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2014 Winter Steelhead Guide

General Overview | Northwest Zone | Southwest Zone | Willamette Zone | Central Zone & Northeast Zones

General Overview

Winter steelhead are one of Oregon’s most prized game fish – and one of the most challenging to catch. But the promise of large hard-fighting fish, fresh from the ocean, lures many anglers to brave the cold, wet conditions in search of a trophy.

This 2014 Guide offers the novice steelhead angler an overview of where and when to fish. For the more experienced angler, the Guide also includes updates on access, regulation changes and other changes that could affect fishing.

For updates on current conditions, such as water levels and fishing success, consult ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report.

NEW for 2014
Anglers fishing for steelhead, salmon and sturgeon in the Columbia River Basin – this includes all rivers in the Willamette, Central and NE zones and a few rivers in the NW Zone -- will need to purchase a Columbia River Basin endorsement.

Sodium sulfites in cured eggs
If you fish with cured eggs, you should know that a popular cure ingredient – sodium sulfites – can be toxic to young fish. Learn more, and see a list of products that meet Oregon guidelines for sodium sulfites.

Anglers also should consult the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for a complete list of relevant rules and regulations. Pick up a copy at most license dealers or view them on-line.


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