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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.

 Willamette Zone Updates

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May 25, 2017

Two-Rod Angling Validation for Willamette River and Tributaries:

  • Effective April 1 through July 31, 2017, the following rules apply:
    • In all areas of the Willamette River and tributaries, including flowing waters, that are open to fishing for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, trout, or warmwater gamefish, anglers with a valid 2017 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.
    • Angling for sturgeon remains restricted to the use of one rod per angler.
    • All other rules and licensing requirements specified in the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.

Gilbert River

  • In the Gilbert River, from the upstream end of the Gilbert River Fishing Pier located near the confluence with Multnomah Channel, upstream to Sturgeon Lake, the following rules apply:
    • (a) Closed for sturgeon angling, including catch and release.
    • (b) Effective May 13 through June 15, 2017, angling restricted to artificial flies and lures only, no angling with bait allowed.

Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls (including Multnomah Channel) and the Clackamas River downstream from Highway 99E Bridge:

  • Effective February 1, 2017, the use of barbed hooks is allowed when fishing for salmon, steelhead, or trout in this area.
  • Effective Monday May 8, 2017 until further notice, the following rules apply in this area:
    • Angling and retention of spring Chinook and steelhead is allowed on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only.
    • The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids, but only one may be a Chinook.
    • The two-rod angling validation for this area (see above) remains in effect.

Willamette River upstream of Willamette Falls and the Clackamas River upstream from Highway 99E Bridge:

  • Chinook and steelhead retention remains open consistent with permanent seasons and bag limits.
  • The two-rod angling validation for this area (see above) remains in effect.

Detroit Reservoir

Effective Jan. 1 2017, anglers are no longer allowed to keep Chinook salmon.


For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

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