Boat inspection stations open around Oregon, Vehicles hauling boats must stop for free inspection

  SALEM, Ore – Boating season is starting and people hauling both motorized and non-motorized boats must stop at watercraft inspection stations opening around Oregon next week. Large orange “Boat Inspection Ahead” signs followed by “Inspection Required for All Watercraft” alert motorists. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife inspection stations in Ashland and Ontario are now …

Salmon leave Leaburg, to be sent to other hatcheries

  SALEM, Ore.—Many of the 1.75 million juvenile fish evacuated from Cascade Hatchery in Cascade Locks after last year’s Eagle Creek Fire in the Gorge are now on their way from the Pacific Northwest’s rivers to the Columbia River and eventually, the Pacific Ocean. The evacuation was due to the threat of debris flow when storms passed …

States set initial fishing seasons for Columbia River spring chinook

  PORTLAND – Salmon managers from Washington and Oregon have approved sportfishing seasons for spring chinook salmon on the Columbia River, setting the stage for the first major salmon fishery of the year. Anglers are already catching a few spring chinook in the lower Columbia below the Interstate 5 bridge, but the bulk of the …

States set sturgeon season closures in Bonneville, John Day pools

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational sturgeon seasons in Bonneville and John Day pools will close in February under rules announced today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington. The states decided to close recreational white sturgeon retention effective Sunday, Feb. 4 in Bonneville Pool and effective Monday, Feb. 12in John Day Pool. Columbia River recreational sturgeon retention seasons …

Dalles Pool sturgeon season to close effective Jan. 20th

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The recreational sturgeon season in The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam) will close effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, under rules announced today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington. The states decided to close the sturgeon sports fishery based on catch projections which indicate the 100 fish …

Entire Oregon coast re-opens to mussel harvesting

  The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the reopening of recreational and commercial mussel harvesting from the south jetty of the Columbia River to the north jetty of Yaquina Bay at Newport. Shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels of the paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) have …

Washington and Oregon seek nominations for Columbia River fishery advisory groups

  OLYMPIA – Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon are seeking candidates to fill positions on advisory committees that provide guidance on sport and commercial fishing issues on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The two states’ fish and wildlife departments will accept nominations for three-year terms to their joint advisory groups for Columbia River sport …

Pacific Halibut all-depth fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain ends for the year

  NEWPORT, Ore.—Oregon’s recreational summer all-depth halibut season in the Central Coast subarea has ended for the year because the quota has been reached. The nearshore halibut fishery (inside of the 40-fathom line) for the Central Coast subarea will remain open. Anglers may no longer catch or retain halibut in the Central Coast subarea (between …

Fall salmon seasons kick off Aug. 1 with mixed forecasts

Photo Courtesy of St Laurent Guide Service   CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The popular Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River opens on Tuesday, Aug. 1 with a mixed forecast for Chinook, coho and steelhead returns. The biggest change for the 2017 fall season are restrictions on steelhead retention which include area-specific, 1-2 month steelhead retention closures …

Chinook fishing and bag limit reduced on lower Willamette

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced that salmon and steelhead anglers will be limited to a three-day-per-week schedule and a one Chinook bag limit in the lower Willamette River, effective Monday, May 8. Under the new rules, until further notice Chinook and steelhead retention will be open three …