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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 August 4, 2016

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

IMPORTANT: recent temporary rules allowing anglers with a 2-rod validation to use 2 fishing rods in certain NW and SW zone waters DO NOT APPLY to the Columbia River, the Columbia Zone, or ocean salmon fisheries.

Beginning August 4 through October 31, the following rules apply:

(a) In all waters of the Northwest Zone when open to angling for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon or hatchery steelhead, anglers with a valid 2016 Two-Rod Angling Validation may use up to two fishing rods when fishing for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon or hatchery steelhead, with the exceptions that: 1) two rods may only be used in the Nehalem River Basin from September 16 through October 31; and 2) only a single rod may be used in the Lower Columbia River tributaries which include: Bear Creek, Big Creek, Gnat Creek, John Day River, Klaskanine River Basin (including north and south forks), Lewis and Clark River, Youngs River and Bay, Beaver Creek, and the Clatskanine River.
(b) Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.
(c) Only a single rod may be used when angling for any other game or non game species.
(d) All other permanent rules and licensing requirements specified in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.

Revised August 1, 2016

Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, the following rules apply:

Retention of fall Chinook salmon on the lower Columbia tributaries is limited to hatchery fish. Hatchery fish are considered any Chinook with a healed adipose or ventral fin clip.

(1) Bear Creek (Clatsop Co.): Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon August 1-31 and from October 1 to December 31.

(2) Beaver Creek (Columbia Co) upstream to 200 feet below lower falls: Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon from August 1 to October 31.

(3) Big Creek (Clatsop Co.): Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon upstream to hatchery deadline August 1-31 and from October 1 to December 31.

(4) Clatskanie River upsteam to Swedetown bridge: Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon from August 1 to October 31.

(5) Gnat Creek:

(a) From the Railroad Bridge to Aldrich Point Road Bridge: Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon from August 1 to December 31.
(b) From Aldrich Point Road Bridge to Falls: Open for hatchery steelhead from January 1 to August 31 and October 1 to December 31; and open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon August 1-31 and from October 1 to December 31.

(6) John Day River (Clatsop Co.) is open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon from August 1 to December 31.

(7) Klaskanine River mainstem is open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon upstream from marker above Young’s River confluence, in the North Fork upstream to hatchery dam, and South Fork upstream to first falls (RM 4.7) from August 1 to December 31, with the following exceptions:

(a) Closed to salmon and steelhead angling upstream of Youngs River Loop Bridge from August 15 to October 15; and
(b) Closed on the North Fork between hatchery deadline marker and hatchery dam from August 1 to November 30.

(8) Lewis and Clark River: Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon upstream to 200 feet downstream of Warrenton Reservoir Dam from August 1 to December 31

(9) Youngs River and Bay from the Hwy 101 Bridge upstream to the marker at the confluence of Youngs Bay and Klaskanine River (including Walluski River tidewater) and the Young’s River mainstem: Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon from August 1 to December 31.

(10) For the open areas and times described in sections above, retained 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 missing fin.

Revised May 5, 2016

Beginning May 1 through July 31, 2016, the following rules apply:

  • In all waters of the, Tillamook Bay Basin (which include: Tillamook Bay, Kilchis, Miami, Tillamook, Trask, and Wilson River(s)) when open to angling for hatchery spring Chinook and hatchery steelhead, anglers with a valid 2016 Two-Rod Angling Validation may use up to two fishing rods when fishing for hatchery spring Chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead.
  • In all waters of the Nestucca River Basin and Bay and Little Nestucca River, when open to angling for hatchery spring Chinook and hatchery steelhead, anglers with a valid 2016 Two-Rod Angling Validation may use up to two fishing rods when fishing for hatchery spring Chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead.
  • Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.
  • Only a single rod may be used when angling for any other game or non-game species.
  • All other rules and licensing requirements specified in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.

Alsea River and Bay

  • Open for retention of hatchery steelhead January 1 to April 30 and November 1  to December 31, 2016.

Gnat Creek from Aldrich Point Road Bridge to Falls

  • Open for hatchery steelhead from January 1 to August 31 and October 1 to December 31, 2016.

Nehalem River

  • Open for retention of hatchery steelhead upstream of the Highway 26 bridge at Elsie from January 1 to March 31, May 22 to August 31, and November 1 to December 31, 2016.
  • Closed to angling on all tributaries and river sections not listed.

North Fork Nehalem River

  • Open for retention of one (1) wild Chinook per day from May 22 to September 15, 2016 from the mouth upstream to Highway 53 bridge. The North Coast Wild Chinook Aggregate limit applies.

Wilson River from Highway 101 Bridge upstream to South Fork

  • Open for retention of hatchery spring Chinook salmon from April 1 to July 31, 2016.

