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Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations provide requirements for all zones. However, additional regulations may be adopted in this rule division from time to time and to the extent of any inconsistency, they supersede the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated February 21, 2017

Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.

2016 rules that allowed special use of 2 rods in certain streams in this zone are NOT in effect. 

Use of 2 rods is restricted to waters identified in 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Effective February 1, 2017, the use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in the following areas:

    • Within the Youngs Bay Select Area (Clatsop County) from the Highway 101 Bridge upstream to markers at the confluence of the Youngs and Klaskanine rivers, including the lower Lewis and Clark River upstream to the Alternate Highway 101 Bridge and the Walluski River upstream to the Highway 202 Bridge.
    • Within the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area (Clatsop County) from markers at the west end of Minaker Island upstream to markers at the mouth of Blind Slough, continuing upstream to the railroad bridge in Blind Slough. See Columbia Zone updates regarding hook regulations for adjacent sections of the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area site.

BARBLESS HOOKS ARE STILL REQUIRED WHEN ANGLING FOR SALMON, STEELHEAD, OR TROUT IN THE MAINSTEM COLUMBIA RIVER.

All other rules identified in the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: Regulation Changes

Updated January 1, 2017

Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.

Emergency angling closure at the “Hatchery Hole” at Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam

Effective May 15, 2017, the current angling deadline markers located immediately below the Cole Rivers fish hatchery will be relocated to a point 1200 feet below the hatchery diversion dam to establish new deadline markers. Moving the angling deadline markers will restrict harvest of hatchery spring Chinook in the Rogue River. Currently we are not expecting surplus hatchery Chinook and may not be able to meet broodstock requirements. This restriction will allow for adequate broodstock collection in order to meet our angler opportunity obligations throughout the Rogue River.

2016 rules that allowed special use of 2 rods in certain streams in this zone are NOT in effect.

Use of 2 rods is restricted to waters identified in 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.


For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Roseburg (541) 440-3353
  • Charleston (541) 888-5515
  • Gold Beach (541) 247-7605
  • Central Point (541) 826-8774

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WILLAMETTE ZONE: Regulation Changes
Revised June 7, 2017

Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.

Two-Rod Angling Validation for Willamette River and Tributaries:

  • Effective April 1 through July 31, 2017, the following rules apply:
    • In all areas of the Willamette River and tributaries, including flowing waters, that are open to fishing for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, trout, or warmwater gamefish, anglers with a valid 2017 Two-Rod Angling Validation may use up to two fishing rods while fishing for any game fish or non-game fish species except sturgeon. Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.
    • Angling for sturgeon remains restricted to the use of one rod per angler.
    • All other rules and licensing requirements specified in the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.

Gilbert River

  • In the Gilbert River, from the upstream end of the Gilbert River Fishing Pier located near the confluence with Multnomah Channel, upstream to Sturgeon Lake, the following rules apply:
    • Closed for sturgeon angling, including catch and release.
    • Effective May 13 through June 15, 2017, angling restricted to artificial flies and lures only, no angling with bait allowed.

Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls (including Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River) and the Clackamas River downstream from Highway 99E Bridge:

  • Effective February 1, 2017, the use of barbed hooks is allowed when fishing for salmon, steelhead, or trout in this area.
  • Effective Monday May 8, 2017 – Wednesday June 7, 2017, the following rules apply in this area:
    • Angling and retention of spring Chinook and steelhead is allowed on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only.
    • The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids, but only one may be a Chinook.
    • The two-rod angling validation for this area (see above) remains in effect.
  • Effective Thursday June 8, 2017, the following rules apply in this area:
    • Angling and retention of Chinook and steelhead is allowed seven days per week as specified in the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
    • The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids as specified in the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
    • The two-rod angling validation for this area (see above) remains in effect through July 31, 2017.

Willamette River upstream of Willamette Falls and the Clackamas River upstream from Highway 99E Bridge:

  • Chinook and steelhead retention remains open consistent with permanent seasons and bag limits.
  • The two-rod angling validation for this area (see above) remains in effect through July 31, 2017.

Detroit Reservoir
Effective Jan. 1 2017, anglers are no longer allowed to keep Chinook salmon.

 

 

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Clackamas (971) 673-6000
  • Corvallis (541) 757-4186
  • Springfield (541) 726-3515

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts


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CENTRAL ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated June 20, 2017

Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.

Deschutes River (downstream of Moody Rapids)

  • June 16-Dec. 31: 1 steelhead allowed in the adult salmonid daily limit, except closed to angling Sept. 1-30.

