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Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations provide requirements for all zones. However, additional regulations may be adopted in this rule division from time to time and to the extent of any inconsistency, they supersede the printed Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.
For the purpose of these sport fishing regulations, bass are defined as largemouth bass and smallmouth bass and do not include striped bass or hybrid bass.
Rods or lines must be closely attended.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 496.138, 496.146, 506.119
Stats. Implemented: ORS 496.162, 506.129
Hist.: Adopted 3-18-16, f. & ef. 3-28-16
Northwest Zone Updates
Please note: Most recent updates are shown in bold red text.
IMPORTANT: recent temporary rules allowing anglers with a 2-rod validation to use 2 fishing rods in certain NW and SW zone waters DO NOT APPLY to the Columbia River, the Columbia Zone, or ocean salmon fisheries.
Beginning August 4 through October 31, the following rules apply:
(a) In all waters of the Northwest Zone when open to angling for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon or hatchery steelhead, anglers with a valid 2016 Two-Rod Angling Validation may use up to two fishing rods when fishing for Chinook salmon, hatchery coho salmon or hatchery steelhead, with the exceptions that: 1) two rods may only be used in the Nehalem River Basin from September 16 through October 31; and 2) only a single rod may be used in the Lower Columbia River tributaries which include: Bear Creek, Big Creek, Gnat Creek, John Day River, Klaskanine River Basin (including north and south forks), Lewis and Clark River, Youngs River and Bay, Beaver Creek, and the Clatskanine River.
(b) Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.
(c) Only a single rod may be used when angling for any other game or non game species.
(d) All other permanent rules and licensing requirements specified in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations remain in effect.
Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, the following rules apply:
Retention of fall Chinook salmon on the lower Columbia tributaries is limited to hatchery fish. Hatchery fish are considered any Chinook with a healed adipose or ventral fin clip.
(1) Bear Creek (Clatsop Co.): Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon August 1-31 and from October 1 to December 31.
(2) Beaver Creek (Columbia Co) upstream to 200 feet below lower falls: Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon from August 1 to October 31.
(3) Big Creek (Clatsop Co.): Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon upstream to hatchery deadline August 1-31 and from November 1 to December 31.
(4) Clatskanie River upsteam to Swedetown bridge: Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon from August 1 to October 31.
(5) Gnat Creek:
(a) From the Railroad Bridge to Aldrich Point Road Bridge: Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon from August 1 to December 31.
(b) From Aldrich Point Road Bridge to Falls: Open for hatchery steelhead from January 1 to August 31 and October 1 to December 31; and open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon August 1-31 and from October 1 to December 31.
(6) John Day River (Clatsop Co.) is open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon from August 1 to December 31.
(7) Klaskanine River mainstem is open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon upstream from marker above Young’s River confluence, in the North Fork upstream to hatchery dam, and South Fork upstream to first falls (RM 4.7) from August 1 to December 31, with the following exceptions:
(a) Closed to salmon and steelhead angling upstream of Youngs River Loop Bridge from August 15 to October 15; and
(b) Closed on the North Fork between hatchery deadline marker and hatchery dam from August 1 to November 30.
(8) Lewis and Clark River: Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon upstream to 200 feet downstream of Warrenton Reservoir Dam from August 1 to December 31
(9) Youngs River and Bay from the Hwy 101 Bridge upstream to the marker at the confluence of Youngs Bay and Klaskanine River (including Walluski River tidewater) and the Young’s River mainstem: Open for hatchery Fall Chinook salmon from August 1 to December 31.
(10) For the open areas and times described in sections above, retained Chinook must have a clipped adipose fin or a clipped left ventral fin. Either clip must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin.
For more information contact your local ODFW office:
- Tillamook (503) 842-2741
- Newport (541) 867-4741