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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 March 27, 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.

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

  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2017 – February 28, 2017 including open to the retention of hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon and/or steelhead and five hatchery jacks.
  • Effective March 1, 2017 - April 6, 2017, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad except closed to all angling in an area near the mouth of the Lewis River defined as : a line from a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island through USCG buoy red #4 to the Oregon shore, downstream to a line from the lower (north) end of Sauvie Island across to the downstream range marker (0.7 miles downstream of the Lewis River) and continuing along the wing jetty to the Washington shore (see map) (pdf).
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only ONE may be an adult 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, 2017 – May 15, 2017, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of hatchery spring Chinook.

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

  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2017 – February 28, 2017 including open to the retention of hatchery steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of salmon is prohibited.
  • Effective March 1, 2017 - April 6, 2017, the area from I-5 Bridge upstream to Beacon Rock is open for boat and bank angling and the area from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline is open to bank angling ONLY. This section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only ONE may be an adult 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, 2017 – May 15, 2017, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of hatchery spring Chinook.

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

  • Permanent salmon and steelhead regulations in effect January 1, 2017 – March 15, 2017 including open to the retention of hatchery steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of salmon is prohibited.
  • Permanent shad regulations remain in effect including retention year round.
  • Effective March 16, 2017 – May 5, 2017, 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. This section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only ONE may be an adult 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, 2017 – May 15, 2017, 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

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 January 1, 2017 – March 29, 2017, 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 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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