Columbia River Back to Washington

Fishing Rules

STURGEON
Min. size 43" fork length. Max. size 54" fork length. Daily limit 1. May 1-July 31: CLOSED to fishing for STURGEON from Priest Rapids Dam downstream 2.5 miles to the marker 400'downstream of the Priest Rapids Hatchery outlet channel (Jackson Creek).
Feb 01 thru Jul 31
SALMON
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adult hatchery CHINOOK may be retained. Release wild adult CHINOOK. June 16-30 Release all sockeye.
Jun 16 thru Aug 15
STURGEON
Catch-and-release. May 1-July 31: CLOSED to fishing for STURGEON from Priest Rapids Dam downstream 2.5 miles to the marker 400'downstream of the Priest Rapids Hatchery outlet channel (Jackson Creek).
Aug 01 thru Jan 31
SALMON
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained.
Aug 16 thru Oct 22
All Game Fish
Statewide min. size/daily limit. Release all TROUT. No min. size/daily limit for BASS, CHANNEL CATFISH, and WALLEYE.
Year-round
Water Quality

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Location

Additional Information

Description:

From Vernita Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam (536)

Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 14)
Barbless hooks required for Salmon/Steelhead (p. 14)

ALL SPECIES
* June 16-July 31: night closure from upstream of the Megler-Astoria Bridge
* Aug. 1-Dec. 31: from Buoy 10 upstream except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Reward Program and targeting pikeminnow.
* (except STURGEON) - anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement

Columbia River sockeye and summer chinook fisheries

Action: Open sockeye fishery from HWY 395 Bridge at Pasco to Priest Rapids Dam
Effective date: Effective July 1 until further notice.
Species affected: Sockeye
Location: HWY 395 Bridge at Pasco to Priest Rapids Dam
Additional information: Daily limit 6, no more than 2 adults, no more than 1 adult hatchery Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and sockeye. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.
Reason for action: This action provides recreational angling opportunity based a runsize upgrade of sockeye passage at Bonneville Dam. Summer chinook is tracking below the pre-season forecast, and as a result much of the allocation sharing will likely shift upstream to above Priest Rapids Dam, thus retention below Bonneville Dam is closed.

Boat Launch:
Two Poles Allowed:
Kids Only:
County: Columbia State: WA Country: United States

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