The following is a brief summary of emergency and permanent sport fishing regulations for razor clams, smelt, salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and shad on the mainstem Columbia River and its tributaries.
Complete information contained in this hotline message can be found in the Fishing in Washington pamphlet.
Thursday, September 3, 2014
North Jetty – Open 7 days per week when Marine Area 1 or Buoy 10 areas are open for salmon. The daily limit and minimum size restrictions follow the most liberal of either of these areas. Barbless hooks required for salmon and steelhead. A saltwater license is required.
From Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border: New: Through December 31, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy recreational salmon/steelhead gear until the daily salmonid limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.
Buoy 10 – From September 2-30, anglers will have a daily limit of up to 3 hatchery coho. Coho minimum length 16 inches. Release all Chinook.
Boat anglers should be aware of Oregon's new sport fishing closure at the mouth of Young's Bay that runs through September 15. See attached map.
From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Warrior Rock line: Through September 30, the daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead. Through September 14, only one may be an adult Chinook. Any Chinook (marked or unmarked) may be retained through September 7. All wild Chinook must be released September 8-14. All Chinook must be released September 15-30.
From the Warrior Rock light line upstream to the Steamboat Landing Dock in Washougal: The daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Any Chinook (marked or unmarked) may be retained. Release all salmonids other than Chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead.
From the Steamboat Landing Dock upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge in Pasco: The daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 3 may be adults. No more than 2 coho or hatchery steelhead or one of each may be retained. Any Chinook (marked or unmarked) may be kept. Release all salmonids other than Chinook, coho, and hatchery steelhead. Release wild coho from the Hood River Bridge downstream. See attached map for Warrior Rock and Steamboat Dock boundary lines.
Camas Slough – Through December 31, the salmon daily limit follows the most liberal regulations of either the adjacent mainstem Columbia or Washougal rivers. Only hatchery fall Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. Anglers may fish with two poles with a Two-Pole Endorsement. New: Each angler aboard a vessel may deploy recreational salmon/steelhead gear until the daily salmonid limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.
Swift Reservoir – Wild steelhead must be released.
Cowlitz River –From Hwy 4 bridge at Kelso upstream to Mayfield Dam, anglers may retain up to three (3) hatchery steelhead in the daily limit through October 31. Wild steelhead must be released.
Annual limit – The annual catch limit for white sturgeon is two fish per license year in Washington's waters. Retention of white sturgeon is not allowed by anglers fishing in the lower Columbia River below Bonneville Dam, the Washington coast, and Puget Sound and their tributaries. Catch-and-release fishing for the species is allowed in those areas.
Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam including adjoining tributaries – Catch-and-release fishing is allowed through the end of the year. All sturgeon must be released.
State fishing and hunting licenses are available for the new season (begins April 1, 2014) 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.
New this year is the option to choose the activation date for an annual Discover Pass purchased online or from an authorized WILD licensing dealer. 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/.