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Includes all hunter education classes/field days, workshops, Family Fishing events and other volunteer-led events. 

Steelhead closes early to protect poor Chinook return.

Effective Thursday, March 26 at 11:59 p.m. the Columbia River will close to all salmon and steelhead fishing.

Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Includes dispersed camping and established campgrounds in all wildlife areas that allow camping.

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.


In 2010 eulachon smelt were listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Since then their populations have grown, and eulachon smelt are occasionally available for recreational harvest.

Features: Eulachon smelt (Thaleichthys pacificus) grow to be 6-9 inches long and live 3-5 years. They have elongated bodies with relatively large mouths. They are blueish on top and silvery on their sides and bellies. 

Habitat: The Pacific smelt spends most of its life in the ocean, migrating up rivers, including the Columbia and its tributaries, to spawn. The eggs attach to gravelly, woody, or sandy substrate of the river bottoms, but upon hatching the juvenile smelt get swept downstream back to the ocean.

Technique: Dip netting for smelt when they run in the Sandy River is a great way to spend an afternoon splashing around with kids. In fact, smelt have been caught using dip nets by Native Americans for centuries.