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.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Salmon and Steelhead

Columbia River Mainstem and Tributaries

  • Effective August 1, 2020:  The permanent rules listed by river section in the 2020-21 Washington Sport Fishing pamphlet are current.


  • From the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to McNary Dam including adjacent tributaries — Effective immediately until further notice: White Sturgeon is open for catch-and-release fishing only.  All sanctuary areas are in effect May 1 through August 31.  Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.