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Columbia Zone MapSport Fishing Regulation Updates - Columbia Zone

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Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations provide requirements for all zones. However, additional regulations may be adopted in this rule division from time to time and to the extent of any inconsistency, they supersede the printed Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.

Columbia Zone Updates

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Revised July 1, 2015

Fishing the Columbia
Fishing the Columbia
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

News:

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

SUMMER SEASON* (June 16–July 31 timeframe)

  • Summer Chinook and Sockeye
    • Effective June 16 – July 2, retention of sockeye, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook (between 12 and 24-inches long) will be allowed from Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border.
      • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks. All sockeye are considered adults in the daily limit and must be recorded as adults on the combined angling tag.
    • Effective July 3 – July 31, retention of sockeye, adult and jack Chinook (fin-clipped or not), and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border.  
      • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, only one may be a Chinook, and five jacks. All sockeye are considered adults in the daily limit and must be recorded as adults on the combined angling tag.
    • All other permanent rules apply.

FALL SEASON* (August 1-December 31 timeframe)

Boundary Maps:
  • Buoy 10:
    • Area definition: From the Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red buoy #44 to red marker #2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore.
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adipose fin-clipped coho (16-inches or longer) and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.
    • August 1 – September 7: Retention of Chinook (24-inches or longer, fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook.
    • September 8 – 30: Retention of all Chinook is prohibited. The daily bag limit is two salmonids (adipose fin-clipped coho/steelhead only).
    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.
    • Chinook jacks (fin-clipped or not) and adipose fin-clipped coho jacks may only be retained October 1 – December 31 under permanent rules. The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.
    • All other permanent rules apply including the Youngs Bay Control Zone (YBCZ) which is closed to recreational angling from August 1 through September 15. The YBCZ includes waters from the Highway 101 Bridge crossing Youngs Bay northerly to a line originating on the Oregon shore at the east end of the seawall at the Warrenton Fiber log yard (approximately river mile 10.1) northeasterly through green navigation buoys 29, 31, 33, and 35A to the center of the Astoria-Megler Bridge abutment adjacent to, and north of the ship channel, and continuing southerly in line with the center of the Megler Bridge span to the Oregon shore (see map).
  • Columbia River Mainstem - Tongue Point/Rocky Point upstream to Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island:
    • Area definition: From a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red buoy #44 to the red marker #2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore upstream to a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore through red buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island.
      August 1 – December 31: Retention of adipose fin-clipped adult coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.
    • August 1 – September 7: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook. The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.
    • September 8 – 14: Retention of adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook is allowed. The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook. The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.
    • September 15 – 30: Retention of all Chinook is prohibited. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids (adipose fin-clipped coho/steelhead only).
    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids. The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.
    • 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.
    • All other permanent rules apply.
  • Columbia River Mainstem – Warrior Rock/Bachelor Isl. upstream to Steamboat Landing Park/Marker #50:
    • Area definition: From a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore through red buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island upstream to a line projected from the most downstream point on the Steamboat Landing Park (100 S. Washougal River Road) dock on the Washington shore through navigation light #50 to the Oregon shore. Angling from the Steamboat Landing Park dock is not included in this fishing area.
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped adult coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids. The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.
    • 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.
    • All other permanent rules apply.
  • Columbia River Mainstem - Steamboat Landing Park/Marker #50 upstream to Bonneville Dam:
    • Area definition: From a line projected from the most downstream point on the Steamboat Landing Park (100 S. Washougal River Road) dock on the Washington shore through navigation light #50 to the Oregon shore upstream to Bonneville Dam. Angling from the Steamboat Landing Park dock is included in this fishing area.
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped adult coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. The daily bag limit is three adult salmonids, of which no more than two may be adipose fin-clipped coho or adipose fin-clipped steelhead (in any combination). The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.
    • 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.
    • All other permanent rules apply.
  • Columbia River Mainstem - Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam):
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adult coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. All coho (adults and jacks) retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be adipose fin-clipped.
    • The daily bag limit is three adult salmonids, of which no more than two may be coho or adipose fin-clipped steelhead (in any combination). The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.
    • 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.
    • All other permanent rules apply.

* Seasons may be subject to in-season modification

STURGEON

Columbia River Mainstem - Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam (including all adjacent Washington tributaries)

  • Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited.

Columbia River Reservoirs, between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates from Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs can be found on the WDFW’s Southwest Washington Fishing Reports webpage.

  • The following recreational harvest guidelines for 2015 white sturgeon fisheries between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam have been set: 1,100 in Bonneville Pool; 100 in The Dalles Pool; 500 in John Day Pool.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Closed to retention except during the following 3-day open periods:
    • Effective Friday June 19, 2015 – Sunday June 21, 2015, Friday, June 26, 2015 – Sunday June 28, 2015, and Friday July 3 – Sunday July 5, this section of the Columbia River will be open to retention of white sturgeon. The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 38 – 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.
    • The open periods may be modified to remain within the harvest guideline.

The Dalles Reservoir (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam)

  • Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited for the remainder of the year.

John Day Reservoir (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam)

  • Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited for the remainder of the year.

McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border

  • Under permanent regulations:

    • Effective January 1 - 31 and August 1 - December 31, retention of white sturgeon is prohibited in this section of the Columbia River.
    • Effective February 1 - July 31, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 - 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.

All Permanent Regulations apply unless noted otherwise. See 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations (pdf)

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

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