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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 September 16, 2014

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.

2014 Coastal Fall Salmon Seasons

BIG CREEK: Chinook and coho salmon

  • Open Sept. 17 to Dec. 31 for adipose fin-clipped coho and fall Chinook salmon with a daily bag limit of 2 adult salmon.
  • Anti-snagging rules in effect from Sept. 17 to Dec. 31. These rules include:
    • Except when fishing with a buoyant lure, terminal gear is restricted to an artificial fly, lure or bait with a single-point hook.
    • Hooks must measure 3/4-inch or less from point to shank, and must be attached to or below the lure or bait.
    • Weights may not be attached below or less than 18 inches above the lure or bait.

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 March 3, 2014

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

No special regulations currently in effect.

 

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WILLAMETTE ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated Feb. 6, 2014

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

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.

SANTIAM RIVER: includes the mainstem Santiam, Little North Fork Santiam, North Fork Santiam to markers at Packsaddle Park, South Fork Santiam to markers below Foster Dam

Effective June 10, 2014 through Oct. 31, 2014 the bag limits for adipose fin-clipped trout and steelhead increase to:

  • Five trout per day with no minimum length restriction.
  • Four salmon and steelhead per day, of which no more than two may be salmon.

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 July 31, 2014

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 chinook from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 from the mouth at the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls.
  • The daily bag limit is two adult chinook and five jacks (jacks chinook are 15 to 24 inches long).

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 July 10, 2014

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

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR:

Under temporary rules announced July 10, the lake is open to fishing for all game fish species from July 11 through Dec. 31, 2014 with the following restrictions:

  • Allowed harvest methods are by hand, dip net, or angling;
  • There are no daily catch and possession limits; and
  • There are no minimum length requirements.

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 July 21, 2014

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.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: spring Chinook

  • Open from Saturday, July 5 until Monday, July 7 from the Oregon/Washington border to a deadline 100 yards upstream of the Wildcat/Powwatka Bridge on Grande Ronde River Rd.
  • The area at the mouth of the Wenaha River at Troy, OR will be closed to protect wild stocks.
  • Daily bag limit will be two adult fin-clipped Chinook and five fin-clipped jacks.
  • A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required.

IMNAHA RIVER: spring Chinook

  • CLOSES TO CHINOOK BEGINNING SUNDAY, JULY 27.
  • Open for fin-clipped Chinook salmon Saturday and Sunday, July 5-6 from the mouth to the Summit Creek Bridge (river mile 45).
  • Daily bag limit of two adult fin-clipped Chinook salmon and five fin-clipped jacks (jacks are salmon less than 24-inches long).
  • After July 6, the fishery will remain open for jacks with a daily limit of five fin-clipped fish. All adult Chinook must be released unharmed. The jack fishery will remain open until a closure is announced.

JOHN DAY RIVER: spring Chinook

  • This fishery closed June 15.

LOOKINGGLASS CREEK: spring Chinook

  • Closed to spring Chinook

SNAKE RIVER: spring Chinook

  • CLOSES TO CHINOOK BEGINNING SUNDAY, JULY 27.
  • Open to fishing for spring Chinook on April 26, 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 adipose fin-clipped 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 consult the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other applicable regulations.

WALLOWA RIVER: spring Chinook

  • CLOSES TO CHINOOK BEGINNING SUNDAY, JULY 27.
  • Opens for spring Chinook June 21 from the deadline at the lower end of Minam State Park upstream to the mouth of the Lostine River.
  • Anglers may retain two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook adults and five adipose fin-clipped jacks per day, with two daily jack limits in possession. 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.
  • Unmarked (wild) fish must be released carefully and unharmed.
  • A valid Columbia River endorsement is required for this fishery.

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 August 14, 2014

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: fall Chinook

  • Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, or until further notice, open 7 days a week from the OR/WA border upstream to the deadline below Hell’s Canyon Dam.

  • From Oct. 31 to Nov. 17, only the reach of the Snake River from Cliff Mountain Rapid (RM 246.7) upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam will remain open.