Yaquina River and Bay

  • Open for retention of hatchery steelhead from January 1 to March 31 and December 1 to December 31, 2016, from the visible ends of the jetty tips upstream to first bridge on Eddyville-Nashville Road. It is also open for retention of Chinook salmon from April 1 to December 31, 2016 from the visible ends of the jetty tips upstream to Simpson Creek.

 


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: Regulation Changes

Updated August 4, 2016

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

IMPORTANT: recent temporary rules allowing anglers with a 2-rod validation to use 2 fishing rods in certain NW and SW zone waters DO NOT APPLY to the Columbia River, the Columbia Zone, or ocean salmon fisheries.

Beginning August 4 through October 31 the following rules apply:

(a) In all waters of the Southwest Zone when open to angling for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon or hatchery steelhead, anglers with a valid 2016 Two-Rod Angling Validation may use up to two fishing rods when fishing for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon or hatchery steelhead, with the exceptions that two rods may only be used in the Umpqua River upstream to Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy 38), in the Rogue River upstream to the upstream deadline at the Ferry Hole Boat Ramp at RM 6, and in the Chetco River upstream to the Harbor Water Intake.
(b) Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.
(c) Only a single rod may be used when angling for any other game or non game species.
(d) All other permanent rules and licensing requirements specified in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.

Updated April 8, 2016

Cow Creek above Middle Creek bridge and tributaries

  • Catch and release for trout May 22 to Sep 15, 2016;
  • Artificial flies and lures only
  • No limit on size or number of bass
  • Closed to all angling May 1-21 and Sep 16 to Nov 30, 2016; Open for catch-and-release for trout from May 22 to September 15, 2016.

Hubbard Creek and Tributaries

  • Identified in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations exceptions is located in Curry County.

Middle Creek

  • Identified in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations exceptions is located in Coos County.

North Fork Smith River

  • North Fork Smith River is open for hatchery steelhead from January 1 to April 30 and December 1-31, 2016, from Johnson Creek to Bridge 10.
  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead, in tidewater.

North Umpqua River from the mouth to the fly area boundary

  • The Anti Snagging Gear Restriction is in place stipulating that any attached weight may be no more than 36 inches above the lower most hook. This restriction is in effect from March 1 to July 31, 2016 from Lone Rock boat launch to markers (painted lines) upstream of Rock Creek.

Smith River

  • The mainstem Smith River is open for hatchery steelhead from January 1 to April 30 and December 1-31, 2016, from Spencer Creek to Sisters Creek.
  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead, in tidewater.

South Umpqua River

  • Use of bait is allowed

 South Umpqua River Tributaries

  • Catch-and-release for trout allowed May 22 to September 15, 2016
  • Artificial flies and lures only
  • No limit on the size or number of bass
  • Closed to angling May 1-21 and September 16 to November 30, 2016
  • Jackson Creek is closed to all angling

 

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 20, 2016

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

News:

Pacific Lamprey Harvest:

(a) Pursuant to OAR 635-044-0130(1)(b), authorization from the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission must be in possession by individuals collecting or possessing Pacific lamprey for personal use. Permits are available from ODFW, 17330 SE Evelyn Street, Clackamas, OR 97015;

(b) Open fishing period is June 1 through July 31 from 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.; personal use harvest is permitted Friday through Monday each week. All harvest is prohibited Tuesday through Thursday with the exception of Tuesday, June 21 through Thursday, June 23, 2016;

(c) Open fishing area is the Willamette River at Willamette Falls on the east side of the falls only, excluding Horseshoe Area at the peak of the falls;

(d) Gear is restricted to hand or hand-powered tools only;

(e) Catch must be recorded daily on a harvest record card prior to leaving the open fishing area. Harvest record cards will be provided by ODFW. All harvest record cards must be returned to the ODFW Clackamas office by August 31 to report catch. Permit holders who do not return the harvest record cards by August 31 will be ineligible to receive a permit in the following year.

(f) Harvesters must allow sampling or enumeration of catches by ODFW personnel.

 

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 differentspecies.

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.

Foster Reservoir

  • 5 hatchery trout or kokanee per day, 8 inch minimum length.

Willamette River from the Highway 20 bridge upstream to the Highway 99 bridge

  • Open all year for hatchery Chinook
  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead
  • Open all year for trout, 2 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length
  • Open for retention of white sturgeon, 1 per day and 2 per year, 38 inch minimum and 54 inch maximum fork lengths
  • Use of bait allowed

 

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 March 24, 2016

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 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 June 27, 2016:

IMNAHA RIVER – Effective July 3, 2016, the Imnaha River is closed to Chinook salmon fishing. News Release.

WALLOWA RIVER – Effective, July 2, 2016, the Wallowa River is open for the retention of hatchery spring Chinook salmon.

