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Recreation Report

Columbia Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of September 15, 2021

All regulations may be subject to in-season modification. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

Barbless Hooks are required when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in the mainstem Columbia River under permanent regulations.

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Thermal Angling Sanctuaries for Columbia and associated tributaries (effective June 16)

Fall Seasons (August 1- December 31)

STURGEON

Fall Season (August 1-December 31)

 

For all fall salmonid fisheries, 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.

Buoy 10

Area definition:  From the Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red navigation buoy #44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore.

General regulations during August 1 – December 31:  1) adult Chinook are longer than 24-inches, 2) adult coho are 16-inches and longer, 3) wild coho must be released, 4) all steelhead must be released August 1 – October 31, and 5) retention of jack salmon prohibited through September 30 a.

  • Additional regulations by date period are described below:
    • August 27-September 30:  Retention of adult hatchery coho allowed.  All Chinook must be released. The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery coho and increases to three adult hatchery coho effective September 7.
    • October 1 – 31:  Retention of hatchery coho (adults and jacks) allowed.  All Chinook must be released.  The daily adult bag limit is three hatchery coho.
    • November 1 – December 31:  Retention of hatchery coho (adults and jacks) and hatchery steelhead allowed.  All Chinook must be released.  The daily adult bag limit is three hatchery salmonids, but only two may be hatchery steelhead.

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 navigation buoy #44 to the navigation marker at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore upstream to a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to red navigation buoy #4, then to the piling dolphin on the lower end of Bachelor Island.

General regulations during August 1 – December 31:  1) adult Chinook are longer than 24-inches, 2) adult coho are longer than 20-inches, 3) wild coho must be released, 4) all steelhead must be released.

  • Additional regulations by date period are described below:
    • Saturday, September 4 -Thursday, September 16: Closed to angling for, and retention of, all salmon and steelhead.
    • Friday, September 17 -October 31: Retention of hatchery coho (adults and jacks) allowed.  All Chinook must be released.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery coho.
    • November 1 – December 31Retention of hatchery coho (adults and jacks) and hatchery steelhead allowed.  All Chinook must be released.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids.

Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island upstream to Bonneville Dam

Area definition: From a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to red navigation buoy #4, then to the piling dolphin on the lower end of Bachelor Island upstream to Bonneville Dam, except the Camas Slough will be closed to angling for, and retention of salmon and steelhead through September 30.

  • Camas Slough: defined as the waters of the Columbia River north of Lady Island between a line projected northerly from the western (downstream) end of Lady Island to the Washington shore and the Highway 14 Bridge on the eastern (upstream) end of Lady Island.

General regulations during August 1 – December 31:  1) adult Chinook are longer than 24-inches, 2) adult coho are longer than 20-inches, 3) wild coho must be released, 4) all steelhead must be released August 1-October 31.

  • Additional regulations by date period are described below:
    • Saturday, September 11 – October 31:  Retention of Chinook (adults and jacks) and hatchery coho (adults and jacks) allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmon, but only one may be a Chinook.
      • Camas Slough (see area definition above) is closed to angling for, and retention of salmon and steelhead through September 30.
    • November 1 – December 31Retention of hatchery coho (adults and jacks) and hatchery steelhead allowed.  All Chinook must be released.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids.

Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam b

General regulations during August 1 – December 31:  1) adult Chinook are longer than 24-inches, 2) adult coho are longer than 20-inches, 3) only hatchery coho (adults and jacks) may be retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge, 4) all steelhead must be released August 1 – October 31, and 5) retention of jack salmon allowed a.

  • Additional regulations by date period are described below:
    • August 1 – October 31:  Retention of Chinook and coho allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmon, but only one may be a Chinook. 
    • November 1 – December 31:  Retention of Chinook, coho, and hatchery steelhead allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids, but only one may be a Chinook. 

The Dalles Dam upstream to Hwy 395 Bridge (Pasco, WA) b

General regulations during August 1 – December 31:  1) adult Chinook are longer than 24-inches, 2) adult coho are longer than 20-inches, 3) all steelhead must be released September 1 – December 31, and 4) retention of jack salmon allowed a.

