Fisheries managers in Oregon and Washington once again added more fishing days to the spring chinook salmon fishery on the lower Columbia River.

Anglers will now be able to fish for salmon below Bonneville Dam during several brief periods in May and June.

Here are the newly opened days:

  • Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19
  • Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27
  • Wednesday, June 12 through Saturday, June 15

The open area is from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Beacon Rock (boat and bank). Bank anglers only also can fish between Beacon Rock and the deadline below Bonneville Dam.

All other permanent regulations apply.

You can keep just a single hatchery Chinook in this area. You also can keep a hatchery steelhead (or two hatchery steelhead, for that matter).

When the Columbia is closed, we still have options to catch springers on the Lower Willamette River in Portland. I’ve also started my walleye trips in the Columbia River gorge, and giant sturgeon trips will follow close behind.

Here’s an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife news release about the latest springer re-opening.


Happy fisherman holding a fresh spring chinook he caught in April 2024 on the Columbia River near Portland.

A happy client with a spring chinook he caught fishing with me on the Columbia River near Portland.

Last Updated on by Marv




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