Oregon 2024 Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishing Seasons set by PFMC

Photo courtesy of Schmidtys Guide Service   NEWPORT, Ore – The Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) yesterday finalized the 2024 ocean salmon season recommendations, including for ocean waters off Oregon. Recommended salmon seasons are not official until final approval by the National Marine Fisheries Service (expected by May 16), and after adoption April 19 by the …

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 …

Last sturgeon retention day in John Day Pool is March 14

Photo Courtesy of Columbia River Fishing Adventures   March 13, 2024 CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Thursday, March 14 will be the last day to retain sturgeon in the John Day Pool (mainstem Columbia River from John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam and adjacent tributaries). Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon made the decision today after determining that …

Anglers will be able to use their two-rod validation in the Willamette River

  CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Anglers will be able to use their two-rod validation in the Willamette River this year for hatchery spring Chinook and all other fish except sturgeon, beginning March 1 downstream of Willamette Falls and May 1 upstream of Willamette Falls. “Will two rods be allowed on the Willamette this year?” is one of the …

ODFW seeks two candidates for Oregon Fish Passage Task Force

  SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks two members to represent the state’s Fish Passage Task Force. Two vacancies exist for the Public-At-Large stakeholder group representing the Task Force. A Public-At-Large representative from the east side of the state is desired. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 15. The nine …

Chinook retention reopens at Buoy 10 on Sept. 8th

Photo courtesy of Aarron Schmidt of Schmidtys Guide Service   CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington added additional Chinook fishing opportunity for the popular Buoy 10 fishery on the Columbia River during a joint-state hearing today. The Buoy 10 season has been adjusted as follows and now includes retention of any Chinook along with …

(WDFW) shellfish managers have confirmed razor clam digging reopens at Mocrocks beaches

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shellfish managers have confirmed razor clam digging reopens at Mocrocks beaches Friday, March 3 followed by opportunities there on March 5 and March 7. This is in addition to Copalis digs on Saturday, March 4, March 6, and March 8. “Hopefully, the weather will be kind to us …

Initial Columbia River recreational spring Chinook seasons set

Photo Courtesy of USFWS     CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington adopted recreational spring Chinook seasons for the Columbia River during a joint state hearing today. Effective March 1 (downstream of Bonneville Dam) and April 1 (upstream of Bonneville Dam), the following regulations will take the place of permanent rules for the …

New updates to 2023 steelhead fishing restrictions on the Columbia

Photo provided by BLM   Effective Jan. 6 through March 31, 2023, the Columbia River mainstem is closed to both angling for and retention of steelhead from The Dalles Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border (upstream of McNary Dam). The rule has been modified to reflect the original intent to close angling for steelhead.   …

WDFW Commission will hear comments on hunting seasons, Columbia River fisheries at Wenatchee meeting March 15th-17th

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will invite public comments on 2018-2020 hunting season proposals, Columbia River fisheries policy, and other issues during a public meeting March 15-17 in Wenatchee. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene in …