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.

Friday, June 25, 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.

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam – Through July 6, open to fishing for hatchery adult Chinook, sockeye, and hatchery steelhead.  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 and wild steelhead.

Effective July 7 through July 31, open to fishing for hatchery steelhead and hatchery Chinook jacks.  The salmonid limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead. Release adult Chinook, wild Chinook jacks, sockeye, and wild steelhead.

Bonneville Dam to the Washington/Oregon border Through July 31, open to fishing for hatchery adult Chinook, sockeye, and hatchery steelhead.  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 and wild steelhead.

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.  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.   In the same area during July, anglers may use barbed hooks for hatchery salmon, hatchery steelhead, and hatchery sea run cutthroats.
The hatchery steelhead daily limit is 3 fish. Release wild steelhead.  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. Release wild steelhead.  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, mandatory hatchery steelhead retention will be in effect.

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 – Through June 30, the Chinook and hatchery steelhead daily limit is 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 – 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 – Through June 30, the hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead daily limit is 3 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead.  Release wild Chinook and wild steelhead.  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 – Through July 31, the daily limit is two hatchery Chinook or two hatchery steelhead or one of each.  Selective gear rules 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, through July the salmon daily limit is 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 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 June 26-28 and July 3-July 5.  The daily limit is 1 fish, min. size 38” fork length and max. 54” fork length.

Before last week, a balance of 945 sturgeon remained for the summer retention season.  An estimated 369 sturgeon were kept from June 19-21 leaving 576 fish remaining on this year’s guideline. 

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:

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/