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Sport Fishing Regulation Updates by Zone

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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 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated Nov. 27, 2013

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

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2013 the following tributaries of the Columbia will be restricted to barbless hooks when fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout:

  • Youngs River from confluence with Youngs Bay upstream to markers at confluence with Klaskanine River.

  • Lewis and Clark River from Hwy 101 bridge upstream to Alternate Hwy 101 bridge.

  • Walluski River from confluence with Youngs Bay upstream to Hwy 202 bridge.

  • Gnat Creek from railroad bridge upstream to Aldrich Point Road.

  • Knappa/Blind Slough select areas.

2013 Coastal fall chinook and wild coho salmon seasons

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

Clackamas (971) 673-6000
Corvallis (541) 757-4186
Tillamook (503) 842-2741
Newport (541) 867-4741
Springfield (541) 726-3515


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: Regulation Changes

Updated Nov 1, 2013

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

Chetco River

  • Opens to fall chinook Saturday, Nov. 2

  • From Nov. 2 through Dec. 31, the daily bag limit is two adult salmon or steelhead, only one of which can be a wild chinook. Daily bag limit includes up to five hatchery or wild jack chinook. (Chinook less than 24-inches long are considered jacks.)

  • Seasonal (through Dec. 31) bag limit for wild chinook is 10 fish, in aggregate with the Floras Creek/New River, Sixes Elk and Winchuck rivers.

  • Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, permanent regulations as listed in the 2014 Sport Fishing Regulations will apply.

Winchuck River

  • Opens to fall chinook Saturday, Nov. 2

  • From Nov. 2 through Dec. 31, the daily bag limit is two adult salmon or steelhead, only one of which can be a wild chinook. Daily bag limit includes up to five hatchery or wild jack chinook. (Chinook less than 24-inches long are considered jacks.)

  • Seasonal (through Dec. 31) bag limit for wild chinook is 10 fish, in aggregate with the Floras Creek/New River, Sixes Elk and Chetco rivers.

  • Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, permanent regulations as listed in the 2014 Sport Fishing Regulations will apply.

2013 Coastal fall chinook and wild coho salmon seasons

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
Updated Feb. 6, 2013

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

News:  Smelt fishing returns to Columbia, tributaries

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

CLACKAMAS RIVER

Barbless hooks required from the mouth to the 99E Bridge when fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout.

SANDY RIVER

Smelt

  • The Sandy River will be open for smelt dipping from the bank only each Saturday from 6 AM to Noon (6 hours) during March 1-22, 2014.  The daily and possession limit is 10 pounds per person.

Sturgeon

Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited in 2014.  Angling for sturgeon, including catch and release, is prohibited in the Sandy River during January 1 - April 30, 2014 and December 1-31, 2014.

WILLAMETTE RIVER, Mouth to Willamette Falls, including Multnomah Channel

Barbless hooks required from the mouth to Willamette Falls, including the Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River, when fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout.

Salmon and Steelhead

  • This area is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon the entire year under permanent rules.
  • Bank angling is prohibited from the east shore of the Willamette River the entire year at the “Oregon City Wall” defined as the area beginning west of Highway 99E, at the northern-most extent of the parking area near the intersection of 8th Street and Highway 99E in Oregon City, approximately 290 feet downstream of the Oregon City/West Linn bridge (Hwy 43) and extending upstream approximately 1715 feet to the retaining wall extending into the Willamette River at the NW corner of the Blue Heron Paper Mill.

Sturgeon

Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls including the Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River.

  • Retention of white sturgeon will be prohibited in 2014.
  • Catch and release angling may continue during retention closures, except for the following permanent rules:

      • Angling for sturgeon, including catch-and-release, is prohibited seven days per week during May 1 through August 31 from Willamette Falls downstream to the Lake Oswego-Oak Grove Railroad Bridge.

      • Bank angling is prohibited from the east shore of the Willamette River the entire year at the “Oregon City Wall” defined as the area beginning west of Highway 99E, at the northern-most extent of the parking area near the intersection of 8th Street and Highway 99E in Oregon City, approximately 290 feet downstream of the Oregon City/West Linn bridge (Hwy 43) and extending upstream approximately 1715 feet to the retaining wall extending into the Willamette River at the NW corner of the Blue Heron Paper Mill.

      • The Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (SIWA) is closed in all areas January 1-April 15 and October 1-December 31. The SIWA includes the Gilbert River, except the area downstream of the transient moorage to the mouth and the Disabled Person fishing pier near the mouth remain open.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts


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CENTRAL ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated Nov. 27, 2013

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

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

Deschutes River

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook from April 15, 2014 through July 31, 2014 from the mouth of the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls.
  • The catch limit is two 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 two adult Chinook salmon.

Hood River

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped chinook from April 15, 2014 through June 30, 2014 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.
  • All non-adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon must be released unharmed.

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 Aug 22, 2013

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

Thief Valley Reservoir

From Aug. 24 to Oct. 31, 2013 the reservoir will be open to fishing for all game species under the following temporary regulations:

    • No daily catch or possession limits
    • No size limits
    • Harvest is allowed by hand, dip net or fishing

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 Nov. 27, 2013

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

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

Imnaha River

    • Jack chinook season closes at dusk on Friday, July 19.

    • Beginning July 8, harvest will be limited to fin-clipped jack chinook only, with a daily limit of five. Jack chinook are salmon between 15 and 24-inches long.

