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
- From the Buoy 10 line upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco:
- Through December 31st, 2018, closed to angling for and retention of salmon and steelhead.
- Grays River: Until further notice, from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the South Fork: release all Coho.
- West Fork Grays River: Until further notice, from the mouth upstream: release all Coho.
- Cowlitz River: Until further notice, from the mouth to the Barrier Dam including all lower Cowlitz tributaries, closed for Chinook retention. Until further notice, the closed waters section below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Barrier Dam is 400’, at the posted markers.
- Tilton River: The closed-waters area at the fish release site at Gust Backstrom Park has been reduced to approximately 100 feet at the posted signs.
- Toutle River: Until further notice, from the mouth upstream to the forks: release all Chinook.
- North Fork Toutle River: Until further notice, from the mouth upstream to the posted markers below the fish collection facility: release all Chinook.
- Lewis River: Effective November 13, 2018 until further notice, from the mouth to Johnson Creek: release all Chinook and Coho. Also for the Lewis River, the area between Johnson Creek and Colvin Creek is closed to all fishing.
- Cedar Creek: Effective November 13, 2018 until further notice, from the mouth upstream to the Grist Mill Bridge: closed to all fishing.
- Washougal River, including Camas Slough: Until further notice, from the mouth to the bridge at Salmon Falls, closed for Chinook retention.
- Drano Lake: Until further notice, closed to all fishing.
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 for sturgeon at night is closed
State fishing and hunting licenses are available for the new season (begins April 1, 2018) 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.
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
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.