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Columbia Zone MapSport Fishing Regulation Updates - Columbia Zone

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Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations provide requirements for all zones. However, additional regulations may be adopted in this rule division from time to time and to the extent of any inconsistency, they supersede the printed Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.

Columbia Zone Updates

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Revised April 28, 2016

Fishing the Columbia
Fishing the Columbia
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

News:

All Permanent Regulations for salmon, steelhead, and shad apply unless modified below (see 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

Spring Seasons* (January 1-June 15 timeframe)

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam:

    • Additional spring Chinook opportunity will depend on the upriver Spring Chinook run size update usually available by mid-May.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border above McNary Dam:

  • Permanent shad regulations remain in effect including retention year round.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 6, 2016, the area from Tower Island powerlines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to OR/WA border is open for boat and bank angling and the area from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Tower Island powerlines is open to bank angling ONLY.  During this time this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult hatchery salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult hatchery Chinook.
    • Up to 5 hatchery jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 15, 2016, this area of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery steelhead ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of hatchery spring Chinook. 
  • Effective May 16, 2016-June 15, 2016, this section of the Columbia River will revert to permanent regulations (see 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

SELECT AREA RECREATIONAL FISHERIES (Youngs Bay, Blind Slough, Knappa Slough)

  • Effective April 9, 2016-June 15, 2016, permanent salmonid daily bag limit regulations for Select Areas apply.

Summary of 2016 summer and fall salmon regulations for the Columbia River

Summer Season* (June 16 –July 31 timeframe)

  • Summer Chinook and Sockeye
    • The area downstream of the Astoria-Megler Bridge is closed for salmon and steelhead during the June 16-July 31 period.
    • The area from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam) is open June 16-July 31 for retention of: sockeye, adult hatchery Chinook, hatchery Chinook jacks, and hatchery steelhead. Closed for Coho.
    • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks. All sockeye are considered adults and must be recorded as adults on the combined angling tag.
    • All other permanent rules apply.

Fall Season* (August 1-December 31 timeframe)

Boundary Maps:

  • 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.
      • August 1 – September 5: Retention of any adult Chinook (24-inches or longer, fin-clipped or not) is allowed Tuesdays-Saturdays. On Sundays and Mondays, Chinook retention is restricted to adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook (11 mark selective days: August 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, and September 4-5). The daily bag limit is two salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook (all days during this period).
      • September 6 – 30: Retention of Chinook is prohibited. The daily bag limit is two salmonids (hatchery Coho/steelhead only).
      • October 1 – December 31: Retention of any adult Chinook is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks.
      • Chinook jacks and hatchery Coho jacks may only be retained October 1 – December 31 under permanent rules.
      • All other permanent rules apply including the Youngs Bay Control Zone (YBCZ) which is closed to recreational angling from August 1 through September 15. The YBCZ includes waters from the Highway 101 Bridge crossing Youngs Bay northerly to a line originating on the Oregon shore at the east end of the seawall at the Warrenton Fiber log yard (approximately river mile 10.1) northeasterly through green navigation buoys 29, 31, 33, and 35A to the center of the Astoria-Megler Bridge abutment adjacent to, and north of the ship channel, and continuing southerly in line with the center of the Megler Bridge span to the Oregon shore (see map).

  • Lower Columbia – 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 hatchery Coho and hatchery steelhead allowed.
    • August 1 – September 9: Retention of any Chinook is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids (only one of which may be a Chinook), and five jacks.
    • September 10 – 14: Retention of Chinook (adults and jacks) restricted to hatchery fish only. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids (only one of which may be a Chinook), and five jacks.
    • September 15 – 30: Retention of Chinook (adults and jacks) is prohibited. The daily bag limit is two adult hatchery Coho/steelhead and five Coho jacks.
    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks.
    • 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.

  • Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island (lower Columbia) upstream to the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary 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 the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam).
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook, Coho, and hatchery steelhead allowed. All Coho (adults and jacks) retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be hatchery fish.
    • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks.
    • 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.

* Seasons may be subject to in-season modification.

STURGEON

All Permanent Regulations for sturgeon apply unless modified below (see 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

COLUMBIA RIVER RESERVOIRS, between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates from Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs can be found on the WDFW’s Southwest Washington Fishing Reports web page.

  • 2016 recreational harvest guidelines for white sturgeon fisheries between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam: 325 in Bonneville Pool; 100 in The Dalles Pool; 500 in John Day Pool.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • This area is closed to the retention of sturgeon except for the following summer retention dates:
    • Retention of white sturgeon will be allowed Saturday June 18 (one day) and Friday, July 1 (one day) in the mainstem Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam, including adjacent tributaries. The daily bag limit is one white sturgeon with a fork length of between 38 and 54 inches.  The annual limit is two.
  • Under permanent regulations, angling for sturgeon is prohibited during May 1 – July 31 from The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.

The Dalles Reservoir (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam)

  • Effective January 1, 2016 – April 29, 2016; this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.
  • Effective 12:01 AM Saturday April 30, 2016, this section of the Columbia River (and adjacent tributaries), will be closed to the retention of sturgeon for the remainder of the year.
  • Under permanent regulations, angling for sturgeon is prohibited during May 1 – July 31 from the west end of the grain silo at Rufus upstream to John Day Dam.

John Day Reservoir (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam)

  • Effective January 1, 2016, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.
  • Under permanent regulations, angling for sturgeon is prohibited during May 1 – July 31 from Highway 82 Bridge (Highway 395) near Umatilla upstream to McNary Dam.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

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