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.
Long Beach will remain closed to razor clam digging for the rest of the season. Test results on razor clams dug at Long Beach indicate levels of domoic acid exceed the threshold (20 parts per million) set by state public health officials.
Columbia River Mainstem
Mainstem Columbia from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge – Until further notice, closed to angling for salmon and steelhead.
Lower Cowlitz and Kalama rivers – The hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults.
Lewis River (including North Fork) upstream to Johnson Creek (located below the salmon hatchery) – Until further notice, closed to fishing for spring Chinook. Fishing for hatchery steelhead remains open.
North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek upstream to Merwin Dam– - Closed to all fishing. On June 1st this section will reopen to hatchery steelhead but will remain closed for Chinook.
Wind River from the mouth (boundary line markers) upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls – Open through July 31.The daily limit is 2 hatchery spring Chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or 1 of each. Through June 30: Barbed hooks may be used. From the mouth to the Hwy. 14 Bridge, boat limits are in effect and two poles are allowed with a two-pole endorsement.
Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls upstream to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery (except closed waters from 400 feet below to 100 feet above the coffer dam) – Open through June 30. The daily limit is 2 spring Chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or 1 of each. Any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained. Barbed hooks may be used.
Drano Lake – Open to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead through July 31. Closed to all fishing on Wednesdays through June. Through June 30: Barbed hooks may be used and night closure is in effect. Boat limits are in effect and two poles are allowed with a two-pole endorsement. Bank fishing only west of a line projected from the eastern most pillar of the Hwy. 14 Bridge to a posted marker on the north shore.
Klickitat River from the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream to the Fisher Hill Bridge – Through May 31, the salmon and steelhead daily limit is 2 hatchery Chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or one of each. Open to fishing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays only.
Columbia mainstem from the mouth upstream to McNary Dam including adjacent tributaries – All sturgeon must be released. Catch and release is allowed. Spawning sanctuaries are in effect.
Mainstem Columbia from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam – Open to fishing for shad.
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.
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.
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.