Columbia River spring Chinook season to close

May 31, 2023

Action:  Closes all salmon and steelhead fisheries below Bonneville Dam.

Species affected:  Spring Chinook, hatchery steelhead

Location:  Columbia River, from Rocky Point/Tongue Point upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Effective date:  June 1 through June 15, 2023

Rules:  Salmon and steelhead:  Closed 

Reason for action:  Updated runsize estimates have lowered the upriver spring Chinook salmon runsize to 143,000, compared to the pre-season forecast of 198,600. Data indicates that allowed impacts to ESA listed upriver spring Chinook salmon have been exceeded by the collective treaty and non-treaty catches to-date (9.09% as compared to the allowed 9.0%).

Fishery managers will continue to monitor actual returns closely in the weeks ahead.

Additional information:  All other permanent regulations apply.  

Information contact:  Region 5: (360) 696-6211

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call toll free 866-880-5431.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (