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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 July 28, 2016

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

News:

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

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

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) by Area

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. Daily bag limits by time period are described below.
    • August 1 – September 5: Retention of adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) is allowed but is restricted to hatchery fish only on all Sundays and Mondays (11 mark selective days: August 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, and September 4-5) during this period. On days when Chinook retention 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 bag limit is two salmonids and may include up to one Chinook and one hatchery steelhead.
    • September 6 – 30: Retention of 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 adult 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. Daily bag limits by time period are described below.
    • August 1 – September 9: 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 is five fish.
    • September 10 – 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 is five fish.
    • September 15 – 30: Retention of all Chinook (adults and jacks) 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 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 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.
    • 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 Bonneville Dam deadline.
    • August 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 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.
    • 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 effective September 1. The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish.
    • All Coho (adults and jacks) retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be hatchery 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.
    • All other permanent rules apply.
  • McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border
    • 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 effective November 1. The daily bag limit for jack salmon 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.
    • 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 section of the Columbia River (and adjacent tributaries) is closed to the retention of sturgeon for the remainder of the year.
      • The harvest guideline was met after the June 18 retention day.

  • 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)

  • This section of the Columbia River (and adjacent tributaries) is 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)

  • This section of the Columbia River (and adjacent tributaries) is 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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