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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

RAZOR CLAMS

Diggers will have plenty of opportunity to put razor clams on the Thanksgiving table during a week-long dig that begins Nov. 20. The approved opening, which runs through Nov. 26, after marine toxin test results showed the clams are safe to eat.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Razor clam diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person's daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon.

Digging days and evening tides during the upcoming opening are:

  • Nov. 20, Thursday; 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 21, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 22, Saturday; 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Nov. 23, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 24, Monday; 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 25, Tuesday; 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 26, Wednesday; 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

WDFW has also tentatively scheduled two razor clam digs for December and a New Year’s Eve dig on Dec. 31. Final word on these digs will be announced after marine-toxin test results confirm clams are safe to eat prior to each dig.

Dates, beaches, and evening low tides for the proposed end-of-the-year digs are as follows:

  • Dec. 3, Wednesday; 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 4, Thursday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 5, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 6, Saturday; 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 7, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 8, Monday; 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 9, Tuesday; 8:21 pm, -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 19, Friday; 4:41 p.m., 0.0.feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 20, Saturday, 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 21, Sunday, 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 22, Monday, 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 23, Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 31, Wednesday, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

SALMON/STEELHEAD

North Jetty: Through December 31, the salmonid daily limit is 6 fish of which up to 3 may be adults. No more than 2 of the adults may be Chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.

Single-point barbless hooks required for salmon and steelhead. A saltwater license is required.

Anglers should also be aware that portions of the North Jetty at the mouth of the river will be closed for construction work. See the public notice on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website for more information.

From Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border: New: 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: Through December 31, the salmonid daily limit is 6 fish of which up to 3 may be adults. No more than 2 of the adults may be Chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.

From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Steamboat Landing Dock in Washougal: The daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained.Release all salmonids other than Chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead.

From the Steamboat Landing Dock upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge in Pasco: The daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 3 may be adults. No more than 2 coho or hatchery steelhead or one of each may be retained. Any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained.Release all salmonids other than Chinook, coho, and hatchery steelhead. Release wild coho from the Hood River Bridge downstream.
See attached map for Warrior Rock and Steamboat Dock boundary lines.

Camas Slough: Through December 31, the salmon daily limit follows the most liberal regulations of either the adjacent mainstem Columbia or Washougal rivers. Only hatchery fall Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. Anglers may fish with two poles with a Two-Pole Endorsement. New: Each angler aboard a vessel may deploy recreational salmon/steelhead gear until the daily salmonid limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.

Tilton River from mouth to West Fork: Until further notice, barbless hooks are required for salmon and steelhead.

Lewis River including North Fork from mouth to Colvin Creek: Through December 31, any Chinook, (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained.

North Fork of the Lewis from Johnson Creek to Colvin Creek: Through November 30, the anti-snagging rule and night closure is in effect.

North Fork of the Lewis from Colvin Creek to Merwin Dam: Through December 15, closed to all fishing.

Swift Reservoir from the dam to markers approximately 3/8 miles below Eagle Cliff Bridge to bridge: Through November 30, the trout daily limit is 10 fish. Wild steelhead must be released. Landlocked salmon rules apply.

Rock Creek (Skamania County) from the mouth to the falls at approximately river mile 1- Fishing for hatchery steelhead will remain open until further notice. Daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead. Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement and barbless hooks are required.


2014 Recreational Licenses Available Now!

Are available 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.

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/.