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.
Swift Reservoir – Trout anglers will be able to fish the entire month of December. Daily limit is 10 trout. For trout, only adipose clipped rainbow trout may be retained. All bull trout and adult steelhead must be released.
Landlocked rules will also be in effect (salmon count towards the trout daily limit); however, all salmon larger than 15 inches must be released. Selective gear rules will remain in effect from markers approximately 3/8 mile below Eagle Cliff Bridge upstream to the bridge.
PacifiCorp is keeping the gates open at the boat ramp and the dam (bank access only at the dam) from sunrise to sunset through the end of December in support of this extended opportunity.
Columbia River Mainstem
From Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border – Each angler aboard a vessel may deploy recreational salmon/steelhead gear until the daily salmonid limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved. Barbless hooks required.
From Buoy 10 upstream to the Steamboat Landing Dock line 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 (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.
See attached map for Steamboat Dock boundary lines.
From the Steamboat Landing Dock line upstream to Beacon Rock – The daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 3 may be adults. No more than 2 hatchery coho or hatchery steelhead or one of each may be retained. Any Chinook (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.
Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam (except from the Oregon bank) – CLOSED to fishing for SALMON.
From Bonneville Dam 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 (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and coho. Release wild coho from the Hood River Bridge downstream.
Columbia River Tributaries and SW WA lakes
Hatchery adult coho daily limit reduced on lower Columbia tributaries
Until further notice, the daily limit is 1 adult hatchery coho on the following tributaries:
- Deep River
- Grays River including West Fork
- Elochoman River
- Cowlitz River
- Toutle River including North Fork
- Green River (Cowlitz County)
- Tilton River
- Mayfield Lake (Reservoir)
- Cispus River
- Lake Scanewa (Cowlitz Falls Reservoir)
- Kalama River
- Lewis River including North Fork
- Washougal River
The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults but no more than 1 may be a hatchery adult coho. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho (except wild Chinook may be retained on Deep River and the Lewis River including North Fork). All other permanent rules remain in effect.
- Drano Lake – Anti-snagging rule is in effect through December 31. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, fish must be hooked inside the mouth to be retained.
- White Salmon River from mouth (Burlington-Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream to the county road bridge below the location of the former powerhouse – Anti-snagging rule is in effect through December 31. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, fish must be hooked inside the mouth to be retained.
- Klickitat River – Until further notice, only 1 adult coho may be retained. The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 3 may be adults of which no more than 1 may be an adult coho. Any coho (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained. Wild Chinook must be released. All other permanent rules remain in effect including the upper river closing to fishing for trout (including hatchery steelhead) and salmon effective December 1.
Lower Columbia mainstem from the mouth upstream to Chief Joseph Dam including all tributaries – Closed for sturgeon retention. Catch-and-release angling is allowed
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.
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.
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/