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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 6, 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.

Fall Season* (August 1-December 31 timeframe)

Boundary Maps:

Note: “rolling closures” for steelhead bold and underlined (see news release).

  • 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 (hatchery and wild) must be released August 1-31. Jack salmon may not be retained during August 1-September 30. Daily bag limits by time period are described below. Night angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Northern Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and targeting pikeminnow.
    • August 1 – August 31: Retention of any adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) is allowed. Jack salmon may not be retained. 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. Jack salmon may not be retained. 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, including jacks. 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, including jacks. 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 (hatchery and wild) 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 Northern Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and targeting pikeminnow. 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. 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 angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Northern Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and targeting pikeminnow. 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 angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Northern Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and targeting pikeminnow. All other permanent rules apply.
  • Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook, coho and hatchery steelhead allowed except all steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released during area specific steelhead closure dates listed below.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one hatchery steelhead when retention allowed.
      • 1) Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam: All steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released from August 1 – 31.
      • 2) The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam:  All steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released from September 1- 30.
      • 3) John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam: All steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released from 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 angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Northern Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and targeting pikeminnow. 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 all steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released 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 angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Northern Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program and targeting pikeminnow. All other permanent rules apply.
  • Oregon Columbia River Tributary Steelhead Regulation Updates (Central Zone and NE Zone) include the following changes effective June 16-December 31:
    • Deschutes River (downstream of Moody Rapids): Closed to all angling September 1-30.  Only one steelhead allowed in the adult salmonid daily bag limit when open.
    • John Day River (downstream of Tumwater Falls): All steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released from September 1-October 31. Only one steelhead allowed in the adult salmonid daily bag limit when retention allowed.

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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