Recreation Report

Columbia Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  Oct. 9, 2018

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

SALMON, STEELHEAD, AND SHAD
All regulations may be subject to in-season modifications.

COLUMBIA RIVER, Buoy 10 upstream to OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam)

  • Effective September 13 until further notice, angling for, and retention of, all salmon and steelhead is prohibited.
  • Night angling for shad, sturgeon, trout, or whitefish prohibited from McNary Dam upstream to OR/WA border (also in Washington upstream to HWY 395 Bridge near Pasco).

SELECT AREAS* (does not include mainstem fisheries)

*Includes the Youngs Bay Select Area from the Highway 101 Bridge upstream to markers at confluence of Youngs and Klaskanine rivers, including lower Lewis and Clark River upstream to Alternate Highway 101 Bridge and lower Walluski River tidewater sections; and the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area from markers at the west end of Minaker Island upstream to markers at the mouth of Blind Slough and continuing up Blind Slough/Gnat Creek to the Aldrich Point Road Bridge.

  • Effective September 24 until further notice, in the SELECT AREAS*, angling and retention of Chinook and hatchery coho is allowed per permanent regulations.  Retention of steelhead remains prohibited.
  • The following is a correction to errors on page 26 (NW Zone) and page 72 (Columbia Zone) of the 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations: The use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in the above Select Areas.
  • All other permanent regulations apply.

Additional Tributary Regulation Updates (see Central and Northeast Zone):

  • The Deschutes River from the lower end of Moody Rapids downstream to the mouth at the Hwy 84 Bridge remains closed to all angling.
  • Effective August 27 until further notice, the John Day River from Tumwater Falls downstream to the Columbia River is closed to steelhead retention.

STURGEON

COLUMBIA RIVER, Buoy 10 upstream to Wauna Powerlines

  • Closed to retention of white sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed.  All other permanent rules apply.

COLUMBIA RIVER, Wauna Powerlines (RM 40) upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Closed to retention of white sturgeon except for the following modifications.
  • Catch-and-release fishing is allowed. All other permanent rules apply.

COLUMBIA RIVER RESERVOIRS, between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Closed to retention of white sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed. All other permanent rules apply.

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

  • Closed to retention of white sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed. All other permanent rules apply.

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

  • Closed to retention of white sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed. All other permanent rules apply.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

 

Recreation Report

Current & Upcoming Fishing Opportunities:

  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing is good in the Bonneville and John Day pools.

 

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Effective Sept. 13 until further notice, angling for, and retention of, all salmon and steelhead is prohibited.

STURGEON

Buoy 10 to Bonneville Dam:  Closed for retention.

No report this week.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Closed for retention. 

No report this week.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Closed for retention. 

No report this week.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Closed for retention. 

No report this week.

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report this week.

The Dalles Pool:

No report this week.

John Day Pool:

No report this week.