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.

Monday, July 27, 2015

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Columbia River mainstem:

Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to the Washington/Oregon border Open to fishing for salmon and hatchery steelhead. Through July 31, the salmonid limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Only one may be an adult Chinook. Any Chinook (including jacks) adipose fin clipped or with an intact adipose fin may be retained. Sockeye are counted as part of the adult daily limit. Release all Coho.

Columbia River Tributaries:

Cowlitz River from mouth to Mayfield Dam – Through July 31, anglers may retain up to 6 hatchery Chinook of which no more than 3 may be adults. Release wild Chinook. During the month of July, anglers may use barbed hooks from the Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) upstream to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam.

The hatchery steelhead daily limit is 3 fish. Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention is in effect.

Kalama River from the mouth to 1,000 feet below the upper salmon hatchery – Through July 31, the daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Release wild Chinook.

The hatchery steelhead daily limit is 3 fish. Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention is in effect.

East Fork Lewis from the mouth upstream to top boat ramp at Lewisville Park – Until further notice, closed to all angling.

East Fork Lewis River from the top boat ramp at Lewisville Park upstream to 400 feet downstream of Horseshoe Falls – Until further notice, closed to all angling daily from 2 p.m. to one hour before official sunrise.

The hatchery steelhead daily limit is 3 fish. Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention is in effect.

Lewis River (including North Fork) from mouth to overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam – Through July 31, closed to fishing for salmon.

The hatchery steelhead daily limit is 3 fish. Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention is in effect.

Washougal River from the mouth upstream to Mt. Norway Bridge – Until further notice, closed to all angling.

Washougal River from the Mt. Norway Bridge upstream to Salmon Falls Bridge – Until further notice, closed to all angling daily from 2 pm. to one hour before official sunrise. Night closure and anti-snagging rules will be in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

The hatchery steelhead daily limit is 3 fish. Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention is in effect.

Drano Lake – Through July 31, the daily limit is a total of 2 hatchery Chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release sockeye and wild Chinook.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam including all tributaries – 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 Chief Joseph Dam and the Snake River from the mouth upstream to the Oregon border and all tributaries – Until further notice, closed to fishing for sturgeon (catch-and-release is prohibited).


State fishing and hunting licenses:

2015 Licenses available now!

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:
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/