Free Fishing Weekend Aug. 15-16 in Oregon: Remember to take safety precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19

  SALEM, Ore.—Everyone can fish for free in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16. No fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement or Two-Rod Validation) are required to fish, crab or clam in Oregon that Read More

Commission adopts 2021 Sport Fishing Regulations, including rules regarding Columbia River thermal angling sanctuaries

SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted 2021 Sport Fishing Regulations today, including rules regarding Columbia River thermal angling sanctuaries. Some of the changes to 2021 fishing regulation follow: Columbia River Zone: Adopted rules identifying time and area boundaries for Columbia River Read More

Complex Columbia River fall salmon regulations start Saturday

What might be the most complicated set of Columbia River fall salmon sportfishing regulations in history begins Saturday. Managers in Oregon and Washington are hoping recent surges in summer chinook and sockeye salmon will play out as well for fall chinook and summer Read More

Columbia River summer salmon, steelhead fishing on through end of July

CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon set additional salmon and steelhead fishing days this month during their joint meeting today, thanks to the continued strong upper Columbia summer Chinook and sockeye runs. Recreational fishing will be open July 16 through July Read More

Columbia River sockeye/steelhead fishery closes effective Thursday, June 25

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Due to better than expected sockeye fishing, sockeye and hatchery steelhead angling and retention in the mainstem Columbia River will close effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, June 25. The closure includes the mainstem Columbia River downstream of the Oregon-Washington Read More

Lower Willamette River sturgeon retention allowed next two Saturdays in June

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. –Anglers will have an opportunity to retain a white sturgeon on the lower Willamette River the next two Saturdays, June 20 and 27. This would be the first retention opportunity in the lower Willamette since October 2013. Since 2017, Read More

FW enacts temporary changes to harvest of wild fall-run Chinook salmon in many coastal rivers

  SALEM, Ore.— Following poor Chinook salmon returns last fall and forecasted low 2020 returns in certain coastal rivers, ODFW is implementing some restrictions on coastal wild adult Chinook salmon harvest. The changes to wild Chinook salmon harvest are consistent with existing ODFW Read More

The departments of fish and wildlife from Oregon and Washington declined to set a June retention sturgeon fishery for recreational anglers

  CLACKAMAS, Ore.—The departments of fish and wildlife from Oregon and Washington declined to set a June retention sturgeon fishery for recreational anglers on the lower Columbia River when they met by conference call today. In a public hearing, fisheries managers from Read More