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Sport Fishing Regulation Updates by Zone

Northwest | Southwest | Willamette | Central | Southeast | Northeast | Snake | Columbia | Marine

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 September 15, 2015

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News:

NW Zone Fall salmon regulations are available at: http://dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/coastal_salmon_seasons.asp

Five Rivers (Alsea Basin)

  • Closed for Chinook salmon, Aug. 1 – Dec. 31 from the confluence with the Alsea River upstream to Buck Creek.

Klaskanine River

  • Closed for to retention of non adipose fin-clipped Chinook Sept. 1 through Oct. 15 from the confluence with Youngs River upstream to the Youngs River Loop Bridge (Tidewater Bridge).
  • Closed to all salmon and steelhead angling Aug 15-Oct 15 upstream from Youngs River Loop Bridge (including North and south Forks).

Youngs Bay/River

  • Closed to retention of non-adipose fin-clipped Chinook (adult and jack) Sept. 1 through Oct. 15 from the commercial fishing deadline at Battle Creek Slough upstream to Youngs River Falls.

Siletz River

The following temporary rule, filed April 1, 2015, supersedes the Siletz River and Bay entry at the bottom of page 27 in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations pamphlet.

Effective April 1 through July 31, 2015, for the Siletz River and Bay, upstream to painted boulder located 900 fee downstream from Siletz Falls at river mile 64.4, including tidewater:

  1. Open for adipose fin-clipped steelhead all year;
  2. Open for spring Chinook salmon April 1-July 31, upstream to deadline marker at Moonshine Park boat ramp, one non fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon per day and 2 per year;
  3. Open for fall Chinook salmon Aug. 1-Dec. 31 upstream to marker sign approximately 1200 feet upstream of Ojalla Bridge;
  4. Open for fall Chinook salmon Oct. 7-Dec. 31 upstream to Illahee boat ramp; and
  5. Use of bait is allowed.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Tillamook (503) 842-2741
  • Newport (541) 867-4741

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: Regulation Changes

Updated September 2, 2015

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UMPQUA RIVER - Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy. 38) to River Forks Boat Ramp

  • Effective June 23 – Oct. 1, 2015, fishing is prohibited within 200 feet of all tributaries including no angling in the tributaries themselves from the mouth to 200 feet upstream.

UMPQUA RIVER - tips of jetties to confluence of the North and South Umpqua rivers

  • Fall Chinook opens July 1 – Dec. 31, 2015. Harvest limit is two adult wild Chinook per day, 20 per year in combination with all other salmon or steelhead marked on anglers’ tags.

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 April 1, 2015

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From April 1 – July 31, 2016, the following rules apply:

  • (a) In all areas of the Willamette River and tributaries, including flowing waters, that are open to angling for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, trout, or warmwater gamefish, anglers with a valid 2016 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.
  • (b) Angling for sturgeon remains restricted to the use of one rod per angler.
  • (c) All other rules and licensing requirements specified in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.

CLARIFICATIONS:
If an angler is fishing for sturgeon, they are restricted to a single rod.  A second rod may not be deployed by that angler while fishing for sturgeon, even if that rod is deployed for purposes of catching a different species.
As clearly stated in rules, ALL other rules remain in effect – the allowance of a second rod does NOT increase the allowable daily bag limit per angler. 

EAGLE CREEK

  • Closed to coho fishing effective Nov. 8, 2015 until further notice.

HENRY HAGG LAKE

  • Open to fishing year-round beginning Nov. 23, 2015.
  • Consult the 2015 Oregon Sport fishing Regulations for catch limits and gear.

SOUTH SANTIAM RIVER

  • From 200 feet above Waterloo Falls downstream to the Waterloo Rd. bridge, the following regulation is in effect:
    1. Anglers are restricted to the use of fly angling or bobber angling gears only;
    2. Bobber angling gear must include a bobber and a leader no longer than 36 inches in length;
    3. Any weight attached to the line (except the bobber) may be no more than 36 inches from the lowermost hook when suspended vertically;
    4. The leader below the bobber must remain suspended in the water column and not residing on the river bottom; and
    5. All other regulations as shown in the 2015 Oregon Sports Fishing Regulations remain in effect.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

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CENTRAL ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated September 2, 2015

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

Deschutes River

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped chinook from May 1 through July 31 from the mouth of the Deschutes at the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls.
  • The catch limit is one adult adipose fin-clipped salmon per day, and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day.
  • All non-adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon must be released unharmed.
  • It is unlawful to continue to fish from Sherars Falls downstream to the upper railroad trestle after taking a daily bag limit of one adult chinook salmon.

Hood River

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth to 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.
The catch limit is two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon per day, and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day.

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 October 16, 2015

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News:

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR

Closed to fishing through Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Re-opens Jan. 1, 2016, but is not scheduled to be re-stocked with trout until May 2016.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR

Beginning July 18 to Oct. 15, 2015

  • No daily bag or possession limits, or minimum size for trout.
  • Harvest methods include hand, dip net and angling.

