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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.

Recreation Report

Columbia Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  January 1, 2020

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

SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD

*       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.

COLUMBIA RIVER, McNary Dam upstream to OR/WA Border

  • Effective through March 31, 2020 angling for and retention of all steelhead is prohibited.

STURGEON

  • Effective Jan. 1, 2020: Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools are open to the retention of white sturgeon until quotas are reached (under permanent regulations).  See 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations  for size, daily, and annual bag limits.  

Columbia River Compact Action Notices

Columbia River Management Fact Sheets

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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Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2020: Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools are open to the retention of white sturgeon until quotas are reached (under permanent regulations).  See 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations  for size, daily, and annual bag limits.  We advise that anglers check weather conditions before driving to the gorge.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the area from Buoy 10 upstream to the I-5 Bridge is open for hatchery Chinook salmon; and hatchery steelhead is open from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam.  See 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations  for retention details.
  • Walleye should be available in The Dalles and John Day pools when the weather allows anglers to get out on the water.
  • A few winter steelhead should be available for anglers plunking from the beaches on the lower Columbia River.

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume February of 2020.

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

No report.

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 (below Bonneville Dam):  Closed for retention.  No report.

Bonneville Pool: 2020 harvest guideline is 500 fish

Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus five sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (six anglers).

The Dalles Pool: 2020 harvest guideline is 135 fish

Weekly checking showed no catch for 14 bank anglers; and eight legal white sturgeon kept, plus 22 sublegal sturgeon released for 13 boats (33 anglers).

John Day Pool: 2020 harvest guideline is 105 fish

No report.

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed six walleye kept, plus two walleye released for six boats (19 anglers).

John Day Pool: No report.