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.
SALMON and STEELHEAD
From the Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge in 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.
Columbia River Tributaries
Lower Cowlitz River from boundary markers at mouth upstream to Mayfield Dam - The hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults.
From the Lexington (Sparks) Road Bridge upstream to 400 feet or posted boundary markers below the barrier dam, anglers may use barbed hooks for salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout in July.
Upper Cowlitz River from the Skate Creek (Franklin) Bridge downstream 50 feet - Until further notice, closed to all angling.
Kalama River from the boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 1,000 feet below the upper salmon hatchery - Through July 31, the hatchery Chinook daily is 6 fish of which 2 may be adults.
Lewis River including North Fork - Through July 31, closed to fishing for salmon. Fishing for hatchery steelhead remains open. Klickitat River from the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream to the Fisher Hill Bridge and from 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway upstream to the Summit Creek Bridge - The salmon daily limit is 6 hatchery Chinook of which no more than two may be adults. Wild chinook must be released. In addition, up to 3 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Klickitat River from the Summit Creek Bridge upstream 5 miles to the boundary markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery - From July 14 through July 31, the salmon daily limit will be 6 hatchery Chinook jacks - all adult Chinook must be released. Remains open to fishing for trout including hatchery steelhead.
BASS, WALLEYE, AND CHANNEL CATFISH
Anglers can fish for bass, walleye, and channel catfish without daily catch or size limits from the mouth of the Columbia River 545 miles upstream to Chief Joseph Dam and nearly two-dozen adjacent tributaries.
Tributaries affected - all or in part when open - by that action include Camas Slough, Chinook River, Deep River, Grays River, Skamokawa Creek, Elochoman River, Mill Creek (Cowlitz Co.), Abernathy Creek, Germany Creek, Coal Creek, Fall Creek, Cowlitz River, Kalama River, Lewis River, Salmon Creek (Clark Co.), Washougal River, Hamilton Creek, Rock Creek (Skamania Co.), Wind River, Drano Lake, White Salmon River, Klickitat River, and Rock Creek (Klickitat Co.).
Boundaries for the lower portion of the streams affected by the rule change are described on WDFW's website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.
Lower Columbia mainstem and its tributaries below Bonneville Dam including adjacent tributaries- Catch-and-release only.
Fishing for sturgeon is closed 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.
Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam including adjacent tributaries - Catch-and-release only.
Fishing for sturgeon is closed in the spawning sanctuary 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 through July 31.
Fishing for sturgeon is closed in the spawning sanctuary from John Day Dam downstream 2.4 miles to the west end of the grain silo at Rufus Oregon through July 31.
Fishing for sturgeon is closed in the spawning sanctuary from McNary Dam downstream 1.5 miles to the Hwy. 82 (Hwy. 395) Bridge through July 31.
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.
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.
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/