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.  Emergency rules listed below reflect emergency changes to respective permanent rule listed in the current 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.

Friday June 17, 2022

Salmon and Steelhead

Mainstem Columbia River - Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Buoy 10 upstream to Megler-Astoria Bridge: Immediately through July 31, 2022: Closed to fishing for and retention of salmon and steelhead.
     
  • Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam: Effective immediately through June 22, 2022: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained of which no more than 1 may be a steelhead. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. Release wild steelhead.
    • Effective June 23 through July 31, 2022:  Daily limit 6, up to 1 steelhead may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery jack Chinook. Release wild steelhead.

Mainstem Columbia River - Bonneville Dam upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco

  • Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam: Effective June 16 through July 31, 2022: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained of which no more than 1 may be a steelhead. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. Release wild steelhead.

  • The Dalles Dam upstream to a line starting from a fishing boundary sign on the Washington north shore located approximately 1300’ upstream of the Dalles Dam and Lock boat ramp projected easterly across the Columbia River to a boundary sign on the Washington southern shore located approximately 200’ above The Dalles Dam fish ladder exit: Immediately until further notice: Closed to fishing for and retention of salmon and steelhead.

  • From a line starting from a fishing boundary sign on the Washington north shore located approximately 1300’ upstream of the Dalles Dam and Lock boat ramp projected easterly across the Columbia River to a boundary sign on the Washington southern shore located approximately 200’ above The Dalles Dam fish ladder exit upstream to Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco: Effective June 16 through July 31, 2022: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained of which no more than 1 may be a steelhead. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. Release wild steelhead.

Columbia River Tributaries - Below Bonneville Dam and southwest Washington lakes 

Due to the continued spread of COVID-19, the Cowlitz Trout and Cowlitz Salmon hatcheries remain closed to public access. 

  • Lewis River: June 17 through July 31, 2022: from the mouth to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam: The daily salmon limit is 6, up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead. 

Columbia River Tributaries between Bonneville and McNary Dams 

  • Klickitat River: From 400 feet upstream of #5 fishway to boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery: Effective until further notice:  Salmon:  Daily limit 6, of which up to 1 may be an adult. Release wild Chinook.

Sturgeon and Smelt

Sturgeon

Statewide permanent rules:

  • Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.
  • Sturgeon sanctuaries go into 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 Wauna Powerlines (near Cathlamet, WA), including adjacent tributaries:
  • Effective only Wednesdays and Saturdays June 4, June 8 and June 11, 2022: Open for retention of white sturgeon until 2 p.m. and closes to all sturgeon fishing after 2pm, including catch and release fishing.
    • Retained fish must measure between 44-inches and 50-inches fork length.  
      • Reminder to fisherman: Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal fin (tail) with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface, with the tape measure/ruler positioned flat under the fish. 
  • All other dates: Catch and release fishing only.
Columbia River, from Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam, including adjacent tributaries: 
  • Catch and release fishing only.

Eulachon

  • All areas: Closed to fishing and harvest.