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Fishing Oregon’s high lakes is not just for dedicated anglers. It also appeals to hikers and backpackers who head to...

How to fish

Not all of Oregon’s high lakes support fish populations. To help create fisheries in these off-road areas, ODFW stock hundreds...

How to fish

Crappie are scrappy, hard-fighting fish, and with a two-rod validation you can double the excitement of reeling in these delicious...

Where to fish

Each year ODFW stocks millions of trout in dozens of reservoirs, lakes and ponds across the state.
Finding these locations...

Where to fish

Visitors to Oregon's south coast can enjoy a  variety of opportunities from jetty fishing for rockfish and lingcod,
to some...

Where to fish

When you visit Oregon's central coast, from the Cascade Head to Florence, bring your fishing rod with you.
The many opportunities...

Where to fish

Visitors to Oregon's north coast, from the Columbia River down to Nestucca Bay, can enjoy varied surf, jetty and ocean, and...

Where to fish

Feisty lingcod along rugged shores, lively surfperch against ocean beaches and fat rockfish among jetty rocks: these are just some of...

Buying a license or permit

First check out the licensing information under the activity you wish to do (fishing, crabbing & clamming, big game hunting...

Where to fish

Oregon is recognized for its wide array of fishing opportunities and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) encourages...

Where to fish

The John Day – Umatilla area includes the John Day River and Umatilla River basins, and Oregon’s upper reaches of...

Where to fish

The southwest area follows Interstate 5 from Drain south to the Oregon-California border and includes the communities of Grants Pass,...

How to fish

Two commonly caught species of salmon are coho and Chinook. Fishing regulations require anglers to correctly identify salmon species as restrictions...

Where to fish

Let’s go fishing on Saturday. Not enough time to go fishing? Think again—if you live in the greater Portland area,...

How to fish

Rockfish must be released when retention is prohibited or when an angler has reached the daily bag limit, but continues...

Where to fish

We've asked our fish biologists throughout the state to pick their favorite family fishing locations. These spots are great for...

Where to fish

Not enough time to go fishing? Think again—if you live in the Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Sisters or LaPine areas there...

How to fish

If you’re just getting started fishing, or you want to try a new kind of fishing, you’ll need a rod,...

How to fish

Steelhead have been called the ultimate game fish. These elusive and challenging fish can test an angler’s patience and persistence,...

Where to fish

A dozen great rivers pour out of the Coast Range Mountains into tidal bays that welcome runs of salmon and...

Where to fish

Known for its high desert climate, sage-covered canyons, glacial peaks and mountain lakes, this zone is defined by the reach...

Where to fish

The south coast area extends along the Oregon coast from Yachats south to the Oregon-California border. The area offers some...

Where to fish

Oregon's Klamath and Lake Counties offer outstanding warmwater fishing in the region's lakes and reservoirs, and even in the lower...

Where to fish

Most warmwater anglers traveling to the northeast area are probably heading to Brownlee Reservoir, a huge 15,000 acre waterbody located...