Hood River

  • Open for hatchery spring Chinook from April 15 to June 30; from the mouth to the mainstem confluence with the East Fork, and the West Fork from the confluence with the mainstem upstream to the angling deadline 200 feet downstream of Punchbowl Falls.
  • Catch limit is one adult hatchery Chinook salmon per day, and five hatchery jack salmon per day.
  • All salmon that have not been adipose fin-clipped must be released unharmed.
  • All other limits and restrictions remain unchanged from those listed in the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for the Hood River.

Wickiup Reservoir

  • Regulations for Wickiup Reservoir remain those printed in the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Bend (541) 388-6363
  • The Dalles (541) 296-4628
  • Prineville (541) 447-5111

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SOUTHEAST ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated April 8, 2016

Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.

Crystal Creek

  • Use of bait is allowed.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Hines (541) 573-6582
  • Lakeview (541) 947-2950
  • Ontario (541) 889-6975
  • Klamath Falls (541) 883-5732

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NORTHEAST ZONE: Regulation Changes

Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.

Updated Dec. 30, 2016:

There are no temporary rules in effect.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Enterprise (541) 426-3279
  • La Grande (541) 963-2138
  • Pendleton (541) 276-2344
  • John Day (541) 575-1167

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SNAKE ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated Dec. 30, 2016

Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.

There are no temporary rules in effect.

 


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COLUMBIA ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated June 15, 2017

Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

All Permanent Regulations for salmon, steelhead, and shad apply unless modified below (see 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

BARBLESS HOOKS ARE REQUIRED WHEN ANGLING FOR SALMON, STEELHEAD, OR TROUT IN THE MAINSTEM COLUMBIA RIVER.

Summary of 2017 summer and fall salmon regulations for the Columbia River

Summer Season* (June 16 –July 31 timeframe)

Astoria-Megler Bridge to OR/ WA border, located upstream of McNary Dam (see page 77, Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations)

  • Retention of sockeye and adult (24-inches or longer) hatchery Chinook allowed.
  • Retention of hatchery Chinook jacks (between 12 and 24-inches long) and hatchery steelhead allowed.
  • All sockeye are considered adults in the daily limit and must be recorded as adults on the combined angling tag.
  • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, of which no more than one may be a steelhead, and five jacks. 
  • Night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.
  • All other permanent rules apply.

Fall Season* (August 1-December 31 timeframe)

Boundary Maps:
  • Buoy 10

    • Area definition: From the Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red buoy #44 to red marker #2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore.

    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of hatchery coho (16-inches or longer) and hatchery steelhead allowed except all steelhead must be released August 1-31.  Daily bag limits by time period are described below.  Night angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.

    • August 1 – August 31: Retention of any adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two salmonids, and may include up to one Chinook.  All steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released.

    • September 1 – September 4: Retention of any adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two salmonids, and may include up to one Chinook and one hatchery steelhead.

    • September 5 – 30: Retention of all Chinook is prohibited.  The daily bag limit is two hatchery salmonids (coho/steelhead only) and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.

    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.  Chinook jacks (12-24 inches; hatchery or not) and hatchery coho jacks may only be retained October 1 – December 31 under permanent rules.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.

    • All other permanent rules apply including the Youngs Bay Control Zone (YBCZ) which is closed to recreational angling from August 1 through September 15. The YBCZ includes waters from the Highway 101 Bridge crossing Youngs Bay northerly to a line originating on the Oregon shore at the east end of the seawall at the Warrenton Fiber log yard (approximately river mile 10.1) northeasterly through green navigation buoys 29, 31, 33, and 35A to the center of the Astoria-Megler Bridge abutment adjacent to, and north of the ship channel, and continuing southerly in line with the center of the Megler Bridge span to the Oregon shore (see map).
  • Lower Columbia – Tongue Point/Rocky Point upstream to Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island

    • Area definition: From a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red buoy #44 to the red marker #2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore upstream to a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore through red buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island.

    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead allowed except all steelhead must be released August 1-31.  Daily bag limits by time period are described below.  Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  Night angling closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.

    • August 1 – August 31: Retention of any Chinook is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one Chinook.  All steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.

    • September 1 – September 7: Retention of any Chinook is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one Chinook and one hatchery steelhead.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.

    • September 8 – 14: Retention of Chinook is restricted to hatchery fish only. Retained hatchery Chinook must have a clipped adipose fin or a clipped left ventral fin.  Either clip must have a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids, and may include up to one hatchery Chinook and one hatchery steelhead.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.

    • September 15 – 30: Retention of all Chinook is prohibited.  The daily bag limit is two adult hatchery salmonids (coho/steelhead only) and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.  The daily bag limit for coho jacks in Oregon is five fish.

