Fish tanker truck accident results in loss of Oregon spring Chinook smolts

  LA GRANDE, Ore. – On March 29 near Lookingglass Hatchery in northeast Oregon, a fish tanker truck was involved in an accident while transporting approximately 102,000 spring Chinook smolts for release in the Imnaha River. The ODFW employee who was driving the truck is safe but received minor injuries. The accident occurred on a sharp …

Delays continue for ocean commercial Dungeness crab season

Photo of crab pots by Anne Hay   NEWPORT, Ore – The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season remains closed as round two of pre-season testing shows crabs remain too low in meat yield in some areas. Elevated domoic acid is still detected in some crab viscera (guts). Round three of crab meat yield and biotoxin …

New winter steelhead tag must be purchased for winter steelhead fishing in Rogue and shouthern coast areas starting 2023

Photo courtesy of USFWS Pacific Southwest Region   CENTRAL POINT, Ore – New steelhead angling regulations begin Jan. 1 in the Rogue and South Coast rivers. In this area, a winter steelhead season (Dec. 1 – Apr. 30) is now established with the 2023 initial season being Jan. 1 – Apr. 30. During this season, …

Oregon commercial Dungeness crab season delayed

Photo by Julie Gentry   NEWPORT, Ore – The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season opener is delayed until at least Dec. 16 for the entire Oregon coast. Pre-season testing shows crabs are too low in meat yield in some areas. Elevated domoic acid also was detected in some crab viscera (guts). Targeted to open Dec. …

Recreational crabbing closes in bays and estuaries on Oregon’s southern coast due to marine toxins

  NEWPORT, Ore – The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and ODFW closed recreational bay and estuary crabbing from eight miles north of Winchester Bay (43 degrees 47′ at Tahkenitch Creek) to the California border. Recent test results show domoic acid, a marine toxin, is above the human health closure limit. Recreational bay and estuary …

Oregon Offering Free Fishing days after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25-26th

  SALEM, Ore.—#OptOutside the two days after Thanksgiving and make fishing part of your plans with friends and family. Everyone can fish, clam and crab for free in Oregon on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, 2022. No fishing/shellfish licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement or Two-Rod …

Sturgeon retention seasons shift to three days a week in Bonneville, The Dalles pools for 2023

  CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington modified the permanent rules for 2023 Columbia River sturgeon retention seasons upstream of Bonneville Dam during a hearing today. Fisheries in both The Dalles Pool and Bonneville Pool will shift to a three-day-per-week season in 2023 (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays), similar to the retention season in The …

ODFW lifts fishing closure on the Sixes River Wednesday November 9th.

  GOLD BEACH, Ore – With recent significant rain on the south coast, ODFW is lifting the low flow angling closure on the Sixes River beginning Wednesday, Nov. 9. ODFW closed a portion of the river to angling Oct. 1 to protect wild fall chinook salmon staging between Crystal Creek and Hughes Boat Ramp. Recent …

ODFW Salmon and Trout Advisory Committee to meet Oct. 20th-21st in Gold Beach

Rogue River bridge in Gold Beach, OR Attribution: Yurivict at the English Wikipedia   SALEM, Ore.—ODFW’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee will meet in Gold Beach on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with an option to join the meeting virtually. There will also be a tour on Friday, Oct. 21 departing from …

Columbia River reopens for salmon fishing at Buoy 10, above Reed Island beginning Sept. 15th

Photo Courtesey of Washington State parks   CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Salmon fishing will reopen at Buoy 10 and in the Gorge from Reed Island to Bonneville Dam beginning Sept. 15, fishery managers from Oregon and Washington decided today. Buoy 10 anglers will be allowed to retain hatchery coho beginning Thursday, Sept. 15 with a daily bag limit …