    • Anglers do not need to record jacks on the combined angling tag, but they cannot continue fishing for jacks once they have caught their daily limit of two adult chinook.

    • All non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) chinook must be released unharmed.

Lookingglass Creek

    • Closed to spring chinook jacks as of June 21.

Wallowa Lake

    • Beginning May 24, 2013 the daily bag limit for kokanee will increase from 10 to 20 fish.

    • Only five kokanee over 12-inches long may be kept.

  • Background information

    For more information contact your local ODFW office:

La Grande (541) 962-2138
John Day (541) 575-1167
Pendleton (541) 276-2344
Enterprise (541) 426-3279


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SNAKE ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated Nov. 27, 2013

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

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

Snake River

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped fall chinook on Sunday, Sept. 1.

  • Open from the Oregon –Washington border to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam and until Oct. 31, or until a closure is announced.

  • The reach from Cliff Mountain Rapid (at river mile 246.7) upstream to the deadline at Hells Canyon Dam will be open from Nov. 1-17.

  • The daily bag limit will be six adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon. Anglers can also keep an unlimited number of fin-clipped jack chinook. Chinook jacks are salmon between 15 and 24-inches long.

Only barbless hooks may be used. Anglers are reminded to consult the 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other applicable regulations.


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COLUMBIA ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated April 3, 2014

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

News:

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement:
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead, or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement.  See a map of the Basin and get more information.

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

Permanent regulations apply unless noted otherwise.  See 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

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

Regulations modified as follows:

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad on Saturday April 19 only.
  • Effective March 1 – May 15, 2014, the mainstem Columbia River will be open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad only during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook.
  • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only 1 may be an adult Chinook.  Chinook adults are > 24 inches and steelhead > 20 inches.
  • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.

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

Regulations modified as follows:

  • The area from I-5 Bridge upstream to Rooster Rock is open for boat and bank angling.  The area from Rooster Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam is open to BANK ANGLING ONLY. Legal Rooster Rock boundary defined as a line projected from Rooster Rock on the Oregon shore true north to the Washington shore.
  • Open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad on Saturday April 19 only.
  • Effective March 1 – May 15, 2014, the mainstem Columbia River will be open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad only during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook.
  • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only 1 may be an adult Chinook.  Chinook adults are > 24 inches and steelhead > 20 inches.
  • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/Washington border

Effective March 16 - May 9, 2014, regulations modified as follows:

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead 7 days per week from Tower Island Power lines (located approximately 6 miles downstream from The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border for boat and bank, plus BANK ANGLING ONLY from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Tower Island Power lines.
  • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only 1 may be an adult Chinook.  Chinook adults are > 24 inches and steelhead > 20 inches.
  • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
  • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.

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

Effective March 1 - June 15, 2014:

  • The salmonid daily bag limit in Select Areas will be the same as the mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam on the days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open for Chinook retention.
  • The salmonid daily bag limit in Select Areas will revert to permanent regulations when the mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam is closed to Chinook retention.

STURGEON

Permanent regulations apply unless noted otherwise. See 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

  • The annual bag limit is two legal white sturgeon total for all zones combined statewide.
  • The retention of green sturgeon is prohibited at all times.
  • Anglers are limited to the use of one single-point barbless hook while angling for white sturgeon.
  • It is unlawful to use lamprey for bait.
  • In all areas, catch-and-release sturgeon angling is allowed during non-retention periods, unless otherwise indicated.

The lower Willamette River (including Multnomah Channel and the Gilbert River) sturgeon regulation updates can be found under the Willamette Zone.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam (mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, including Youngs Bay; and all adjacent Washington tributaries)

  • Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited in 2014.

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.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Closed to retention except during the following:
    • Effective Friday June 13, 2014 – Saturday June 14, 2014 and Friday June 20, 2014 – Saturday June 21, 2014, this section of the Columbia River will be open to retention of white sturgeon. The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 38 – 54 inches fork length.
  • Catch and release angling may continue during retention closures, except for the following:
    • All angling for sturgeon, including catch and release, will be prohibited from May 1, 2014 - July 31, 2014 from the The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock of the boat ramp at the Port of The Dalles on the Oregon side of the Columbia perpendicular across the Columbia to a marker on the Washington shore.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2014 until the guideline is met; this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week.  The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2014 until the guideline is met; this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week.  The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length.

McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border

Permanent regulations apply.  Including the following:

  • Effective January 1 – 31 and August 1 – December 31, retention of white sturgeon is prohibited in this section of the Columbia River.
  • Effective February 1 - July 31, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week.  The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length.
Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

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Marine ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated Dec. 31, 2013

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

Harvest restrictions are effective January 1, 2014 for both the Cascade Head and Cape Perpetua marine reserve sites. Harvest restrictions at the Redfish Rocks and Otter Rock marine reserve sites have been in effect since January 1, 2012.

Marine reserves prohibit all take of fish, invertebrates, wildlife and seaweeds. Also, no deployment of any fishing gear. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), adjacent to marine reserves, allow or prohibit specific species or gears.

Beach walking, surfing, bird watching, diving and other non-extractive uses are still allowed.

Click on a site for a map, summary of rules, and boundary coordinates (sites are listed from north to south):

More information


The printed 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations book has errors in the waypoints for the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (YRCA) in the table on page 105. The correct coordinates (pdf) are the same as the last several years.


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

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