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February 2, 2016

Zones: Northwest | Southwest | Willamette | Central | Southeast | Northeast | Snake | Columbia | Marine

Come visit us at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s show

Stop by our booth at the NW Sportsman’s Show at the Portland Expo Center Feb. 10-14 to renew your license, get your questions answered or just say hi to ODFW staff and commissioners. Meet members of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commissioner at a reception on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Green Theater at the Portland Expo Center, located at 2060 N Marine Dr., Portland. For more information about Oregon’s largest outdoor industry trade show, visit the NW Sportsmen’s Show website.

Williams Family

Steve Williams with his daughter and son, Kathyrn and Kyle after a day of steelhead fishing.
-ODFW Photo-

Winter steelhead fishing now in full swing

Winter steelhead fishing is in full swing in many parts of Oregon, with good conditions and catch rates reported in many locations throughout Oregon. Alert anglers will keep any eye on their favorite streams to look for the perfect combination of color, temperature, and flow. They also will keep an eye on the weekly Recreation Report to see which rivers are beginning to get fish and where they’re distributed in the river.

Try bottom-fishing on the Oregon coast for a unique winter adventure

During safe weather windows, winter is a great time for bottom fishing: rockfish can be large and daily limits of lingcod are not unusual. Because of El NiƱo, anglers this winter might also run into uncommon or unusual species. Anglers have been reeling in some limits of very large of bottom fish out of Newport and Winchester Bay.

New year-round trout fishing streams

Anglers rejoice: Many waterbodies are now open to year-round fishing for trout. See the new 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for details.

Apply for a spring bear hunt by Feb. 10

Apply online, at a license sales agent or by mail or fax order. SW Oregon tags, which are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, usually sell out before the draw so get yours now (as of today, about 300 are left). See the spring bear hunting regulations for details.

Learn to fish and hunt at an ODFW class

We’ve got a variety of classes coming up, see our calendar of events for the latest

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