Recreation Report

Columbia Zone

Regulation Updates

Select Area Recreational Fisheries

The following regulation 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 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 upstream to Highway 202 Bridge; and in 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.

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Regulation Updates as of May 23, 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.

Spring Seasons (January 1-June 15 timeframe)

COLUMBIA RIVER, Buoy 10 upstream to Tongue Pt/Rocky Pt

  • Permanent regulations in effect including open for shad, but closed for angling and retention of salmon (adults and jacks) and steelhead.

COLUMBIA RIVER, Tongue Pt/Rocky Pt Line upstream to I-5 Bridge

  • Permanent shad regulations in effect including open to retention for boat and bank angling.
  • Through May 24, 2018, this area is open for retention of hatchery steelhead and hatchery jack Chinook.  Retention of adult Chinook is prohibited.
  • Beginning May 25, 2018 through June 6, 2018, this area will be open for retention of hatchery Chinook (adults and jacks) and hatchery steelhead.
    • The adult daily bag limit will be two hatchery adult salmon or hatchery steelhead in combination, of which no more than one may be a Chinook. The rules also allow retention of up to five hatchery jack salmon per day in Oregon.

COLUMBIA RIVER, I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Permanent shad regulations in effect including open to retention for boat and bank angling upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • Through May 24, 2018, this area is closed to angling and retention of salmon (adults and jacks) and steelhead.
  • Beginning May 25, 2018 through June 6, 2018, this area opens to retention of hatchery Chinook (adults and jacks) and hatchery steelhead.  Fishing for salmon and steelhead from a boat is prohibited from Beacon Rock (approximately four miles below Bonneville Dam) upstream to Bonneville Dam.
    • The daily bag limit will be two hatchery adult salmon or hatchery steelhead in combination, of which no more than one may be a Chinook. The rules also allow retention of up to five hatchery jack salmon per day in Oregon.

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

  • Permanent shad regulations in effect (open to retention year round.)
  • Through May 24, 2018, this area is closed to angling and retention of salmon (adults and jacks) and steelhead.
  • Beginning May 25, 2018 through June 15, 2018, this area is open for retention of hatchery Chinook (adults and jacks) and hatchery steelhead.  Fishing for salmon and steelhead from a boat is prohibited between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines (approximately six miles downstream from The Dalles Dam).
    • The daily bag limit will be two hatchery adult salmon or hatchery steelhead in combination, of which no more than one may be a Chinook. The rules also allow retention of up to five hatchery jack salmon per day in Oregon.

SELECT AREA RECREATIONAL FISHERIES

  • Permanent fishing regulations for recreational harvest in Oregon waters within Youngs Bay and Blind Slough/Knappa Slough are listed in the 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
  • The use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in the Youngs Bay and Knappa/Blind Slough Select Areas.
  • Effective March 1 through June 15, 2018 on days when the mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam is closed to Chinook retention, the permanent bag limits for Select Areas will apply. On days when the mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam is open to recreational Chinook harvest, the daily adult salmon/steelhead bag limit in Select Area fishing sites will be the same as the mainstem Columbia bag limits.

Summer Seasons (June 16-July 31 timeframe)

COLUMBIA RIVER, Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Retention of adult hatchery Chinook (24-inches or longer) allowed June 22 – July 4 (13 days).
  • Retention of hatchery Chinook jacks and hatchery steelhead allowed June 16 – July 31.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids.  Sockeye retention prohibited.
  • All other permanent rules apply.

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

  • Retention of adult hatchery Chinook (24-inches or longer) allowed June 16 – July 31.
  • Retention of hatchery Chinook jacks and hatchery steelhead allowed June 16 – July 31.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids.  Sockeye retention prohibited.
  • All other permanent rules apply.

Fall Seasons (August 1-December 31 timeframe)

COLUMBIA RIVER, Buoy 10

  • Area definition: From the Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red buoy #44 to red marker #2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore.
  • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult hatchery coho (16-inches or longer) and hatchery steelhead allowed.  Daily bag limits by time period are described below.  All other permanent rules apply.
  • August 1 – August 24: Retention of adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) allowed.  The daily bag limit is one adult salmonid (Chinook, hatchery coho, or hatchery steelhead only).
  • August 25 – September 30: Retention of Chinook prohibited.  The daily bag limit is two adult hatchery salmonids (coho and steelhead only) and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.
  • October 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook prohibited.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids (coho and steelhead only) and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.  Hatchery coho jacks may be retained. 

