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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

 Willamette Zone Updates

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Revised June 20, 2016

Pacific Lamprey Harvest:

(a) Pursuant to OAR 635-044-0130(1)(b), authorization from the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission must be in possession by individuals collecting or possessing Pacific lamprey for personal use. Permits are available from ODFW, 17330 SE Evelyn Street, Clackamas, OR 97015;

(b) Open fishing period is June 1 through July 31 from 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.; personal use harvest is permitted Friday through Monday each week. All harvest is prohibited Tuesday through Thursday with the exception of Tuesday, June 21 through Thursday, June 23, 2016;

(c) Open fishing area is the Willamette River at Willamette Falls on the east side of the falls only, excluding Horseshoe Area at the peak of the falls;

(d) Gear is restricted to hand or hand-powered tools only;

(e) Catch must be recorded daily on a harvest record card prior to leaving the open fishing area. Harvest record cards will be provided by ODFW. All harvest record cards must be returned to the ODFW Clackamas office by August 31 to report catch. Permit holders who do not return the harvest record cards by August 31 will be ineligible to receive a permit in the following year.

(f) Harvesters must allow sampling or enumeration of catches by ODFW personnel.

From April 1 – July 31, 2016, the following rules apply:

(a) In all areas of the Willamette River and tributaries, including flowing waters, that are open to angling for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, trout, or warmwater gamefish, anglers with a valid 2016 Two-Rod Angling Validation may use up to two fishing rods while fishing for any game fish or non-game fish species except sturgeon. Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.

(b) Angling for sturgeon remains restricted to the use of one rod per angler.

(c) All other rules and licensing requirements specified in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.


If an angler is fishing for sturgeon, they are restricted to a single rod.  A second rod may not be deployed by that angler while fishing for sturgeon, even if that rod is deployed for purposes of catching a different species.
As clearly stated in rules, ALL other rules remain in effect – the allowance of a second rod does NOT increase the allowable daily bag limit per angler. 

Foster Reservoir

  • 5 hatchery trout or kokanee per day, 8 inch minimum length.

Willamette River from the Highway 20 bridge upstream to the Highway 99 bridge

  • Open all year for hatchery Chinook
  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead
  • Open all year for trout, 2 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length
  • Open for retention of white sturgeon, 1 per day and 2 per year, 38 inch minimum and 54 inch maximum fork lengths
  • Use of bait allowed

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

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