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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 June 28, 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.

Summer Season* (June 16 –July 31 timeframe)

Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • During June 16, 2017 – Friday June 30, 2017, retention of hatchery adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) is allowed.
  • Effective Saturday July 1, 2017 until further notice, the retention of adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) is prohibited.
  • June 16-July 31: Retention of sockeye is allowed. All sockeye are considered adults in the daily limit and must be recorded as adults on the combined angling tag
  • June 16-July 31: Retention of hatchery Chinook jacks (between 12 and 24-inches long) and hatchery steelhead allowed.
  • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, of which no more than one may be a steelhead, and five jacks. 
  • Night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.
  • All other permanent rules apply.

Bonneville Dam upstream to OR/ WA border, located upstream of McNary Dam (see page 77, Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations)
June 16-July 31:

  • Retention of sockeye and hatchery adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) is allowed. All sockeye are considered adults in the daily limit and must be recorded as adults on the combined angling tag
  • Retention of hatchery Chinook jacks (between 12 and 24-inches long) and hatchery steelhead allowed.
  • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, of which no more than one may be a steelhead, and five jacks. 
  • Night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.
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 hatchery coho (16-inches or longer) and hatchery steelhead allowed except all steelhead must be released August 1-31.  Daily bag limits by time period are described below.  Night angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.

    • August 1 – August 31: Retention of any adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two salmonids, and may include up to one Chinook.  All steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released.

    • September 1 – September 4: Retention of any adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two salmonids, and may include up to one Chinook and one hatchery steelhead.

    • September 5 – 30: Retention of all Chinook is prohibited.  The daily bag limit is two hatchery salmonids (coho/steelhead only) and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.

    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.  Chinook jacks (12-24 inches; hatchery or not) and hatchery coho jacks may only be retained October 1 – December 31 under permanent rules.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.

    • 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 except all steelhead must be released August 1-31.  Daily bag limits by time period are described below.  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.  Night angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.

    • August 1 – August 31: Retention of any Chinook is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one Chinook.  All steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.

    • September 1 – September 7: Retention of any Chinook is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one Chinook and one hatchery steelhead.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.

    • September 8 – 14: Retention of Chinook is restricted to hatchery fish only. Retained hatchery Chinook must have a clipped adipose fin or a clipped left ventral fin.  Either clip must have a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids, and may include up to one hatchery Chinook and one hatchery steelhead.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.

    • September 15 – 30: Retention of all Chinook is prohibited.  The daily bag limit is two adult hatchery salmonids (coho/steelhead only) and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.  The daily bag limit for coho jacks in Oregon is five fish.

    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.
  • Lower Columbia – Warrior Rock/Bachelor Isl. upstream to Bonneville 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 Bonneville Dam.

    • August 1 – August 31: Retention of any Chinook and hatchery coho allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.  All steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.  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.  Night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.

    • September 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.  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.  Night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.
  • Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook, coho and hatchery steelhead allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one hatchery steelhead except:

      • 1) Release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam August 1 – 31.

      • 2) Release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam September 1- 30.

      • 3) Release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) from John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam September 1 - October 31.

    • The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.  All coho (adults and jacks) retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be hatchery-origin.  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.  Night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.

  • McNary Dam upstream to the OR/WA Border (same regulations in WA upstream to HWY 395 Bridge)

    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook, coho, and hatchery steelhead allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one hatchery steelhead except release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) October 1- November 30.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.  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.  Night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.

STURGEON

All Permanent Regulations for sturgeon apply unless modified below (see 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Wauna Powerlines
(mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines (River Mile 40) downstream to the mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay; and all adjacent Washington tributaries)

  • Effective 2:00 PM June 14, 2017 through the remainder of the year, this area of the Columbia River will be closed to retention of white sturgeon. Catch and release angling is allowed.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • This area of the Columbia River remains under permanent regulations including closed to retention (see 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations), catch and release angling is allowed except angling for sturgeon is prohibited May 1-August 31 from Bonneville Dam downstream to a line crossing the Columbia River at Navigation Marker 82 on the Oregon shore westerly to a boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point.

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 June 24, 2017 through the remainder of the year, this section of the Columbia River is 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
| Columbia River Dam Counts

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