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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 April 1, 2015

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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 January 2, 2015

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There are no regulation updates at this time


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: Regulation Changes
Revised January 29, 2015

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SANDY RIVER

SMELT

  • Open for smelt dipping Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 15, from 6 a.m. until noon.
  • Bank only fishing, restricted to dip nets, and bag limit is 10 pounds per person.
  • Anglers do not need a license to harvest smelt.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts


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CENTRAL ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated April 7, 2014

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News:

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 chinook salmon per day, and five adipose fin-clipped jack chinook salmon per day.
  • All non-adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon must be released unharmed.

Wickiup Reservoir

The regulations for Wickiup as they appear in the 2015 Sport Fishing Regulations booklet were formatted incorrectly and this is leading to some confusion. Here, in a clearer format, are the 2015 regulations for the reservoir:

  • Open April 25-Oct. 31.
  • 25 kokanee (no size limit) in addition to other trout species limit.
  • Closed from 1 hour after sunset until 1 hour before sunrise.
  • Deschutes River Arm, upstream of ODFW marker located new West South Twin boat ramp:
    • Restricted to artificial flies and lures only.
    • 2 trout per day from Aug. 1-Aug. 31, kokanee included in trout limit.
    • Closed Sept. 1-Oct. 31.

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 January 2, 2015

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

There are no regulation updates at this time.

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 May 19, 2015

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John Day River – spring Chinook

  • Open May 20 through June 7 from Hwy 207 bridge (.5 mile downstream of Service Creek) upstream to the mouth of the North Fork John Day near Kimberly.
  • The daily bag limit will be two adult Chinook salmon and five jack salmon; it is unlawful to continue fishing for jacks after taking a daily bag limit of two adult Chinook salmon. Jack salmon are less than 24-inches long.
  • Both wild and hatchery (adipose clipped) salmon can be harvested.
  • A fishing license including a Columbia River Endorsement and a combined angling tag is required for this fishery.

Lookingglass Creek – spring Chinook

  • Open May 23 until harvest quota is reached from Moses Creek Lane Bridge (County Road 42) upstream to the confluence of Jarboe Creek.
  • The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook salmon and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon; it is unlawful to continue fishing for jacks after taking a daily bag limit of two adult Chinook salmon. Jack salmon are less than 24-inches long.
  • Unmarked (wild) fish must be released carefully and unharmed.
  • Restricted to artificial flies and lures only – no bait allowed.
  • Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required.

Powder River – Chinook salmon

  • Open May 20 to Sept. 1 from from Hughes Lane Bridge near Baker City to Mason Dam.
  • The daily bag limit has been increased from past years to four spring Chinook per day.

Snake River – Chinook salmon

  • Open to 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 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 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other applicable regulations.

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 March 5, 2015

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Snake River – Chinook salmon

  • Open to 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 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 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other applicable regulations.

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COLUMBIA ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated May 11, 2015

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News:

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

Spring Seasons* (January 1-June 15 timeframe)

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Tongue Point/Rocky Point Line:

  • Effective April 17, 2015 – Friday May 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling for Chinook (adults and jacks), steelhead, and shad.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to I-5 Bridge:

  • Effective May 4, 2015 –May 8, 2015 and May 10, 2015 – May 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling for Chinook (adults and jacks), steelhead, and shad.
  • Effective Saturday May 9 and Saturday May 16 – Monday June 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook. All sockeye must be released.
    • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
  • Effective March 1, 2015 – June 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.

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

  • Effective May 4, 2015 –May 8, 2015 and May 10, 2015 – May 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is closed to angling for Chinook (adults and jacks), steelhead, and shad.
  • Effective Saturday May 9 and Saturday May 16 – Monday June 15, 2015, the area from I-5 Bridge upstream to Beacon Rock and bank angling ONLY from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook. All sockeye must be released.
    • Up to 5 adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
  • Effective March 1, 2015 – June 15, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.
  • Effective Saturday May 16, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to angling for shad under permanent regulations. See 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations Columbia Zone.

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

  • Effective March 16, 2015 – May 10, 2015, 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 adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook. All sockeye must be released.
    • 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.
  • Effective May 11, 2015, this section of the Columbia River will revert to permanent regulations. See 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations Columbia Zone.

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

  • Effective March 1, 2015 – June 15, 2015, on days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of Chinook, the salmonid daily 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, permanent salmonid daily bag limit regulations for Select Areas will apply.

