Bag & Possession Limits
Bag and possession limits apply to all waters and across zone boundaries, and apply to all fish and shellfish in an angler’s possession in the field regardless of condition.
Daily Bag Limit
Maximum number of fish or shellfish that may be legally taken and reduced to possession in one day. An angler may take daily limits of several types of fish per day.
Annual Bag Limit
Applies to the following species only:
- White sturgeon: 2
- Pacific halibut: 6
- Salmon and steelhead: 20 — in any combination, when recorded on the Combined Angling Tag.
- Hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead legally recorded on a Hatchery Harvest Tag do not count toward annual salmon and steelhead limit.
Maximum number or amount of a single type of fish or shellfish that a person may lawfully possess in the field, or in transit to the place of permanent residence. The possession limit is 3 daily bag limits for all species, including jack salmon, except:
- 1 daily bag limit on the vessel or three daily bag limits on land for Pacific halibut
- There is no possession limit for adult salmon and steelhead
- 2 daily bag limits for all marine finfish, shellfish and other marine invertebrates on p. 81-82.
- Anglers are restricted to 1 daily bag limit and 1 annual bag limit for all fish species from the Columbia River, even if licensed in Oregon and Washington.
It is unlawful to take or have in possession any fish or shellfish that are smaller than the minimum or larger than the maximum size limits.
Salmon Length Limits
|Chinook**||15 to 24 inches||longer than 24 inches|
|Coho||15 to 20 inches||longer than 20 inches|
|Sockeye||All sockeye are considered adults|
Steelhead/Trout Length Limits (in Streams)
All Other Zones
NW and SW Zones
|Steelhead||longer than 20 inches||longer than 16 inches|
|Trout||shorter than 20 inches||shorter than 16 inches|