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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 September 15, 2015

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

News:

NW Zone Fall salmon regulations are available at: http://dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/coastal_salmon_seasons.asp

Five Rivers (Alsea Basin)

  • Closed for Chinook salmon, Aug. 1 – Dec. 31 from the confluence with the Alsea River upstream to Buck Creek.

Klaskanine River

  • Closed for to retention of non adipose fin-clipped Chinook Sept. 1 through Oct. 15 from the confluence with Youngs River upstream to the Youngs River Loop Bridge (Tidewater Bridge).
  • Closed to all salmon and steelhead angling Aug 15-Oct 15 upstream from Youngs River Loop Bridge (including North and south Forks).

Youngs Bay/River

  • Closed to retention of non-adipose fin-clipped Chinook (adult and jack) Sept. 1 through Oct. 15 from the commercial fishing deadline at Battle Creek Slough upstream to Youngs River Falls.

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 September 2, 2015

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

News:

UMPQUA RIVER - Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy. 38) to River Forks Boat Ramp

  • Effective June 23 – Oct. 1, 2015, fishing is prohibited within 200 feet of all tributaries including no angling in the tributaries themselves from the mouth to 200 feet upstream.

UMPQUA RIVER - tips of jetties to confluence of the North and South Umpqua rivers

  • Fall Chinook opens July 1 – Dec. 31, 2015. Harvest limit is two adult wild Chinook per day, 20 per year in combination with all other salmon or steelhead marked on anglers’ tags.

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
Revised November 18, 2015

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

News:

EAGLE CREEK

  • Closed to coho fishing effective Nov. 8, 2015 until further notice.

HENRY HAGG LAKE

  • Open to fishing year-round beginning Nov. 23, 2015.
  • Consult the 2015 Oregon Sport fishing Regulations for catch limits and gear.

SOUTH SANTIAM RIVER

  • From 200 feet above Waterloo Falls downstream to the Waterloo Rd. bridge, the following regulation is in effect:
    1. Anglers are restricted to the use of fly angling or bobber angling gears only;
    2. Bobber angling gear must include a bobber and a leader no longer than 36 inches in length;
    3. Any weight attached to the line (except the bobber) may be no more than 36 inches from the lowermost hook when suspended vertically;
    4. The leader below the bobber must remain suspended in the water column and not residing on the river bottom; and
    5. All other regulations as shown in the 2015 Oregon Sports Fishing Regulations remain in effect.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Clackamas (971) 673-6000
  • Corvallis (541) 757-4186
  • Springfield (541) 726-3515

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CENTRAL ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated September 2, 2015

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

News:

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 October 16, 2015

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

News:

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR

Closed to fishing through Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Re-opens Jan. 1, 2016, but is not scheduled to be re-stocked with trout until May 2016.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR

Beginning July 18 to Oct. 15, 2015

  • No daily bag or possession limits, or minimum size for trout.
  • Harvest methods include hand, dip net and angling.

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 September 3, 2015

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

News:

KINNEY LAKE (Wallowa Co.):

Beginning Sept. 1 through to Sept. 25, 2015

  • No daily bag or possession limits, or minimum size for all gamefish.
  • Harvest methods include hand, dip net and angling.

Beginning Sept. 26 through Dec. 31, 2015

  • Closed to all fishing.

PEACH, LUGAR, BOUNDARY PONDS (Union Co.):

Beginning Sept. 1 through to Sept. 25, 2015

  • No daily bag or possession limits, or minimum size for all gamefish.
  • Harvest methods include hand, dip net and angling.

Beginning Sept. 26 through Dec. 31, 2015

  • Closed to all fishing.

KEYHOLE, GRANITE MEADOWS, GOLDFISH, YELLOWJACKET, WINDY SPRINGS PONDS (Umatilla Co):

Beginning Sept. 1 through to Sept. 25, 2015

  • No daily bag or possession limits, or minimum size for all gamefish.
  • Harvest methods include hand, dip net and angling.

Beginning Sept. 26 through Dec. 31, 2015

  • Closed to all fishing.

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 September 2, 2015

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

Snake River – fall Chinook

  • Open for hatchery fall chinook Monday, Sept.1 until Sunday, Oct. 31, or until a closure is announced, from the OR/WA border to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam.
  • From Cliff Mountain Rapid (at river mile 246.7) upstream to the deadline at Hells Canyon Dam 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 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other applicable regulations.

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COLUMBIA ZONE: Regulation Changes
Updated September 15, 2015

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

News:

States set Columbia spring Chinook seasons

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

All Permanent Regulations for salmon, steelhead, and shad apply unless modified below (see 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

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

  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2016 – February 29, 2016 including open to the retention of hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon and/or steelhead and five hatchery jacks.
  • Effective March 1, 2016 - April 9, 2016, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad except closed to salmon and steelhead angling on Tuesday March 29 and Tuesday April 5.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • Up to 5 hatchery jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 15, 2016, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of hatchery spring Chinook.

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

  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2016 – February 29, 2016 including open to the retention of hatchery steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of salmon is prohibited.
  • Effective March 1, 2016 - April 9, 2016, 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 hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad except closed to salmon and steelhead angling on Tuesday March 29 and Tuesday April 5.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • Up to 5 hatchery jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 15, 2016, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of hatchery spring Chinook.

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

  • Permanent salmon and steelhead regulations in effect January 1, 2016 – March 15, 2016 including open to the retention of hatchery steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of salmon is prohibited.
  • Permanent shad regulations remain in effect including retention year round.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 6, 2016, 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 hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • Up to 5 hatchery jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 15, 2016, this area of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery steelhead ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of hatchery spring Chinook.

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

  • Effective March 1, 2016 – June 15, 2016, 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 for sturgeon apply unless modified below (see 2016 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 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.

  • 2016 recreational harvest guidelines for white sturgeon fisheries between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam: 325 in Bonneville Pool; 100 in The Dalles Pool; 500 in John Day Pool.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Effective January 1, 2016 – February 7, 2016; 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; the annual limit is two.
  • Closes to the retention of sturgeon effective February 8, 2016.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2016; 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.

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

  • Effective January 1, 2016, 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.

 


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