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.

February 11, 2020

Salmon and Steelhead

Columbia River Mainstem

  • McNary Dam upstream to Hwy. 395 Bridge in Pasco, WA:  Effective January 1 through March 31, 2020:  Closed to angling for and retention of steelhead.
  • Hwy. 395 Bridge in Pasco, WA upstream to Old Hanford townsite powerline crossing: Effective through April 15, 2020:  Closed to angling for and retention of steelhead.

Columbia River Tributaries

  • There are no emergency rules at this time.

Eulachon Smelt

  • Cowlitz River (bank only) from the HWY 432 Bridge upstream to the Al Helenberg Memorial Boat Ramp located approximately 1,300 feet upstream of the HWY 411/A Street Bridge in Castle Rock: Open 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Friday, February 14, 2020 ONLY. Open to recreational dip netting for smelt. 10 pounds daily limit (approximately equivalent to ¼ 5-gallon bucket). Gear includes hand dip net gear only, not exceeding 36 inches across the bag frame with a maximum mesh size of 5/8 inch stretched mesh size.

Sturgeon

  • From the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to Bonneville Dam including adjacent tributaries — Effective until further notice: White Sturgeon is open for catch-and-release fishing only.  Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.
  • Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam including adjacent tributaries — Effective Friday, February 14, 2020: White Sturgeon open for catch-and-release fishing only. Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.
  • The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam including adjacent tributaries — Effective Tuesday, February 18, 2020: White Sturgeon open for catch-and-release only. Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.
  • John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam including adjacent tributaries — Effective immediately: White Sturgeon open for retention fishing until annual quota is met. Minimum size 43” fork length, maximum size 54” fork length. Daily limit 1. Catch-and-release allowed when closed to retention. Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.