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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 May 12, 2015

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

News:

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

Spring Seasons* (January 1-June 15 timeframe)

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Tongue Point/Rocky Point Line:

  • Effective April 17, 2015 – Friday May 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling for Chinook (adults and jacks), steelhead, and shad.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to I-5 Bridge:

  • Effective May 4, 2015 –May 8, 2015 and May 10, 2015 – May 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling for Chinook (adults and jacks), steelhead, and shad.
  • Effective Saturday May 9 and Saturday May 16 – Monday June 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook. All sockeye must be released.
    • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
  • Effective March 1, 2015 – June 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam:

  • Effective May 4, 2015 –May 8, 2015 and May 10, 2015 – May 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling for Chinook (adults and jacks), steelhead, and shad.
  • Effective Saturday May 9 and Saturday May 16 – Monday June 15, 2015, the area from I-5 Bridge upstream to Beacon Rock (boat and bank angling), and from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline (bank angling ONLY) is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook. All sockeye must be released.
    • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
  • Effective March 1, 2015 – June 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.
  • Effective Saturday May 16, 2015, this section of the Columbia River from I-5 upstream to Bonneville Dam (boat and bank angling) is open to angling for shad under permanent regulations. See 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations Columbia Zone.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border above McNary Dam:

  • Effective March 16, 2015 – May 10, 2015, the area from Tower Island powerlines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to OR/WA border is open for boat and bank angling and the area from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Tower Island powerlines is open to bank angling ONLY. This section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook. All sockeye must be released.
    • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.
  • Effective May 11, 2015, this section of the Columbia River will revert to permanent regulations. See 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations Columbia Zone.

SELECT AREA RECREATIONAL FISHERIES (Youngs Bay, Blind Slough, Knappa Slough)

  • Effective March 1, 2015 – June 15, 2015, on days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of Chinook, the salmonid daily bag limit in Select Areas will be the same as mainstem Columbia River bag limits.
  • On days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is closed to Chinook retention, permanent salmonid daily bag limit regulations for Select Areas will apply.

Summary of 2015 summer and fall salmon regulations for the Columbia River

Summer Seasons* (June 16 –July 31 timeframe)

  • Summer Chinook and Sockeye
    • Retention of sockeye and adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook will be allowed:
      • June 16 – July 6 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam. Staff will monitor the fishery in-season and potentially modify the July portion of the fishery (which may include extending the season or allowing retention of any adult Chinook).
      • June 16 – July 31 from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border.
    • Retention of adipose fin-clipped jack summer Chinook (between 12 and 24-inches long) and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed June 16 – July 31 from the 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.
    • All other permanent rules apply.

Fall Seasons* (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).
  • Lower Columbia – 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.
  • Lower Columbia – 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.
  • Lower Columbia - 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.
  • 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 web page.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2015 – May 13, 2015; this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.
  • Retention of white sturgeon will be prohibited effective 12:01 AM Thursday May 14, 2015 for the remainder of the year.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.

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 dailly 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.

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