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last updated: 02/06/2014
 


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: Regulation Changes

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News:  Smelt fishing returns to Columbia, tributaries

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

CLACKAMAS RIVER

Barbless hooks required from the mouth to the 99E Bridge when fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout.

SANDY RIVER

Smelt

  • The Sandy River will be open for smelt dipping from the bank only each Saturday from 6 AM to Noon (6 hours) during March 1-22, 2014.  The daily and possession limit is 10 pounds per person.

Sturgeon

Retention of white sturgeon is prohibited in 2014.  Angling for sturgeon, including catch and release, is prohibited in the Sandy River during January 1 - April 30, 2014 and December 1-31, 2014.

WILLAMETTE RIVER, Mouth to Willamette Falls, including Multnomah Channel

Barbless hooks required from the mouth to Willamette Falls, including the Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River, when fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout.

Salmon and Steelhead

  • This area is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon the entire year under permanent rules.
  • Bank angling is prohibited from the east shore of the Willamette River the entire year at the “Oregon City Wall” defined as the area beginning west of Highway 99E, at the northern-most extent of the parking area near the intersection of 8th Street and Highway 99E in Oregon City, approximately 290 feet downstream of the Oregon City/West Linn bridge (Hwy 43) and extending upstream approximately 1715 feet to the retaining wall extending into the Willamette River at the NW corner of the Blue Heron Paper Mill.

Sturgeon

Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls including the Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River.

  • Retention of white sturgeon will be prohibited in 2014.
  • Catch and release angling may continue during retention closures, except for the following permanent rules:

    • Angling for sturgeon, including catch-and-release, is prohibited seven days per week during May 1 through August 31 from Willamette Falls downstream to the Lake Oswego-Oak Grove Railroad Bridge.

    • Bank angling is prohibited from the east shore of the Willamette River the entire year at the “Oregon City Wall” defined as the area beginning west of Highway 99E, at the northern-most extent of the parking area near the intersection of 8th Street and Highway 99E in Oregon City, approximately 290 feet downstream of the Oregon City/West Linn bridge (Hwy 43) and extending upstream approximately 1715 feet to the retaining wall extending into the Willamette River at the NW corner of the Blue Heron Paper Mill.

    • The Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (SIWA) is closed in all areas January 1-April 15 and October 1-December 31. The SIWA includes the Gilbert River, except the area downstream of the transient moorage to the mouth and the Disabled Person fishing pier near the mouth remain open.


The 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations (pdf) 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 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.


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