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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
Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.
Beginning Feb. 1, 2017, the use of barbed hooks is allowed when fishing for salmon, steelhead, or trout in Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls (including Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River) and in lower Clackamas River upstream to Highway 99E Bridge.
- Effective Jan. 1 2017, anglers are no longer allowed to keep Chinook salmon.
From the Gilbert River fishing pier, near the confluence with Multnomah Channel, upstream approximately four miles to Sturgeon Lake.
- Effective April 24, 2017 closed to all sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release, year round.
- Closed to all fishing April 24 – June 15 and Oct. 1 – Dec. 31.
- The Big Eddy fishing pier, a disabled angler platform located at the headwaters of the river near Sturgeon Lake, is included in the closure. Anglers with ODFW disabled anglers permits are advised to use the Gilbert River fishing pier at the mouth of the river instead.
Willamette River and tributaries:
Beginning 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.
For more information contact your local ODFW office:
- Clackamas (971) 673-6000
- Corvallis (541) 757-4186
- Springfield (541) 726-3515