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Southwest Zone Regulations & Map

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Description

The Southwest Zone is all waters draining directly to the Pacific Ocean from the Umpqua River south to the Oregon-California border, and including, the Umpqua River drainage; and those portions of Klamath River drainage in Jackson County. Regulations for marine fish, marine shellfish and marine invertebrates are listed under the Marine Zone Regulations.

Umpqua Wild Chinook Aggregate Bag Limit

From Feb 1 – Jun 30: No more than 2 wild adult Chinook per day and 10 per year may be harvested in aggregate from the Mainstem Umpqua River and the North Umpqua River. Of these 10 wild adult Chinook no more than 5 may be harvested from the Mainstem Umpqua River.

Southwest Zone Regulations

  1. Rogue River tributaries below Lost Creek Dam, Applegate River tributaries below Applegate Dam, all Illinois River tributaries, and the Illinois River above Pomeroy Dam are closed to all angling, except as noted under Exceptions.
  2. Angling in streams above tidewater for all species during May 22 – Aug 31 is restricted to artificial flies and lures. See exceptions for use of bait in Coquille,Rogue, Applegate and Umpqua river basins.
  3. Use of bait allowed in bays and tidewaters year round.­
  4. Anglers may not continue to angle for jack salmon or trout after retaining limit of adult salmon or steelhead.
  5. See Advisories & Consumption Guidelines.
  6. See marine zone for additional regulations that apply to coastal bays.
  7. Multi-species restrictions: It is unlawful for any person to fish for, or take and retain, any species of salmon, Pacific halibut, or marine fish while possessing on board any fish not allowed to be taken in the area at that time.

Floras/New, Sixes, Elk River Wild Chinook Aggregate Bag Limit

No more than 1 adult wild Chinook salmon per day and 10 per year may be harvested in aggregate from waters of the Floras/New River, Sixes River, Elk River, and the Elk River Ocean Terminal Area.

Southwest Zone Regulations

Species

Bag Limit

Size Limit and Other Specifications

Season

Trout Lakes: 5 per day, 3 daily limits in possession.

Streams: (including tidewaters and bays); 2 per day, 3 daily catch limits in possession.

  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater,
    May 22 – Aug 31. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
  • 8 inch minimum length.
  • Only 1 trout over 20 inches in length may be taken per day.
  • Rainbow trout over 16 inches are considered steelhead in streams.
  • Salmon under 15 inches are considered trout, except coho salmon, which are always considered salmon regardless of size.
  • No limit on size or number of brook or brown trout in streams unless noted under Exceptions.
Lakes: Open all year

Streams: (including tidewaters and bays): Open May 22 – Oct 31 unless noted under Exceptions.

Salmon and Steelhead In the aggregate: 2 adult salmon or steelhead per day, 20 per year. 5 jack salmon per day, 2 daily jack limits in possession.

In the Coos, Coquille, Tenmile, and their tributaries, open for steelhead angling, one additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily from Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Dec 1-31 only.

  • See exceptions to the Chinook salmon catch limit under Umpqua, Sixes, Elk, Pistol, Chetco and Winchuck rivers and Floras and Hunter creeks.
  • Pink salmon, sockeye salmon, hatchery coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead may be retained as part of the adult and jack salmon daily bag limit in all waters that are currently open to angling for Chinook salmon or steelhead.
  • Hatchery releases of coho salmon occur in the Rogue River and South Umpqua River.
  • Only hatchery steelhead may be kept, except as noted under Exceptions for the mainstem East Fork Coquille River, Illinois, Chetco, Elk, Pistol, Rogue, Sixes and Winchuck rivers and Hunter and Euchre creeks.
  • Where allowed, no more than a total of 1 per day and 3 per year wild steelhead may be taken per year zonewide.
  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater, May 22 – Aug 31. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
  • Wild Coho Aggregate Bag Limit applies to NW and SW Zones.
  • There is no annual limit on hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead as long as the appropriate number of Hatchery Harvest Tags have been purchased to record the catch.
Closed unless noted under Exceptions.
Sturgeon Catch-and-release only.
  • Closed to the retention of white sturgeon and green sturgeon.
  • All sturgeon must be immediately released unharmed into the water.
  • Sturgeon over 54 inches in fork length cannot be removed totally or in part from the water.
  • Only one single-point barbless hook may be used for sturgeon.
  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater May 22 – Aug 31. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
Streams: (including tidewaters and bays): Open during trout, salmon or steelhead seasons.
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass 5 per day, 3 daily limits in possession unless noted under Exceptions.
  • No more than 1 over 15 inches in length.
  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater, May 22 – Aug 31. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
Lakes: Open all year.

Streams (including tidewaters and bays): Open during trout, salmon or steelhead seasons.

Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie, Other Sunfish, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Striped Bass, Sucker, Umpqua Pikeminnow, Carp, Chub, Sculpin and other Nongame Fish and Shad No limit.
  • No minimum length unless noted under Exceptions.
  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater, May 22 – Aug 31. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
Smelt
  • 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. An angling license is required.
Marine Fish and Marine Shellfish See Marine Zone Regulations.