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.

Monday July 31, 2017

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

Buoy 10 – The Buoy 10 recreational Chinook and hatchery coho fishery will begin on August 1 with a two fish/one Chinook daily limit through September 4 (Labor Day). From September 5 through September 30, Chinook retention will be closed. Chinook minimum length is 24 inches; coho 16 inches.

Release all STEELHEAD August 1 through August 31.

Boat anglers should be aware of Oregon’s sport fishing closure at the mouth of Young’s Bay that runs from August 1 through September 15.

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.

The mainstem recreational salmon fishery from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam – Will be open for Chinook and hatchery coho August 1 through December 31.

From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Lewis River/Warrior Rock line, Chinook retention is allowed August 1 through September 7 followed by a Chinook Mark Selective Fishery (adipose and/or left-ventral fin clip) period from September 8-14. The daily limit for both fisheries is two fish/one Chinook. Beginning October 1, Chinook retention will reopen with a two fish/two Chinook daily limit.

From the Lewis River/Warrior Rock line upstream to Bonneville Dam, the fishery will be open for Chinook retention August 1 through December 31 with a two fish/two Chinook daily limit.

Release all STEELHEAD August 1 through August 31.

The mainstem recreational salmon fishery from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco – Will open on August 1 with a two fish/two Chinook daily limit through December 31.

  • From Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam - Release all STEELHEAD August 1 through August 31.
  • From The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam - Release all STEELHEAD September 1 through September 31.
  • From John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam - Release all STEELHEAD September 1 through October 31.
  • From McNary Dam upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge - Release all STEELHEAD October 1 through November 31.

STEELHEAD

Tributaries
Cowlitz River from the boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam: 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. Effective August 1, barbless hooks required for salmon, steelhead, and cutthroats.

Cowlitz River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to the Lexington Drive Bridge/Sparks Road Bridge – From August 1 through August 31, release all steelhead. From September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Through October 31, night 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.

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) Effective August 1 through December 31, the salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Release all salmon except Chinook and hatchery coho. Through September 22, all Chinook must be adipose fin clipped to be retained. Beginning the fourth Sat. in September (September 23), wild Chinook may be kept.

Lewis River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the East Fork Lewis – From August 1 through August 31, release all steelhead. From September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Through October 31, night 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 – Effective August 1 through December 31, the salmon daily limit will be 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 –
Effective August 1 through October 31, the salmon daily will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Release wild coho. Release wild Chinook from the Hwy. 14 Bridge upstream. Release all other salmon. Barbless hooks required.

From August 1 through August 31, release all steelhead. From September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.

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

Drano Lake – Effective August 1 through December 31, the salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 3 adults may be retained.

From August 1 through September 30, release all steelhead. From October 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Through October 31, night 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 – Effective August 1 through December 31, the salmon daily will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained.

From August 1 through August 31, release all steelhead. From September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Through October 31, night 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 and from 400 feet upstream from #5 upstream to boundary markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery - Effective August 1 through January 31, the salmon daily limit will be 6 fish. Up to 3 may be adults may be retained of which only 2 may be coho.

STURGEON

Mainstem Columbia River from the mouth upstream to McNary Dam including all adjacent Washington tributaries – Catch-and-release fishing is allowed except spawning sanctuaries below the dams are closed in specified areas and times.

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.