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. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

RAZOR CLAMS

Long Beach remains closed to razor clam digging. Tests there indicate domoic acid levels still exceed the amount deemed under state public health standards.

Last year, elevated levels of domoic acid forced state shellfish managers to cut short the spring razor clam season and delay the opening in fall. All ocean beaches in Oregon have been closed to razor clam digging since September due to high levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae.

WDFW will continue to monitor toxin levels on all Washington beaches. A list of tentative razor clam digs through Dec. 31, 2016, can be found on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Columbia River mainstem
From Buoy 10 upstream to the Hwy. 395 Br. at Pasco (except Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam which is closed under permanent rules)  - Effective Saturday November 5 through December 31, open to fishing for coho and hatchery steelhead.  Daily limit 6.  Up to 2 may be adults of which only 1 may be a hatchery steelhead.  Release wild coho from the Hood River Bridge downstream.  Release all salmon other than coho.

Columbia River Tributaries
Tilton River –
Until further notice, closed to all fishing from posted markers 25 feet downstream to 25 feet upstream of the fish release site ramp at Gus Backstrom Park.

Mainstem Grays River from the Hwy. 4 Bridge to South Fork and West Fork Grays from mouth to boundary markers 300 yards below the hatchery road bridge – Under permanent rules, closed to all fishing through November 30. These areas will reopen for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead beginning December 1.

Mainstem Grays from the mouth upstream to the Hwy.4 Bridge, West Fork from 300 yards below hatchery road bridge upstream, and the 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.  On the mainstem Grays River and its tributaries, all Chinook must be adipose and/or ventral fin clipped to be retained. Barbless hooks required.

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 and North Fork upstream to Colvin Creek located upstream from the salmon hatchery- 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.  Wild Chinook may be kept.  Barbless hooks required.

North Fork Lewis River from Colvin Creek to Merwin Dam – Through December 15, closed to all fishing. Re-opens to fishing for salmon and hatchery steelhead beginning December 16.

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. 

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. Any Chinook or coho, adipose fin clipped or not, 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. Barbed hooks are allowed through December 31.

Through December 31, anglers may fish for SALMON and STEELHEAD with two poles with a Two-Pole Endorsement and each angler aboard a vessel may deploy SALMON and STEELHEAD angling gear until the daily limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.

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

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 adults may be retained of which only 2 may be coho.  Any Chinook or coho, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained. Barbed hooks may be used. 

Klickitat River from 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway upstream to boundary markers above the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery - Through December 31, the salmon daily limit is 6 fish. Up to 3 adults may be retained of which only 2 may be coho.  Any Chinook or coho, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained.  Barbless hooks required. 

STURGEON

Lower Columbia mainstem below 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:
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/