Southwest Washington (Region 5) Fishing Hotline

The following is a brief summary of emergency and permanent sport fishing regulations for smelt, salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and shad on the mainstem Columbia River and its tributaries plus razor clam digging at Long Beach. For additional permanent rules, see the 2017-18 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Thursday, Thursday July 19, 2018


Columbia River Mainstem

Mainstem Columbia from Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Hwy 395 – Effective through July 31, 2018.

  • Daily limit is 6 salmonids, 2 may be adults.  Release all salmonids other than hatchery jack Chinook, sockeye, and hatchery steelhead.  Salmon minimum size: 12 inches.  Release adult Chinook.  Sockeye are included as part of the adult daily limit.

Columbia River Tributaries

  • Cowlitz River:  From July 2 until July 31, in the Cowlitz River from the mouth upstream to Forest Road 1270, in the Cispus River, and in Lake Scanewa, the retention of Chinook salmon is not allowed.  Until further notice, the closed waters section below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Barrier Dam is 400’, at the posted markers.    
  • Lewis River:  The Lewis River is closed for retention of Chinook salmon until August 1, 2018.  Fishing is allowed by boat from the mouth to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam and 3 hatchery steelhead may be retained.   
  • Klickitat River – From 400 feet upstream of the #5 fishway to the boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery, closed to retention of hatchery adult Chinook through July 31, 2018.


From the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to McNary Dam including adjacent tributaries – Until further notice, white sturgeon open for catch and release fishing only. Fishing at night is closed for sturgeon fishing.

2018 Licenses available now!

State fishing and hunting licenses are available for the new season (begins April 1, 2018) by phone (866-246-9453), online, and from licensing dealers around the state ( A Vehicle Access Pass to lands owned by WDFW is free with most types of fishing and hunting licenses.

Two-Pole Endorsement:

This endorsement allows you to use two fishing poles on most freshwater lakes, ponds, a few sections of certain rivers, and a few marine areas. Youth and adult anglers must have a fishing license in addition to the two pole endorsement. 

Discover Pass:

At $35, an annual pass provides access to nearly seven million acres of state-managed recreation lands, including state parks, water-access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads.