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.

Wednesday June 16, 2021

Due to the continued spread of COVID-19, WDFW hatchery facilities and grounds remain closed to public access.  

Salmon and Steelhead

Mainstem Columbia River - Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Buoy 10 upstream to Megler/Astoria Bridge:  Immediately through July 31, 2021: Closed to angling for and retention of salmon and steelhead.

  • Megler/Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam:  Immediately through July 5, 2021: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained of which up to 1 may be a sockeye and up to 1 may be a steelhead. Release all salmon other than sockeye and hatchery Chinook. Release wild steelhead.

    • Effective July 6 through July 31, 2021: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained of which up to 1 may be a sockeye and up to 1 may be a steelhead. Release all salmon other than sockeye and hatchery jack Chinook. Release wild steelhead.

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

  • Bonneville Dam upstream to Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco: Immediately through July 31, 2021: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained of which up to 1 may be a sockeye and up to 1 may be a steelhead. Release all salmon other than sockeye and hatchery Chinook. Release wild steelhead.

Columbia River Tributaries - Below Bonneville Dam and southwest Washington lakes 

  • Cispus River: Effective until further notice: Closed to salmon fishing.

  • Cowlitz River: Effective until further notice: Closed to salmon fishing.

  • Lake Scanewa: Effective until further notice: Closed to salmon fishing.

Columbia River Tributaries - Between Bonneville and McNary Dams 

There are no emergency rules at this time.

Sturgeon and Smelt

Sturgeon

  • Columbia River, from the Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam, including adjacent tributaries: Catch and release fishing only. Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.

Eulachon

  • All areas: Closed to fishing and harvest.