Southwest Washington (Region 5) fishing hotline

The following is a brief summary of emergency sport fishing regulations for the mainstem Columbia River and tributaries downstream of McNary Dam.  For additional permanent rules, see the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Region 5 office at 360-696-6211 for more information.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Salmon and Steelhead

Columbia River Mainstem

  • Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, Effective through September 30, 2019: release all steelhead.
  • Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam, Effective September 6 until further notice. Release all Chinook, 2 hatchery adult coho may be retained.
  • Mouth of Deschutes River Closure.  Effective through September 15, 2019, closed waters for all species.  Oregon state waters adjacent to the mouth of the Deschutes River south of a line projecting from the South Channel Range “B” marker located approximately 3/4-mile upstream of the mouth of the Deschutes, downstream through Red Buoy Marker “4”, and terminating at the flashing red USCG light #2 on the Oregon shore downstream of the mouth.  This notice is to inform Washington anglers of Oregon’s fishing closure. 

Columbia River Tributaries

  • Cowlitz River:  Until further notice, the closed waters section below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Barrier Dam is 400 feet, at the posted markers.    
  • North Fork Toutle River:  Until further notice: Daily limit 6, up to 4 adult salmon may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery coho.
  • Wind River:  From the mouth to 400 feet downstream of Shipherd Falls fish ladder,  effective through September 30, 2019:  release all steelhead.  From 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to Moore Bridge, effective September 16 through November 30, 2019:  closed to all fishing.
  • White Salmon River: From the mouth to the county road bridge below the former location of the power house: Effective through September 30, 2019:  release all steelhead.
  • Klickitat River: From the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge, effective through September 30, 2019:  release all steelhead.


From the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to McNary Dam including adjacent tributaries — White Sturgeon is open for catch-and-release fishing only. Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.

In the Columbia River from Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam, and the Cowlitz River — White Sturgeon is open for retention on Saturday, September 21 and Saturday September 28, 2019, only. Minimum size 44” fork length, maximum size 50” fork length. Daily limit 1. Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will continue to be allowed on all non-retention days.