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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 printed Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.

General Regulations

For the purpose of these sport fishing regulations, bass are defined as largemouth bass and smallmouth bass and do not include striped bass or hybrid bass.

Rods or lines must be closely attended.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 496.138, 496.146, 506.119
Stats. Implemented: ORS 496.162, 506.129
Hist.: Adopted 3-18-16, f. & ef. 3-28-16

 Marine Zone Updates

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Revised Aug. 26, 2016

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the immediate closure of recreational and commercial bay crabbing from Tillamook Head, near Seaside, south to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes Dungeness and red rock crab harvested in bays and estuaries, off docks, piers, jetties, and the ocean.

Sport Groundfish

Beginning Friday, July 15, 2016, the recreational groundfish season will close outside the 20-fathom line in order to protect yelloweye rockfish, which are more common in deeper waters.

Sport Halibut

(1) Beginning at 11:59 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2016 the Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR) all-depth season is closed to the retention of Pacific halibut.

(2) Beginning at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2016 the Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR) nearshore season is closed to retention of Pacific halibut.

Fishing Tillomook Bay

Fishing Tillamook Bay
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-

Ocean Salmon

The Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized their recommendation for ocean salmon seasons on Thursday, April 14.  Seasons are not official until being signed by the Secretary of Commerce and adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for waters from 0-3 nautical miles.  The Commission will take action on April 22.

For the recreational ocean salmon fishery, the season in ocean waters off the Columbia River will be limited to the period of July 1 through August 31 with a hatchery mark selective coho quota of 18,900 and a Chinook quota of 10,200.

Recreational seasons on the central Oregon Coast from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain opened for Chinook on March 15 and will continue through October 31 without interruption.   Coho seasons will have reduced quotas of 26,000 fin-clipped coho in the hatchery mark selective season from June 25 through August 7 and in the non-selective season that will open on September 3  and continue through the earlier of September 30 or the quota 7,500 coho.

From Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA border, the recreational Chinook season will open May 28 and continue through August 7 and then reopen for the Labor Day weekend on September 3-5.  This area will also be open for the hatchery mark selective coho season from June 25 through the earlier of August 7 or the overall quota of 26,000 marked coho.

Recreational anglers should review the full regulations prior to participating in the ocean salmon fisheries. 

Questions should be directed to Eric Schindler at (541)867-0300 x252 or Jason Edwards at (541)867-0300 x271.

Edible Shrimp

  • Daily limit is 20 lbs in the shell
  • May be taken by traps, pots, or rings

Razor Clams

  • May be taken by hand, shovel, clam gun, or tube with an opening no less than 4 inches in diameter (cylindrical) or 4 inches by 3 inches (elliptical)
  • All razor clams must be retained regardless of size or condition
  • Each digger must have their own container, dig their own clams, and may not possess more than one limit of clams while in the clam digging area except under the allowances of an Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit.

Whale Cove Habitat Refuge

  • No take of fish, shellfish and marine invertebrates in all areas in Whale Cove below the extreme high tide east of a line drawn across the mouth of the cove, as defined by points at:

    • 44°47.237’N
    • 124°04.298’W
    • 44°47.367’N
    • 124°04.320’W

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