Two additional September days added to Columbia River Subarea recreational Pacific halibut fishery

    SALEM, Ore – Two more days (Sept. 28-29) are added to the Columbia River Subarea all-depth recreational Pacific halibut fishery. The subarea runs from Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR and currently is open each Thursday and Sunday through September 30 or until the quota is met. Enough quota remains to add …

Blake Bernier catches his second salmon on the Big Quil River

Nine year old Blake Bernier from Fife, Washington caught the second salmon of his young life today on the Big  Quilcene river. Blake was giving fishing lessons to allot of the folks on the water who where swinging away trying to snag fish but coming up empty handed.  Blake had his rig set up with …

Joint Staff report on current status of Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead fisheries

One June 25 both Washington and Oregon closed the Columbia river for Sockeye and Steelhead retention from the mouth all the way to McNary Dam. Harvest goals were met forcing the closure. At 1pm on Tuesday the Washington/Oregon joint (PRC) committee held a compact hearing is regards to treaty summer commercial fisheries and the recreational …

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 management plans, which specify increases or decreases to harvest levels in response to …

States close Columbia River spring Chinook season

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The departments of fish and wildlife from Oregon and Washington declined to set additional spring Chinook salmon fishing on the mainstem Columbia River. In a public hearing on May 20, fisheries managers from the two states were presented information on the current status of upriver spring Chinook and fisheries to date. …

Oregon reopens Columbia River salmon/steelhead fishing

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational salmon and steelhead fishing on the Columbia River will reopen for four days in May under rules adopted today by the Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife. The river has been closed to recreational salmon and steelhead fishing since March 26 in response to efforts by the states …

Non-residents will be allowed to fish and hunt in Oregon again beginning May 5th

  SALEM, Ore.—Non-residents may fish and hunt in Oregon again beginning Tuesday, May 5. Recreational clamming and crabbing will remain closed to non-residents until further notice. ODFW is lifting the non-resident restrictions in line with some loosening of restrictions on outdoor recreation in the state and region. Washington state will also reopen to most fishing …

Washington State set to kill bass and walleye in favor of Orcas

Walleye Teeth by Oakley Originals Walleye & Bass are being Reduced by State Agencies in WA States Columbia River.   There is a WA State directed effort to reduce walleye and bass populations in certain sections of the Columbia river. State Agencies have and are killing walleye and bass in certain sections of the Columbia …

Wild Chinook bag limit on Siletz River reduced to one fish from May 1st to July 31st

  NEWPORT, Ore. In the wake of poor Chinook salmon returns in 2019 and a low fall Chinook forecast for 2020, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife this week announced that it is reducing the bag limit on Siletz River early returning wild Chinook to one adult Chinook per day, effective May. 1 through …

Santiam River basin remains closed to retention of native steelhead

Morten with fresh buck steelhead by Nils Rinaldi   ADAIR, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to remind anglers that fishing for wild winter steelhead is closed throughout the Santiam Basin including the North and South Santiam rivers. Wild winter steelhead, which are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species …