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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

RAZOR CLAMS

Clam diggers will get another chance to dig some fresh razor clams for the holidays during an opening Dec. 19-23 at several Washington beaches.  The opening was approved after marine toxin tests 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.

Upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:

  • 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

Shellfish managers also announced a new schedule of proposed digs for early 2015, which extends an opening tentatively set for Dec. 31, 2014. The new schedule proposes seven more days of digging during the first week in January and three more multi-day digs through February.

Below is the schedule of proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches if marine toxin tests are favorable:

  • Dec. 31, 2014, Wednesday, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 1, 2015, Thursday; 4:01 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 2, Friday; 4:49 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 3, Saturday; 5:32 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 4, Sunday; 6:12 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 5, Monday; 6:48 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 6, Tuesday; 7:23 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 7, Wednesday; 7:57 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 17, Saturday; 4:15 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 18, Sunday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 19, Monday; 5:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 20, Tuesday; 6:30 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 21, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 22, Thursday; 7:56 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 23, Friday; 8:40 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 24, Saturday; 9:25 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Jan. 30, Friday; 3:43 p.m., 0.5 feet Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 31, Saturday; 4:32 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Feb. 1, Sunday; 5:15 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 2, Monday; 5:53 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 3, Tuesday; 6:27 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 4, Wednesday; 6:59 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 5, Thursday; 7:30 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 6, Friday; 8:00 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 15, Sunday; 3:47 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 16, Monday; 4:37 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 17, Tuesday; 5:24 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 18, Wednesday; 6:08 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 19, Thursday; 6:51 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 20, Friday; 7:33 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 21, Saturday; 8:16 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Feb. 22, Sunday; 9:00 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrock

STURGEON

Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam including adjoining tributaries –Effective January 1 through March 1, sturgeon may be retained 7 days per week. The daily limit will be 1 fish, min. size 38” fork length and max. 54” fork length.

Anglers should be aware that a sturgeon research program may still be ongoing in Bonneville Pool in early January. Tribal fishers will be deploying gillnets in designated areas to collect and tag white sturgeon for multi-agency stock assessment work.

The Dalles Dam to McNary Dam including adjoining tributaries- Effective January 1 until respective harvest guidelines for each reservoir are reached, the daily limit will be 1 fish min. size 43” fork length and max. 54” fork length.

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: Through December 31, 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: Through December 31, 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.

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.

North Fork of the Lewis from Colvin Creek to Merwin Dam:  Open to fishing for salmon and hatchery steelhead.

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.


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.

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/