Gov. Jay Inslee announced the reopening of sports fishing in Washington beginning May 5th 2020

Today Governor Jay Inslee announced the partial reopening of Washington’s sport fishery. This came as a result of significant political pressure from several protests throughout the state. The latest of these protest known as the “Let Us Fish rally” lead by Tim Eyman. had the streets lined with fishing enthusiasts holding signs demanding the reopening. …

Oregon Postpones Pacific halibut sportfishing season openings

  NEWPORT, Ore – ODFW fisheries managers announce the following decisions on Pacific halibut sportfishing season openings: Columbia River all-depth and nearshore: The opening of these seasons is postponed pending further consultation between ODFW and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). ODFW and WDFW manage this shared subarea in close coordination, although each state …

The Columbia River 2020 Spring chinook season is on it’s way

  Salmon: The spring Chinook season doesn’t officially get underway on the lower Columbia River until March, but anglers can fish for ocean-fresh early arrivals under current rules throughout the month of February. Hatchery steelhead are also available in several rivers below Bonneville Dam. The daily limit for salmon on the mainstem Columbia River is two …

Additional Chinook mortality leads to North Coast fall salmon angling closure

  TILLAMOOK, Ore. Following a recent die-off of fall Chinook salmon in the Wilson River, excessive pre-spawn mortality of fall Chinook in other nearby rivers has prompted fishery managers to close the entire North Coast to all salmon angling, effective Dec. 13 – 31. The closure includes all North Coast basins from the Nestucca River …

Die-off prompts ODFW to close Wilson River to salmon angling

  TILLAMOOK, Ore. – A recent die-off of fall Chinook salmon in the Wilson River has prompted fishery managers to close the river to all salmon angling, effective Dec. 7 – 31. The closure is from the confluence with Blind Slough (in tidewater at river mile 0.5) upstream to Jordan Creek. The river upstream of …

Anglers might net reward steelhead fishing the Umpqua Basin

  ROSEBURG, Ore – Anglers who catch a hatchery steelhead and return the snout to an ODFW collection barrel have a chance to win a $50 gift card if their fish is coded wire tagged. Monthly prize drawings run December through April 2020. The contest is meant to encourage anglers to leave the snouts of …

ODFW Commission votes to establish Conservation and Recreation Committee

  ONTARIO, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved rules establishing the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee and rules guiding expenditures from the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund. The 2019 Oregon State Legislature passed HB 2829 to create this Fund to conserve and protect Oregon’s fish, wildlife, and their habitats. The bill was based …

Snake River salmon bag limits will now include one unclipped fall Chinook

Photo Courtesy of Columbia River Fishing Adventures   Enterprise, Ore. – ODFW has modified bag limits for the Snake River fall Chinook season to allow anglers to harvest one wild adult fall Chinook in the Snake River. The National Marine Fisheries Service recently approved a three-state fall Chinook fishery management plan that allows Idaho, Oregon and Washington to …

Reduced wild adult Chinook bag limits in effect in Mid and North Coast river basins

  TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Recreational fishermen are reminded that reduced bag limits are now in effect for wild adult Chinook salmon in Oregon’s Mid and North Coast bays and streams. Recreational fishermen are limited to one adult wild Chinook per day and five adult wild Chinook in aggregate for the year under temporary rules announced …

ODFW Salmon and Trout Advisory Committee to meet in Klamath Falls on Sept. 19th

  SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee will meet in Klamath Falls on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The meeting will occur from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Olympic Inn located at 2627 S 6th Street, Klamath Falls and is …