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Effective Dec. 7, the emergency angling closures in the Winchuck, Chetco, Elk and Sixes Rivers will be lifted.

Effective Dec.7 through Dec. 31, 2019 closed to salmon fishing.

The recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED from the south jetty of the Siuslaw River to the California border for elevated domoic acid levels.

Effective October 19, the daily bag limit reduces for adult hatchery Chinook 

Retention of wild adult fall Chinook salmon is prohibited effective Oct. 5, 2019.

Steelhead, fall Chinook and coho bag limits reduced to one per day.

Plan to fish, hunt or look for wildlife this weekend? You’ll find the latest information on conditions and sightings for the places you want to go in the weekly Recreation Report. Be sure to check out the latest regulation updates (especially for fishing) at the top of each zone or area update.

December 4, 2019

Highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:

2020 licenses now on sale

Hunters and anglers can now buy their 2020 licenses online, at a license agent and at ODFW offices that sell licenses.

Big game regulations are on the shelves

And here are some of the changes for 2020 that hunters should be aware of.

Winter trout and steelhead are best bets for winter fishing

  • Anglers are starting to catch winter steelhead in mid- and north coast rivers. Fish low in the systems until there’s some rain to get the fish moving.
  • Late fall/early winter can be a good time to target native redband trout in rivers like the lower Deschutes, Fall, Metolius, Crooked and Blitzen. The fishing is a little slower, but sharing the river with fewer people can make up for it.
  • Trout anglers also should consider the upper Willamette between Albany and Harrisburg. It’s open for trout year-round and fishing can be very good when flows are cooperating.

Big game hunting classes in Tualatin

Come learn the basics of big game hunting in one of four classes ODFW is offering in December in Tualatin. Each two-hour class will cover what and where to hunt, what licenses and tags you need, and how to select the right weapons and other gear. Learn more.

It’s not too early to report your hunt

You’re right. The reporting deadline for 2019 hunts isn’t until Jan. 31, 2020. But now that we’ve got you thinking about it, why not report early and get it over with?

Ways to report your hunt.

Header photo by Kathy Munsel