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
Updated April 20, 2015

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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 April 20, 2016

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Snake River – fall Chinook

  • Open on 4/23/16 for sport fishing seven-days-a-week from Dug Bar Boat Ramp to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam.  The fishery will remain open until a notice of closure is announced.
  • The daily bag limit is four hatchery spring Chinook salmon (adult and jacks) per day, no more than two can be an adult salmon more than 24-inches long.  Anglers must stop fishing for salmon for the day when they have kept four jack salmon (equal to or less than 24-inches long) or two adult salmon, whichever comes first.
  • Only barbless hooks may be used. Anglers are reminded to review the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other applicable regulations

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COLUMBIA ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated April 7, 2015

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All Permanent Regulations for salmon, steelhead, and shad apply unless modified below (see 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

Spring Seasons* (January 1-June 15 timeframe)

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam:

    • Additional spring Chinook opportunity will depend on the upriver Spring Chinook run size update usually available by mid-May.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border above McNary Dam:

  • Permanent shad regulations remain in effect including retention year round.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 6, 2016, the area from Tower Island powerlines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to OR/WA border is open for boat and bank angling and the area from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Tower Island powerlines is open to bank angling ONLY.  During this time this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • Up to 5 hatchery jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 15, 2016, this area of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery steelhead ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of hatchery spring Chinook. 
  • Effective May 16, 2016-June 15, 2016, this section of the Columbia River will revert to permanent regulations (see 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

SELECT AREA RECREATIONAL FISHERIES (Youngs Bay, Blind Slough, Knappa Slough)

  • Effective April 9, 2016-June 15, 2016, permanent salmonid daily bag limit regulations for Select Areas apply.

Summary of 2016 summer and fall salmon regulations for the Columbia River

Summer Season* (June 16 –July 31 timeframe)

  • Summer Chinook and Sockeye
    • The area downstream of the Astoria-Megler Bridge is closed for salmon and steelhead during the June 16-July 31 period.
    • The area from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam) is open June 16-July 31 for retention of: sockeye, adult hatchery Chinook, hatchery Chinook jacks, and hatchery steelhead. Closed for Coho.
    • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks. All sockeye are considered adults and must be recorded as adults on the combined angling tag.
    • 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 adult hatchery Coho (16-inches or longer) and hatchery steelhead allowed.
      • August 1 – September 5: Retention of any adult Chinook (24-inches or longer, fin-clipped or not) is allowed Tuesdays-Saturdays. On Sundays and Mondays, Chinook retention is restricted to adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook (11 mark selective days: August 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, and September 4-5). The daily bag limit is two salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook (all days during this period).
      • September 6 – 30: Retention of Chinook is prohibited. The daily bag limit is two salmonids (hatchery Coho/steelhead only).
      • October 1 – December 31: Retention of any adult Chinook is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks.
      • Chinook jacks and hatchery Coho jacks may only be retained October 1 – December 31 under permanent rules.
      • 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.
    • August 1 – September 9: Retention of any Chinook is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids (only one of which may be a Chinook), and five jacks.
    • September 10 – 14: Retention of Chinook (adults and jacks) restricted to hatchery fish only. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids (only one of which may be a Chinook), and five jacks.
    • September 15 – 30: Retention of Chinook (adults and jacks) is prohibited. The daily bag limit is two adult hatchery Coho/steelhead and five Coho jacks.
    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks.
    • 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.
    • All other permanent rules apply.

  • Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island (lower Columbia) upstream to the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary 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 the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam).
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook, Coho, and hatchery steelhead allowed. All Coho (adults and jacks) retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be hatchery fish.
    • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks.
    • 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.
    • All other permanent rules apply.

* Seasons may be subject to in-season modification.

STURGEON

All Permanent Regulations for sturgeon apply unless modified below (see 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

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.

  • 2016 recreational harvest guidelines for white sturgeon fisheries between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam: 325 in Bonneville Pool; 100 in The Dalles Pool; 500 in John Day Pool.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • This area is closed to the retention of sturgeon except for the following summer retention dates:
    • Retention of white sturgeon will be allowed Saturday June 18 (one day) and Friday, July 1 (one day) in the mainstem Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam, including adjacent tributaries. The daily bag limit is one white sturgeon with a fork length of between 38 and 54 inches.  The annual limit is two.
  • 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 January 1, 2016 – April 29, 2016; this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.
  • Effective 12:01 AM Saturday April 30, 2016, 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 January 1, 2016, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.
  • 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.

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MARINE ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated April 20, 2015

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

The Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized their recommendation for ocean salmon seasons on Thursday, April 14.  Seasons are not official until being signed by the Secretary of Commerce and adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for waters from 0-3 nautical miles.  The Commission will take action on April 22.

For the recreational ocean salmon fishery, the season in ocean waters off the Columbia River will be limited to the period of July 1 through August 31 with a hatchery mark selective coho quota of 18,900 and a Chinook quota of 10,200.

Recreational seasons on the central Oregon Coast from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain opened for Chinook on March 15 and will continue through October 31 without interruption.   Coho seasons will have reduced quotas of 26,000 fin-clipped coho in the hatchery mark selective season from June 25 through August 7 and in the non-selective season that will open on September 3  and continue through the earlier of September 30 or the quota 7,500 coho.

From Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA border, the recreational Chinook season will open May 28 and continue through August 7 and then reopen for the Labor Day weekend on September 3-5.  This area will also be open for the hatchery mark selective coho season from June 7 through the earlier of August 7 or the overall quota of 26,000 marked coho.

Recreational anglers should review the full regulations prior to participating in the ocean salmon fisheries. 

Questions should be directed to Eric Schindler at (541)867-0300 x252 or Jason Edwards at (541)867-0300 x271.

Edible Shrimp

  • Daily limit is 20 lbs in the shell
  • May be taken by traps, pots, or rings

Razor Clams

  • May be taken by hand, shovel, clam gun, or tube with an opening no less than 4 inches in diameter (cylindrical) or 4 inches by 3 inches (elliptical)
  • All razor clams must be retained regardless of size or condition
  • Each digger must have their own container, dig their own clams, and may not possess more than one limit of clams while in the clam digging area except under the allowances of an Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit.

Whale Cove Habitat Refuge

  • No take of fish, shellfish and marine invertebrates in all areas in Whale Cove below the extreme high tide east of a line drawn across the mouth of the cove, as defined by points at:
    • 44°47.237’N
    • 124°04.298’W
    • 44°47.367’N
    • 124°04.320’W

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

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