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.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SALMON/STEELHEAD

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 regulations of either of these areas. Effective Friday September 4, the daily limit will be 2 salmon.  Any legal size Chinook or coho (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained. 

Single point barbless hooks required. A saltwater or combination license is required to fish from the North Jetty.  Map of North Jetty access restrictions

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. Release sockeye and wild steelhead.  Wild coho must be released from the Hood River Bridge downstream.

Buoy 10 – Daily limit is two hatchery coho or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release all salmon other than hatchery coho. 

Boat anglers should be aware of Oregon's 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 7, the daily salmonid limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults, only one of which may be an adult Chinook.  Any Chinook (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.

From September 8-14, the daily salmonid limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery adult salmon or hatchery steelhead, only one of which may be an hatchery adult Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

From September 15-30, the daily salmonid limit is 6 of which no more than 2 may be adult hatchery coho or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release all salmon other than hatchery coho.   

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 (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.

See attached map for Warrior Rock and Steamboat Dock boundary lines.

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 (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.

Bonneville Pool – Night closure is in effect for salmon and steelhead through mid-October.  Wild coho must be released from the Hood River Bridge downstream.

Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam – Anti-snagging rule is in effect for salmon and steelhead through mid-October. 

Columbia River Tributaries
Grays (including West Fork) and Elochoman rivers – Open to fishing for hatchery salmon. The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery adult Chinook. Release wild Chinook, wild coho, and chum.  Chinook with a clipped ventral fin may also be kept on the Grays River (including West Fork). Night closure, anti-snagging rule, stationary gear restrictions, and barbless hooks in effect on both rivers.

Green and Toutle (including North Fork) rivers – Open to fishing for hatchery salmon. The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery adult Chinook.  Release wild Chinook, wild coho, and chum.  Barbless hooks required.

North Fork Toutle River and Green rivers Night closure, anti-snagging rule, and barbless hooks in effect on both rivers. On the Green River, when the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Cowlitz River from the boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam – Open to fishing for hatchery salmon. The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery adult Chinook. Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. Barbless hooks required for salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout.

Kalama River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 1,000 feet below the upper salmon hatchery fishway Open to fishing for hatchery salmon.  The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery adult Chinook. Release all salmon except hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.  Barbless hooks required.   

East Fork Lewis River from mouth upstream to 400 feet downstream of Horseshoe Falls (except closures around other falls) – Open to fishing for hatchery steelhead. Barbless hooks required.     

Mainstem Lewis River (including North Fork up to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam) Open to fishing for salmon.  The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook. Release all salmon except hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho. Wild Chinook may be retained beginning September 16.  Barbless hooks required.

Washougal River from the mouth upstream to Salmon Falls Bridge (except closed from 200 feet above to 1,000 feet below the temporary weir) – Open to fishing for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead.   The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery adult Chinook. Release wild Chinook, wild coho, and chum.  Anti-snagging rule in effect.  Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Barbless hooks required. 

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. 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.

Wind River from mouth (boundary line/ markers) upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls – The salmonid daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release wild coho. From the Hwy. 14 Bridge upstream, release wild Chinook.

Barbless hooks required. Anti-snagging rule in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. 

Drano Lake – Open to fishing for salmon.  The salmonid daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 3 adults may be retained of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead.  Any Chinook or coho (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained.

Anti-snagging rule in effect.  Barbless hooks required through September.

White Salmon River from mouth (Burlington-Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream to the county road bridge below the location of the former powerhouse – The salmonid daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release wild Chinook and wild coho. Barbless hooks required. 

Klickitat River from mouth (Burlington-Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream to the Fisher Hill Bridge – Salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 3 may be adult Chinook.  Any Chinook or coho (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained.  In addition, up to 3 hatchery steelhead may be retained. 

Night closure and anti-snagging rule in effect. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.  Barbed hooks allowed on this section of river through December.    

STURGEON

STURGEON

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:

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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:
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