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The Oregon coast from the Columbia River to Cape Blanco is now open to razor clamming. 4./12/19

Beginning April 16, 2019, all sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release will be prohibited.

Recreation Report

Columbia Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  April 17, 2019

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

All regulations may be subject to in-season modifications.

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

All permanent regulations for salmon, steelhead, and shad apply unless modified below (see e-regulations).

COLUMBIA RIVER, mouth to Warrior Rock

  • Effective April 15 until further notice, Chinook salmon, steelhead, and shad angling and retention is closed under permanent rules from the Warrior Rock line downstream to Buoy 10 (see e-regulations). 
    • Boundary definition (see Map): Warrior Rock line extends from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to red USCG buoy #4, then to the piling dolphin on the lower end of Bachelor Island.

COLUMBIA RIVER, Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam

  • From April 20-21, the area from the Warrior Rock line upstream to Beacon Rock (boat and bank) plus bank angling only from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline, is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad.
    • Boundary definition (see Map): Warrior Rock line extend from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to red USCG buoy #4, then to the piling dolphin on the lower end of Bachelor Island.
    • The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped salmonids (Chinook or steelhead only), of which only one may be a Chinook.
  • From April 15-19 and April 22 until further notice, Chinook salmon, steelhead, and shad angling and retention are closed under permanent rules for this area (see e-regulations).

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

  • 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) plus bank angling only from Bonneville Dam upstream to Tower Island powerlines, is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead.
    • The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped salmonids (Chinook or steelhead only), of which only one may be a Chinook. 
  • Shad angling is open under permanent rules.

STURGEON

All permanent regulations for sturgeon apply unless noted below (see e-regulations).

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 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 modifications:
    • This area will be open to retention of white sturgeon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays during May 13, 2019 through June 5, 2019 (11 days: May 13, May 15, May 18, May 20, May 22, May 25, May 27, May 29, June 1, June 3, and June 5).
    • 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.
    • Retention of green sturgeon prohibited.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Wauna Powerlines to Bonneville Dam

  • Permanent rules for sturgeon are in effect, including closed to the retention of sturgeon (see e-regulations). Catch-and-release fishing is allowed except in sanctuary closure areas during May 1-August 31.

COLUMBIA RIVER RESERVOIRS, between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam

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-July 31. (see e-regulations).

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-July 31.

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

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

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

 

Recreation Report

Current and Upcoming Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring Chinook fishing is open through Sunday, May 5 from Tower Island power lines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville Dam and Tower Island power lines.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details).
  • White sturgeon retention will be open from Buoy 10 upstream to Wauna powerlines on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays during May 13 through June 5 (see special regulations for details).

 

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid catch and effort remained low this past weekend, which is not surprising considering that the Columbia River is running high and dirty.  On Sunday’s (4/14) flight, 176 salmonid boats and 39 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Warrior Rock.  In the Portland area, boat anglers averaged 0.04 spring Chinook caught per boat. 

Gorge Bank:

CLOSED.  Weekend checking showed no catch for nine bank anglers.

Gorge Boats (Below Beacon Rock):

CLOSED.  Weekend checking showed no catch for 14 boats (46 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

CLOSED.  Weekend checking showed no catch for 38 boats (80 anglers).

Portland Bank:

CLOSED.  Weekend checking showed no catch for 22 bank anglers.

Portland Boats:

CLOSED.  Weekend checking showed three adult spring Chinook kept, plus one adult spring Chinook released for 89 boats (205 anglers).

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

Weekend checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

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 (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for 10 bank anglers; and 13 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 71 sublegal, one legal and two oversize sturgeon released for seven boats (21 anglers).

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

Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):

Closed for retention.  No report.

WALLEYE

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

Bonneville Pool:  Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: No report.