Columbia River Zone Region Guide

Guide created on 2017-11-06


Region Exceptions

Crappie

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Bag Limit:
10

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Bag Limit:
10

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Catfish

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Shad

License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Special:
from Buoy 10 line upstream to Bonneville Dam

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Bluegill

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Largemouth bass

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Trout

Dates:
All year
Size:
shorter than 20 inches
License:
Angling License

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Method:
Closed
Special:
Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank In the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank, each angler aboard a vessel may continue to use angling gear until the daily limit of fish for all legally licensed and juvenile anglers aboard has been achieved. However, no individual angler may exceed any personal daily bag limit.

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Method:
Closed
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Method:
Closed
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Bag Limit:
5
Size:
8 inch minimum length

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Bag Limit:
5
Size:
8 inch minimum length

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Bag Limit:
5
Size:
8 inch minimum length

Dates:
Jan 1 - Mar 31
License:
Angling License
Special:
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge

Dates:
May 22 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Special:
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Barbless hooks required
Special:
Use of barbless hooks is required when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in: mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Oregon-Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam (RM 309.5); Youngs Bay Select Area (Clatsop Co.) from Highway 101 bridge upstream to markers at the confluence of the Youngs and Klaskanine rivers, including lower Lewis and Clark River upstream to Alternate Highway 101 bridge, and Walluski River upstream to Highway 202 bridge; and within the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area (Clatsop Co.) from markers at the west end of Minaker Island upstream to markers at the mouth of Blind Slough, continuing upstream to railroad bridge in Blind Slough

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
2 daily bag limits
Method:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species
Special:
Only hatchery cutthroat trout may be kept. Barbless hooks are required. Closed to angling for bull trout. No limit on size or number of brook or brown trout in streams unless noted under Exceptions.
Size:
12 inch minimum length

Crayfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Not Required
Bag Limit:
100
Possession Limit:
2 daily bag limits

Chub

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Bass

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Bag Limit:
1

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Bag Limit:
1

Bull trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species
Special:
Only hatchery cutthroat trout may be kept. Barbless hooks are required. Closed to angling for bull trout. No limit on size or number of brook or brown trout in streams unless noted under Exceptions.

Sucker

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Carp

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Salmon

Dates:
Nov 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Angling Prohibited, Watercraft Restrictions
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam Angling for salmon from a floating device is prohibited from Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam Nov 1 - Dec 31.

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Gear Restrictions
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam When angling for salmon and hatchery steelhead, a single-point hook with a gap size no larger than 3/4-inch is required for all non-buoyant lures Aug 1 - Dec 31 from Bonneville Dam to the Oregon/ Washington border. Non-buoyant lures sink in freshwater

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Special:
East of peninsula from the markers at the mouth upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for salmon and steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/ WA border, except closed Aug 16-Nov 30.

Dates:
All year
Special:
A valid Columbia River Basin Endorsement must be in possession when fishing for salmon, steelhead, or sturgeon in the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream and in all the rivers and their tributaries that flow into the Columbia River
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Barbless hooks required
Special:
Use of barbless hooks is required when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in: mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Oregon-Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam (RM 309.5); Youngs Bay Select Area (Clatsop Co.) from Highway 101 bridge upstream to markers at the confluence of the Youngs and Klaskanine rivers, including lower Lewis and Clark River upstream to Alternate Highway 101 bridge, and Walluski River upstream to Highway 202 bridge; and within the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area (Clatsop Co.) from markers at the west end of Minaker Island upstream to markers at the mouth of Blind Slough, continuing upstream to railroad bridge in Blind Slough

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Youth Angling or Oregon Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permit Holders Only
Special:
Herman Creek Youth and Disabled Angler Angling Area - West of peninsula from the markers at the mouth upstream to lower Herman Creek Pond structure (see map on page 77). Open for salmon and steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/ WA border

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
Herman Creek Lagoon- East of the line from Northwest tip of the jetty, south to marker on shore (See map on page 77). Open for salmon and steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/ WA border.

