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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.


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NORTHWEST 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:

  • Tillamook (503) 842-2741
  • Newport (541) 867-4741

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SOUTHWEST 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


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: Regulation Changes
Revised January 29, 2015

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

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 January 2, 2014

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

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 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:

  • 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 January 2, 2015

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

There are no regulation updates at this time.


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COLUMBIA ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated January 29, 2015

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

News:

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

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

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

  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2015 – February 28, 2015 including open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon and/or steelhead and five jacks.
  • Effective March 1, 2015 - April 10, 2015, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad 7 days per week except closed to salmon and steelhead angling on Tuesday March 24, Tuesday March 31 and Tuesday April 7.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • 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.

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

  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2015 – February 28, 2015 including open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of salmon is prohibited.
  • Effective March 1, 2015 - April 10, 2015, 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 adipose fin-clipped Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad 7 days per week except closed to salmon and steelhead angling on Tuesday March 24, Tuesday March 31 and Tuesday April 7.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • 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.

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

  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2015 – February 28, 2015 including open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of salmon is prohibited.
  • Effective March 16, 2015 – May 6, 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 7 days per week.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • 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, 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.

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 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)

  • Effective Thursday January 1, 2015 – Sunday March 1, 2015, 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 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)

  • 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.

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.

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 January 2, 2015

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

2015 SPORT BOTTOMFISH BAG LIMIT

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):

More information


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

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