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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 December 31, 2014

News: States set winter sturgeon season for Bonneville Pool

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

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

Recreational salmon fisheries in 2015 will begin under permanent regulations (see 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).  Modifications to 2015 spring chinook fisheries will be considered at a January 28 Compact/Joint State Hearing.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2015, this section of the Columbia River will open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead and adipose fin-clipped coho with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon and/or steelhead and five jacks. 

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, I-5 Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border above McNary Dam:

  • Effective January 1, 2015, this section of the Columbia River will open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of spring Chinook is prohibited. 

STURGEON

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

  • 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 Wauna Powerlines
(mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines (River Mile 40) downstream to the mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay; and all adjacent Washington tributaries)

  • Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Wauna Powerlines (RM 40) 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 Sturgeon Management Task Force will meet January 21, 2015 to discuss and develop management recommendations for 2015 white sturgeon fisheries in Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools, including potential modifications to harvest guidelines based on updated population assessments.  In the interim, the following recreational harvest guidelines will be used (same as 2014):  1,100 in Bonneville Pool; 300 in The Dalles Pool; 500 in John Day Pool.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Effective Thursday January 1, 2015 – Sunday March 1, 2015, this section of the Columbia River will open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week. The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 38 – 54 inches fork length.
    • Staff will monitor the fishery in-season and recommend modifications if necessary to balance harvest between winter and summer seasons.

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

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

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.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

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