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Statewide intermittent network connection issues are affecting ODFW’s licensing system for some customers and license sales agents. 

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.

Angling prohibited within a 200 ft radius of all tributary mouths (including 200ft into the tributary) of the mainstem Umpqua River. 

Fishing restrictions needed due to poor forecasted returns.

Fishing restrictions needed due to poor forecasted returns.

Recreation Report

Columbia Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  August 9, 2019

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

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SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

*   Night angling closure

** Jack bag limit

STURGEON

All regulations may be subject to in-season modifications.

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

Hook regulation update:

Effective June 1, 2019 through November 28, 2019, the use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon-Washington border located upstream of McNary Dam (RM 309.5).

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

COLUMBIA RIVER, Buoy 10

  • Area definition:  From the Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red navigation buoy #44 to red navigation marker #2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore.
  • August 1 – December 31:  Retention of adult hatchery coho (16-inches or longer) and hatchery steelhead allowed except all steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released August 1-31.  Night angling closure in effect*.  All other permanent rules apply.  Daily bag limits by time period are described below:
  • August 1 – August 20:  Retention of adult Chinook (longer than 24-inches) allowed.  The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids (Chinook and hatchery coho only), and may include up to one Chinook.  All steelhead must be released.
  • August 21 – August 31:  Retention of all Chinook and all steelhead prohibited.  The daily bag limit is two adult hatchery coho. 
  • September 1 – September 30:  Retention of all Chinook prohibited.  The daily bag limit is two adult hatchery salmonids (coho and steelhead only), and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.
  • October 1 – December 31:  Retention of all Chinook prohibited.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids (coho and steelhead only), and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.  Hatchery coho jacks may be retained**. 

Columbia River boundary map Tongue Point

COLUMBIA RIVER, Tongue Point/Rocky Point upstream to west Puget Island

  • Area definition: From a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red navigation buoy #44 to the red navigation marker #2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore upstream to a line at the west end of Puget Island extending from green navigation marker #39 on the Washington shore to green navigation marker #41, then to red navigation marker #42, and terminating at red navigation marker #44A on the Oregon shore.
  • August 1 – December 31:  Retention of adult hatchery coho (longer than 20-inches), and hatchery steelhead allowed except all steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released August 1-31.  Hatchery coho jacks may be retained.  Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  Night angling closure in effect*. All other permanent rules apply.  Daily adult bag limits by time period are described below:
  • August 1 – August 20:  Retention of adult (longer than 24-inches) and jack Chinook allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is one salmonid (Chinook and hatchery coho only).  All steelhead must be released.
  • August 21 – August 31:  Retention of all Chinook and all steelhead prohibited.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery coho.
  • September 1 – December 31:   Retention of all Chinook prohibited.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids (coho and steelhead only) and may include up to one hatchery steelhead

Columbia River boundary map West Puget Island

COLUMBIA RIVER, West Puget Island upstream to Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island

  • Area definition: From a line at the west end of Puget Island extending from green navigation marker #39 on the Washington shore to green navigation marker #41, then to red navigation marker #42, and terminating at red navigation marker #44A on the Oregon shore upstream to a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to red navigation buoy #4, then to the piling dolphin on the lower end of Bachelor Island.
  • August 1 – December 31:  Retention of adult hatchery coho (longer than 20-inches), and hatchery steelhead allowed except all steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released August 1-31.  Hatchery coho jacks may be retained.    Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  Night angling closure in effect*.  All other permanent rules apply.  Daily adult bag limits by time period are described below:
  • August 1 – August 27:  Retention of adult (longer than 24-inches) and jack Chinook allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is one salmonid (Chinook and hatchery coho only).  All steelhead must be released.
  • August 28 – August 31:  Retention of all Chinook and all steelhead prohibited.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery coho. 
  • September 1 – December 31:  Retention of all Chinook prohibited.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids (coho and steelhead only) and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.

Columbia River boundary map Warrior Rock 2019

COLUMBIA RIVER, Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Area definition: From a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to red navigation buoy #4, then to the piling dolphin on the lower end of Bachelor Island upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • August 1 – December 31:  Retention of adult hatchery coho (longer than 20-inches), and hatchery steelhead allowed except all steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released August 1-31.  Hatchery coho jacks may be retained.  Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  Night angling closure in effect*.  All other permanent rules apply.  Daily adult bag limits by time period are described below:
  • August 1 – August 31:  Retention of adult (longer than 24-inches) and jack Chinook allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is one salmonid (Chinook and hatchery coho only).  All steelhead must be released.
  • September 1 – September 8:  Retention of adult (longer than 24-inches) and jack Chinook allowed.  The daily adult bag limit is one salmonid (Chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead).
  • September 9 – December 31:  Retention of all Chinook prohibited.  The daily adult bag limit is two hatchery salmonids (coho and steelhead only) and may include up to one hatchery steelhead.

