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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 mackerel are a member of the tuna family and often appear seasonally in large schools.

Features: Greenish or bluish above with dark wavy worm-like marks along the back; shading to silvery below, usually with dusky spots on the lower side. Mackerel grow to be 25-inches long. 

Habitat: Pacific mackerel are usually found close to shore, but are not typically associated with any bottom structure.

Technique: Mackerel are not usually targeted by Oregon’s anglers, but are often caught incidentally by salmon anglers. Small shiny spoon or baited hooks are good methods to use to catch mackerel.