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, October 18, 2017

The following is a brief summary of emergency and permanent sport fishing regulations for salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon on the mainstem Columbia River and its tributaries plus razor clam digging on the Washington coast. For additional permanent rules, see the 2017/2018 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. 

RAZOR CLAMS

WDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig for Nov. 2-5, pending results of future toxin tests. More information on planned digs can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Columbia River Mainstem
Buoy 10 upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco – During all fall fisheries (August 1 through December 31), each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.

Through December 31, night angling closure in effect for all angling except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

North Jetty – Open 7 days per week when Marine Area 1 or Buoy 10 areas are open for salmon.  The daily limit and minimum size restrictions follow the most liberal regulations of either of these areas. Single point barbless hooks required for salmon and steelhead. A saltwater or combination license is required to fish from the North Jetty.

Buoy 10 – The salmon and steelhead daily limit is 6 fish.  Up to 2 may be adult salmon or 1 adult salmon or 1 hatchery steelhead.  Only Chinook and hatchery coho may be kept.  Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. 

From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to John Day Dam – Through December 31, the salmon and steelhead daily limit is 6 fish.  Anglers may retain up to 2 adult salmonids per day but only one may be a hatchery steelhead.  Any Chinook (marked or unmarked) may be retained.   Release wild coho from the Hood River Bridge downstream. 

From John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam – Release all STEELHEAD through October 31.

From McNary Dam upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge – Release all STEELHEAD through November 31.

Tributaries
Cowlitz River from the boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam:  Until further notice, all Chinook must be released.  The salmon daily limit is 6 hatchery coho of which no more than 2 may be adults. Release all other salmon.   

Cowlitz River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to the Lexington Drive Bridge/Sparks Road Bridge – Through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained per day 

Through October 31, night angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

Cowlitz River from the Lexington Drive Bridge/Sparks Road Bridge upstream to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam – Until further notice, the hatchery steelhead daily limit is 2 fish.  In addition, the mandatory hatchery steelhead restriction is lifted. 

North Fork Toutle and Green rivers - Until further notice, all Chinook must be released.  Effective October 21, all salmon, including coho, must be released. 

Kalama River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 1,000 feet below the upper salmon hatchery fishway The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults.  Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained.

Mainstem Lewis River (including North Fork up to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam) – Through December 31, the salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Release all salmon except Chinook and hatchery coho.  Any Chinook (marked or unmarked) may be kept. 

Lewis River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the East Fork Lewis – Through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained per day.

Through October 31, night angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

Washougal River from mouth to Salmon Falls Bridge – Through December 31, the salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults.  Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained.

Wind River from the mouth (boundary line markers) upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls – Through October 31, the salmon and steelhead daily is 6 fish.  Up to 2 may be adult salmon or 1 adult salmon and 1 hatchery steelhead.  Release wild coho. Release wild Chinook from the Hwy. 14 Bridge upstream. Release all other salmon. Barbless hooks required.

Through October 31, night angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

Wind River above Shipherd Falls – Closed to all angling.   

Drano Lake – Closed to all fishing from 6 pm Tuesdays to 6 pm Wednesdays in October.  Through October 31, the salmon and steelhead daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 3 adults may be retained. Only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained per day. 

Through December 31, anglers with a Two Pole Endorsement may fish for SALMON/STEELHEAD with two poles and each angler aboard a vessel may deploy SALMON/STEELHEAD gear until the SALMON/STEELEHAD limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  Barbed hooks are allowed.

Through October 31, night angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

White Salmon River from the mouth upstream to the county road bridge below the former location of the powerhouse – Through October 31, the salmon and steelhead daily is 6 fish.  Up to 2 may be adult hatchery salmon or 1 adult salmon and 1 hatchery steelhead.  For salmon, only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained.

Through October 31, night angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and actively fishing for pikeminnow.

Klickitat River from the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream to the Fisher Hill Bridge – Through January 31, the salmon daily limit is 6 fish. Up to 3 may be adults may be retained of which only 2 may be coho.   Through December 31, barbed hooks may be used.

Klickitat River from 400 feet upstream from #5 upstream to boundary markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery – Through November 30, the salmon daily limit is 6 fish. Up to 3 may be adults may be retained of which only 2 may be coho. 

STURGEON

2017 Wauna-Bonneville Dam Recreational White Sturgeon Fishery

  • Season: Saturday, October 21, Thursday, October 26
  • Area: Mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • Daily bag limit: One fish
  • Legal size: 44-inch minimum and 50-inch maximum fork length (Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal fin (tail) with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface, with the tape measure/ruler positioned flat under the fish).
  • Annual bag limit: Two fish (applicable to any/all 2017 retention fisheries)
  • Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

2017 Licenses available now!

State fishing and hunting licenses are available for the new season (begins April 1, 2017) 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.