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.
Long Beach remains closed to razor clam digging. Tests there indicate domoic acid levels still exceed the amount deemed safe under state public health standards.
The mainstem Columbia and all Washington Columbia River tributaries are currently closed to fishing for Columbia River smelt (eulachon).
The daily white sturgeon limit is 1 fish and the annual limit is 2 fish even if the angler holds both a Washington and Oregon license.
Lower Columbia mainstem and its tributaries below Bonneville Dam – Catch-and-release fishing only.
Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam including adjacent tributaries - Until further notice, retention fishing for sturgeon is open seven days a week. The daily limit is one sturgeon per person. Minimum size is 38 inches fork length; maximum size 54 inches fork length. State fishery managers anticipate a Joint State Hearing in early 2017 to set the winter season retention closure date.
The Dalles Dam upstream to McNary Dam including adjacent tributaries – Until further notice, retention fishing for sturgeon is open seven days a week until harvest guidelines are reached. The daily limit is one sturgeon per person. Minimum size is 43 inches fork length; maximum size 54 inches fork length
Columbia River Mainstem
Anglers may retain up to two hatchery adult Chinook salmon per day on the mainstem Columbia from the I-5 Bridge downstream. Upstream of the I-5 Bridge is closed to fishing for salmon.
Columbia River Tributaries
Anglers may retain up to two hatchery adult Chinook salmon per day on the lower Cowlitz, Kalama, and Deep rivers. All other permanent regulations are in effect.
Lewis River – Effective March 1, closed to fishing for salmon. Lewis River will remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead, except Johnson Creek upstream to Merwin Dam will be closed to all fishing May 1-May 31.
Under permanent rules, fishing for hatchery steelhead and other gamefish will re-open from Johnson Creek upstream beginning June 1or earlier if in-season information shows the hatchery will meet its spring chinook escapement goal.
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. Youth and adult anglers 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.