  • Additional regulations by date period are described below:
    • September 1 – December 31:  Retention of Chinook and coho allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids, but only one may be a Chinook.

a The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.

b Temporary rules for Thermal Angling Sanctuaries associated with Eagle Creek, Herman Creek, and the Deschutes River are described below.

Columbia River Thermal Angling Sanctuaries and associated Oregon tributaries.

The sanctuary boundaries span zones so rule modifications are in both the Central and Columbia River zones.

Eagle Creek (Central Zone)

Area definition:  From the angling deadline in Eagle Creek (200 feet downstream of hatchery fishway entrance) downstream to the mouth at the mainline railroad bridge.

  • July 15 – September 15:  Closed to angling.
  • September 16 – November 30:  Closed to salmon angling/retention.
  • December 1 – 31:  Permanent regulations apply.

Eagle Creek Mouth (Columbia River Zone)

Area definition: The mainstem Columbia River adjacent to the mouth of Eagle Creek from the mainline railroad bridge northwest to a line projecting from a marker on the Oregon shore approximately 200 feet downstream of Eagle Creek, through red navigation buoy #4, and terminating at a marker on the Oregon shore approximately 325 feet upstream of Eagle Creek.

  • July 15 – September 15:  Closed to angling.
  • September 16 – December 31: See rules for Columbia mainstem Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam.

Eagle Creek map

Herman Creek (Columbia River Zone)

Area definition: From the mainline railroad bridge downstream to markers at mouth.

  • July 15 – November 30:  Closed to angling.
  • December 1 – 31:  See rules for Columbia mainstem Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam.

Herman Creek Lagoon (Columbia River Zone)

Area definition: Herman Creek Lagoon/Cove east of a line from the northwest tip of the jetty, south to a marker on the Oregon shore.

  • July 15 – September 15:  Closed to angling.
  • September 16 – December 31: See rules for Columbia mainstem Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam.

Herman Creek Map

Deschutes River (Central Zone)

Area definition:  From markers at lower end of Moody Rapids downstream to the mouth at Interstate 84 Bridge.

  • June 16 – December 31:  One hatchery steelhead allowed in the adult salmonid daily limit except closed to all angling July 15-September 30.

Deschutes River Mouth (Columbia River Zone)

Area definition:  The mainstem Columbia River adjacent to the mouth of the Deschutes River from the Interstate 84 Bridge north to a line projecting from the flashing red navigation marker #2 located approximately 1.5 miles downstream of the Deschutes River mouth on the Oregon shore, upstream to the red navigation marker #4, then to the lower South Channel Range “B” marker located on the Oregon shore approximately 0.7 mile upstream of the Deschutes River mouth.

  • July 15 – September 15:  Closed to angling.
  • September 16 – December 31: See rules for Columbia mainstem from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam.

Deschuttes River map

John Day River (downstream of Tumwater Falls)

  • September 1 – December 31: closed to steelhead retention

John Day River map

*Permanent regulations apply for other sections of the above tributaries

STURGEON

See 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for sanctuary areas, daily and annual bag limits.

Buoy 10 upstream to Wauna Powerlines

  • Area definition: From the Wauna powerlines (River Mile 40) downstream to the mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay; and all adjacent Washington tributaries.
  • Permanent rules for sturgeon are in effect, including closed to the retention of sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed.

Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Area definition: From the Wauna powerlines (River Mile 40) upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline, including the Cowlitz River (WA).
  • Permanent rules for sturgeon are in effect, including closed to the retention of sturgeon, except for the following temporary modifications:
    • This area will be open to retention of white sturgeon on Saturday, September 11, Saturday September 18, Sunday September 19, Wednesday September 22, Saturday September 25, and Wednesday September 29 (six days).
    • Daily bag limit is one white sturgeon, 44-50 inches fork length (fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal fin (tail) with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface, with the tape measure/ruler positioned flat under the fish).
    • Annual bag limit is two white sturgeon (applicable to any/all 2021 retention fisheries).
    • Retention of green sturgeon prohibited.
  • Catch-and-release fishing is allowed except in sanctuary closure areas during May 1-August 31.  All other permanent rules apply.

