Southwest Washington (Region 5) Fishing Hotline

The following is a brief summary of emergency and permanent sport fishing regulations for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, shad, bass, walleye, and catfish on the mainstem Columbia River and its tributaries plus adopted and proposed razor clam seasons on the Washington coast.   For additional permanent rules, see the 2015-16 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. 

Friday August 5, 2016

SALMON and STEELHEAD

Columbia River mainstem:
From Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam – Through December 31, only one hatchery steelhead may be kept per day.

From Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border – Through December 31, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy recreational salmon/steelhead gear until the daily salmonid limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved. 

Buoy 10 – Open for Chinook through Labor Day (September 5). Anglers have a two salmonid daily limit, only one of which may be a Chinook and/or hatchery steelhead.  Chinook retention on Sundays and Mondays will be limited to hatchery fish with an adipose or left ventral fin clip. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.  Barbless hooks required.

From September 6-30, Chinook retention is closed.  Daily limit will be 2 hatchery coho or 1 hatchery coho and 1 hatchery steelhead.  Barbless hooks required.

Chinook minimum length is 24 inches; coho 16 inches. 

Boat anglers should be aware of Oregon's sport fishing closure at the mouth of Young's Bay that runs through September 15.  The Young's Bay Control Zone includes waters from the Highway 101 Bridge crossing Young's Bay northerly to a line originating on the Oregon shore at the east end of the seawall at the Warrenton Fiber log yard (approximately river mile 10.1) northeasterly through green navigation buoys 29, 31, 33, and 35A to the center of the Astoria-Megler Bridge abutment adjacent to, and north of the ship channel, and continuing southerly in line with the center of the Megler Bridge span to the Oregon shore.

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. Single point barbless hooks required for salmon and steelhead. A saltwater or combination license is required to fish from the North Jetty.   

From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Warrior Rock line –Through September 9, anglers are allowed to retain one adult Chinook and/or hatchery steelhead as part of their two adult salmonid daily limit. From September 10-14, Chinook must have an adipose or left ventral fin clip to be retained.  Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.  All Chinook must be released September 15-30. Barbless hooks required.   

From the Warrior Rock light line upstream to Bonneville Dam – Through December 31, anglers may retain up to 2 adult salmonids per day but only one may be a hatchery steelhead. Any Chinook (marked or unmarked) may be retained.  Barbless hooks required. Effective November 1 through December 31, closed to fishing for salmon and steelhead from Beacon Rock upstream to the dam. 

From Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam – Anglers may retain up to 2 adult salmonids.  Through December 31, any Chinook (marked or unmarked) may be retained.   Effective September 1 through December 31, only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day. Barbless hooks required.

From Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam – Night closure and anti-snagging rule are in effect for salmon and steelhead through mid-October.  When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, fish must be hooked inside the mouth to be retained.  Wild coho must be released from the Hood River Bridge downstream.

From The Dalles Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam – Anti-snagging rule is in effect for salmon and steelhead through mid-October.  When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Columbia River Tributaries:
Grays and Elochoman river – The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained.  Barbless hooks required.

Night closure, anti-snagging rule, and stationary gear restriction are in effect. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. On the Grays River (including East, West, and South forks), all Chinook must be adipose and/or ventral fin clipped to be retained. 

Green and Toutle (including North and South Fork) river – Through November 30, the salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. Barbless hooks required.

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

Kalama River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 1,000 feet below the upper salmon hatchery fishway – The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults.  Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. Barbless hooks required.

Mainstem Lewis River (including North Fork up to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam) – Through December 31 the salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Release all salmon except Chinook and hatchery coho.  Through September 23, all Chinook must be adipose fin clipped to be retained.  Beginning the fourth Sat. in September (September 24), wild Chinook may be kept. 

Night closure and anti-snagging rule are in effect.  When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.  Barbless hooks required.

Washougal River from mouth to Salmon Falls Bridge – Through December 31, the salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults.  Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. Barbless hooks required. 

Through October 31, night closure and anti-snagging rule are in effect.  When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Wind River from mouth (boundary line/ markers) upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls – Through October 31, the salmonid daily is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release wild coho. Release wild Chinook from the Hwy. 14 Bridge upstream. Release all other salmon. Barbless hooks required.

Anti-snagging rule is in effect. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained

Drano Lake – Through December 31, the salmonid daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 3 adults may be retained of which only 2 may be hatchery steelhead.

Anti-snagging rule is in effect. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Barbless hooks required through September 30.

White Salmon River from the mouth (Burlington-Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream to the county road bridge below the location of the former powerhouse – Through December 31, the salmonid daily is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. For salmon, only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained.

Anti-snagging rule is in effect. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Barbless hooks required.

White Salmon River from the county road bridge upstream to 400 feet below Big Brother Falls – Through December 3,1 the salmonid daily is 6 fish of which no more than 3 may be hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead of which only 2 may be salmon. For salmon, only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained.  Selective gear rule is in effect. 

Klickitat River from the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream to the Fisher Hill Bridge – Through January 31, the salmon daily limit is 6 fish. Up to 3 may be adults may be retained of which only 2 may be coho.  Night closure and anti-snagging rule are in effect.  When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.   Barbless hooks required through August 31.

Klickitat River from 400 feet upstream from #5 upstream to boundary markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery –Through December 31 the salmon daily limit is 6 fish. Up to 3 may be adults may be retained of which only 2 may be coho.  Barbless hooks required. 

STURGEON

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam including all tributarie s– Closed for sturgeon retention.  Catch-and-release angling is allowed.  All fishing for sturgeon is prohibited in the spawning 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 through Aug. 31.

Mainstem Columbia from Bonneville Dam upstream to Priest Rapids and all tributaries – Closed for sturgeon retention.  Catch-and-release angling is allowed.


State fishing and hunting licenses:

2016 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. You must have a fishing license in addition to the two pole endorsement.

Discover Pass:
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For details on purchasing a Discover Pass, see http://discoverpass.wa.gov/