Razor clamming is now open from Cape Lookout south to the CA border. Clatsop County beaches remain closed.

Chinook hatchery retention closes early due to low returns.

All  ODFW offices remain closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Hatcheries have partially reopened during normal visiting hours (8-5 in most cases). Most indoor areas, visitor centers and restrooms remain closed so please plan accordingly. 

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Columbia Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  May 25, 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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Spring Seasons (through June 15)

Spring Salmonid Boat Angling Area Closure Map

Summer Seasons (June 16-July 31)

Fall Seasons (August 1- December 31)

Thermal Angling Sanctuaries

STURGEON

Spring Seasons (through June 15)

Buoy 10 upstream to Tongue Point/Rocky Point line

Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam:

  • Permanent regulations are in effect (see e-regulations), except for the following temporary modifications:
  • Permanent regulations are in effect (see e-regulations), except for the following temporary modifications:
  • Effective Tuesday June 1 – Tuesday June 15, the area from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline is open for hatchery Chinook (adults and jacks) and hatchery steelhead, except salmon and steelhead angling from a boat is prohibited in the spring salmonid boat angling closure area adjacent to the Cowlitz River mouth (see detailed definition below).
    • Spring Salmonid Boat Angling Closure Area (see Map): Defined as the area of the mainstem Columbia River between boundary lines as described and includes all of Carrolls Channel (from the upstream end of Cottonwood Island downstream to the Cowlitz and Columbia River confluence). Downstream boundary – From a point on the Washington shore projected through Dolphin Marker J (near Shipping Terminal 9), southerly across the Columbia River to Columbia Park Boat Ramp in Rainier, Oregon. Upstream boundary – From a point on the Washington shore projected through Cottonwood Island Dike Light “31”, southerly across the Columbia River to a deadline marker on the Oregon shore.
    • Through Friday June 11, the daily adult bag limit is two hatchery fish (Chinook and steelhead), but only one may be a Chinook and only one may be a steelhead.
    • From Saturday June 12 – Tuesday June 15, the daily adult bag limit is two hatchery fish (Chinook and steelhead), but only one may be a steelhead
    • All other permanent rules apply, including open for shad retention and bag limits for hatchery Chinook jacks.

Bonneville Dam upstream to OR/WA Border (upstream of McNary Dam)

  • Permanent regulations in effect (see e-regulations), except for the following temporary modifications:
    • Effective Saturday June 12 – Tuesday June 15 (4 days), the area as defined below, will be open for hatchery Chinook (adults and jacks) and hatchery steelhead.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery fish (Chinook and steelhead), but only one may be a steelhead.
    • Area definition:  Tower Island powerlines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border (boat and bank) plus bank angling only from Bonneville Dam upstream to Tower Island powerlines.
    • All other permanent rules apply, including open for shad retention and bag limits for hatchery Chinook jacks.

Select Area Recreational Salmon Fisheries

  • Permanent regulations in effect (see e-regulations), except for the following temporary modifications:
    • Effective through June 15, 2021on days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of Chinook, the salmonid daily bag limit in Oregon and Washington Select Areas will be the same as the mainstem Columbia River bag limits.
    • On days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is closed to Chinook retention, the permanent salmonid bag limit regulations for Select Areas apply.

Summer Season (June 16-July 31)

Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Retention of adult hatchery Chinook allowed June 16 – July 5.
  • Retention of hatchery steelhead and sockeye allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two adult salmonids, but only one may be a hatchery steelhead and only one may be a sockeye.  All sockeye are considered adults.
  • Retention of hatchery jack Chinook allowed a.

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

  • Retention of hatchery Chinook (adults and jacks a), hatchery steelhead, and sockeye allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two adult salmonids, but only one may be a hatchery steelhead and only one may be a sockeye.  All sockeye are considered adults.

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 1 – 10: Retention of adult hatchery Chinook and adult hatchery coho allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmon, but only one may be a Chinook.
    • August 11 – September 6:  Retention of adult Chinook and adult hatchery coho allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmon, but only one may be a Chinook.
    • September 7 – 30:  Retention of adult hatchery coho allowed.  All Chinook must be released.  The daily adult bag limit is three hatchery coho.
    • 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 August 1 – October 31, and 5) retention of jack coho salmon allowed a.

  • Additional regulations by date period are described below:
    • August 1 – September 9:  Retention of Chinook (adults and jacks) and hatchery coho allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmon, but only one may be a Chinook.
    • September 10 – October 31:  Retention of hatchery coho allowed.  All Chinook must be released.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery coho.
    • November 1 – December 31:  Retention of hatchery coho 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.

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, and 5) retention of jack coho salmon allowed a.

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

  • June 16 – July 14:  One hatchery steelhead allowed in the adult salmonid daily limit.
  • 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.

  • June 16 July 14:  See rules for Columbia mainstem Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam.
  • 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.

  • June 16 – July 14:  See rules for Columbia mainstem Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam.
  • 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.

  • June 16 July 14:  See rules for Columbia mainstem Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam.
  • 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 angling July 15-September 15.

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.

  • June 16 July 14:  See rules for Columbia mainstem from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam.
  • 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)

  • June 16 – August 31:  One hatchery steelhead allowed in the adult salmonid daily limit
  • 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, except for the following temporary modifications:
    • This area will be open to retention of white sturgeon on Saturday June 12.
    • On days open to white sturgeon retention, angling for sturgeon is prohibited after 2 PM, including catch and release.
    • 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.

