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Effective March 1 through Aug. 15 anglers with a two-rod validation will be able to use two rods for all species except sturgeon.

Beginning May 1, in the NW Zone, the use of two fishing rods while fishing for both hatchery spring chinook and hatchery steelhead is allowed with 2-rod validation.

Sturgeon angling closed, including catch-and-release.

The season will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through June 4 from Buoy 10 to the Wauna power lines. No sturgeon fishing allowed after 2 p.m. on days open to retention.

The Columbia River subarea all-depth halibut quota has been reached. Fishery will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 11.

Fishing

Canary rockfish are relatively large, reaching weights of 10 pounds.

Features: Canary rockfish are named for their bright yellow to orange mottled bodies. They also have undertones of gray and three orange stripes across their heads. They grow to be 30-inches long, and have very firm and desirable meat.

Habitat: Canary rockfish are a schooling fish, common along the Pacific Northwest coast over rocky reefs and pinnacles. Larger adults are usually further offshore, with younger fish sometimes common down to 100 feet. 

Yelloweye, canary and vermillion rockfish can look similar. See this rockfish identification article for distinguishing features for each species.

Technique: They readily take both bait and lures. Locate suspended schools of canary rockfish in offshore areas during periods open for fishing offshore, and work rubber-tail jigs, shrimp flies, or baited hooks through the schools.