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Daily possession limits and length requirements for trout removed 

Retention of white sturgeon opens on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and Saturday, September 28, 2019 (two days)

The bottomfish fishery is open to all depth beginning Sept. 3, with a general marine species bag limit of 5 fish.

Effective Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, steelhead retention prohibited.

Retention of copper, quillback, and china rockfish prohibited in recreational boat fishery

Effective September 1 through October 31, 2019, steelhead bag limits reduced in the NE zone

Hatchery Chinook salmon retention allowed effective Aug. 24.

Sport anglers fishing from boats can no longer retain cabezon beginning Aug. 15.

All fishing is closed (including catch-and-release) in the Columbia River and the Deschutes River from Monday, Aug. 12 through Sept. 15.

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.

September 18, 2019

Highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:

Hunters: Sync your app before going into the field

If you’re e-tagging this year, here are some tips for tagging. Also, a few ideas for keeping paper tags dry.

See our 9 tips for tagging

Hunters: Sept. 27 is last day to buy bear and cougar tags

Even if your primary target is deer or elk, carrying a bear and/or cougar tag let’s you take advantage of unexpected opportunities. While you’re at it, check out our 10 ways to be a better cougar hunter.

Fall bird migrations make for great wildlife viewing

The fall migration of ducks, geese and other birds is underway across the state. Both serious birders and casual viewers look forward to this annual passage. Don’t miss out. Track down your binoculars and read the zone reports to find a great viewing spot near you.

Best bets for weekend fishing

  • The non-selective ocean coho fishing will be open this Friday through Sunday.
  • The daily halibut bag limit has been increased to two in the Central Coast and Southern Oregon fisheries.
  • Several north coast lakes will be stocked with trophy trout this week.
  • Recent rains have sent Chinook from the bays into several north and central coast rivers.
  • Anglers are still catching adult and half-pounder steelhead on the Lower Rogue River.
  • It’s coho time on the Sandy River.
  • Fall can be a great time to hike into one of high elevation lakes ODFW stocks with trout. The weather can be great, the mosquitos are gone and the trout are trying to put on a few ounces in preparation for the cold winter months. Find more information on planning your hike-in fishing trip.
  • Bird hunters in the area of the Umatilla and South Walla Walla forest ponds in Northeast Oregon should remember to take a rod with them and enjoy a cast-and-blast weekend.

Header photo by Kathy Munsel