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Southwest Washington (Region 5) Fishing Hotline

The following is a brief summary of emergency and permanent sport fishing regulations for razor clams, smelt, salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and shad on the mainstem Columbia River and its tributaries.

Complete information contained in this hotline message can be found in the Fishing in Washington pamphlet.

Wednesday ,April 9, 2014

RAZOR CLAMS

State shellfish managers today approved a series of morning razor-clam digs starting Monday, April 14, at Twin Harbors and expanding to include three other ocean beaches over the next week.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon.

The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • April 14, Monday, 6:46 a.m.; +0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • April 15, Tuesday, 7:24 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 16, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 17, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 18, Friday, 9:26 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • April 19, Saturday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • April 20, Sunday, 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

Once the next series of digs is over, state shellfish managers will analyze harvest data and propose additional digging dates in the weeks ahead. We hope to offer more digging days into May.

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Mainstem Columbia River and most Washington tributaries – Barbless hooks are required to fish for salmon and steelhead. Check the 2013-2014 Washington Sport Fishing Rules for more information.

Through May 15, the mainstem Columbia River is open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.

Mainstem Columbia from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam – Open to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead through April 14. No boats from Beacon Rock upstream. The adult salmonid limit is 2 fish of which no more than one may be a hatchery Chinook.

Bonneville Dam to Washington/Oregon Border –Through May 9, open to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead. Bank fishing only from Bonneville Dam to Tower Island power lines located about 6 miles below The Dalles Dam. The adult salmonid limit is 2 fish of which no more than one may be a hatchery Chinook.

Deep River from the mouth to town bridge - Through June 15, the daily limit for salmon may not include more than one hatchery adult chinook during those days when the adjacent waters of the mainstem Columbia River are open to retention of spring Chinook.

Kalama River from mouth upstream to the upper hatchery (Kalama Falls Hatchery) – Until further notice, all Chinook must be released.

Mainstem Lewis River from mouth to forks and North Fork Lewis River from mouth of forks upstream to Merwin Dam – Until further notice, all Chinook must be released.

North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek (located downstream from Lewis River Salmon Hatchery) to Merwin Dam – Through May 31, closed to all fishing.

Wind River – The area from the mouth (boundary line/markers) to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls is open to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead. Above Shipherd Falls opens May 1.

Daily limit is 2 hatchery Chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release wild Chinook. From the mouth to the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge, the Two Pole Endorsement for salmon and steelhead will be in effect in May and June.

Drano Lake – Open to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead. Daily limit is 2 hatchery Chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release wild Chinook. The Two Pole Endorsement for salmon and steelhead will be in effect in May and June.

Klickitat River from the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge – Through May 31, open to fishing for hatchery spring chinook and hatchery steelhead Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.The daily limit is 2 hatchery Chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or one of each.

KLINELINE POND FISHING CLOSURE FOR KIDS FISH-IN

Action: Closes Klineline Pond to fishing by the public one day prior to the fishing event, as well as the two days of the event.The pond will reopen April 13, 2014.

Effective dates:

  • April 10 – 12:01 a.m., entire pond closed to public fishing.
  • April 11 – Pond closed except to registered participants.
  • April 12 – Pond closed except to registered participants.
  • April 13 – Pond reopens to the public.

Swift Reservoir – Will not open until the first Saturday in June, as noted in the fishing pamphlet. The later opening is designed to protect downstream migrating salmon and steelhead smolts, which are part of an ongoing reintroduction program under re-licensing agreements with PacifiCorp.

STURGEON

Annual limit – The annual catch limit for white sturgeon is two fish per license year in Washington’s waters. Retention of white sturgeon is not allowed by anglers fishing in the lower Columbia River below Bonneville Dam, the Washington coast, and Puget Sound and their tributaries. Catch-and-release fishing for the species is allowed in those areas.

Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam including adjoining tributaries Currently catch-and-release fishing only. Sturgeon retention will be allowed June 13-14 and June 20-21. The daily limit will be 1 fish, min. size 38” fork length and max. 54” fork length.

Angling for sturgeon will be prohibited from May through July between 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 Dam to McNary Dam including adjoining tributaries – Until respective harvest guidelines for each reservoir are reached, the daily limit is 1 fish, min. size 43” fork length and max. 54” fork length.


2014 Recreational Licenses Available Now!

State fishing and hunting licenses are available for the new season (begins April 1, 2014) by phone (866-246-9453), online https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), and from licensing dealers around the state (http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/). A Vehicle Access Pass to lands owned by WDFW is free with most types of fishing and hunting licenses.

Two-Pole Endorsement:
This endorsement allows you to use two fishing poles on most freshwater lakes, ponds, a few sections of certain rivers, and a few marine areas. You must have a fishing license in addition to the two pole endorsement.

Discover Pass:
At $35, an annual pass provides access to nearly seven million acres of state-managed recreation lands, including state parks, water-access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads.

New this year is the option to choose the activation date for an annual Discover Pass purchased online or from an authorized WILD licensing dealer. Those who buy an annual Discover Pass through the WILD system can now activate the pass immediately or anytime within one year of the purchase date. On-line gift buyers can select a future start date so long as they allow 10 days to receive their Discover Pass by mail.

For details on purchasing a Discover Pass, see http://discoverpass.wa.gov/.