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 …

Oregon Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board set to meet in Madras

  SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board will meet on Friday, May 12 in Madras. The board will meet from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Inn at Cross Keys Station located at 66 NW Cedar Street in Madras to review 13 project proposals. The …

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to release 6,000 trout for Vernonia Lake fishing event

  TILLAMOOK, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites new anglers to take part in its Family Fishing Event Saturday, May 6 at Vernonia Lake from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to the public and open to all. ODFW staff, and volunteers from the Association of Northwest Steelheaders …

Poaching leads to fishing closures on Gilbert River in Oregon

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has adopted a year-round ban on sturgeon fishing in the Gilbert River as well as additional seasonal angling closures. Under temporary rules that take effect Monday, April 24, the Gilbert River closes to sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release, year around, and closes to fishing for …

ODFW to have special April 13th meeting on blue/black rockfish permits

  Salem, Ore. – The Commercial Fisheries Permit Board will meet on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. to prepare the final order in the limited entry blue/black rockfish permits contested case for Firstco Marine LLC, Raymond Carel. Public wishing to listen to the meeting may do so at the Oregon Department of Fish and …

ODFW Fish Passage Task Force to Meet in Salem

03/03/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News      SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s Fish Passage Task Force will meet Friday, March 10, 2017 at the ODFW Headquarters Office at 4034 Fairview Industrial  Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public. …