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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 November 3, 2016

IMPORTANT: recent temporary rules allowing anglers with a 2-rod validation to use 2 fishing rods in certain NW and SW zone waters DO NOT APPLY to the Columbia River, the Columbia Zone, or ocean salmon fisheries.

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

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

NEWS:

Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Effective October 22, 2016 - November 4, 2016: Closed to angling and retention of salmon and steelhead.
  • Effective November 5, 2016 – December 31, 2016: Retention of hatchery Coho and hatchery steelhead is allowed. Retention of Chinook (adults and jacks) is prohibited.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and may not include more than one hatchery steelhead. The daily bag limit for jack Coho 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.
Fishing the Columbia
Fishing the Columbia
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam

  • Effective October 22, 2016 - November 4, 2016: Closed to angling and retention of salmon and steelhead.

  • Effective November 5, 2016 – December 31, 2016: Retention of Coho and hatchery steelhead allowed. Retention of Chinook (adults and jacks) is prohibited. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and may not include more than one hatchery steelhead. The daily bag limit for jack Coho 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.


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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