Southwest Washington (Region 5) fishing hotline

The following is a brief summary of emergency sport fishing regulations for the mainstem Columbia River and tributaries and southwest Washington lakes.  Emergency rules listed below reflect emergency changes to the respective permanent rule listed in the current 2023/2024 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.  All other permanent rules listed in the pamphlet apply.  Including minimum size, barbless hook, night closure and anti-snagging rule. Download or view the 2023-24 fishing regulation pamphlet.  

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Salmon and Steelhead

Mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • From Buoy 10 upstream to Rocky/Tongue Point line: 
    • No emergency regulations.  Open for shad.  Closed to fishing for and retention of salmon and steelhead. 
  • From Rocky/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge: 
    • Immediately through June 15, 2024 (on days not open to adult Chinook retention): Daily limit is 6, no more than 2 steelhead may be retained. Release all salmon and steelhead other than hatchery jack Chinook and hatchery steelhead. Open to shad angling.
    • Effective May 24 through May 27, and June 12 through June 15, 2024: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained of which no more than 1 may be a Chinook. Release all salmon and steelhead other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead. 
  • From I-5 Bridge upstream to a deadline marker on the Oregon bank (approximately four miles downstream from Bonneville Dam Powerhouse One) in a straight line through the western tip of Pierce Island to a deadline marker on the Washington bank at Beacon Rock:
    • Immediately through June 15: Open to shad angling.
    • Effective May 24 through May 27, and June 12 through June 15, 2024: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained of which no more than 1 may be a Chinook. Release all salmon and steelhead other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead. 
  • From a deadline marker on the Oregon bank (approximately four miles downstream from Bonneville Dam Powerhouse One) in a straight line through the western tip of Pierce Island to a deadline marker on the Washington bank at Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam:
    • Closed to salmon and steelhead angling from a floating device or by any method except hand-cast lines from shore.
    • Immediately through June 15: Open to shad angling.
    • Effective May 24 through May 27, and June 12 through June 15, 2024: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained of which no more than 1 may be a Chinook. Release all salmon and steelhead other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead. 

Mainstem Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco:

  • From Bonneville Dam upstream to Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco:
    • No emergency rules.  Closed to salmon and steelhead angling.

Columbia River Tributaries below Bonneville Dam and southwest Washington lakes: 

  • Deep River: Effective May 24 through May 27, and June 12 through June 15, 2024: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained of which no more than 1 may be a Chinook. Release all salmon and steelhead other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead.
  • Cowlitz River: Immediately until further notice, the posted fishing boundary markers will be located at the 400-foot distance below the Barrier Dam.
    • Effective May 25 through July 31, 2024: from the mouth to the fishing boundary signs below the Barrier Dam: Daily salmon limit is 6; of which 1 may be an adult. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook, hatchery coho. 
  • Kalama River: Immediately until further notice, from the mouth to 1,000 feet below the fishway at Kalama Falls hatchery:  The daily salmon limit is 6 fish, of which only 1 may be an adult. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho. 
  • Lewis River: 
    • Effective May 25 through July 31, 2024: From the mouth to Johnson Creek: Daily salmon limit is 6; of which 1 may be an adult. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook.
    • Effective May 25 through May 31, 2024: From Johnson Creek to Colvin Creek: All Species:  Bank angling only. No fishing from a floating device. Anti-snagging rule and Night closure in effect. Hatchery Steelhead: Daily limit 3. Salmon: Daily limit is 6; of which 1 may be an adult. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook.
    • Effective June 1 through July 31, 2024: From Johnson Creek to Colvin Creek: Daily salmon limit is 6 of which only 1 may be an adult. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook.
  • Salmon Creek: Immediately through May 24, 2024, from the mouth to the 182nd Avenue Bridge: Hatchery steelhead: Daily limit 3. Selective Gear Rules in effect, except use of barbed hooks is allowed. 
Columbia River Tributaries between Bonneville and McNary Dams: 
  • Wind River: Effective March 16, 2024 until further notice, from the mouth to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery: Salmon and hatchery steelhead: Daily limit 6; up to 1 adult salmon and 1 hatchery steelhead or up to 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho. 
  • Drano Lake:  Effective March 16, 2024 until further notice, in the waters downstream of markers on the point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of the Highway 14 bridgeSalmon and hatchery steelhead:  Daily limit 2, of which up to 1 may be an adult Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook.  
  • Klickitat River: Effective April 1 through May 22, 2024, from the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge: Salmon and hatchery steelhead: Daily limit 2, of which up to 1 may be an adult salmon. Release wild Chinook. Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays only. 
  • Klickitat River: Effective May 23, 2024 until further notice, from the mouth to boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery, Salmon: closed. 

Tributary Weir Report:

This section will provide operational status of the resistance board weirs run in Southwest WA. Current status as of Wednesday December 20, 2023.

  • Grays River Weir - located upstream of the Highway 4 bridge ~.3 miles. Removed.
  • Elochoman River Weir - located upstream of the Foster Road bridge ~.5 miles. Removed
  • Coweeman River Weir – located at river mile 6.8 near the end of Allen Street in Kelso. Removed.
  • South Fork Toutle Weir - located ~ 0.25 mile from the mouth with the NF Toutle. Removed.
  • Green River Weir - located at the North Toutle Hatchery. Removed.
  • Kalama River Weir - located at the Modrow Trap facility. Removed.
  • Cedar Creek Weir – located 0.25 mile from the mouth with the NF Lewis. Removed.
  • Washougal River Weir - located at the Fords Game Access Site. Removed.

Sturgeon

Statewide permanent rules:

  • Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed. 
  • Sturgeon sanctuaries are in effect May 1 through August 31.
  • During a retention period: Daily limit 1 fish, annual limit 2 fish.
  • Oversize sturgeon, greater than 55” fork length, may not be removed totally or partially from the water.
  • Retention of Green Sturgeon is prohibited

Columbia River, from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam:

  • Open for catch and release fishing only.

Eulachon

  • All areas: Closed to fishing and harvest. 

Additional information regarding Cowlitz River Smelt fishing can be found online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/smelt