Summary of 2015 summer and fall salmon regulations for the Columbia River

Summer Seasons* (June 16 –July 31 timeframe)

  • Summer Chinook and Sockeye
    • Retention of sockeye and adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook  will be allowed:
      • June 16 – July 6 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.  Staff will monitor the fishery in-season and potentially modify the July portion of the fishery (which may include extending the season or allowing retention of any adult Chinook).
      • June 16 – July 31 from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border.
    • Retention of adipose fin-clipped jack summer Chinook (between 12 and 24-inches long) and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed June 16 – July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border.
    • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks. All sockeye are considered adults in the daily limit and must be recorded as adults on the combined angling tag. 
    • All other permanent rules apply.

Fall Seasons* (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 adipose fin-clipped coho (16-inches or longer) and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.
    • August 1 – September 7: Retention of Chinook (24-inches or longer, fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook.
    • September 8 – 30: Retention of all Chinook is prohibited. The daily bag limit is two salmonids (adipose fin-clipped coho/steelhead only).
    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.
    • Chinook jacks (fin-clipped or not) and adipose fin-clipped 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 adipose fin-clipped adult coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.
    • August 1 – September 7: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook. The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.
    • September 8 – 14: Retention of adipose fin-clipped adult 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 in Oregon is five fish.
    • September 15 – 30: Retention of all Chinook is prohibited. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids (adipose fin-clipped coho/steelhead only).
    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids. The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon 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.

  • 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. Angling from the Steamboat Landing Park dock is not included in this fishing area.
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped adult coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon 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.

  • 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.  Angling from the Steamboat Landing Park dock is included in this fishing area.
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped adult coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. The daily bag limit is three adult salmonids, of which no more than two may be adipose fin-clipped coho or adipose fin-clipped steelhead (in any combination).  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon 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 the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam)
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adult 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 three adult salmonids, of which no more than two may be coho or adipose fin-clipped steelhead (in any combination).  The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon 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

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam (including all adjacent Washington tributaries)

  • Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited.

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.

  • The following recreational harvest guidelines for 2015 white sturgeon fisheries between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam have been set: 1,100 in Bonneville Pool; 100 in The Dalles Pool; 500 in John Day Pool.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Closed to retention except during the following 3-day periods:
    • Effective Friday June 19, 2015 – Sunday June 21, 2015, Friday June 26, 2015 – Sunday June 28, 2015, and Friday July 3 – Sunday July 5, 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; the annual limit is two.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2015; this section of the Columbia River i
  • Effective January 1, 2015 – May 13, 2015; 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.
  • Retention of white sturgeon will be prohibited effective 12:01 AM Thursday May 14, 2015 for the remainder of the year.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2015, 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.

McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border

  • Under permanent regulations:
    • 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 dailly bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 - 54 inches fork length; the annual limit is two.

All Permanent Regulations apply unless noted otherwise. See 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

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Marine ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated March 12, 2015

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

2015 SPORT BOTTOMFISH BAG LIMIT

EFFECTIVE MARCH 11, 2015

1) RETENTION OF ONE CANARY ROCKFISH IS ALLOWED AS PART OF THE 7 FISH MARINE BAG LIMIT. For more information.

CHANGES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 15, 2015:

1) NO RETENTION OF CHINA, COPPER, OR QUILLBACK ROCKFISH

2) BLUE ROCKFISH DAILY SUB-BAG = 3*

*(no more than 3 blue rockfish, as part of 7 fish marine bag limit)

These changes are not included in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for the Marine Zone (page 92), but will be available in the 2015 Oregon Sport Ocean Regulation phamplet that is published in late April or early May and contains finalized Pacific Halibut and Ocean Salmon seasons.

These changes are being made to ensure maximum fishing opportunities for the main species caught in the sport bottomfish fishery, such as black rockfish and lingcod, that typically comprise 95% or more of the total catch.

Without these changes, there would be a high chance that the mortality of the these rockfish species (China, Copper, Quillback, and Blue Rockfish), which make up only 5% of overall catch, would exceed the newly reduced federal quota for this species group. If the quota were to be exceeded, then closure of the entire sport bottomfish could possibly occur.

A comprehensive and detailed rockfish identification guide is being developed to assist anglers. For now, rockfish identification guides can be found on page 99 of the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations or on the ODFW website:

2015 Minor NSGF Change (pdf)

 

Harvest Restrictions at Marine Reserve sites

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):

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

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