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Beginning May 1, only one wild Chinook may be harvested from the Siletz River.

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.

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.

Fishing

Unlike many other species of flatfish, the California halibut has pretty significant teeth to help catch prey.

Features: California halibut are usually solid brown to black on the eyed side and white underneath. They have the ability to change skin color patterns to blend in with the ocean floor. The easiest way to tell a California halibut from a Pacific halibut is to look at the lateral line, which runs along the side of the fish. In the Pacific halibut the line is straight, but in the California halibut the lateral line arches above the pectoral fin.

Habitat: California halibut spend most of their time buried in sandy bottoms of the ocean floor, but will gladly chase after schools of anchovy. In Oregon, California halibut are rare north of Coos Bay.

Technique: Using live bait fish near the bottom is the way to go if you're targeting a California halibut. A technique called bounce-balling is another way to get this fish's attention.