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ODFW Articles

Need to figure out controlled hunts or find a place to clam -- there are articles on that. Looking for a wildlife area parking permit or a place to take the family fishing -- we've got articles for that, too. Filter by topic or category, or use the search function to find the information you need to go fishing, crabbing/clamming, hunting or wildlife viewing.

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How to fish

Bass are an increasingly popular game fish even in a state noted for its native salmon, steelhead and trout. Bass...

How to hunt big game

The four options below are designed for self-motivated students with good reading and comprehension skills - just choose one. All four course...

Where to fish

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

Where to fish

Salmon, steelhead and smallmouth bass offer world-class fishing here year-round. Rainbow trout are stocked in the upper Rogue and in...

How to fish

Piloted in 2014, the Tag Team Program helps ODFW fish biologists better understand the effectiveness of stocking efforts.
It’s also a...

Buying a license or permit

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Permit required for non-motorized boats 10 feet and longer will be...

Where to fish

Wide open spaces, wild windy places, and extreme temperatures characterize Oregon’s largest, most remote fishing zone. Scarcity makes water especially...

Buying a license or permit

Unlike general season hunts where anyone can buy a tag over-the-counter, controlled hunts are limited entry hunts that require you...

How to hunt game birds

Wild turkey hunting is the fastest growing form of hunting in the U.S. today. In Oregon, turkey hunting has grown...

How to hunt big game

An emergency hunt is an unanticipated hunt held on short notice to address acute agricultural damage. Many damage situations are...

How to hunt game birds

Oregon offers some of the best upland game bird hunting in the West. The state’s diverse habitats support nine species...

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 clam and crab

Coos Bay is Oregon’s largest bay. The lower bay (areas from the ocean entrance to the airport) is “marine dominated”,...

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 clam and crab

You'll find crab areas and softshell clamming opportunities in the southern part of the bay.

Where to hunt game birds

A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island - Hunting in the Eastside Unit. Part 2 of a 5...

Where to clam and crab

The Siuslaw River runs past the city of Florence and then flows for 4 miles to the Pacific ocean. Areas...

Where to fish

Let’s go fishing on Saturday. Not enough time? Think again – if you live in the Roseburg area, there are...

Where to hunt game birds

A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island - hunting for geese. Part 5 of a 5 part series.

Where to clam and crab

Lower Yaquina bay is “marine dominated” meaning there is little freshwater influence, and offers many shellfishing oppurtunities.

How to clam and crab

Oregon estuaries are rich with many species of clams, although only a few of these species are commonly harvested. Gaper,...

How to fish

More people in Oregon fish for trout than for any other kind of fish. Anglers can experience a lifetime of...

Where to hunt game birds

Federal wildlife refuges available for bird hunting in the Columbia Basin. Part 3 of a 4 part series of articles.

Where to fish

The north Willamette area includes the Columbia River from Bonneville downstream to St. Helens and the lower Willamette Basin north...