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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 December 18, 2014

News: Buoy 10 bonus coho back in effect beginning Friday

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

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

Recreational salmon fisheries in 2015 will begin under permanent regulations (see 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).  Modifications to 2015 spring chinook fisheries will be considered at a January 28 Compact/Joint State Hearing.

Summary of 2014 fall salmon regulations for the Columbia River

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.
  • October 3– December 31: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is three salmon or steelhead in combination, but at least one must be an adipose fin-clipped coho in a three bag limit.
  • The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish. Any Chinook jack (fin-clipped or not) may be retained. Coho jacks must be adipose fin-clipped.

Lower Columbia – Tongue Point/Rocky Point upstream to Steamboat Landing Park/Marker #50

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 most downstream point on the Steamboat Landing Park (100 S. Washougal River Road) dock on the Washington shore through navigation light #50 to the Oregon shore. This area does not include fishing from the Steamboat Landing Park dock.

Boundary Maps (jpgs)

Tongue Point/Rocky Point Line
Steamboat Landing Park/Marker #50 Line

  • October 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmon or steelhead in combination.
  • The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish. Any Chinook jack (fin-clipped or not) may be retained. Coho jacks must be adipose fin-clipped.
  • 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.

Lower Columbia - Steamboat Landing Park/Marker #50 upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Area definition: From a line projected from the most downstream point on the Steamboat Landing Park (100 S. Washougal River Road) dock on the Washington shore through navigation light #50 to the Oregon shore upstream to Bonneville Dam. Fishing from the Steamboat Landing Park dock is considered within the fishing area.
  • August 1 – December 31:
    • Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.
    • The daily adult bag limit is three salmon or steelhead in combination, but at least one must be an adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not) in a three bag limit.
    • The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish. Any Chinook jack (fin-clipped or not) may be retained. Coho jacks must be adipose fin-clipped.
  • 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 the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam)

  • August 1 – December 31:
    • Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not), coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. From Bonneville Dam upstream to the Hood River Bridge, all coho (adults and jacks) must be adipose fin-clipped. From the Hood River Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border, retention of any coho (adults and jacks, fin-clipped or not) is allowed.
    • The daily adult bag limit is three salmon or steelhead in combination, but at least one must be an adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not) in a three bag limit.
    • The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish. Any Chinook jack (fin-clipped or not) may be retained.
  • 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, including bag limits for jacks.

STURGEON

All Permanent Regulations apply unless noted otherwise.  See 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

  • The lower Willamette River (including Multnomah Channel and the Gilbert River) sturgeon regulation updates can be found under the Willamette Zone.

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)

  • Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Wauna Powerlines (RM 40) upstream to Bonneville Dam (including all adjacent Washington tributaries)

  • Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited.

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.

  • The Sturgeon Management Task Force will meet January 21, 2015 to discuss and develop management recommendations for 2015 white sturgeon fisheries in Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools, including potential modifications to harvest guidelines based on updated population assessments.  In the interim, the following recreational harvest guidelines will be used (same as 2014):  1,100 in Bonneville Pool; 300 in The Dalles Pool; 500 in John Day Pool.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Retention of white sturgeon prohibited effective 12:01 AM Sunday, July 20, 2014.
  • Effective Thursday January 1, 2015 – Sunday March 1, 2015, this section of the Columbia River will open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week. The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 38 – 54 inches fork length.
    • Staff will monitor the fishery in-season and recommend modifications if necessary to balance harvest between winter and summer seasons.

The Dalles Reservoir (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam)

  • Retention prohibited through December 31, 2014.
  • Effective January 1, 2015; this section of the Columbia River will open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met. The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length.

John Day Reservoir (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam)

  • Retention prohibited through December 31, 2014.
  • Effective January 1, 2015, this section of the Columbia River will open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met. The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length.

McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border

  • Under permanent regulations:
    • Effective January 1 - 31 and August 1 - December 31, retention of white sturgeon is prohibited in this section of the Columbia River.
    • Effective February 1 - July 31, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 - 54 inches fork length.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

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