8 Alerts

April 15 through June 30, 2020 sport harvest opportunities allowed for returning hatchery spring Chinook salmon in the Hood River.

Effective February 14th, retention of white sturgeon is prohibited on parts of the mainstem Columbia River.

Razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head south of Seaside.

Effective Feb 1 through June 30, 2020, retention of hatchery Chinook salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.  Retention of wild Chinook salmon is prohibited.

Effective Jan. 1, the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools are open to sturgeon retention, until quotas are reached.

Effective through March 31, 2020, all steelhead fishing is closed from McNary Dam to the OR/WA border.

Effective through April 30, 2020, the daily bag limit is one hatchery steelhead.

Steelhead, fall Chinook and coho bag limits reduced to one per day through April 30, 2020.


Southeast Zone

Wide open spaces, wild windy places, and extreme temperatures characterize Oregon’s largest, most remote fishing zone. Redband trout are native to its rivers and streams, including the Williamson, Malheur and Chewaucan. Brown and hatchery rainbow trout can grow to trophy-size in many of its lakes and reservoirs, many of which also feature crappie, yellow perch and bass.

Southeast Zone

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


Lakes and ponds: five fish per day, 8-inch minimum length, open all year
Rivers and streams: two fish per day, 8-inch minimum length, no limit on size or number of brook or brown trout, open all year


25 per day in addition to trout limits, 8-inch minimum length


No limits

Fishing in the Southeast Zone


Here anglers can target any one of four different kinds of trout:

  • Hatchery rainbows are stocked in ponds, reservoirs and lakes throughout the zone.
  • Native redband trout can grow to 24-inches long in Upper Klamath Lake but may max out closer to 16-inches in rivers like the Klamath, Chewaucan and Blitzen.
  • Brook trout are no longer stocked but remnant populations naturally reproduce in many small creeks as well as some lakes.
  • Brown trout can be found in waterbodies throughout the zone, including destination fisheries like Miller Lake near Crescent.


Historically, crappie fishing in this zone has been some of the best in the state – the current state record fish for both black and white crappie came from this zone. However, years of drought have been tough on traditional crappie strongholds like the Warner Lakes, and Gerber and Owyhee reservoirs. However, a few good water years like the one in 2017 should help these fisheries rebound.

Other Warmwater Fish

Warmwater fishing opportunities are abundant throughout the zone. Many waterbodies like Dog Lake and Lake of the Woods are beginner-friendly with a variety of warmwater species that are pretty easy to catch with a simple worm and bobber. On the other hand, Ana Reservoir is stocked with hybrid bass called wipers (cross between white and striped bass) that are hard to catch but reach prodigious sizes. The state record hybrid bass (19 pounds, 12 ounces) was caught in Ana in 2014.