COLUMBIA RIVER, 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 buoy #44 to the red marker #2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore upstream to a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore through red buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island.
  • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult hatchery coho (longer than 20-inches), and hatchery steelhead allowed.  Hatchery coho jacks may be retained.  Daily adult bag limits by time period are described below.  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.  All other permanent rules apply.
  • August 1 – September 2: Retention of adult (24-inches or longer) and jack Chinook allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is one salmonid (Chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead only).
  • September 3 – December 31: Retention of Chinook (adults and jacks) prohibited.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids (coho and steelhead only) and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.

COLUMBIA RIVER, Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Area definition: From a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore through red buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult hatchery coho (longer than 20-inches) and hatchery steelhead allowed.  Hatchery coho jacks may be retained.  Daily adult bag limits by time period are described below.  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.  All other permanent rules apply.
  • August 1 – September 14: Retention of adult (24-inches or longer) and jack Chinook allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is one salmonid (Chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead only).
  • September 15 – December 31: Retention of Chinook (adults and jacks) prohibited.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids (coho and steelhead only) and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.

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

  • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult coho (longer than 20-inches) and hatchery steelhead allowed.  Coho jacks may be retained.  All coho (adults and jacks) retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be hatchery fish.  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.  All other permanent rules apply
  • Effective August 1 until further notice, retention of adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) and Chinook jacks allowed but will be managed in-season based on actual catches and the upriver bright fall Chinook run-size.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids, and may include up to one Chinook and up to one hatchery steelhead.

STURGEON

COLUMBIA RIVER, 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 modifications:
    • This area will be open to retention of white sturgeon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays during May 14, 2018 through June 4, 2018 (10 days: May 14, May 16, May 19, May 21, May 23, May 26, May 28, May 30, June 2, and June 4).
    • 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, Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Closed to retention of white sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed.
    • All other permanent rules apply including sanctuary closures during May 1-August 31.

COLUMBIA RIVER RESERVOIRS, between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • 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 Friday June 15, 2018. See 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for size, daily and annual bag limits, and sanctuary area closures.

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

  • 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 Friday June 15, 2018. See 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for size, daily and annual bag limits, and sanctuary area closures.

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 including sanctuary closures during May 1-July 31.

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Current & Upcoming Fishing Opportunities:

  • Fishing for summer steelhead and spring Chinook jacks will be open between Tongue Point and the I-5 Bridge.
  • Fishing for shad will be open from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • White sturgeon retention is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Wauna powerlines on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays during May 14 through June 4 (see special regulations for details).
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Wauna powerlines upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch and released fishing.  Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries are in effect (see special regulations for details).
  • The McNary Pool is open to the retention of legal white sturgeon through July 31.  Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries are in effect (see special regulations details).
  • Walleye fishing is good in The Dalles and John Day pools.

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Gorge Bank:

Weekly checking showed 45 shad kept for four bank anglers.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock):

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed six steelhead kept, plus four adult spring Chinook and three steelhead released for 67 bank anglers.

Portland to St. Helens Boats:

No report.

Goble to Beaver (Clatskanie) Boats:

Weekend checking showed one steelhead kept for one boat (two 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):

CLOSED.  No report.

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

CLOSED.  No report.

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

CLOSED.  No report.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam):  Closed for retention.             

No report.

Buoy 10 to Wauna Powerlines:

Weekend checking showed 30 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 47 sublegal and 43 oversize sturgeon released for 151 boats (495 anglers).

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

Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed two sublegal and five legal white sturgeon released for four bank anglers.

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

Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 41 sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers).

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

Closed for retention.  No report.

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 75 walleye kept, plus eight walleye released for 16 boats (37 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed 56 walleye kept, plus four walleye released for 17 boats (39 anglers).