Salmon and steelhead are Oregon’s iconic fish. For the dedicate angler, there’s an opportunity to fish for salmon or steelhead almost every day of the year – from cold, wet days on the Columbia River chasing spring chinook, to hot desert days in Central Oregon casting for summer steelhead.
Recent Regulation Changes
Salmon and steelhead season often can change mid-season. Go to the Regulation Changes pages to get the most current regulation updates.
Columbia River Fisheries
The salmon and steelhead runs on the Columbia River are legendary, with spring, summer and fall chinook, summer steelhead, coho and sockeye. Here’s some of what you’ll need to know to go.
Coastal Fall Salmon Seasons
These seasons are set by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in June.
Fish Counts at Major Dams
Anglers can track salmon and steelhead returns on many major rivers by checking how many fish have passed the dams or entered fish traps.
Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon Catch Statistics
Annual reports of salmon and steelhead harvest, by river, gathered from sports harvest angler tags (punch cards) returned by anglers to ODFW
The highly anticipated ocean salmon season usually begins in late May or June. The seasons and daily bag limits are announced in April and will vary by species and location, so be sure to check the Ocean Salmon Sport Salmon Seasons before planning a trip.
Steelhead Fishing in Oregon (pdf)
A brief primer for new steelhead anglers, it includes a calendar of returns on Oregon’s top steelhead rivers.
Weekly Recreation Report
Our local biologists provide weekly updates of fishing conditions for almost 200 rivers and streams, and lakes and reservoirs throughout the state. Find out what’s biting, what’s working and what conditions are like.
Winter Steelhead Guide
The novice steelhead angler will find this a useful overview of where and when to fish for winter steelhead. More experienced anglers will appreciate the updates on access, regulation changes and other changes that could affect fishing.