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
In the aggregate: 2 adult salmon or steelhead per day, 20 per year. 5 jack salmon per day, 2 daily jack limits in possession
Method:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species
Special:
Only hatchery steelhead may be kept. Closed for sockeye and chum salmon. See Exceptions in Columbia River Zone to determine where harvest of any Chinook or coho salmon is allowed. Harvest of wild steelhead is not permitted in the Columbia River Zone. There is no annual limit on hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead so long as the appropriate number of Hatchery Harvest Tags have been purchased to record the catch. Barbless hooks are required. Check for new regulations before you fish

Brown trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Method:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species
Special:
Only hatchery cutthroat trout may be kept. Barbless hooks are required. Closed to angling for bull trout. No limit on size or number of brook or brown trout in streams unless noted under Exceptions.

Nongame fish

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Northern pikeminnow

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Channel catfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Bag Limit:
2

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Bag Limit:
2

Whitefish

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Chum salmon

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
In the aggregate: 2 adult salmon or steelhead per day, 20 per year. 5 jack salmon per day, 2 daily jack limits in possession
Method:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species
Special:
Only hatchery steelhead may be kept. Closed for sockeye and chum salmon. See Exceptions in Columbia River Zone to determine where harvest of any Chinook or coho salmon is allowed. Harvest of wild steelhead is not permitted in the Columbia River Zone. There is no annual limit on hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead so long as the appropriate number of Hatchery Harvest Tags have been purchased to record the catch. Barbless hooks are required. Check for new regulations before you fish

Chinook salmon

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Special:
Upstream to mainline railroad bridge consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/Washington border

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Special:
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam Only hatchery coho salmon may be retained between Bonneville Dam and the Hood River bridge at RM 169.

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Special:
Including Gnat Creek from railroad bridge up to Aldrich Pt. Road Bridge

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Special:
Including Gnat Creek from railroad bridge up to Aldrich Pt. Road Bridge

Dates:
Sep 1 - Sep 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Special:
Upstream to mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from the Rocky Point-Tongue Point line upstream to I-5 Bridge, except closed Sep 1-30.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License

Steelhead

Dates:
All year
Size:
longer than 20 inches
License:
Angling License

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Special:
East of peninsula from the markers at the mouth upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for salmon and steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/ WA border, except closed Aug 16-Nov 30.

Dates:
All year
Special:
A valid Columbia River Basin Endorsement must be in possession when fishing for salmon, steelhead, or sturgeon in the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream and in all the rivers and their tributaries that flow into the Columbia River
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Barbless hooks required
Special:
Use of barbless hooks is required when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in: mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Oregon-Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam (RM 309.5); Youngs Bay Select Area (Clatsop Co.) from Highway 101 bridge upstream to markers at the confluence of the Youngs and Klaskanine rivers, including lower Lewis and Clark River upstream to Alternate Highway 101 bridge, and Walluski River upstream to Highway 202 bridge; and within the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area (Clatsop Co.) from markers at the west end of Minaker Island upstream to markers at the mouth of Blind Slough, continuing upstream to railroad bridge in Blind Slough

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Youth Angling or Oregon Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permit Holders Only
Special:
Herman Creek Youth and Disabled Angler Angling Area - West of peninsula from the markers at the mouth upstream to lower Herman Creek Pond structure (see map on page 77). Open for salmon and steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/ WA border

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
Herman Creek Lagoon- East of the line from Northwest tip of the jetty, south to marker on shore (See map on page 77). Open for salmon and steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/ WA border.

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
In the aggregate: 2 adult salmon or steelhead per day, 20 per year. 5 jack salmon per day, 2 daily jack limits in possession
Method:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species
Special:
Only hatchery steelhead may be kept. Closed for sockeye and chum salmon. See Exceptions in Columbia River Zone to determine where harvest of any Chinook or coho salmon is allowed. Harvest of wild steelhead is not permitted in the Columbia River Zone. There is no annual limit on hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead so long as the appropriate number of Hatchery Harvest Tags have been purchased to record the catch. Barbless hooks are required. Check for new regulations before you fish

Yellow perch

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Smallmouth bass

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Marine shellfish

Dates:
All year
Special:
See Marine Zone, pages 80-87. (Marine Zone regulations for marine fish and marine shellfish only apply to Columbia River downstream of Tongue Point/Rocky Point line at the mouth of the Columbia River.)
License:
Angling License

Eulachon smelt

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Special:
Unless specifically authorized under emergency rules, it is unlawful to take or attempt to take Eulachon smelt in inland waters, including bays, rivers, estuaries, and streams.

