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last updated: 04/17/2014
 


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COLUMBIA ZONE: Regulation Changes

Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.

News:

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement:
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead, or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement.  See a map of the Basin and get more information.

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

Permanent regulations apply unless noted otherwise.  See 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to I-5 Bridge

Regulations modified as follows:

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad on Saturday April 19 only.
  • Effective March 1 – May 15, 2014, the mainstem Columbia River will be open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad only during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook.
  • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only 1 may be an adult Chinook.  Chinook adults are > 24 inches and steelhead > 20 inches.
  • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.

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

Regulations modified as follows:

  • The area from I-5 Bridge upstream to Rooster Rock is open for boat and bank angling.  The area from Rooster Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam is open to BANK ANGLING ONLY. Legal Rooster Rock boundary defined as a line projected from Rooster Rock on the Oregon shore true north to the Washington shore.
  • Open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad on Saturday April 19 only.
  • Effective March 1 – May 15, 2014, the mainstem Columbia River will be open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad only during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook.
  • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only 1 may be an adult Chinook.  Chinook adults are > 24 inches and steelhead > 20 inches.
  • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/Washington border

Effective March 16 - May 9, 2014, regulations modified as follows:

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead 7 days per week from Tower Island Power lines (located approximately 6 miles downstream from The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border for boat and bank, plus BANK ANGLING ONLY from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Tower Island Power lines.
  • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only 1 may be an adult Chinook.  Chinook adults are > 24 inches and steelhead > 20 inches.
  • 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.

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

Effective March 1 - June 15, 2014:

  • The salmonid daily bag limit in Select Areas will be the same as the mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam on the days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open for Chinook retention.
  • The salmonid daily bag limit in Select Areas will revert to permanent regulations when the mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam is closed to Chinook retention.

STURGEON

Permanent regulations apply unless noted otherwise. See 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

  • The annual bag limit is two legal white sturgeon total for all zones combined statewide.
  • The retention of green sturgeon is prohibited at all times.
  • Anglers are limited to the use of one single-point barbless hook while angling for white sturgeon.
  • It is unlawful to use lamprey for bait.
  • In all areas, catch-and-release sturgeon angling is allowed during non-retention periods, unless otherwise indicated.

The lower Willamette River (including Multnomah Channel and the Gilbert River) sturgeon regulation updates can be found under the Willamette Zone.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam (mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, including Youngs Bay; and all adjacent Washington tributaries)

  • Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited in 2014.

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.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Closed to retention except during the following:
    • Effective Friday June 13, 2014 – Saturday June 14, 2014 and Friday June 20, 2014 – Saturday June 21, 2014, 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.
  • Catch and release angling may continue during retention closures, except for the following:
    • All angling for sturgeon, including catch and release, will be prohibited from May 1, 2014 - July 31, 2014 from the The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock of the boat ramp at the Port of The Dalles on the Oregon side of the Columbia perpendicular across the Columbia to a marker on the Washington shore.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2014 until the guideline is met; this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week.  The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2014 until the guideline is met; this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week.  The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length.

McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border

Permanent regulations apply.  Including the following:

  • 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 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations (pdf) 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 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

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