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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 9, 2014

News:

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

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.

Summer Seasons*

Summer Chinook and Sockeye

  • Retention of adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook (longer than 24-inches) allowed:
    • June 16 –June 30, July 3 - July 6, and July 11-31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.
    • June 16 – July 31 from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border.
  • Retention of sockeye allowed:
    • June 16 –June 30 and July 3 - July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.
    • 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.
  • All other permanent rules apply.

Fall Seasons*

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 adult coho (16-inches or longer) and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.  Retention of adipose fin-clipped coho jacks allowed beginning October 1.
  • August 1 – 29: Retention of adult Chinook (24-inches or longer, fin-clipped or not) is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook. 
  • August 30 – September 1: Retention of adipose or left-ventral fin-clipped adult Chinook is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook.
  • September 2 – 30: Retention of Chinook is prohibited but the daily bag limit increases to three adult salmonids, of which no more than two may be adipose fin-clipped steelhead. 
  • October 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook is allowed (fin-clipped or not).  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks.
  • Jacks may not be retained between August 1 and September 30 under permanent rules.
  • All other permanent rules apply.

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 coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.
  • August 1 – September 6: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not) 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 is five fish.
  • September 7 – 14: Retention of adipose fin-clipped 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 is five fish.
  • September 15 – 30: Retention of all Chinook is prohibited.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids.
  • October 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook is allowed (fin-clipped or not).  The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon 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/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 dock on the Washington shore through navigation light #50 to the Oregon shore.  This area does not include fishing from the Steamboat Landing dock.
  • August 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon 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/Marker #50 upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Area definition:  From a line projected from the most downstream point on the Steamboat Landing dock on the Washington shore through navigation light #50 to the Oregon shore upstream to Bonneville Dam.  Fishing from the Steamboat Landing dock is included in this area.
  • August 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is three 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 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 Chinook (fin-clipped or not), coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is three 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 is five fish.
  • All coho retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be adipose fin-clipped.
  • 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, including bag limits for jacks. 

Seasons may be subject to in-season modification.

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 July 11 - Saturday July 12 and Friday July 18- Saturday July 19, 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 sanctuary closure:
    • 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 – July 31, 2014; 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.
  • Retention of white sturgeon will be prohibited effective 12:01 AM Friday, August 1, 2014 for the remainder of the year.

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

  • Retention of white sturgeon prohibited effective 12:01 AM Saturday, June 14, 2014 for the remainder of the year.

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.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

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