Brook trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Method:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species
Special:
Only hatchery cutthroat trout may be kept. Barbless hooks are required. Closed to angling for bull trout. No limit on size or number of brook or brown trout in streams unless noted under Exceptions.

Bullfrog

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Not Required

Coho salmon

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam Only hatchery coho salmon may be retained between Bonneville Dam and the Hood River bridge at RM 169.

Walleye

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Sturgeon

Dates:
May 1 - Aug 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Angling Prohibited
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam Angling for sturgeon is prohibited from May 1 through Aug 31 from Bonneville Dam downstream approximately nine miles to a line crossing the Columbia River from Navigation Marker 82 on the Oregon shore westerly to a boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point

Dates:
All year
Special:
A valid Columbia River Basin Endorsement must be in possession when fishing for salmon, steelhead, or sturgeon in the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream and in all the rivers and their tributaries that flow into the Columbia River
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Catch and Release only, Only one single-point barbless hook may be used
Special:
Closed to retention of white and green sturgeon. All sturgeon must be immediately released unharmed into the water. Sturgeon over 54 inches in fork length cannot be removed totally or in part from the water. Only one single-point, barbless hook may be used for sturgeon. See page 75 for tag return information. Sturgeon fisheries are managed on a quota basis. Check the status of regulations prior to fishing.

Sockeye salmon

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
In the aggregate: 2 adult salmon or steelhead per day, 20 per year. 5 jack salmon per day, 2 daily jack limits in possession
Method:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species
Special:
Only hatchery steelhead may be kept. Closed for sockeye and chum salmon. See Exceptions in Columbia River Zone to determine where harvest of any Chinook or coho salmon is allowed. Harvest of wild steelhead is not permitted in the Columbia River Zone. There is no annual limit on hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead so long as the appropriate number of Hatchery Harvest Tags have been purchased to record the catch. Barbless hooks are required. Check for new regulations before you fish

Marine fish

Dates:
All year
Special:
See Marine Zone, pages 80-87. (Marine Zone regulations for marine fish and marine shellfish only apply to Columbia River downstream of Tongue Point/Rocky Point line at the mouth of the Columbia River.)
License:
Angling License

Sculpin

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Sunfish

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Adult, hatchery

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank Minimum length for jack salmon is 12 inches. Minimum sizes for adult salmon are 24 inches for Chinook salmon and 16 inches for coho salmon.

Hatchery

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Bag Limit:
5
Species:
Trout
Size:
8 inch minimum length

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Including Gnat Creek from railroad bridge up to Aldrich Pt. Road Bridge

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Including Gnat Creek from railroad bridge up to Aldrich Pt. Road Bridge

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Including Gnat Creek from railroad bridge up to Aldrich Pt. Road Bridge

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Including Gnat Creek from railroad bridge up to Aldrich Pt. Road Bridge

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Upstream to mainline railroad bridge consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/Washington border

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Upstream to mainline railroad bridge consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/Washington border

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank

Dates:
Jan 1 - Mar 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank

Dates:
Jan 1 - Mar 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Chinook salmon
Special:
Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank

Dates:
Jan 1 - Mar 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank

Dates:
Jan 1 - Mar 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge

Dates:
Jan 1 - Mar 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Chinook salmon
Special:
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge

Dates:
Jan 1 - Mar 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge

Dates:
May 16 - July 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge

Dates:
Jan 1 - Mar 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam

Dates:
Jun 16 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam

Dates:
Jan 1 - Mar 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam

Dates:
Jul 16 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Gear Restrictions
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam When angling for salmon and hatchery steelhead, a single-point hook with a gap size no larger than 3/4-inch is required for all non-buoyant lures Aug 1 - Dec 31 from Bonneville Dam to the Oregon/ Washington border. Non-buoyant lures sink in freshwater

Dates:
Jan 1 - Jul 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Chinook salmon
Special:
Including Gnat Creek from railroad bridge up to Aldrich Pt. Road Bridge

Dates:
Jan 1 - Jul 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Chinook salmon
Special:
Including Gnat Creek from railroad bridge up to Aldrich Pt. Road Bridge

Dates:
Sep 1 - Sep 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Upstream to mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from the Rocky Point-Tongue Point line upstream to I-5 Bridge, except closed Sep 1-30.