COLUMBIA RIVER RESERVOIRS, between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam (Bonneville Pool, The Dalles Pool, John Day Pool)

  • Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools, including adjacent tributaries, are closed to the retention of white sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed except in sanctuary closure areas during May 1-August 31.

COLUMBIA RIVER COMPACT ACTION NOTICES

COLUMBIA RIVER MANAGEMENT FACT SHEETS

COLUMBIA RIVER INFORMATION

COLUMBIA RIVER DAM COUNTS

Recreation Report

Buoy 10 coho fishing
Buoy 10 coho fishing -Photo by Shayna Olson-

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Emergency fishing regulations: Where to find them

With all the special regulations currently in place to help protect fish during the ongoing drought, we keep telling anglers to be sure to check for regulation changes before they head out. But where do you find them? The latest regulation updates are always at the top the Recreation Report under the zone for which the regulations apply.

Help keep ODFW fish checkers safe

ODFW samplers (aka fish checkers) will be at docks, boat ramps, and bank areas in a number of locations along the Columbia and Willamette rivers to collect information required to manage fisheries. Your cooperation in maintaining a minimum of 6 ft. distancing and providing your catch for inspection and collection of sampling data in a safe manner is appreciated.

FISHING UPDATES

Current and upcoming fishing opportunities:

  • Fall salmon seasons re-opened Sept. 11 from Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam, except for Camas Slough which is closed until Sept. 30. Buoy 10 remains open for coho fishing opportunities. Fall salmon seasons remain open above Bonneville Dam to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam. 
  • Sturgeon retention fisheries opened on Saturday, Sept. 11 for a one day opener from Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam, and will open again on Saturday Sept. 18 (see Sport Fishing Regulations Updates for additional regulation details).

Columbia River regulation updates for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found above.

SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD

Buoy 10:

Weekly checking showed 1,758 adult coho kept, and 127 Chinook and 1,229 coho released for 642 boats (1,954 anglers); and 0.80 coho kept, and 0.40 coho and 0.12 Chinook released per angler for 679 bank anglers.

Tongue Point/Rocky Point to Longview:

No report.  Closed to retention on Sept. 4th.

Rainier to St. Helens:

No report.  Closed to retention on Sept. 7th.

Sauvie Island to Portland:

Weekend checking showed 137 adult Chinook, 17 jack Chinook, and 23 adult coho kept, and two adult Chinook, 5 jack Chinook, and 22 adult coho released for 164 boats (425 anglers).

Troutdale:

Weekend checking showed 53 adult Chinook, 10 jack Chinook, and three adult coho kept, and four adult Chinook, 5 jack Chinook, two steelhead, and three adult coho released for 98 boats (228 anglers).

Gorge:

Weekend checking showed 98 adult Chinook, 10 jack Chinook, and 7 adult coho kept, and 7 adult Chinook, one steelhead, and 20 adult coho released for 58 boats (200 anglers); and no catch for 11 bank anglers.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

Weekly checking showed 155 adult Chinook, 27 jack Chinook, 33 adult coho, and three jack coho kept, and 23 adult Chinook and three adult coho released for 229 boats (631 anglers); and no catch for one bank angler.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed 42 adult Chinook, 8 jack Chinook, and one adult coho kept, and 6 adult Chinook released for 45 boats (135 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm):

Weekly checking showed four adult Chinook, one jack Chinook, and three adult coho kept, and one steelhead released for 40 boats (111 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River

Wauna Powerlines to Bonneville Dam:

Open to retention Sept. 11th. Weekend checking showed 44 legal sized kept, and 187 sublegal, one legal, and 75 oversized released for 114 boats (321 anglers); and 9 legal sized kept, and 37 sublegal, one legal, and 15 oversized released for 197 bank anglers.

Bonneville Pool:

Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool:

Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 34 legal sized released for 9 boats (28 anglers); and no catch for 5 bank anglers.

WALLEYE

Lower Columbia:

No report.

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

No report.

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed 58 walleye kept and 26 released for 18 boats (54 anglers).