Recreation Report

Columbia Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of July 17, 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.

Summer Seasons (June 16-July 31 timeframe)

COLUMBIA RIVER, Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam

During July 1 – July 31:

  • Retention of adult Chinook prohibited.
  • Retention of sockeye allowed. All sockeye are considered adults and must be recorded as adults on the combined angling tag.
  • Retention of hatchery Chinook jacks and hatchery steelhead allowed. 
  • The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids (hatchery steelhead and sockeye only). 
  • All other permanent rules apply including bag limits for jacks.

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

  • Retention of adult hatchery Chinook (24-inches or longer) allowed through Friday July 6.
  • Retention of adult Chinook prohibited effective July 7 – 31.
  • During July 1-31:
    • Retention of hatchery Chinook jacks and hatchery steelhead allowed.  
    • Retention of sockeye allowed.  All sockeye are considered adults and must be recorded as adults on the combined angling tag.
    • The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids (hatchery steelhead and sockeye only during July 8-31). 
  • All other permanent rules apply including bag limits for jacks.

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 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)

  • 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.

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 including sanctuary closures during May 1-July 31.

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.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

 

Recreation Report

Current & Upcoming Fishing Opportunities:

  • The Columbia River from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA Border is open to fishing for summer steelhead, sockeye and Chinook jacks (see special regulations for details).
  • 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 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

On Saturday’s (7/14) flight, 112 salmonid boats and 53 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam.  Boat anglers in the Gorge averaged 0.50 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Goble to Beaver area averaged 0.09 chinook and 0.48 steelhead caught per boat.  In the Westport to Astoria-Megler Bridge area, boat anglers averaged 0.12 Chinook and 0.15 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the Gorge averaged 0.10 Chinook and 0.15 steelhead caught per angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.13 steelhead caught per angler.  Anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.25 Chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one steelhead kept, plus two adult Chinook and two steelhead released for 20 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one jack Chinook kept, plus one adult Chinook released for two boats (eight anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one steelhead kept for eight bank anglers.

Portland to St. Helens Boats:

No report.

Goble to Westport (Clatskanie) Boats:

Weekend checking showed 14 steelhead kept, plus one adult Chinook and five steelhead released for 11 boats (40 anglers).

Wauna Powerlines to Clatsop Spit Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adult Chinook released for four bank anglers.

Westport to Buoy 10 Boats:

Weekend checking showed one jack Chinook and seven steelhead kept, plus three adult Chinook and four steelhead released for 26 boats (74 anglers).

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for three salmonid anglers; and no catch for one shad angler.

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for seven salmonid anglers.

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

Weekly checking showed no catch for one salmonid angler; and no catch for one shad angler, plus 21 shad kept, and 72 shad released for two boats (six anglers).

STURGEON

Gorge Boats:  Closed for retention.       

No report.

Troutdale Boats:  Closed for retention.

Weekend checking showed two oversize sturgeon released for one boat (four anglers).

Portland to Wauna Powerlines Boats:  Closed for retention.

No report.

Wauna Powerlines to Clatsop Spit Bank:  Closed for retention.

No report.

Buoy 10 to Wauna Powerlines Boats:  Closed for retention.

No report.

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

No report.

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. 

Weekly checking showed three sublegal and three oversize sturgeon released for three boats (13 anglers).

WALLEYE

Troutdale:

Weekly checking showed six walleye kept for eight boats (15 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 40 walleye kept, plus five walleye released for seven boats (16 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed five walleye kept for four bank anglers; and 117 walleye kept, plus 57 walleye released for 33 boats (72 anglers).