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Columbia River Fisheries

The Columbia River offers premiere opportunities to fish for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, shad and a variety of warmwater species. Management of the river and its fisheries is a responsibility shared by state, federal and tribal agencies. The overarching management objective is to meet conservation requirements while providing optimum sport and commercial fishing opportunities.

Big Fish Guide Service

Big Fish Guide Service offers full day fishing trips on the Columbia River for Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon, Fall Chinook, Spring Salmon, Kings and Coho in the Portland area and popular nearby rivers up to John Day dam. While on a spectacular fishing experience with Big Fish Guide Service, you will enjoy the comfort of our 20' Alumaweld Super Vee boat, powered with a 125 H.P. Mercury outboard which safely accommodates 2 to 4 passengers. From just east of Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia River, upriver to John Day Dam and no matter what you are after, the search for Chinook salmon or the fight of monster Sturgeon, whatever your adventure is, it will sure be an unforgettable experience.

Willamette River Fishing Guides like Northwest Hawg Hunters Fishing Adventures is booking trips on the Upper & Lower Columbia River, including Buoy 10, Willamette River, Tillamook Bay, Nehalem Bay & Clackamas River for Salmon/Steelhead, Shad & Sturgeon.

We specialize in Oversize sturgeon, these fish range in size from 6 feet to ? and often break the surface of the water to make for an excellent photo. You’ll be fishing with Coast Guard licensed guide Bill Gaither in a 24’ Willie Raptor open sled. All the bait and gear is provided for the species of fish you are going after, with hot coffee and lunch provided.

Columbia River Zone

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SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

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

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to I-5 Bridge:

  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2015 – February 28, 2015 including open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon and/or steelhead and five jacks.
  • Effective March 1, 2015 – May 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.
  • Effective March 1, 2015 - April 10, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad 7 days per week except closed to salmon and steelhead angling on Tuesday March 24, Tuesday March 31 and Tuesday April 7.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam:

  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2015 – February 28, 2015 including open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of salmon is prohibited.
  • Effective March 1, 2015 – May 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.
  • Effective March 1, 2015 - April 10, 2015, the area from I-5 Bridge upstream to Beacon Rock is open for boat and bank angling and the area from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline is open to bank angling ONLY. This section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad 7 days per week except closed to salmon and steelhead angling on Tuesday March 24, Tuesday March 31 and Tuesday April 7.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border above McNary Dam:

  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2015 – March 15, 2015 including open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of salmon is prohibited.
  • Effective March 1, 2015 – May 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.
  • Effective March 16, 2015 – May 6, 2015, the area from Tower Island powerlines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to OR/WA border is open for boat and bank angling and the area from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Tower Island powerlines is open to bank angling ONLY.  This section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad 7 days per week.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.

SELECT AREA RECREATIONAL FISHERIES (Youngs Bay, Blind Slough, Knappa Slough)

  • Effective March 1, 2015 – June 15, 2015, on days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of Chinook, the salmonid daily bag limit in Select Areas will be the same as mainstem Columbia River bag limits.
  • On days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is closed to Chinook retention, permanent salmonid daily bag limit regulations for Select Areas will apply.

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 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 following recreational harvest guidelines for 2015 white sturgeon fisheries between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam have been set: 1,100 in Bonneville Pool; 100 in The Dalles Pool; 500 in John Day Pool.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Closed to the retention of sturgeon effective March 2, 2015.
    • Remaining guideline will be applied to a summer season which is expected to begin mid-June.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2015; this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.

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; the annual limit is two.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

The 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations (pdf) 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 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
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Columbia River Sport Fishing

Columbia River Commercial Fishing

Columbia River Fisheries Management

Columbia River Fish Working Group

Columbia River Action Notices – meeting notices, agendas and actions taken by the Oregon and Washington agencies regarding fishery seasons and quotas

Columbia River Management Fact Sheets – joint Oregon and Washington staff reports considered when making management decisions regarding sport/commercial fisheries

Columbia River Management Reports – annual stock status and fisheries reports, and various annual reports

Columbia River Fish Returns - 2008 Actual and 2009 Forecasts

Columbia River Adult Returns and Expectations  –summarizes the expected and actual returns for several species on the Columbia River and major tributaries, and offers expectations and/or forecasts for the coming year.

Post-season summaries – summarizes the previous year’s seasons, harvest, and management actions

NOAA  -  Alsea River &  and Siletz River Data  -  Astoria Tide Tables  -  Astoria Tide Tables

Astoria Wind  -  Bonneville Dam Cam  -  Bonneville Dam Web Cam  -  Bonneville pool wind data

Buoy 10 Fishing Oregon  -  Buoy 10 Fishing Washington  -  Buoy weather Information

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