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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.

Fishing

In Oregon the bull trout is listed as a threatened species, and there are very few places where anglers can actively target them. However, anglers often can encounter a bull trout when fishing for other species. Oregon fishing regulations call for most bull trout to be released unharmed, so knowing how to identify them is important.

Features: While their coloration can be variable, bull trout are generally gray infused with green. The body is covered with small white or pale yellow spots. Some spots along the side may be deep orange to red. The leading edges of the fins along their bellies are white. Bull trout, despite the common name, is not actually a trout but a member of the closely related char group. 

Habitat: Bull trout need cold, clean water to survive and are typically found in the headwaters of Oregon rivers. Spawning occurs in the fall when water temperatures drop below 50F.

Techniques: Anglers can fish specifically for bull trout in the Metolius River and the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook. Bull trout are voracious predators of other fish, so anglers often use lures or flies mimicking large minnows or small fish.