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.

Wednesday August 8, 2018

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.


Columbia River Mainstem from the mouth upstream to McNary Dam

  • All rules outlined in the 2018-2019 sport fishing rules pamphlet are in effect.
  • Mouth of Deschutes River Closure.  Effective August 9, 2018 until further notice, all species, closed waters, for Oregon state waters adjacent to the mouth of the Deschutes River south of a straight line projecting from the flashing red USCG light #2 upstream to the lower South Channel range marker.  This notice is to inform Washington anglers of Oregon’s fishing closure. 

Columbia River Tributaries

  • Cowlitz River:  Until further notice, the closed waters section below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Barrier Dam is 400’, at the posted markers.


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.

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.