Columbia River Back to Washington

Fishing Rules

Other Game Fish
Statewide min. size/daily limit except no min. size/daily limit for BASS, CHANNEL CATFISH, and WALLEYE.
Jan 01 thru Dec 31
Daily limit 2 hatchery STEELHEAD.
Jan 01 thru Mar 31
Min. size 43" fork length. Max. size 54" fork length. Daily limit 1.
Feb 01 thru Jul 31
Night closure except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Reward Program and targeting pikeminnow.
Jun 16 thru Dec 31
Min. size 12" Up to 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Release all sockeye. Fishing at night is permitted in Washington waters. Release all adult chinook June 16 through June 21.
Jun 16 thru Jun 30
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 may be adult SALMON or 1 adult SALMON and 1 hatchery STEELHEAD except Oct. 1-Nov. 30: Release all STEELHEAD. Release all SALMON other than CHINOOK and COHO.
Aug 01 thru Dec 31
Aug 01 thru Jan 31
Release all TROUT except hatchery STEELHEAD (see below).
Water Quality

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Additional Information


From McNary Dam to Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco (533).

Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 14).

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

* 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.

Columbia River sockeye and summer chinook fisheries

Action: Open sockeye fishery from Bonneville Dam to HWY 395 Bridge at Pasco
Effective date: Effective July 1 through July 31, 2018
Species affected: Sockeye
Location: Bonneville Dam to HWY 395 Bridge at Pasco
Additional information: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or 1 of each may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook, 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: Clatsop State: WA Country: United States

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