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 and Saturday September 18 (two 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

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Salmon fishing, Columbia River
"Triple threat! Dad & daughters." Salmon fishing, Columbia River. Photo by Joleen Wampler-Kendall

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: closures, special events, etc.

Finding garbage at your favorite spot?
Consider packing some out

During the past year, more people have been fishing and getting outdoors. And the garbage they’ve left behind proves it. Next time you head to the water, put a garbage bag in your pocket and fill it with any garbage you find. After you’re done fishing, of course.

New map shows wildfire impacts on recreation

Hunters, anglers and wildlife viewers will be living with the impacts of the 2020 wildfire season for a long time. To help you navigate the status of popular recreation sites, natural resource management agencies in Oregon have released an interagency status map that shows open, closed and reduced service areas on a single map, regardless of reason for closure.

The map now also includes an updated boat ramp status map. The Marine Board plans to update boat ramp status every month at a minimum.

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:

  • White sturgeon retention will be allowed in the Columbia River between Buoy 10 and Wauna power lines on Saturday June 12 (see Sport Fishing Regulations Updates for additional regulation details).
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Wauna power lines upstream to the McNary Dam but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.  Sturgeon spawning sanctuaries are in effect below Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day and McNary Dams during May 1-August 31. Consult the regulation pamphlet for details.
  • Angling for spring Chinook and summer steelhead will be open on the Columbia River from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam during June 1-15 with a daily adult bag limit of two hatchery fish, but only one may be a hatchery steelhead (see Sport Fishing Regulations Updates for additional regulation details).
  • Angling for spring Chinook and summer steelhead will be open on the Columbia River from Tower Island power lines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary, plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and Tower Island power lines during June 12-15.  The daily adult bag limit is two adult hatchery fish, but only one may be a hatchery steelhead (see Sport Fishing Regulations Updates for additional regulation details).
  • Angling for hatchery summer Chinook and sockeye opens during June 16-July 5 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam and during June 16-July 31 from Bonneville Dam to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam.  The adult daily bag limit is two adult salmonids in combination, of which no more than one may be a sockeye and no more than one may be a hatchery summer steelhead (see Sport Fishing Regulations Updates for additional regulation details).
  • Shad angling is good below Bonneville Dam.
  • Walleye fishing has been good in the John Day pool and fair in The Dalles Pool.

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

SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD

Tongue Point/Rocky Point to Longview:
Weekly checking showed one adult spring Chinook kept for 33 bank anglers; and four adult spring Chinook kept and two adult Chinook released for three boats (10 anglers). One shad boat (two anglers) had no catch.

Rainier to St. Helens:
Weekly checking showed three adult and one jack spring Chinook kept and two adult spring Chinook released for 27 bank anglers; and four adult spring Chinook kept and one adult spring Chinook released for 13 boats (35 anglers). Two shad boats (four anglers) kept 11 shad.

Sauvie Island to Portland:
Weekly checking showed two adult spring Chinook and one jack Chinook kept for 26 bank anglers; and four adult spring Chinook and one jack Chinook kept and two adult Chinook released for 31 boats (63 anglers). Six shad boats (19 anglers) kept 55 shad. 

Troutdale:
Weekly checking showed nine adult spring Chinook and three jack Chinook kept and one adult Chinook released for 57 boats (109 anglers).  Ten shad boats had no catch.

Gorge:
Weekly checking showed two adult spring Chinook and one jack Chinook kept and three adult Chinook released for 39 bank anglers; and 19 adult Chinook and seven jack Chinook kept, plus 13 adult Chinook and three jack Chinook released for 37 boats (107 anglers). Two-hundred-eighty-seven shad bank anglers kept 1,943 shad and 48 shad boats (151 anglers) kept 2,074 shad.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):
Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers and one boat (two anglers).  Forty-eight shad bank anglers kept three shad.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):
Weekly checking showed no catch for 11 bank anglers.  Twenty-five shad bank anglers kept 47 shad.

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm):
Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook kept and one adult Chinook released for 10 bank anglers; and three adult Chinook and three jack Chinook kept plus one adult Chinook released for nine boats (23 anglers).  Three shad bank anglers kept one shad.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River

(Buoy 10 to Wauna Powerlines):
Checking on June 2 and June 5 showed 300 legal sturgeon kept plus five legal, 292 sublegal, and 805 over-legal white sturgeon and two green sturgeon released for 395 boats (1,410) anglers.

Wauna Powerlines to Marker 82:
Closed to retention. Weekly checking showed five sublegal, nine legal and 11 over-legal sturgeon released for eight boats (32 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:
Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 11 legal and 17 over-legal sturgeon released for seven boats (17 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:
Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 14 sublegal and two legal sturgeon released for three boats (seven anglers).

John Day Pool:
Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat.

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:
Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (six anglers).

The Dalles Pool:
Weekly checking showed nine walleye kept and two walleye released for 14 boats (33 anglers).

John Day Pool:
Weekly checking showed 19 walleye kept for four bank anglers; and 54 walleye kept and 19 walleye released for 16 boats (42 anglers).