Dates:
Sep 1 - Sep 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Upstream to mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from the Rocky Point-Tongue Point line upstream to I-5 Bridge, except closed Sep 1-30.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Coho Salmon
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Aug 16 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge Open for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam except closed Aug 16 - Nov 30. See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
Jan 1 - Jul 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Chinook salmon

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Species:
Coho Salmon

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species
Possession Limit:
2 daily bag limits
Species:
cutthroat trout
Special:
Only hatchery cutthroat trout may be kept. Barbless hooks are required. Closed to angling for bull trout. No limit on size or number of brook or brown trout in streams unless noted under Exceptions.
Size:
12 inch minimum length

Adult

Dates:
Aug 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Chinook salmon
Special:
Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank Minimum length for jack salmon is 12 inches. Minimum sizes for adult salmon are 24 inches for Chinook salmon and 16 inches for coho salmon.

Jack, hatchery

Dates:
May 16 - July 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Chinook salmon
Special:
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge Minimum length for jack salmon is 12 inches.
Size:
minimum length 12 inches

Dates:
Jun 16 - Jul 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Chinook salmon
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam
Size:
minimum length 12 inches

Dates:
Jun 16 - Jul 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Chinook salmon
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam Minimum length for jack salmon is 12 inches

Wild

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species
Species:
cutthroat trout
Special:
Only hatchery cutthroat trout may be kept. Barbless hooks are required. Closed to angling for bull trout. No limit on size or number of brook or brown trout in streams unless noted under Exceptions.

Freshwater

Dates:
All year
Method:
Closed
Species:
clams
Special:
It is illegal to harvest or possess any freshwater mussels or clams.

Dates:
All year
Method:
Closed
Species:
Mussels
Special:
It is illegal to harvest or possess any freshwater mussels or clams.

Jack

Dates:
Oct 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Salmon
Special:
Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank Minimum length for jack salmon is 12 inches. Minimum sizes for adult salmon are 24 inches for Chinook salmon and 16 inches for coho salmon.

Angling prohibited

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 30
License:
Angling License
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam Angling is prohibited for all species during Jan 1 - Apr 30 from a line between the upstream end of Sand Island (near Rooster Rock) and a marker on the Oregon shoreline, downstream to a line between the lower end of Sand Island and a marker on the Oregon shoreline

Bank angling prohibited

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam From Bradford Island below Bonneville Dam from south shore between the dam and a line perpendicular to the shoreline marker at west end of riprap and from north shore between fishway entrance and a line perpendicular to the shoreline marker 850 feet downstream;

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam From Robins Island below Bonneville Dam downstream to a line perpendicular to the shoreline marker on mooring cell.

Watercraft restrictions

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam Angling from a floating device or using a floating device to set lines is prohibited in the area between Bonneville Dam and a line crossing the river downstream from the dam marked by the boat-restricted zone sign on the Oregon shore at the westernmost tip of Robins Island to the boat restricted zone sign approximately 50 feet upstream of the Hamilton Island boat ramp on the Washington shore (USACE Boat Restricted Zone).

Only single-pointed barbless hooks are allowed

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam Only single-point hooks allowed when angling at Cascade Locks in the area between the boat ramp at the lower end of the locks upstream to the east (upstream) end of the lock wall.

Closed

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam Inside the south navigation lock at Bonneville Dam from a marker on the western-most point of Robins Island to a marker on the Oregon mainland shore;

Dates:
Aug 16 - Oct 15
License:
Angling License
Special:
I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam Between markers located 150 feet upstream and 450 feet downstream from the mouth of Tanner Creek out to center of the Columbia River

Closed to all angling

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam Bonneville Dam upstream to a line across the river 1,000 feet from the dam as indicated by USACE signs

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam Interstate Hwy 197 bridge at The Dalles upstream to the upper line of The Dalles Dam, except bank angling is permitted upstream from the highway bridge for 1,100 feet to the cyclone fence

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam John Day Dam downstream about 3,000 feet except that bank angling is permitted up to 600 feet below the fishway entrance;

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required
Special:
Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/ Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam From a floating device in USACE designated hazard zones above and below McNary Dam

Dates:
Sep 1 - Sep 30
License:
Angling License
Special:
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge Angling from Big Creek railroad trestle bridge near mouth closed Sep 1-30.

