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Southwest Zone MapSport Fishing Regulation Updates - Southwest Zone

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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

  Southwest Zone Updates

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Revised August 4, 2016

IMPORTANT: recent temporary rules allowing anglers with a 2-rod validation to use 2 fishing rods in certain NW and SW zone waters DO NOT APPLY to the Columbia River, the Columbia Zone, or ocean salmon fisheries.

Beginning August 4 through October 31 the following rules apply:

(a) In all waters of the Southwest Zone when open to angling for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon or hatchery steelhead, anglers with a valid 2016 Two-Rod Angling Validation may use up to two fishing rods when fishing for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon or hatchery steelhead, with the exceptions that two rods may only be used in the Umpqua River upstream to Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy 38), in the Rogue River upstream to the upstream deadline at the Ferry Hole Boat Ramp at RM 6, and in the Chetco River upstream to the Harbor Water Intake.
(b) Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.
(c) Only a single rod may be used when angling for any other game or non game species.
(d) All other permanent rules and licensing requirements specified in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.

Revised April 8, 2016

Cow Creek above Middle Creek bridge and tributaries

  • Catch and release for trout May 22 to Sep 15, 2016;
  • Artificial flies and lures only
  • No limit on size or number of bass
  • Closed to all angling May 1-21 and Sep 16 to Nov 30, 2016; Open for catch-and-release for trout from May 22 to September 15, 2016.

Hubbard Creek and Tributaries

  • Identified in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations exceptions is located in Curry County.

Middle Creek

  • Identified in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations exceptions is located in Coos County.

North Fork Smith River

  • North Fork Smith River is open for hatchery steelhead from January 1 to April 30 and December 1-31, 2016, from Johnson Creek to Bridge 10.
  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead, in tidewater.

North Umpqua River from the mouth to the fly area boundary

  • The Anti Snagging Gear Restriction is in place stipulating that any attached weight may be no more than 36 inches above the lower most hook. This restriction is in effect from March 1 to July 31, 2016 from Lone Rock boat launch to markers (painted lines) upstream of Rock Creek.

Smith River

  • The mainstem Smith River is open for hatchery steelhead from January 1 to April 30 and December 1-31, 2016, from Spencer Creek to Sisters Creek.
  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead, in tidewater.

South Umpqua River

  • Use of bait is allowed

 South Umpqua River Tributaries

  • Catch-and-release for trout allowed May 22 to September 15, 2016
  • Artificial flies and lures only
  • No limit on the size or number of bass
  • Closed to angling May 1-21 and September 16 to November 30, 2016
  • Jackson Creek is closed to all angling

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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