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Effective February 14th, retention of white sturgeon is prohibited on parts of the mainstem Columbia River.

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 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.

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.

February 12, 2020

Highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:

Fish for free this weekend
It’s Free Fishing Weekend Feb. 15 & 16

This weekend you won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon that’s open – to fishing, crabbing and clamming. Looking for some ideas? We happen to have some.

  • It’s prime winter steelhead fishing on the north and mid-coast, and rivers should be in great shape for at least the early part of the weekend.
  • The Sandy and Clackamas rivers also will be prime for good winter steelheading.
  • Some anglers have been catching their limits of hatchery steelhead on the South Umpqua.
  • Several waterbodies along the mid-coast, and in the Willamette and SW zones will be stocked with trout this week.
  • Trout fishing has been good (and for big fish, too) in Priday, Krumbo and Malheur reservoirs.
  • And for something a little different, check out the wiper fishing in Ana Reservoir.
  • Some extra large trout (three pounders) will be stocked in several north Willamette waterbodies just in time for Free Fishing weekend: Henry Hagg Lake (500), St, Louis Ponds (500), EE Wilson Pond (500), Sheridan Pond (150) and Willamina Pond (150). 

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Header photo by Kathy Munsel