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April 15 through June 30, 2020 sport harvest opportunities allowed for returning hatchery spring Chinook salmon in the Hood River.

Effective February 14th, retention of white sturgeon is prohibited on parts of the mainstem Columbia River.

Effective Feb 1 through June 30, 2020, retention of hatchery Chinook salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.  Retention of wild Chinook salmon is prohibited.

Effective through March 31, 2020, all steelhead fishing is closed from McNary Dam to the OR/WA border.

Effective through April 30, 2020, the daily bag limit is one hatchery steelhead.

Steelhead, fall Chinook and coho bag limits reduced to one per day through April 30, 2020.

Recreation Report

Columbia Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  February 24, 2020

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

COLUMBIA RIVER, Buoy 10 upstream to Warrior Rock

  • Area definition (see below Map for Warrior Rock boundary line):  Buoy 10 upstream to the Warrior Rock line.
  • From January 1 through February 29, permanent rules for Chinook salmon and steelhead apply (see e-regulations).

Effective March 1 until further notice, angling for and retention of all salmon, steelhead, and shad is prohibited from the Warrior Rock line downstream to Buoy 10.

Warrior Rock Boundary Map

COLUMBIA RIVER, Warrior Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Area definition (see above Map for Warrior Rock boundary line): Warrior Rock line upstream to Beacon Rock (boat and bank angling) plus bank angling only from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline.
  • From January 1 through February 29, permanent rules for Chinook salmon and steelhead apply (see e-regulations).
  • From March 1 – March 31, this area is open for retention of hatchery Chinook (adults and jacks*), hatchery steelhead, and shad. The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery fish (Chinook or steelhead only) of which only one may be a Chinook, no bag limit for shad.
  • From April 1 until the harvest guideline is reached, this area is only open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for hatchery Chinook (adults and jacks*), hatchery steelhead, and shad.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery fish (Chinook or steelhead only) of which only one may be a Chinook, no bag limit for shad.

COLUMBIA RIVER, Bonneville Dam upstream to OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam)

  • From January 1 to March 31, from McNary Dam upstream to OR/WA border, angling for and retention of all steelhead is prohibited.  All other permanent rules for Chinook salmon and steelhead apply including open for hatchery steelhead retention from Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam. The daily adult bag limit is 2 hatchery steelhead (see e-regulations).
  • From April 1 through May 5, from the Tower Island powerlines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border (boat and bank angling ) plus bank angling only from Bonneville Dam upstream to Tower Island powerlines, is open to retention of hatchery Chinook (adults and jacks*) and hatchery steelhead. The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery fish (Chinook or steelhead only) of which only one may be a Chinook.
  • Shad remains open under permanent rules.

*    The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish, once the adult daily limit is reached anglers cannot continue to fish for jacks.

STURGEON

COLUMBIA RIVER RESERVOIRS, between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam

Sturgeon Quota

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

• Closed to retention of sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed except in sanctuary closure areas during May 1-August 31.

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

• Closed to retention of sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed except in sanctuary closure areas during May 1-August 31.

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

• Permanent rules for sturgeon are in effect, including open to the retention of white sturgeon until quota reached. 

See 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations  for size, daily, and annual bag limits.

Columbia River Compact Action Notices

Columbia River Management Fact Sheets

Columbia River Information 

Columbia River Dam Counts

Recreation Report

We want your photos

Attention anglers – we want your photos!

Whether you’re out after trout or bass, steelhead or salmon, surfperch or rockfish, we’d love to see photos of your adventure. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!

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Notice of Columbia River Compact/Joint State Hearing:  ODFW & WDFW have scheduled a hearing for 10:00 AM Wednesday February 19, 2020 at the Portland Airport Shilo Inn (11707 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97220) to consider mainstem recreational spring season fisheries.

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.

 

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (2/15) boat trip, there were 15 salmonid boats and 55 Oregon bank anglers counted from Portland to Longview. Bank anglers are catching a few steelhead along the lower banks when water conditions are good.

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekly checking showed four steelhead kept, and 11 steelhead released for 95 bank anglers.

Portland to St. Helens Boats:

Weekly checking showed no catch for eight boats (16 anglers).

Goble to Beaver (Clatskanie) Boats:

Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (three anglers).

Wauna Powerlines to Clatsop Spit Bank:

No report.

Westport to Buoy 10 Boats:

No report.

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

No report.

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

No report.

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

No report.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):  Closed for retention.  No report.

Bonneville Pool:

Closed for retention.  No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: 2020 harvest guideline is 105 fish

No report.

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: No report.

The John Day pool is open to the retention of white sturgeon until quota is reached (under permanent regulations). See 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations  for size, daily, and annual bag limits. We advise that anglers check weather conditions before driving to the gorge. The Bonneville Pool will close to the retention of white sturgeon effective Friday, Feb. 14. The Dalles Pool will close to the retention of white sturgeon effective Tuesday, Feb. 18. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the area from Buoy 10 upstream to the I-5 Bridge is open for hatchery Chinook salmon; and hatchery steelhead is open from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam.  See 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations  for retention details.