Oregon and Washington will sharply restrict summer steelhead harvests in and near the Columbia River when the river’s shared waters reopen Friday to steelhead, summer chinook and sockeye salmon fishing.
Expanded summer steelhead restrictions in Oregon will be announced Monday or Tuesday, along with rules for fall chinook and coho after Aug. 1.
Starting Friday and through July 31, the daily bag limit in the Columbia along the entire shared border waters between the two states will allow two adult salmonids.
That can include combinations of hatchery summer chinook, sockeye and one hatchery steelhead. The single-steelhead rule will last through Oct. 31 in waters open to steelhead fishing. Sockeye need not be fin-clipped, but all are considered adults for the daily bag limit.
Washington has announced additional steelhead restrictions for tributaries and Oregon is expected to follow suit in at least the lower John Day and Deschutes rivers.
The states are protecting a predicted low return of summer steelhead throughout the Columbia basin.
Also from Friday through the end of July, the lower Columbia River (upriver from the Astoria-Megler Bridge) will be open to fishing from boats and bank up to the deadlines below Bonneville Dam, without additional restrictions.