Angling license

Dates:
All year
Special:
The Columbia River Zone is all waters of the Columbia River upstream from a northsouth line through Buoy 10 at the river mouth and includes those portions of tributaries (including lakes) downstream from the mainline railroad bridges near the tributaries’ mouths except for the Willamette (including Multnomah Channel), Sandy, Hood, Deschutes and Umatilla river systems, Skipanon River, and Youngs Bay. The Columbia River Zone includes downstream from Hwy 730 on the Umatilla River and from Interstate 84 on the Deschutes River, and the lower Skipanon River downstream of the Harbor Street Bridge. The boundary is a straight line across the mouths of the Willamette (including Multnomah Channel), Sandy and Hood rivers and the Hwy 101 Bridge on Youngs Bay. Oregon and Washington state waters are defined by the state line which lies within the waters of the Columbia River. In the area from the mouth upstream to Altoona, WA (Rivermile 24), the state line is near the Washington shore. In the area from Altoona, WA upstream to above McNary Dam (except near mainstem dams) the state line is in the middle of the ship channel.

Dates:
All year
Special:
In the Columbia River where it forms the state boundary line, not including tributaries, sloughs and lands, the following rules apply: Both Washington and Oregon resident or non-resident fishing licenses are valid except when the other state’s season is closed. Any anglers other than Washington residents must have a valid Oregon angling or shellfish license when landing fish or taking shellfish by boat in Oregon; Anglers must follow the rules of the state in which they are fishing; Anglers are restricted to one daily catch limit for all fish species from the Columbia River, even if licensed in Oregon and Washington; Anglers are restricted to one annual catch limit of white sturgeon in the Columbia River above Bonneville Dam even if licensed in Oregon and Washington

Dates:
All year
Special:
When fishing on tributaries, sloughs or from the land of a state, the angler must be licensed by that state and obey all angling regulations of that state.

Dates:
All year
Special:
It shall be unlawful for any person to angle from a vessel while fish are onboard that are not allowed to be taken in the area being fished. This regulation does not apply to vessels in transit.

Dates:
Feb. 15–Jun 15
Special:
Use of barbless hooks is required when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in: mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Oregon-Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam (RM 309.5); Youngs Bay Select Area (Clatsop Co.) from Highway 101 bridge upstream to markers at the confluence of the Youngs and Klaskanine rivers, including lower Lewis and Clark River upstream to Alternate Highway 101 bridge, and Walluski River upstream to Highway 202 bridge; and within the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area (Clatsop Co.) from markers at the west end of Minaker Island upstream to markers at the mouth of Blind Slough, continuing upstream to railroad bridge in Blind Slough

Dates:
All year
Special:
Mainstem Columbia River fisheries for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon are co-managed by the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and the four Treaty Tribes, represented by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Based on discussions among the co-management agencies, Oregon may adopt in-season changes to sport fishery regulations in the Columbia River. Regulation changes can occur on short notice and will be made available to ODFW field offices, the news media and license agents. Anglers can check the status of regulations prior to fishing the Columbia River by checking the ODFW website: www.odfw.com for these rules, or calling 503-947-6000 during normal business hours.

Angling license and columbia river basin endorsement required

Dates:
All year
Special:
Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank In the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank, each angler aboard a vessel may continue to use angling gear until the daily limit of fish for all legally licensed and juvenile anglers aboard has been achieved. However, no individual angler may exceed any personal daily bag limit.

Dates:
All year

Dates:
All year
Special:
See Central Zone for area upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
All year

Dates:
All year
Special:
No minimum length on warmwater fish.

Dates:
All year
Special:
East of peninsula from the markers at the mouth upstream to the mainline railroad bridge See Central Zone for area upstream from the mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
All year
Special:
Open all year from Benson Lake downstream to the culvert under Hwy 84

Dates:
All year
Special:
See Northwest Zone for area upstream from mainline railroad bridge.

