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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 April 8, 2016


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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