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.
Wednesday July 9, 2014
Mainstem Columbia River and most Washington tributaries – Barbless hooks are required to fish for salmon and steelhead. Check the Washington Sport Fishing Rules for more information.
Mainstem Columbia from Megler – Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam – Effective
July 11 through July 31, the salmonid daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Up to 2 of the adults may be hatchery adult Chinook or sockeye. Release all wild Chinook.
Mainstem Columbia from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco – Through July 31, the salmonid daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Up to 2 of the adults may be hatchery adult Chinook or sockeye. Release all wild Chinook.
Kalama River from mouth upstream to the upper hatchery (Kalama Falls Hatchery) – Through July 31, open to fishing for hatchery spring Chinook. Daily salmon limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Minimum size is 12 inches. Release all wild Chinook.
Mainstem Lewis River from mouth to forks and North Fork Lewis River from mouth of forks upstream to overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam – Through July 31, all Chinook must be released.
Wind River from mouth (boundary/line markers) to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls downstream – Through July 31, the daily limit is 2 hatchery Chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release wild Chinook.
Drano Lake – Through July 31, the daily limit is 2 hatchery Chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release wild Chinook.
Klickitat River from the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge and from 400 feet above fishway #5 to the boundary markers below the salmon hatchery – Salmon and steelhead daily limit is 6 fish. Up to 2 adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each may be retained. Wild Chinook 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.
Below Bonneville Dam – All fishing for sturgeon is closed through August 31 in the sturgeon sanctuary from Bonneville Dam downstream 9 miles to a line crossing the Columbia River from navigation marker 82 on the Oregon shore westerly to the boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point.
Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam including adjoining tributaries – Retention will be allowed July 11-12 and July 18-19. White sturgeon between 38-inches and 54-inches fork length may be retained. Daily limit 1 fish.
Catch-and-release fishing allowed on non-retention days.
Angling for sturgeon is prohibited through July 31 between 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.
The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam including adjoining tributaries – Through July 31, the daily limit is 1 fish, min. size 43” fork length and max. 54” fork length. Existing sturgeon spawning sanctuary below John Day Dam is in effect through July.
John Day Dam to McNary Dam including all adjoining tributaries – Catch and release fishing only through the end of the year. Existing sturgeon spawning sanctuary below McNary Dam is in effect through July.
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/.
Mid-season upgrades to fishing licenses:
Through July 20, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering current freshwater or saltwater fishing license holders the opportunity to upgrade to a combination license for under $27.
The upgrade will give those anglers all the fishing privileges of a combination license at the cost they would have paid if they had purchased one in the first place.
Freshwater fishing license holders can purchase an upgrade to a combination license for $26.75 and current saltwater fishing license holders can upgrade to a combination license for $26.20.