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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 November 12, 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

BEAVER CREEK: coho salmon

  • Closes to retention of wild coho (non adipose fin-clipped) after Sunday, Nov. 16.

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.

TRASK RIVER (Upstream of Hwy 101 Br.): chinook, coho, steelhead

  • Open: From Gold Creek, at the hatchery, 200 feet upstream and 900 feet downstream, Oct. 16 to Dec. 31, 2014.
  • Daily bag limit is two salmon or steelhead, in any combination. Chinook may be clipped or unclipped: all steelhead and coho must be clipped.
  • Other regulations listed on page 35 of the 2014 Sport Fishing Regulations still apply.

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 October 16, 2014

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

CLACKAMAS RIVER: coho salmon

  • Beginning Friday, Sept. 26  through Dec. 31 the daily limit is three adult salmon or steelhead in combination but at least one of those must be an adipose fin-clipped coho.  For example, an angler may keep two chinook and one coho; two steelhead and one coho; one chinook, one steelhead and one coho; or three coho. All fish must be adipose fin-clipped.
  • Consult the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more information on regulations, seasons and bag limits for steelhead and other salmon species.

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

EAGLE CREEK: coho salmon

  • Beginning Friday, Sept. 26  through Dec. 31 the daily limit is three adult salmon or steelhead in combination but at least one of those must be an adipose fin-clipped coho.  For example, an angler may keep two chinook and one coho; two steelhead and one coho; one chinook, one steelhead and one coho; or three coho. All fish must be adipose fin-clipped.
  • Consult the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more information on regulations, seasons and bag limits for steelhead and other salmon species.

SANDY RIVER: coho salmon, sturgeon

  • Beginning Friday, Sept. 26  through Dec. 31 the daily limit is three adult salmon or steelhead in combination but at least one of those must be an adipose fin-clipped coho.  For example, an angler may keep two chinook and one coho; two steelhead and one coho; one chinook, one steelhead and one coho; or three coho. All fish must be adipose fin-clipped.
  • Consult the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more information on regulations, seasons and bag limits for steelhead and other salmon species

  • Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited in 2014.
  • Fishing for sturgeon, including catch-and-release, is prohibited in the Sandy River during Jan. 1 - April 30, 2014 and Dec.r 1-31, 2014.

WILLAMETTE RIVER, Mouth to Willamette Falls, including Multnomah Channel

Salmon and Steelhead

  • Barbless hooks required from the mouth to Willamette Falls, including the Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River, when fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout.
  • Beginning Friday, Sept. 26  through Dec. 31 the daily limit is three adult salmon or steelhead in combination but at least one of those must be an adipose fin-clipped coho.  For example, an angler may keep two chinook and one coho; two steelhead and one coho; one chinook, one steelhead and one coho; or three coho. All fish must be adipose fin-clipped. Does not apply to areas above Willamette Falls where the coho bag limit remains two adipose or non-adipose fin clipped coho.
  • This area is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon the entire year under permanent rules.
  • Consult the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more information on regulations, seasons and bag limits for steelhead and salmon.
  • 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.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts


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CENTRAL ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated December 11, 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

  • The 2014 fall Chinook season closed on Oct. 31.

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 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.

WILLAMETTE RIVER (above Willamette Falls), and tributaries

Coho, Chinook, and Steelhead

Effective Oct.15, on the Willamette River and its tributaries upstream of Willamette Falls that are open to the harvest of coho salmon, the bag limit is increased by one clipped or unclipped coho during the scheduled coho seasons in these waters.

All other permanent regulations apply.

Consult the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more information on regulations, open areas, seasons and bag limits on these species.


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COLUMBIA ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated December 18, 2014

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

News: States set winter sturgeon season for Bonneville Pool

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

Recreational salmon fisheries in 2015 will begin under permanent regulations (see 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).  Modifications to 2015 spring chinook fisheries will be considered at a January 28 Compact/Joint State Hearing.

Summary of 2014 fall salmon regulations for the Columbia River

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.
  • October 3 – December 31: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is three salmon or steelhead in combination, but at least one must be an adipose fin-clipped coho in a three bag limit.
  • 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.

Lower Columbia – Tongue Point/Rocky Point upstream to Steamboat Landing Park/Marker #50

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 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.

Boundary Maps (jpgs)
Tongue Point/Rocky Point Line
Steamboat Landing Park/Marker #50 Line

  • October 1 – December 31: Retention of Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is two salmon or steelhead in combination.
  • 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 adult bag limit is three salmon or steelhead in combination, but at least one must be an adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not) in a three bag limit.
    • 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. From Bonneville Dam upstream to the Hood River Bridge, all coho (adults and jacks) must be adipose fin-clipped. From the Hood River Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border, retention of any coho (adults and jacks, fin-clipped or not) is allowed.
    • The daily adult bag limit is three salmon or steelhead in combination, but at least one must be an adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not) in a three bag limit.
    • 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.

 STURGEON

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

  • 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 Wauna Powerlines
(mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines (River Mile 40) downstream to the mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay; and all adjacent Washington tributaries)

  • Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Wauna Powerlines (RM 40) 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 Sturgeon Management Task Force will meet January 21, 2015 to discuss and develop management recommendations for 2015 white sturgeon fisheries in Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools, including potential modifications to harvest guidelines based on updated population assessments.  In the interim, the following recreational harvest guidelines will be used (same as 2014):  1,100 in Bonneville Pool; 300 in The Dalles Pool; 500 in John Day Pool.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Retention prohibited through December 31, 2014.
  • Effective Thursday January 1, 2015 – Sunday March 1, 2015, this section of the Columbia River will open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week.  The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 38 – 54 inches fork length. 
    • Staff will monitor the fishery in-season and recommend modifications if necessary to balance harvest between winter and summer seasons.

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

  • Retention prohibited through December 31, 2014.
  • Effective January 1, 2015; this section of the Columbia River will open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met.  The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length. 

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

  • Retention prohibited through December 31, 2014.
  • Effective January 1, 2015, this section of the Columbia River will open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the guideline is met.  The daily bag limit will be one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length. 

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 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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