Columbia River Back to Washington

Fishing Rules

Jan 01 thru Dec 31
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
Min. size 12". Daily limit 4. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery CHINOOK. Release COHO and wild adult CHINOOK.
Jul 01 thru Oct 15
Min. size 12". Daily limit 10 hatchery TROUT. Barbless hooks required.
Jul 01 thru Aug 15
Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.
Jul 01 thru Aug 31
Water Quality

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Additional Information


From Hwy. 173 Bridge at Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam (545).

The Columbia River above Chief Joseph Dam is listed in the Eastside Lakes section as Rufus Woods Lake. Above Grand Coulee Dam, it is listed as Roosevelt Lake. For fishing on Indian reservation boundary waters, please consult the Colville Confederated Tribes, (509) 634-4711.

* 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.
* Fishing from a floating device prohibited downstream of Chief Joseph Dam from the boundary marker to the Corps of Engineers safety zone marker.

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

Columbia River sockeye and summer chinook fisheries

Action: Open sockeye fishery from HWY 173 at Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam
Effective date: Effective July 1 until further notice.
Species affected: Sockeye
Location: HWY 173 at Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam
Additional information: Daily limit 6, up to 4 adults may be retained. No more than 2 adult hatchery chinook and 2 sockeye may be retained. Release wild adult chinook and coho. 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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