Oregon Ocean Salmon Sport Regulations

The ocean chinook salmon season opens March 15. Additional ocean salmon seasons (beyond May 1) are set in April. 

2019 ocean salmon seasons

The bag limit will be two salmon, except closed to retention of coho, with a minimum size of 24-inches for Chinook and a minimum size of 20-inches for steelhead.

(Ocean salmon regulations begin each year on May 1. The season opening March 15 was set in April of last year.)

Statewide Regulations:

  • Anglers fishing for salmon and all anglers fishing from boats with a salmon on board are limited to no more than 2 single point barbless hooks per line, and no more than one line per angler.
  • It is unlawful to fish for or take and retain any legal species while possessing on board any species not allowed to be taken in that area at that time.
  • Minimum lengths: Chinook = 24-inches, coho = 16-inches, steelhead = 20-inches, no minimum length for pink, chum or sockeye salmon in the ocean fishery.
  • Refer to the 2019 Oregon Sportfishing Regulations for descriptions of special marine management areas including closed areas and additional restrictions.

A map of Oregon's coast showing major coastal cities and the different regulatory subareas.





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