Dates:
All year
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge

Dates:
All year
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge

Dates:
All year
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge

Dates:
All year
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge

Dates:
All year
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge

Dates:
All year
Special:
Upstream to the mainline railroad bridge See Willamette Zone for areas upstream from mainline railroad bridge

Dates:
All year

Dates:
All year
Special:
No minimum length on warmwater fish

Activities Available

Fresh Water Fishing
Salt Water Sport Fishing

Methods Available

Barbless Hook
Illegal To Harvest Or Possess
Spear Gun
On Land
Artificial Fly
Anti-Snagging
Rings
No More Than One Single Point Barbless Hook May Be Used.
Snag Hook
Gig
Catch And Release Only, Only One Single-point Barbless Hook May Be Used
Hand-held Landing Net
Closed
Dip Net
Net
Leader
Angling Prohibited
Codes For Tags
Lure
Bank Angling Prohibited
Snagging, Unlawful
Watercraft Restrictions
Closed In All Waters Unless Noted By Species
Snagging
Hand
Chumming
Angling, Hand, Bow And Arrow, Crossbow, Spear, Spear Gun, Gaff And Snag Hook
Baited Lines (no Hooks Allowed)
Bobber Fishing
Prohibited
Chumming, Unlawful
Angling
Crossbow
Youth Angling Or Oregon Disabled Hunting And Fishing Permit Holders Only
Hand, Baited Lines (no Hooks Allowed), Net, Rings And Traps
Single-point Hooks Larger Than 1-inch Gap And Multiple Point Hooks Larger Than 9/16 Inch Gap Are Prohibited. All Weight, If Not Part Of Conventional Lure, Must Be Attached On The Fishing Line Between The Lure And The End Of The Rod. With Hooks Larger Than 5/8 Inch Gap Or Multiple Point Hook, Weight Must Be Attached 18 Inches Or More Above The Uppermost Hook.
Traps
Bow And Arrow
Angling, Hand, Bow And Arrow, Spear, Spear Gun, Gaff And Snag, Hook And Herring Jig.
Unlawful
Gaff
Fly-Fishing
Angling, Hand, Bow And Arrow, Spear, Gig, Spear Gun, Dip Net
Using Gurdies, Winches Or Reels Affixed To A Boat To Land Fish, Unlawful
Only Single-pointed Barbless Hooks Are Allowed
Metal Core Line
Hook Gap
Attractor
Bait
Spear
Barbless Hooks Required
Strike Indicator
Herring Jig
Bobber
Hook
Bank Angling
Gear Restrictions
On Any Vessel
No More Than Two Hooks May Be Used.
Closed To All Angling
Using Drones/unmanned Vehicles When Angling Or To Aid In Angling, Unlawful
Bait Fishing
Angling Prohibited, Watercraft Restrictions

State-wide Species Available

Abalone
Alvord Chub
Bass
Bluegill
Borax Lake Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Bullfrog
Bull Trout
Cabezon
California Roach
Caribe
Carp
Catfish
Catlow Tui Chub
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Chub
Chum Salmon
Clams
Coho Salmon
Crappie
Crayfish
Cutthroat Trout
Eulachon Smelt
Flatfish
Flounder
Foskett Springs Speckled Dace
Game Fish
Goose Lake Lamprey
Goose Lake Sucker
Goose Lake Tui Chub
Grass Carp
Grayling
Greenling
Halibut
Hybrid Bass
Jenny Creek Sucker
Klamath Basin Lamprey
Klamath Lamprey
Lahontan Redside Shiner
Largemouth Bass
Leopard Shark
Lingcod
Lost River Sucker
Malheur Mottled Sculpin
Margined Sculpin
Marine Fish
Marine Shellfish
Miller Lake Lamprey
Millicoma Dace
Modoc Sucker
Mullet
Mussels
Nongame Fish
Nongame Marine Fish
Northern Pikeminnow
Off-Shore Pelagic Species
Offshore Pelagic
Oregon Chub
Oregon Chub Of Hutton Spring
Oregon Lakes Tui Chub
Pacific Halibut
Pacific Lamprey
Perch
Pink Salmon
Piranha
Pit-Klamath Lamprey
Pit Sculpin
River Lamprey
Rockfish
Salmon
Sculpin
Shad
Sheldon Tui Chub
Shellfish
Short Nose Sucker
Skates
Smallmouth Bass
Smelt
Sockeye Salmon
Sole
Soupfin Shark
Spiny Dogfish
Steelhead
Striped Bass
Sturgeon
Sucker
Suckers
Summer Lake Basin Tui Chub
Sunfish
Tahoe Sucker
Trout
Walking Catfish
Walleye
Warner Basin Tui Chub
Warner Sucker
Western Brook Lamprey
Whitefish
White Sturgeon
Wild
Wild Chinook Salmon
Yellow Perch

General Regulations

Always check your state's official documentation. See our list of state regulations.