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Private Fish Ponds - Lower Willamette Subbasin

Most commonly known game fish are allowed to be stocked in private ponds; however, there are some exceptions. Brook trout or brown trout stocking are not allowed in Oregon under Oregon Revised Rule 635-007-0600(5)(a). Many warmwater species are not allowed to be stocked due to their negative impact on Oregon Chub, which are an endangered species. A map of Oregon Chub distribution (pdf). The upper Clackamas is the primary spawning and rearing habitat for all salmonid species in the basin, and there are significant concern with non native fish taking up residence.

Many other species of fish common to the Midwest and Eastern part of the United States are prohibited in Oregon. Some of these species include: Carp (Silver, Snakehead, Bighead, etc.), Bowfin, Alligator gar, Pike, and Muskellunge (OAR 635-056-0050 and 635-006-0230).

A list of prohibited species

 “Grass carp” (Cteneropharyngodon idella) require a special stocking permit as they are a controlled species.

More information on grass carp

The table below lists species of fish currently propagated by licensed private fish producers in Oregon that are available for stocking into private ponds if ponds meet stocking guidelines in the basin. For more information, you may call the local ODFW biologist at 971-673- 6000.

Fish Stocking Guide- Lower Willamette Subbasin

Type of Fish

Allowed

Restrictions

Bass, largemouth and smallmouth

In approved areas only.

All introductions in the Clackamas, Sandy, and Molalla river basins will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Bluegill or Pumpkinseed

In approved areas only.

All introductions in the Clackamas, Sandy, and Molalla river basins will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Brook Trout

No stocking allowed anywhere in the basin.

No brook trout stocking allowed in any area of the Lower Willamette subbasin.

Brown Trout

No stocking allowed anywhere in the basin.

No brown trout stocking allowed in any area of the Lower Willamette subbasin.

Bullhead catfish

In approved areas only.

All introductions in the Clackamas, Sandy, and Molalla river basins will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Channel catfish

In approved areas only.

All introductions in the Clackamas, Sandy, and Molalla river basins will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

No introductions in the Tualatin drainage above Henry Hagg Dam.

Crappie, White and Black

In approved areas only.

All introductions will be evaluated on a case by case basis in the entire basin.

Mosquitofish (“Gambusia”)

In approved areas only.

No introductions in water bodies with any connection to flowing water, regardless of screen specifications and no introductions allowed within the 100-year floodplain of any waterbody.

Rainbow Trout
(includes triploids, Kamloops, Golden, Donaldson Trout)

Rainbow trout may be stocked in approved ponds with no outlets or ponds with adequate screening.

Triploid trout are required in ponds located in areas where there is any possibility of the fish escaping or in ponds located in floodplain areas.

Only triploid trout are allowed in sub-basins of the Clackamas, Sandy, and Molalla rivers within the historic range of winter steelhead.

Sturgeon

In approved areas only.

White sturgeon are native to this basin and therefore will be allowed on an individual basis to ensure that ponds provide adequate confinement and are suitable for stocking.

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