More summer Chinook fishing days below Bonneville Dam and sockeye retention in Columbia starts on July 1st

Photo credit: USFWS   CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington added 13 days of summer Chinook fishing below Bonneville Dam starting Friday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 13. Also starting July 1, Columbia River anglers may retain sockeye as part of their adult salmon bag limit, fishery managers decided during a joint meeting today. …

States add a couple extra days to the Columbia River Subarea Recreational Pacific halibut fishery

Image by Ulrich Altstetter from Pixabay   NEWPORT, Ore – Two Mondays (June 13 and 20) are now added to the Columbia River Subarea all-depth recreational Pacific halibut fishery in addition to being open Thursdays and Sundays through June. Weather for the first few opening days was less than ideal; angling effort and catch were …

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. …

Oregon’s commercial crab fishery opens December 1st

  For the first time since the 2014-15 season, the ocean commercial Dungeness crab fishery opens as scheduled Dec. 1 along the Oregon coast. Commercial crab vessels can set gear Nov. 28 (the presoak period) in anticipation of the first pull of ocean crab pots on Dec. 1. In partnership with the Oregon Dungeness Crab …