Salmon fishing closed above Bonneville Dam as of May 4

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington closed salmon and steelhead fishing on the mainstem Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and the Oregon/Washington border (upstream of McNary Dam).

This fishery was originally scheduled to continue through Thursday, May 5. However, good catches during the past week means the fishery is projected to have used up its pre-run update allocation of spring Chinook. The closure is in effect beginning Wednesday, May 4.

The U.S. v. OR Technical Advisory Committee meets regularly in-season to review the ongoing return of upriver spring Chinook and provides a run update when it is possible. The first spring Chinook run-size update typically occurs in early to mid-May.

Through May 2, 51,484 adult spring Chinook have crossed Bonneville Dam, which is about 19 percent higher than the recent 10-year average passage to date. However, it is still early in the return with an average of 25 percent of the return passing Bonneville by this date during the past ten years.

All other permanent regulations in the 2022 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect. For the latest Columbia River fishing regulations, remember to always check the Recreation Report Fishing Report at