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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.


Pacific herring are filter feeders and can grow to be 18-inches long.

Features: Herring are silver with large scales. They are an important food source for larger fishes, sea birds and marine mammals.

Habitat: Herring are frequently offshore in large schools but can be caught inshore in harbors and large estuaries during spawning. 

Technique: Herring are a schooling fish, and anglers can target them from docks, pier,s or boats in the bays. The most popular rig is a multiple-hook herring jig.

Header photo by Steve, Flickr