States add another 11 days of Columbia River Springer fishing below the Bonneville

  CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Following a second run upgrade, fishery managers from Oregon and Washington adopted additional fishing days (Tuesday, May 24 – Friday, June 3) for recreational spring Chinook salmon in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam today during a joint state hearing. This additional opportunity is based on an updated May 16 forecast that …

Spring Chinook season opens in Hells Canyon on May 17th for the 2022 season

Photo courtesy of Aarron Schmidt of Schmidty’s Guide Service   ENTERPRISE, Ore. – Spring Chinook season opened on the Snake River in Hells Canyon on May 17 from the Dug Bar boat ramp to the boundary below Hells Canyon Dam. Snake River spring Chinook are currently migrating up the main stem Columbia River and arriving in …

Spring time derelict crab pot recovery efforts aim to prevent marine life entanglement

  NEWPORT, Ore – Contracted vessels will soon begin retrieving derelict commercial crab pots to reduce potential for entanglement with marine life. The spring in-season derelict crab pot recovery is a pilot project set up by the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission (ODCC) in partnership with ODFW. While crabbers try to keep close track of their …

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Troopers seize giant sturgeon from poachers

Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife   ST HELENS, Ore.—A giant white sturgeon more than seven feet long was among five sturgeon seized and released by OSP F&W Troopers responding to a report of poaching in Scappoose Bay this month. Poachers face felony charges after breaking numerous fishing laws. Sportsmen fishing along …

Early low water flows in Oregon leave native fish vulnerable to human activity

  GOLD BEACH, Ore – Abnormally low water this time of year in south coast streams is leaving native fish and redds (fish nests) vulnerable to disturbance. Wild winter steelhead are just starting to spawn while fall chinook fry are leaving their redds and emerging from stream gravel. Biologists surveying wild winter steelhead spawning report …

ODFW Accepting application till March 15th for position on Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Advisory Committee

  SALEM, Ore. — ODFW is seeking applicants for three positions on the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee to represent the North Coast, Umpqua, and Roque regions. Interested individuals should apply by March 15, 2022. For more information and link to application visit https://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/STEP/STAC.asp or see the “How to Apply” webpage http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx Desired applicants will have …

Sturgeon retention closes after Jan. 29th in Bonneville Pool, continues three days a week in The Dalles Pool

  CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Saturday, Jan. 29 will be the last day of white sturgeon retention fishing in Bonneville Pool (Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam and adjacent tributaries). Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon expect effort to be high for the next few days due to good weather. Catch rates indicate the harvest …

Hatchery winter steelhead fishing in the Umpqua Basin might net anglers a reward

  ROSEBURG, Ore – ODFW asks anglers who harvest a hatchery winter steelhead to put the snout in specially marked collection barrels in the Umpqua Basin. If the fish is coded wire tagged, anglers may win a gift card to Sportsman’s Warehouse. Bags for the snouts and tags with date and location of harvest are in …

Sturgeon retention fishery in The Dalles Pool set to three days a week when season begins Jan. 1st

  CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Anglers will be able to retain sturgeon in The Dalles Pool (Columbia River from The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam) only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays starting Jan. 1 when the new season kicks off at the start of the year. A 12-day recreational season will run three days a week until …

Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board is seeking new members

  ALSEA, Ore. – ODFW is seeking two new board members to represent Wild Fish Advocacy and Fish Habitat Restoration on the Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board. The successful candidates will serve a four-year term. Candidates must submit an application and provide three references by Jan. 31, 2022. The ODFW Director will appoint the new members. …