Southwest Washington (Region 5) Fishing Hotline

The following is a brief summary of emergency and permanent sport fishing regulations for salmon and steelhead on the mainstem Columbia River and its tributaries plus fall razor clam seasons on the Washington coast.    

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

RAZOR CLAMS

State fishery managers have approved a week-long razor clam dig beginning Oct. 22 on evening tides at various beaches. The seven-day dig was approved after marine toxin test results showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

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. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person's daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card. Razor clam diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

Digging days and evening low tides during the upcoming opening are:

  • Oct. 22, Wednesday; 6:31 p.m., 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 23, Thursday; 7:07 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 24, Friday; 7:44 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 25, Saturday; 8:22 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Oct. 26, Sunday; 9:03 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 27, Monday; 9:47 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 28, Tuesday; 10:36 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Below is the schedule of proposed razor clam digs, (pending the results of future toxin tests) along with evening low tides and beaches:

  • Nov. 4, 2014, Tuesday; 4:26 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 5, 2014, Wednesday; 5:14 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 6, 2014, Thursday; 5:59 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 7, 2014, Friday; 6:42 p.m., -1.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 8, 2014, Saturday; 7:24 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Nov. 9, 2014, Sunday; 8:05 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 10, 2014, Monday; 8:47 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 11, 2014, Tuesday; 9:31 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 20, 2014, Thursday; 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 21, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 22, 2014, Saturday; 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Nov. 23, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 24, 2014, Monday; 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 25, 2014, Tuesday; 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 26, 2014, Wednesday; 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 3, 2014, Wednesday; 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 4, 2014, Thursday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 5, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 6, 2014, Saturday; 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 7, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 8, 2014, Monday; 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 9, 2014, Tuesday; 8:21 pm, -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 19, 2014, Friday; 4:41 p.m., 0.0.feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 20, 2014, Saturday, 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 21, 2014, Sunday, 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 22, 2014, Monday, 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 23, 2014, Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors and
  • Dec. 31, 2014, Wednesday, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

SALMON/STEELHEAD

North Jetty: Through December 31, the salmonid daily limit is 6 fish of which up to 3 may be adults. No more than 2 of the adults may be Chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.

Single-point barbless hooks are required for salmon and steelhead. A saltwater license is required.

Anglers should also be aware that portions of the North Jetty at the mouth of the river will be closed for construction work in October. See the public notice on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website for more information.

From Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border: New: Through December 31, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy recreational salmon/steelhead gear until the daily salmonid limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.

Buoy 10: Through December 31, the salmonid daily limit is 6 fish of which up to 3 may be adults. No more than 2 of the adults may be Chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.

From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Steamboat Landing Dock in Washougal: The daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained.Release all salmonids other than Chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead.

From the Steamboat Landing Dock upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge in Pasco: The daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 3 may be adults. No more than 2 coho or hatchery steelhead or one of each may be retained. Any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained.Release all salmonids other than Chinook, coho, and hatchery steelhead. Release wild coho from the Hood River Bridge downstream.

Camas Slough: Through December 31, the salmon daily limit follows the most liberal regulations of either the adjacent mainstem Columbia or Washougal rivers. Only hatchery fall Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. Anglers may fish with two poles with a Two-Pole Endorsement. New: Each angler aboard a vessel may deploy recreational salmon/steelhead gear until the daily salmonid limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.

Cowlitz River from the Hwy. 4 Bridge at Kelso upstream to Mayfield Dam: Through October 31, anglers may retain up to three (3) hatchery steelhead in the five trout daily limit. Wild steelhead must be released.

Tilton River from mouth to West Fork: Until further notice, barbless hooks are required for salmon and steelhead.

Lewis River including North Fork: Through October 31, any Chinook, (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained. In addition, the North Fork Lewis from Colvin Creek to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam will remain open two additional weeks (through October 31) for fall Chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead.

North Fork of the Lewis from Johnson Creek to Colvin Creek: Through November 30, the anti-snagging rule and night closure is in effect. Only fish hooked in the mouth may be retained.

Swift Reservoir from the dam to markers approximately 3/8 miles below Eagle Cliff Bridge to bridge: Through November 30, the trout daily limit is 10 fish. Wild steelhead must be released. Landlocked salmon rules apply. Salmon maximum size 15”.

Rock Creek (Skamania County) from the mouth to the falls at approximately river mile 1: Effective November 1, fishing for hatchery steelhead will remain open until further notice. Daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead. Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement and barbless hooks required.

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/.