    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.
  • Lower Columbia – Warrior Rock/Bachelor Isl. upstream to Bonneville Dam
    • Area definition: From a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore through red buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island upstream to Bonneville Dam.

    • August 1 – August 31: Retention of any Chinook and hatchery coho allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.  All steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.  Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  Night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.

    • September 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.  Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  Night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.
  • Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook, coho and hatchery steelhead allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one hatchery steelhead except:

      • 1) Release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam August 1 – 31.

      • 2) Release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam September 1- 30.

      • 3) Release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) from John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam September 1 - October 31.

    • The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.  All coho (adults and jacks) retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be hatchery-origin.  Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  Night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.

  • McNary Dam upstream to the OR/WA Border (same regulations in WA upstream to HWY 395 Bridge)

    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook, coho, and hatchery steelhead allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, and may include up to one hatchery steelhead except release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) October 1- November 30.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.  Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  Night closure in effect except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Program.  All other permanent rules apply.

STURGEON

All Permanent Regulations for sturgeon apply unless modified below (see 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Wauna Powerlines
(mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines (River Mile 40) downstream to the mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay; and all adjacent Washington tributaries)

  • Effective 2:00 PM June 14, 2017 through the remainder of the year, this area of the Columbia River will be closed to retention of white sturgeon. Catch and release angling is allowed.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • This area of the Columbia River remains under permanent regulations including closed to retention (see 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations), catch and release angling is allowed except angling for sturgeon is prohibited May 1-August 31 from Bonneville Dam downstream to a line crossing the Columbia River at Navigation Marker 82 on the Oregon shore westerly to a boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point.

COLUMBIA RIVER RESERVOIRS, between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates from Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs can be found on the WDFW’s Southwest Washington Fishing Reports web page.

2017 recreational harvest guidelines for white sturgeon fisheries between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam include: 325 in Bonneville Pool; 100 in The Dalles Pool; 105 in John Day Pool.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Effective June 11, 2017 – Thursday June 22, 2017 this area is closed to the retention of sturgeon.

  • Effective Friday June 23, 2017 (one day) this section of the Columbia River will be open to retention of white sturgeon. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 38 – 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.

  • Effective June 24, 2017 through the remainder of the year, this section of the Columbia River will be closed to the retention of sturgeon.

  • Under permanent regulations, angling for sturgeon is prohibited during May 1 – July 31 from The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.

The Dalles Reservoir (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam)

  • Effective 12:01 AM Saturday March 25, 2017, this section of the Columbia River (and adjacent tributaries) will be closed to the retention of sturgeon for the remainder of the year.
  • Under permanent regulations, angling for sturgeon is prohibited during May 1 – July 31 from the west end of the grain silo at Rufus upstream to John Day Dam.

John Day Reservoir (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam)

  • Effective 12:01 AM Thursday March 30, 2017, this section of the Columbia River (and adjacent tributaries) will be closed to the retention of sturgeon for the remainder of the year.

  • Under permanent regulations, angling for sturgeon is prohibited during May 1 – July 31 from Highway 82 Bridge (Highway 395) near Umatilla upstream to McNary Dam.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts


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MARINE ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated June 22, 2016

Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.

Sport Halibut

For inseason updates, see the Hot Topics box on the Sport Halibut Page and season map.

2017 Sport Halibut Season Map

Descending devices are now mandatory in sport halibut fisheries. 

Any vessel fishing in the ocean for, or possessing, bottomfish (groundfish) or halibut must have a functional descending device onboard, and it must be used when releasing any rockfish outside the 30-fathom line.  A functional descending device is one that is ready to be used.

Crabbing

Ocean and bay crabbing is open coastwide. Recent tests by the Oregon Department of Agriculture have shown that domoic acid levels in Dungeness crab viscera have dropped below alert levels.

Sport Groundfish

Beginning April 1, bottomfish fishing is not allowed outside of the 30-fm regulatory line.  List of waypoints (pdf). 

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, descending devices are mandatory (see above under Sport Halibut). 

Also beginning Jan. 1, 2017:

The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish in aggregate, of which no more than 6 may be black rockfish; no more than four may be one or a combination of blue, deacon, China, copper and quillback rockfish; and no more than one may be a cabezon (cabezon is open only July-December).

There is no longer a sub-bag limit for canary rockfish.

There is no longer a minimum length limit for greenlings (i.e., kelp greenling and rock greenling).

2017 What Can I Keep, and How Many? (pdf, 2 pages)

 


Questions? Contact odfw.info@state.or.us or 503-947-6000 | ODFW Website

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