Open area: deadline at the lower end of Minam State Park upstream to the mouth of the Lostine River.

Bag limit: two hatchery (adipose fin-clipped) spring Chinook adults and five hatchery jacks per day, with two daily jack limits in possession. Chinook jacks are salmon between 15 and 24 inches in length.

Gear restrictions: Single point hooks larger than 1-inch gap and multiple point hooks larger than 9/16-inch gap are prohibited.

Anglers do not need to record jack catch on their combined angling tags but it is illegal to continue fishing for jack Chinook once the adult bag limit is met. Wild fish must be released immediately and unharmed. A valid Columbia Basin Endorsement is required for this fishery. News Release.

Updated June 2, 2016:

News:

(2) The Imnaha River from the mouth to Summit Creek Bridge (River Mile 45) is open to angling for adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook salmon from June 15, 2016 until further notice.

(a) The daily bag limit is two (2) adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and five(5) adipose fin-clipped jacks; two daily jack salmon limits in possession. It is illegal to continue fishing for jack Chinook once the adult bag limit is met.

(b)Statewide hook regulations apply: Single point hooks larger than 1 inch gap and multiple point hooks larger than 9/16 inch gap are prohibited.

(c) All other General, Statewide and Northeast Zone Regulations, as provided in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, remain in effect.

The John Day River from the Hwy 207 bridge (located .5 miles downstream of Service Creek, OR) upstream to the mouth of Rattlesnake Creek (19.5 miles), near the south end of Picture Gorge, is open to angling for adult Chinook salmon from May 10 through June 5, 2016.

(a) The daily bag limit is two (2) adult Chinook and five (5) jacks; two daily limits in possession. It is illegal to continue fishing for jack Chinook once the adult daily bag limit is met.
(b) Statewide salmon gear restrictions apply.
(c) All other General, Statewide and Northeast Zone Regulations, as provided in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, remain in effect.

Lookingglass Creek closed for hatchery spring Chinook fishing effective May 31.

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 printed Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.

General Regulations

For the purpose of these sport fishing regulations, bass are defined as largemouth bass and smallmouth bass and do not include striped bass or hybrid bass.

Rods or lines must be closely attended.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 496.138, 496.146, 506.119
Stats. Implemented: ORS 496.162, 506.129
Hist.: Adopted 3-18-16, f. & ef. 3-28-16

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 June 2, 2016

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

Spring Chinook – Closed effective June 2

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 August 25, 2016

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

IMPORTANT: recent temporary rules allowing anglers with a 2-rod validation to use 2 fishing rods in certain NW and SW zone waters DO NOT APPLY to the Columbia River, the Columbia Zone, or ocean salmon fisheries.

News:

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

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

Fall Season* (August 1-December 31 timeframe) by Area

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. Daily bag limits by time period are described below.
      • August 1 – September 5: Retention of adult Chinook (24-inches or longer) is allowed but is restricted to hatchery fish only on all Sundays and Mondays during August (nine mark selective days: August 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29) during this period. On days when Chinook retention 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 bag limit is two salmonids and may include up to one Chinook and one hatchery steelhead.
      • September 6 – 30: Retention of 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 adult 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. Daily bag limits by time period are described below.
    • August 1 – September 9: 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 is five fish.
    • September 10 – 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 is five fish.
    • September 15 – 30: Retention of all Chinook (adults and jacks) 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 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 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.
    • All other permanent rules apply.
  • Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island (lower Columbia) 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 the Bonneville Dam deadline.
    • August 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 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.
    • 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, but effective September 1, the daily bag limit may not include more than one hatchery steelhead. The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish.
    • All Coho (adults and jacks) retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be hatchery 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.
    • All other permanent rules apply.
  • McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of any Chinook, Coho, and hatchery steelhead allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, but effective November 1, the daily bag limit may not include more than one hatchery steelhead. The daily bag limit for jack salmon 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.
    • 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 section of the Columbia River (and adjacent tributaries) is closed to the retention of sturgeon for the remainder of the year.
    • The harvest guideline was met after the June 18 retention day.
  • 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.

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

  • This section of the Columbia River (and adjacent tributaries) is 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)

  • This section of the Columbia River (and adjacent tributaries) is 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 August 26, 2016

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

Recreational ocean fishing

Within the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area (Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon), recreational ocean salmon fishing closes effective 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Sport Groundfish

Beginning Friday, July 15, 2016, the recreational groundfish season will close outside the 20-fathom line in order to protect yelloweye rockfish, which are more common in deeper waters.

Sport Halibut

(1) Beginning at 11:59 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2016 the Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR) all-depth season is closed to the retention of Pacific halibut.

(2) Beginning at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2016 the Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR) nearshore season is closed to retention of Pacific halibut.

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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