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Who needs a Columbia River Basin Endorsement

All anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon (catch-and-release and retention) on all rivers and tributaries in the Columbia River Basin need to have a Columbia River Basin Endorsement.

Who Needs a Columbia River Basin Endorsement?

All anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon (catch-and-release and retention) on all rivers and tributaries in the Columbia River Basin. 
This includes:

  • Columbia and Snake rivers,
  • All rivers and tributaries in the Willamette, Central and Northeast zones (as described in the Oregon Sportfishing Regulations booklet), and
  • Those rivers in the northern section of the Northwest Zone that drain into the Columbia River.

See the map and list of some the major rivers and tributaries below:

How Much Does It Cost?

The endorsement will be in addition to a fishing license and Combined Angling Tag. The cost is $9.75 a year when purchased with an annual fishing license, or $9.75 plus a $2 agent fee when purchased separately. For daily fishing licenses, the cost is $1 per day.

Anglers with a resident disabled veteran license, resident pioneer license, or resident and non-resident youth license will be issued a free endorsement upon request. They will need an endorsement to fish for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River Basin.

Where Can I Get One?

The endorsement may be purchased wherever fishing licenses are sold, including ODFW offices that sell licenses, authorized license dealers and online

What am I Funding?

Funds from Oregon’s CRBE can be used for both recreational and commercial fisheries and come with some match by state General Fund dollars. These funds have gone towards efforts to research alternative commercial gear. They have been used to increase hatchery production in off-channel areas, to offset fishery allocation shifts toward recreational fisheries due to the removal of non-tribal gillnet fisheries in the mainstem during spring and summer. The CRBE funds also provide better monitoring of both commercial and recreational fisheries, improved management of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in the Columbia, and increased enforcement by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife unit.

Washington doesn’t require the endorsement to fish (as of July 1, 2019). Do I still need it in Oregon?

Yes, the endorsement is still needed by Oregon anglers who fish for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the rivers and tributaries of the Columbia River Basin. The endorsements in the two states have always been different, started at different times for different reasons, and funding different programs.

Washington’s endorsement took effect in 2010, with funding used to improve underfunded sportfishing programs, particularly monitoring of ESA-listed fish in places where ESA requirements require monitoring to allow fishing opportunity. In 2019, Washington’s state legislature declined to extend the endorsement past June 30, 2019.

Oregon’s Columbia River Basin Endorsement is not set to expire until January 2022, and may be extended beyond that date.

Header image by Wayne Morrow

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