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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 May 11, 2017

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

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

All Permanent Regulations for salmon, steelhead, and shad apply unless modified below (see 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

BARBLESS HOOKS ARE REQUIRED WHEN ANGLING FOR SALMON, STEELHEAD, OR TROUT IN THE MAINSTEM COLUMBIA RIVER.

Spring Seasons* (January 1-June 15 timeframe)

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to I-5 Bridge:

  • Effective April 24, 2017 – May 15, 2017, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling and retention of salmon (adults and jacks), steelhead, and shad.

  • Effective May 16, 2017 until further notice, this section of the Columbia River will open for shad, but remain closed to angling and retention of salmon (adults and jacks) and steelhead.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam:

  • Effective April 24, 2017 – May 15, 2017, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling and retention of salmon (adults and jacks), steelhead, and shad.
  • Effective May 16, 2017-June 15, 2017, this section of the Columbia River will revert to permanent regulations including open for shad, but closed to angling for salmon (adults and jacks) and steelhead.

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 May 6, 2017 – June 15, 2017, this area of the Columbia River is closed to angling and retention of salmon (adults and jacks) and steelhead.

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

  • Effective February 1, 2017 the use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in the Youngs Bay Select Area from the Highway 101 Bridge upstream to markers at confluence of Youngs and Klaskanine rivers, including lower Lewis and Clark River upstream to Alternate Highway 101 Bridge and lower Walluski River upstream to Highway 202 Bridge; and in the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area from markers at the west end of Minaker Island upstream to markers at the mouth of Blind Slough and continuing up Blind Slough/Gnat Creek to the Aldrich Point Road Bridge.

  • Effective March 1, 2016 – June 15, 2016, on days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of Chinook, the daily salmonid bag limit in Select Areas will be the same as mainstem Columbia River bag limits.

    On days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is closed to Chinook retention, the permanent daily salmonid bag limit regulations for Select Areas will apply (see 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

STURGEON

All Permanent Regulations for sturgeon apply unless modified below (see 2017 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.

2017 recreational harvest guidelines for white sturgeon fisheries between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam include: 325 in Bonneville Pool; 100 in The Dalles Pool; 105 in John Day Pool.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Effective 12:01 AM Saturday March 25, 2017 until further notice, this section of the Columbia River (and adjacent tributaries), will be closed to the retention of sturgeon.
  • 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 12:01 AM Saturday March 25, 2017, 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 12:01 AM Thursday March 30, 2017, 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 Highway 82 Bridge (Highway 395) near Umatilla upstream to McNary Dam.


Columbia River Information
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