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Rogue-South Coast Steelhead Validation

Required for steelhead anglers beginning 2023
November 4, 2022

Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, the Rogue-South Coast Steelhead Validation is required for all winter steelhead anglers fishing in the Rogue Basin or on the south coast from Dec. 1 to April 30. (In the initial year, the season is Jan. 1 to Apr. 30, 2023.) In addition, a new harvest tag is required to keep wild winter steelhead in this area.

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This new validation establishes a winter steelhead season in the Rogue and south coast basins (highlighted area on the map below) from Dec. 1 to April 30 with the following regulations:

To fish for any winter steelhead (including catch-and-release)

All anglers need:

  • Annual fishing license (12 years and older) and combined angling tag, OR
    Daily or multi-day angling license with valid ODFW ID number* , AND
  • Rogue-South Coast Steelhead Validation.

* Since purchasing daily or multi-day licenses through “guest checkout” doesn’t include the ID number, a full account is required to purchase a validation. * Pre-paid daily licenses do not qualify to purchase a validation.

To keep a wild winter steelhead

All anglers (regardless of age) need:

  • All Rogue-South Coast Steelhead Validation Requirements listed above AND
  • Rogue-South Coast Wild Steelhead Harvest Tag.
    • Wild steelhead kept are recorded here, not the statewide combined angling tag.
    • Not needed for catch-and-release or keeping hatchery steelhead only.
    • Bag limit: 1 wild steelhead/day, 3 per season (Dec. 1 - April 30).
    • Check the Sport Fishing Regulations or to know where and when wild steelhead may be kept. See the Recreation Report to check for in-season regulation updates.
    • Return or report paper tags to ODFW after each winter steelhead season, and before the next season begins (Dec. 1).


  • Validation: $2 residents, $4 non-residents.
  • Harvest Tag: $10 residents, $20 non-residents.
  • Validation and harvest tag are valid for one full season (Dec. 1 – Apr. 30), even when using daily or multi-day licenses.

Map of Rogue-South Coast area

Map of the area covered by the steelhead validation

Gold Beach Office
29907 Airport Way
Gold Beach, OR 97444
Tel: 541-247-7605
Central Point Office
1495 E. Gregory Road
Central Point, OR 97502
Tel: 541-826-8774

The new validation and harvest tag help fund winter steelhead monitoring in the mapped area. ODFW and public stakeholder teams developed the requirements in the Rogue-South Coast Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan.

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