Southwest Washington (Region 5) Fishing Hotline

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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 2018-2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

SALMON & STEELHEAD

Columbia River Mainstem

  • Below Bonneville:  Effective March 1 through April 10;  Open for boat and bank fishing for adipose fin-clipped chinook, coho and steelhead from the Warrior Rock line to the Beacon Rock line, plus bank angling only from the Beacon Rock line upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline. The legal upstream boat boundary is defined as the deadline marker on the Oregon bank (approximately four miles downstream from Bonneville Dam Powerhouse One) in a straight line through the western tip of Pierce Island to a deadline marker on the Washington bank at Beacon Rock
    • Daily limit is 6 adipose fin-clipped salmonids, including no more than 2 adults of which no more than 1 may be an adult chinook.  Release all wild chinook, wild coho and wild steelhead.  Salmon minimum size:  12 inches.  Barbless hooks and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead endorsement are required.  Shad retention is permitted. 
  • Effective March 1 until further notice; Mainstem Columbia River waters downstream of the Warrior Rock line are closed to salmon, steelhead and shad fishing.
    • See the 2018/2019 Washington Sport Fishing rules pamphlet for further mainstem Columbia River boundary line descriptions.
  • Above Bonneville:  Effective April 1 through May 5;  Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines (except for those waters closed under permanent regulations) are open to salmon and steelhead fishing.
    • Daily limit is 6 adipose fin-clipped salmonids, including no more than 2 adults of which no more than 1 may be an adult chinook.  Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead.  Salmon minimum size:  12 inches.  Barbless hooks and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead endorsement are required.

Columbia River Tributaries

  • Cowlitz River:  Effective March 1, 2019 until further notice, from the mouth upstream to the Forest Road 1270, the Cispus River, and Lake Scanewa:  closed to salmon retention.  Until further notice, the closed waters section below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Barrier Dam remains at 400’, at the posted markers.
  • Kalama River:  Effective March 1, 2019 until further notice, from the mouth to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery:  the daily salmon limit is 6 fish, of which only 1 may be an adult.
  • Lewis River:  Effective March 1, 2019 until further notice, from the mouth to Merwin dam:  Closed to salmon retention. 

STURGEON

Beginning January 1, from the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to Bonneville Dam including adjacent tributaries — White Sturgeon open for catch-and-release fishing only.

Beginning January 1, from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam including adjacent tributaries — White Sturgeon open for retention fishing until further notice. Minimum size 38” fork length, maximum size 54” fork length. Daily limit 1. Catch-and-release allowed when closed to retention.

Beginning January 7, from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam including adjacent tributaries — White Sturgeon open for catch-and-release fishing only.

Beginning January 1, from John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam including adjacent tributaries — 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.

2018-19 and 2019-20 Licenses available

State fishing and hunting licenses are available for the current season ending March 31, 2019 and the upcoming season beginning April 1, 2019 by phone (866-246-9453), online https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), and from licensing dealers around the state (http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/). 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.