COLUMBIA RIVER, Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam

  • August 1 – December 31:  Retention of adult (longer than 20-inches) and jack coho allowed.  All coho (adults and jacks) retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be hatchery fish.  Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  Night angling closure in effect*.  All other permanent rules apply.  Daily adult bag limits by time period are described below:
  • Effective August 1, retention of adult Chinook (longer than 24-inches) and Chinook jacks allowed but will be managed in-season based on actual catches and the upriver bright fall Chinook run-size.  The daily adult bag limit is one salmonid (Chinook, coho, and hatchery steelhead), except:
    • Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam: Release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) from August 1 – 31.
    • The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam: Release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) from August 1 – September 30.
    • John Day Dam to McNary Dam: Release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) from September 1 – October 31.
    • Map of Columbia closure at Deschutes
      Deschutes mouth sanctuary: Effective August 12 through September 15, angling for all species is prohibited in the mainstem Columbia River adjacent to the mouth of the Deschutes River south of a line projecting from the flashing red USCG light #2 located on the Oregon shore, upstream to the red USCG dolphin #4, then to the lower South Channel Range “B” marker located on the Oregon shore approximately 0.7 mile upstream of the Deschutes (see map). (This closure also includes the Deschutes River below Moody Rapids. Check for other planned closures in the Deschutes.)

COLUMBIA RIVER, McNary Dam upstream to the OR/WA Border (upstream of McNary Dam)

  • August 1 – December 31:  Retention of any adult (longer than 20-inches) and jack coho allowed.  Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  Night angling closure in effect*.  All other permanent rules apply.  Daily adult bag limits by time period are described below:
  • Effective August 1, retention of adult Chinook (longer than 24-inches) and Chinook jacks allowed but will be managed in-season based on actual catches and the upriver bright fall Chinook run-size.  The daily adult bag limit is one salmonid (Chinook, coho, and hatchery steelhead), except release all steelhead (hatchery and wild) October 1 – November 30.

*       Night angling closure: Unlawful to angle for or take salmon, shad, steelhead, sturgeon, trout, or whitefish except during daylight hours (one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset).

**    The daily bag limit for jack salmon in Oregon is five fish.

STURGEON

All permanent regulations for sturgeon apply unless noted below (see e-regulations).

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 to Wauna Powerlines

  • Permanent rules for sturgeon are in effect, including closed to the retention of sturgeon (see e-regulations). Catch-and-release fishing is allowed the remainder of the year.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Wauna Powerlines to Bonneville Dam

  • Permanent rules for sturgeon are in effect, including closed to the retention of sturgeon (see e-regulations). Catch-and-release fishing is allowed except in sanctuary closure areas during May 1-August 31.

COLUMBIA RIVER RESERVOIRS, between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • Closed to retention of sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed except in sanctuary closure areas during May 1-July 31. (see e-regulations)

The Dalles Reservoir (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam)

  • Closed to retention of sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed except in sanctuary closure areas during May 1-July 31.

John Day Reservoir (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam)

  • Closed to retention of sturgeon. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed except in sanctuary closure areas during May 1-July 31.

Columbia River Information | Columbia River Dam Counts

Recreation Report

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Attention anglers – we want your photos!

Whether you’re out after trout or bass, steelhead or salmon, surfperch or rockfish, we’d love to see photos of your adventure. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!

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Current and upcoming fishing opportunities:

  • This weekend is the perfect time to take a friend or family member fishing. It’s Free Fishing Weekend, Aug. 17-18, which means they won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon (that’s open to fishing, crabbing or clamming).
  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulations Updates page for retention details).
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries are currently in effect (see special regulations for details).
  • Walleye angling is fair in the John Day Pool and Arm.

 

Columbia River regulation updates for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found above.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 1.36 Chinook and 0.14 coho caught per boat.  Boat anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.29 Chinook and 0.06 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the Portland to St. Helens area averaged 0.25 Chinook caught per boat.  In the Goble to Beaver area, boat anglers averaged 0.19 Chinook and 0.12 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.03 Chinook caught per bank rod, while bank anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.25 steelhead caugth per bank rod.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adult Chinook kept for 30 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adult Chinook kept, plus one steelhead released for 17 boats (35 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one steelhead released for four bank anglers.

Portland to St. Helens Boats:

Weekend checking showed three adult Chinook kept for 12 boats (28 anglers).

Goble to Beaver (Clatskanie) Boats:

Weekend checking showed 11 adult Chinook kept, plus one jack Chinook and seven steelhead released for 57 boats (133 anglers).

Wauna Powerlines to Clatsop Spit Bank:

Weekend checking showed 16 coho kept for 27 bank anglers.

Westport to Tongue Point Boats:

No report.

Tongue Point to Buoy 10 Boats:

Weekend checking showed 412 Chinook, and 32 coho kept, plus 189 Chinook, 31 coho and one steelhead released for 441 boats (1,451 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for 14 bank anglers; and three steelhead released for one boat (two anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

No report.

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm):

No report.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam):  Closed for retention.  Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and two sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 12 sublegal, and seven legal white sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): 

Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):

Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale:  Weekend checking showed 14 walleye kept, and seven walleye released for 11 boats (25 anglers).

Portland:  Weekend checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

Bonneville Pool:  No report.

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed five walleye kept, and five walleye released for seven boats (17 anglers).

John Day Arm:  Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for four bank anglers; and five walleye released for three boats (eight anglers).