Angling & Harvest Methods, Hours & Other Restrictions

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Fish, shellfish or marine invertebrates may be taken only by the method or gear and during hours listed on the following pages.

Game Fish

Salmon, shad, steelhead, sturgeon, trout, whitefish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, hybrid bass, striped bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, sunfish, yellow perch, walleye and mullet.

  • Harvest Method: Angling.
  • Restrictions: It is unlawful to:
    • Angle for or take salmon, shad, steelhead, sturgeon, trout or whitefish except during daylight hours (one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset). See exceptions for specific waterbodies.
    • Snag, spear, gaff, net, trap, club, shoot or ensnare any freshwater game fish. A hand-held landing net may be used to land a legally hooked fish. A gaff may not be used to land salmon, steelhead or other freshwater game fish in inland or ocean fisheries.
    • Take game fish other than those hooked inside the mouth.
    • Remove eggs from any salmon, steelhead or sturgeon without retaining the carcass while in the field.
    • Possess game fish in the field that have been dressed or mutilated so that size, species or fin clip cannot be determined. Fish may be dressed when the angler has reached their automobile (or principle means of land transportation) and has finished angling for the day.
    • Use lures to angle for sturgeon in waters closed to salmon and steelhead angling.
    • Gaff or penetrate sturgeon in any way while landing or releasing it.
    • Remove sturgeon greater than 54 inches fork length totally or in part from the water.
    • Not immediately release, unharmed, all fish not legal for retention, this includes tethering or tying a sturgeon to any object, including the shore, for take at a later time.

Nongame Fish and Shellfish — Freshwater


  • Harvest Method: Angling, hand, bow and arrow, spear, gig, spear gun, dip net.
  • No angling license is required.
  • Open all year
  • No bag limit


  • Harvest Method: Hand, baited lines (no hooks allowed), net, rings and traps.
  • No angling or shellfish license is required.
  • Open all year in all streams including streams listed as closed.
  • See exception for The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation.
  • Bag limit is 100 crayfish per day, 3 daily limits in possession.

Freshwater Mussels and Clams

  • Restrictions: Harvest Prohibited. It is illegal to harvest or possess any freshwater mussels or clams.

Pacific Lamprey

  • Harvest Method: Hand or hand-powered tools.
  • Restrictions:
    • May be taken at Willamette Falls only.
    • Must have in possession both a Personal Use Permit and a Possession Permit issued from the ODFW Office in Clackamas when harvesting lamprey. Possession Permit does not authorize harvest of lamprey.
    • Season, harvest hours and possession limits established by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission are printed on Personal Use Permit.
    • Personal Use Permit with completed catch information must be returned to the Clackamas Office within 30 days of end of season. Failure to report annual catch may jeopardize your ability to get a Personal Use Permit in the future.


  • An angling license is required.
  • Unless specifically authorized under emergency rules, it is unlawful to take or attempt to take Eulachon smelt in inland waters, including bays, rivers, estuaries, and streams.
  • For smelt species other than Eulachon smelt, see Marine Zone Regulations for allowed Harvest Methods and other Restrictions.

Suckers, Northern Pikeminnow, Carp, Chub, Sculpin, and other Nongame Freshwater Fish

  • Harvest Method: Angling, hand, bow and arrow, crossbow, spear, spear gun, gaff and snag hook.

Food Fish and Shellfish — Marine

Regulations for marine shellfish, marine invertebrates and other marine species listed on Marine Zone Regulations. For licensing requirements see License Information.

Food Fish

Herring, anchovy, sardines (See special regulations above for taking smelt species.)

  • Harvest Method: Angling, dip net, cast net and herring jig with any number of hooks.

Lingcod, Rockfish, Cabezon, Greenling, Flounder, Sole, Perch, other Nongame Marine Fish and Off-Shore Pelagic Species

  • Harvest Method: Angling, hand, bow and arrow, spear, spear gun, gaff and snag, hook and herring jig.
  • Restrictions: Unlawful to dress or mutilate fish prior to landing so that size or species cannot be determined and to transport mutilated fish across state waters. Except albacore tuna may be partially cleaned at sea (see Marine Zone Regulations).

Pacific Halibut

  • Harvest Method: Single rod and line, with no more than 2 hooks; spear.
  • Restrictions: Unlawful to dress or mutilate fish prior to landing so that size or species cannot be determined and to transport mutilated fish across state waters.

Marine Shellfish and Marine Invertebrates

See Marine Zone Regulations.