  • Daily bag limit is six adipose fin-clipped adult fall chinook; no daily, possession or season limits on jack salmon (less than or equal to 24-inches long).

  • Barbless hooks only.

  • Refer to 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations  for other gear and method restrictions and legal angling times.

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COLUMBIA ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated September 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

Summary of 2014 fall salmon regulations for the Columbia River *

Boundary Maps (jpgs)

Tongue Point/Rocky Point Line
Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island Line
Steamboat Landing Park/Marker #50 Line

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 adipose fin-clipped adult coho (16-inches or longer) and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.
  • August 1 – 29: Retention of adult Chinook (24-inches or longer, fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook.
  • August 30 – September 1: Retention of adipose or left-ventral fin-clipped adult Chinook is allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook.
  • September 2 – 30:Retention of Chinook is prohibited. Open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and adipose fin-clipped adult coho (> 16”). Daily bag limit is two adipose fin-clipped steelhead or adipose fin-clipped adult coho in combination, but anglers may also retain one additional adipose fin-clipped adult coho per day In a daily bag limit of three fish, the third fish must be an adipose fin-clipped adult coho and none may be Chinook.
  • October 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook is allowed (fin-clipped or not). The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids.
  • Jacks may only be retained October 1 – December 31 under permanent rules. The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish.  Any Chinook jack (fin-clipped or not) may be retained.  Coho jacks must be adipose fin-clipped.
  • 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 adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. Coho jacks must be adipose fin-clipped.
  • August 1 – September 7: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook. The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish. Any Chinook jack (fin-clipped or not) may be retained.
  • September 8 – 14: Retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook is allowed. The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook. The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish. Chinook jacks must be adipose fin-clipped.
  • September 15 – 30: Retention of all Chinook is prohibited (including Chinook jacks). The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.
  • October 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook is allowed (fin-clipped or not). The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish. Any Chinook jack (fin-clipped or not) may be retained.
  • 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.

Lower Columbia – Warrior Rock/Bachelor Isl. upstream to Steamboat Landing Park/Marker #50

  • 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 a line projected from the most downstream point on the Steamboat Landing Park (100 S. Washougal River Road) dock on the Washington shore through navigation light #50 to the Oregon shore. This area does not include fishing from the Steamboat Landing Park dock.
  • August 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish.  Any Chinook jack (fin-clipped or not) may be retained.  Coho jacks must be adipose fin-clipped.
  • 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. 

Lower Columbia - Steamboat Landing Park/Marker #50 upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Area definition:  From a line projected from the most downstream point on the Steamboat Landing Park (100 S. Washougal River Road) dock on the Washington shore through navigation light #50 to the Oregon shore upstream to Bonneville Dam.  Fishing from the Steamboat Landing Park dock is considered within the fishing area.
  • August 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids in combination, but anglers may also retain one additional adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not). In a daily bag limit of three fish from this area, the third fish must be a Chinook. The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish. Any Chinook jack (fin-clipped or not) may be retained. Coho jacks must be adipose fin-clipped.
  • 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 the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam)

  • August 1 – December 31:
    • Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not), coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. All coho (adults and jacks) retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be adipose fin-clipped.
    • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids in combination, but anglers may also retain one additional adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not). In a daily bag limit of three fish from this area, the third fish must be a Chinook.
    • The daily bag limit for jack salmon is five fish. Any Chinook jack (fin-clipped or not) may be retained.
  • 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, including bag limits for jacks.

* Seasons may be subject to in-season modification.

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)

  • Retention of white sturgeon prohibited effective 12:01 AM Sunday, July 20, 2014.
  • Catch and release angling may continue during retention closures, except for the following sanctuary closure:
    • 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 – July 31, 2014; 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.
  • Retention of white sturgeon will be prohibited effective 12:01 AM Friday, August 1, 2014 for the remainder of the year.

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

  • Retention of white sturgeon prohibited effective 12:01 AM Saturday, June 14, 2014 for the remainder of the year.

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 May 1, 2014

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

2014 Ocean Salmon Seasons

2014 Pacific Halibut Seasons

Harvest Restrictions at Marine Reserve sites

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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