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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.


Pacific cod are often used to make fish sticks.

Features: Pacific cod are brown to gray on the back with brown spots or pale areas on the back and sides. They are lighter on their bellies. They have an elongated body with a square caudal fin, three dorsal fins, a chin barbel, and two anal fins. The anal fins are usually white-edged. 

Habitat: They are widely distributed in cooler regions of Pacific and adjacent seas- Japan to the Bering Sea and south to Santa Monica, California. They range in water 7- to 300-fathoms deep, but tend to hang out near the bottom of the water column, regardless of water depth.

Technique: These are the most important trawl-caught bottom fish off British Columbia. They are seldom caught by recreational anglers, but if you are targeting this species the place to fish is over soft substrate. They have a soft mouth so when you set the hook be careful you don't pull it free.