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|Fall fly fishing on the North Middle Fork Willamette River
-Photo by Greg Yamada-
Beginning Sept. 1, anglers can enjoy afternoon and evening fishing on their favorite Oregon river or stream. The 2 p.m. fishing closure put into effect on July 18 has been lifted and legal fishing hours for trout, steelhead, salmon and sturgeon are back to normal – one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset.
Hunters will face fire restrictions and some closures and they need to know what those are before they go. More info. Some good resources for fire information: InciWeb, National Forest webpages, Oregon Dept Forestry
Look for coho fishing to pick up in the Buoy 10 area, while Chinook fishing continues upstream of Buoy 10 (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). An estimated 925,300 fall Chinook and 539,600 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.
If camping is on your agenda for the holiday weekend, remember to take a rod with you. Late summer/fall fishing can be excellent for both newly stocked and holdover trout.
Some bird seasons opened Sept. 1. Dove hunting should be good in areas that haven’t had rain; see ODFW’s hunting how-to.
Fall bird hunting workshops are great for beginners. Check odfwcalendar.com for event information.