Columbia River Back to Washington

Fishing Rules

SALMON & STEELHEAD
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery CHINOOK or hatchery STEELHEAD or 1 of each. Release all SALMON other than hatchery CHINOOK.
Jan 01 thru Mar 31
SHAD
No min. size. No daily limit.
May 16 thru Mar 31
SALMON & STEELHEAD
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 may be adult SALMON or 1 adult SALMON and 1 hatchery STEELHEAD. Release all SALMON other than hatchery CHINOOK and SOCKEYE. CLOSED - to fishing for SALMON and STEELHEAD from Buoy 10 to the Megler Astoria Bridge.
Jun 16 thru Jul 31
SALMON & STEELHEAD
Location: Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam 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
SALMON & STEELHEAD
CHINOOK - min. size 24". COHO - min. size 16". Daily limit 2 of which only 1 may be a CHINOOK and only 1 hatchery STEELHEAD may be retained. Release all SALMON other than CHINOOK and hatchery COHO. Aug. 1-Aug. 31: release STEELHEAD.
Aug 01 thru Sep 04
SALMON & STEELHEAD
COHO - min. size 12". Daily limit 2 of which only 1 may be a hatchery STEELHEAD. Release all SALMON other than hatchery COHO.
Sep 05 thru Sep 30
SALMON & STEELHEAD
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 may be adult SALMON or 1 adult SALMON and 1 hatchery STEELHEAD. Release all SALMON other than CHINOOK and hatchery COHO.
Oct 01 thru Dec 31
BOTTOMFISH
Daily limits, seasons, size restrictions, and gear restrictions are the same as those of the adjacent portion of Marine Area 1.
Year-round
Other Game Fish
Statewide min. size/daily limit except no min. size/daily limit for BASS, CHANNEL CATFISH, and WALLEYE.
Year-round
STURGEON
Catch-and-release.
Year-round
TROUT
Release all TROUT except hatchery STEELHEAD (see below).
Year-round
FORAGE FISH
No min. size. Daily limit 10 lbs. all species combined. Forage fish jig gear allowed. Forage fish may be used live for bait. Closed to fishing for eulachon.
Year-round

Location

Additional Information

Description:

From a true north and south line through Buoy 10 to a projected line from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank (519).

North Jetty: fishing for SALMON and STEELHEAD is open 7 days a week when Marine Area 1 or Buoy 10 areas are open for SALMON. The daily limit and minimum size restrictions follow the most liberal regulations of either of these areas.
Single-point barbless hooks required for SALMON and STEELHEAD. A saltwater or combination license is required to fish the north jetty.

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.

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

Columbia River sockeye and summer chinook fisheries

Action: Open sockeye fishery and close summer chinook from Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.
Effective date: Effective July 1 through July 31, 2018.
Species affected: Sockeye and summer chinook.
Location: Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.
Additional information: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adult sockeye or hatchery steelhead or 1 of each may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery jack 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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