Spearfishing and bait use for smallmouth bass allowed on Coquille River system

Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW   CHARLESTON, Ore – Spearfishing for bass is allowed on the Coquille River through Oct. 31. Spears, spear guns and angling with bait to take smallmouth bass is allowed, and there are no harvest size or limits. The rule applies to the mainstem Coquille River and the East, Middle, North, …

ODFW Commission adopts rules adding harvest days for wild coho on the Alsea and Coquille Rivers

Coquille River Photo courtesy of Rick Obst     2024 Coastal Fall Salmon Seasons/Smallmouth Bass in Coquille River: Coastal fall salmon seasons and smallmouth bass seasons were adopted as proposed by staff except for some modifications adding harvest days for wild coho on the Alsea and Coquille Rivers. Seasons for wild Chinook are similar to …

NEW: Recreational fishing license required for freshwater smelt, crawfish, and carp

Photo courtesy of WDFW   OLYMPIA, WA – Governor Inslee has signed new legislation requiring Washington fishers to possess a recreational fishing license for freshwater smelt, crawfish, and carp. The law, which removes the fishing license exemption for each species, goes into effect June 6, 2024. The license requirement aims to improve fishing regulation compliance. This requirement …

Recreational spring Chinook fishing allowed June 8-15 above Bonneville Dam, salmon/steelhead boat-angling area extended below dam

Photo colurteys of US Army Corps of Engineers   CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington added additional spring Chinook fishing days in the mainstem Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam and extended the area for boat angling below the dam. Boat anglers above Bonneville Dam are restricted to the area upstream of Tower Island …

States set 2024 Columbia River summer/fall salmon and steelhead seasons

  CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Oregon and Washington fishery managers have finalized preseason planning for 2024 Columbia River summer and fall recreational salmon and steelhead fisheries. Forecasts for summer and fall Chinook, sockeye, and coho will allow opportunity for anglers to target these fish. The planned 2024 fall-season fisheries are primarily limited by the expected harvest of upriver …