5 Alerts

The Bonneville Pool on the Columbia River will close to sturgeon retention at midnight on Jan. 7.

The sturgeon quota in The Dalles Pool has been met. The pool closed to retention at midnight on Jan. 4.

ODA recommends discarding any razor clams dug on or since Monday, Nov. 16. 

Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Effective March 18, all state-owned fish hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.


Northeast Zone

The granite peaks of Oregon’s Blue and Wallowa Mountains form the backdrop for many of this zone’s glacier-carved lakes and crystalline streams. Bull trout thrive in this zone’s cold, clear rivers, which also sustain whitefish and rainbow trout, and welcome returning runs of hatchery-reared steelhead. Chinook salmon travel over 300 miles up the Columbia to spawn in rivers such as the Imnaha and Wallowa. Warmwater fisheries are few, but the John Day River offers world-class fishing for smallmouth bass.

Northeast Zone

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Regulation Highlights

Always check the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for exceptions to these rules.


Lakes and ponds: Five fish per day, 8-inch minimum size, open all year
Rivers and streams: Two fish per day, 8-inch minimum size, open May 22-Oct. 31


No limit on hatchery salmon, seasons vary – see regulations for the waterbody you’d like to fish


Three hatchery fish per day, generally open Sept. 1 to April 15

Fishing in the Northeast Zone


Salmon returning to this zone to spawn can travel up to 550 miles and navigate eight dams to reach their home stream. Spring Chinook begin to arrive at the Umatilla River in April and fishing will continue through June. The Imnaha and Wallowa rivers' seasons are dependent on the projected run sizes and seasons are usually announced between May and July.


The summer steelhead season opens on Sept. 1 and generally peaks in October or November. Summer steelhead remain in the rivers until March or April, and there’s often quality steelhead fishing through the winter and into early spring, depending on weather and water conditions.


Trout stocking in ponds, lakes and reservoirs begins in April and continues through June, when warm water and aquatic weed growth begins to slow the fishing. By July effort begins to shift toward larger or higher elevations lakes where waters stay cooler.  In late May, rivers and streams open for native rainbow trout.

Smallmouth Bass

There are good opportunities for bass, crappie and channel catfish in many parts of this zone. The John Day and Columbia rivers have world-class smallmouth bass fisheries, and bass fishing usually starts heating up in May once water temperatures reach 50 degrees.