salmon hatchery) upstream to Merwin Dam is closed to all fishing during the month of May.

Wind River from mouth (boundary line/markers) upstream to 800 yards downstream from Carson National Fish Hatchery except closed 400 feet below to 100 feet above Shipherd Falls and 400 feet below to 100 feet above the Coffer Dam – Effective through June 30, the Chinook and hatchery steelhead daily limit will be 3 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead. Downstream from Shipherd Falls, release wild Chinook. Barbed hooks may be used. Night closure is in effect. From the Hwy. 14 Bridge upstream, anti-snagging rule is in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained

Wind River from mouth upstream to the Hwy. 14 Bridge – Effective through June 30, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy SALMON/STEELHEAD angling gear until the daily SALMON/STEELHEAD limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved. In addition, anglers with a Two-Pole Endorsement may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles during the same period.

Drano Lake – Effective through June 30, the hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead daily limit will be 3 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead. Release wild Chinook and wild steelhead. Through June 30, barbed hooks allowed for salmon and steelhead AND each angler aboard a vessel may deploy SALMON/STEELHEAD angling gear until the daily SALMON/STEELHEAD limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved. In addition, anglers with a Two-Pole Endorsement may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles during the same period.

Closed to all fishing on Wednesdays through June. The area west of a line projected from the easternmost pillar of the Highway 14 Bridge to a posted marker on the north shore is open only to bank fishing through June.

White Salmon River from the county road bridge below the former power house upstream to the Northwestern Road Bridge – Effective through June 30, the daily limit will be two hatchery Chinook or two hatchery steelhead or one of each. Selective gear rules will be in effect.

Klickitat River – Effective June 1, on the lower Klickitat from the mouth to the Fisher Hill Bridge the trout daily limit will be 3 hatchery steelhead. Release all other trout. On the upper Klickitat from fishway #5 upstream to markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery, and from markers above the hatchery upstream to the Yakama Indian Reservation, the trout daily limit will be 3 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead. Wild steelhead must be released.

Effective June 1, on the lower and upper Klickitat the salmon daily limit will be 6 hatchery chinook of which no more than two may be adults. Wild chinook must be released.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam including all tributaries– No retention. Catch-and-release angling is allowed. All fishing for sturgeon is closed in the sturgeon 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 Currently closed for sturgeon retention. Catch-and-release angling is allowed, EXCEPT closed for sturgeon fishing within the sanctuary. Summer season scheduled for three 3-day open periods as follows:

2015 Bonneville Pool Recreational White Sturgeon Summer Fishery
Season: Friday June 19 through Sunday June 21
Friday June 26 through Sunday June 28
Friday July 3 through Sunday July 5
Allowable Catch: White sturgeon between 38-inches and 54-inches fork length.
Sanctuary: Angling for sturgeon prohibited through July 31 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.

The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam and adjoining tributaries – Closed for sturgeon retention. Catch and release allowed, EXCEPT angling for sturgeon prohibited within the sanctuary through July 31. Sturgeon sanctuary is from the John Day Dam downstream 2.4 miles to the west end of the grain silo at Rufus Oregon.

John Day Dam to McNary Dam including adjoining tributaries – Open for sturgeon retention through June 2. The daily limit is 1 fish min. size 43” fork length and max. size 54” fork length. Angling for sturgeon prohibited within the sturgeon sanctuary, which is from McNary Dam downstream 1.5 miles to Hwy. 82 (Hwy. 395) Bridge through July 31.

GAMEFISH

South Lewis County Park Pond

  • May 14 – 12:01 a.m. – Entire pond closed to public fishing.
  • May 15 – Entire pond closed to public fishing.
  • May 16 – Pond closed except to children, 14 years old and younger participating in the event.
  • May 16 – Pond reopens to the public after 2 pm

State fishing and hunting licenses:

2015 Licenses available now!

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.

Two-Pole Endorsement:
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.

Discover Pass:
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/