OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Mobile Quick Links


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.


Back to top

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.


Back to top

SOUTHWEST ZONE: Regulation Changes

Updated January 1, 2017

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

As of Jan. 1, 2017, there are no temporary rules in effect.

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

Back to top

WILLAMETTE ZONE: Regulation Changes
Revised April 21, 2017

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

Beginning Feb. 1, 2017, the use of barbed hooks is allowed when fishing for salmon, steelhead, or trout in Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls (including Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River) and in lower Clackamas River upstream to Highway 99E Bridge.

Detroit Reservoir

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

Gilbert River

From the Gilbert River fishing pier, near the confluence with Multnomah Channel, upstream approximately four miles to Sturgeon Lake.

  • Effective April 24, 2017 closed to all sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release, year round.
  • Closed to all fishing April 24 – June 15 and Oct. 1 – Dec. 31.
  • The Big Eddy fishing pier, a disabled angler platform located at the headwaters of the river near Sturgeon Lake, is included in the closure.  Anglers with ODFW disabled anglers permits are advised to use the Gilbert River fishing pier at the mouth of the river instead.

Willamette River and tributaries:

Beginning 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.

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


Back to top

CENTRAL ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated April 11, 2017

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

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

Back to top

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

Back to top

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

Back to top

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.

 


Back to top

COLUMBIA ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated April 12, 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.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to I-5 Bridge:

  • During April 11, 2017 – April 12, 2017 and April 18, 2017 – April 19, 2017, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling and retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and shad.
  • During April 13, 2017 - April 17, 2017 and April 20, 2017 – April 23, 2017, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad except closed to all angling in an area near the mouth of the Lewis River defined as : a line from a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island through USCG buoy red #4 to the Oregon shore, downstream to a line from the lower (north) end of Sauvie Island across to the downstream range marker (0.7 miles downstream of the Lewis River) and continuing along the wing jetty to the Washington shore (see map) (pdf).
    • 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 April 24, 2017 – May 15, 2017, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling and retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and shad.
  • Effective May 16, 2017-June 15, 2017, this section of the Columbia River will revert to permanent regulations.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam:

  • During April 11, 2017 – April 12, 2017 and April 18, 2017 – April 19, 2017, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling and retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and shad.
  • During April 13, 2017 - April 17, 2017 and April 20, 2017 – April 23, 2017, the area from I-5 Bridge upstream to Beacon Rock is open for boat and bank angling and the area from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline is open to bank angling ONLY. 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 April 24, 2017 – May 15, 2017, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling and retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and shad.
  • Effective May 16, 2017-June 15, 2017, this section of the Columbia River will revert to permanent regulations.

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, 2017 – May 5, 2017, 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. 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 May 6, 2017 – May 15, 2017, this area of the Columbia River is closed to angling and retention of hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead.
  • Effective May 16, 2017-June 15, 2017, this section of the Columbia River will revert to permanent regulations.

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

  • Effective February 1, 2017 the use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in the Youngs Bay Select Area from the Highway 101 Bridge upstream to markers at confluence of Youngs and Klaskanine rivers, including lower Lewis and Clark River upstream to Alternate Highway 101 Bridge and lower Walluski River upstream to Highway 202 Bridge; and in the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area from markers at the west end of Minaker Island upstream to markers at the mouth of Blind Slough and continuing up Blind Slough/Gnat Creek to the Aldrich Point Road Bridge.
  • Effective March 1, 2016 – June 15, 2016, on days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of Chinook, the daily salmonid bag limit in Select Areas will be the same as mainstem Columbia River bag limits.

On days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is closed to Chinook retention, the permanent daily salmonid bag limit regulations for Select Areas will apply (see 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

STURGEON

All Permanent Regulations for sturgeon apply unless modified below (see 2017 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.

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 12:01 AM Saturday March 25, 2017 until further notice, this section of the Columbia River (and adjacent tributaries), 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


Back to top

MARINE ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated January 10, 2016

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

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 Jan. 1, 2017, descending devices are mandatory.

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

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

Mobile Quick Links | Back to top