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Effective July 9-15, shad fishing is closed on the Columbia River between Bonneville and The Dalles dams.

Effective July 9-15, the Columbia reopens to hatchery Chinook. All other salmon and steelhead must be released.

The annual summer conservation closure begins July 15 on beaches from Tillamook Head north to the Columbia.

The river, including Estacada Lake and Eagle Creek, closes to hatchery Chinook retention on Saturday, July 4.

Effective Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m., the mainstem Columbia River downstream of the OR/WA border will close to sockeye and hatchery steelhead fishing.

Effective June 10, 2020 through September 30, 2020, size and harvest limits of game fish are lifted on Howard Prairie Reservoir.

Under emergency regulations effective June 3, the Cole Rivers hatchery hole is closed to all fishing through July 31.

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.


Southwest Zone

There is year-round salmon, steelhead, trout and smallmouth bass in the Southwest Zone. Rainbow trout are stocked in the upper Rogue River and in lakes nestled among fir forests and wind-swept dunes. Big reservoirs provide fishing for trout and for thriving populations of largemouth bass, catfish, perch and crappie. Coastal bays serve as gateways to rich offshore reef fisheries, and miles of public beach allow anglers to fish for surfperch against a backdrop of rugged capes.

Southwest 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, open all year, no bait allowed above tidewater
Rivers and streams: two fish per day, open May 22-Oct. 31


Two adult salmon/steelhead per day (in aggregate), seasons vary – see regulations for the waterbody you’d like to fish

Fishing in the Southwest Zone


Both spring and fall Chinook fishing can be excellent in this zone. Look for good spring Chinook runs on the Umpqua and Rogue rivers from April through July. Fall Chinook and hatchery coho will return to these and other rivers beginning in August through October or November.

A unique salmon fishery in this zone is the wild coho fishery in Tenmile Lakes, which allows limited harvest of wild coho each fall.


The winter steelhead season kicks off in December on the Coos, Coquille, Tenmile, Umpqua, Rogue and several smaller rivers. The season typically lasts through April or May.

The Rogue River and the North Fork of the Umpqua Rivers host renowned summer steelhead runs beginning in July on the Rogue and May on the Umpqua. The outdoor writer Zane Grey popularized summer steelhead fishing on the Rogue in the late 1920s and early 30s.


Rainbow trout are stocked from February through May in lakes and ponds from the coast to higher elevations in the Cascades. Diamond Lake may be one of the best-known trout fisheries in the zone, but don’t overlook other stocked and scenic waterbodies.

If you prefer fishing moving waters, the Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir is stocked at several locations throughout the summer.


The mainstem of the Umpqua River has a growing reputation as a world-class smallmouth bass fishery. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass can be found in many of the lakes and ponds in the Southwest Zone. Target these warmwater fish starting in April or May when water temperatures begin to warm and fish move into the shallows looking for food.