Southwest Washington (Region 5) Fishing Hotline

The following is a brief summary of emergency and permanent sport fishing regulations for smelt, salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and shad on the mainstem Columbia River and its tributaries plus razor clam digging at Long Beach. For additional permanent rules, see the 2015-16 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. 

Wednesday June 14, 2017

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Columbia River Mainstem
Mainstem Columbia from the Megler/Astoria Bridge upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge – Closed for salmon and steelhead through June 15.

Effective June 16 through July 31, the salmon and steelhead daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or 1 adult salmon and 1 hatchery steelhead.   For salmon, only hatchery Chinook or any sockeye may be retained.  Sockeye count towards the adult daily limit.

Effective June 16 through December 31, night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

  • From the mouth upstream to the Dalles Dam - Release all STEELHEAD August 1 through August 31.
  • From The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam - Release all STEELHEAD September 1 through September 31.
  • From John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam - Release all STEELHEAD September 1 through October 31.
  • From McNary Dam upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge - Release all STEELHEAD October 1 through November 31.

Tributaries
Cowlitz River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to the Lexington Drive Bridge/Sparks Road Bridge – Effective June 16 through July 31 and September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.  From August 1 through August 31, release all steelhead.

Effective June 16 through October 31, night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

Lewis River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the East Fork Lewis – Effective June 16 through July 31 and September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.  From August 1 through August 31, release all steelhead.

Effective June 16 through October 31, night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

Lewis River from the mouth upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam Hatchery spring Chinook may be retained through July 31.  The daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 1 may be an adult.  Release wild Chinook.  

Wind River from the mouth (boundary line markers) upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls – Effective June 16 through July 31 and September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.  From August 1 through August 31, release all steelhead.

Effective June 16 through October 31, night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

Drano Lake – Effective June 16 through July 31 and October 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.  From August 1 through September 30, release all steelhead.

Effective June 16 through October 31, night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

White Salmon River from the mouth upstream to the county road bridge below the former location of the powerhouse Effective June 16 through July 31 and September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.  Effective August 1 through August 31, release all steelhead.

Effective June 16 through October 31, night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

STURGEON

Mainstem Columbia River from the mouth upstream to the Wauna powerlines (near Puget Island) including Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries – The retention day scheduled for Saturday June 17 has been rescinded.  Catch-and-release fishing is allowed.

Mainstem Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam (Bonneville Pool), including adjacent tributaries – Friday June 23rd (1 retention day) open for white sturgeon retention between 38-inches and 54-inches fork length.  Note:  Sanctuary – Angling for sturgeon is prohibited during May through July 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.

SHAD

Mainstem Columbia from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam – Open to fishing for shad. 

2017 Licenses available now!

State fishing and hunting licenses are available for the new season (begins April 1, 2016) 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. Youth and adult anglers 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.