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Central Zone

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Description

The Central Zone is all waters draining into the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam up to and including the Deschutes River.

Central Zone Regulations

  1. Angling for all species is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
  2. A valid Columbia River Basin Endorsement must be in possession when fishing for salmon, steelhead, or sturgeon in the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream and in all the rivers and their tributaries that flow into the Columbia River.
  3. See Health Advisory.

Central Zone Regulations

Species

Bag Limit

Size Limit and Other Specifications

Season

Trout Lakes: 5 per day, 2 daily limits in possession.

Streams: 2 per day, 2 daily limits in possession.

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

Streams: Open May 22 – Oct 31

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, with the exception that one additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily.
  • Closed for coho salmon, except as listed under the Deschutes River and hatchery coho salmon as listed under Eagle Creek, Herman Creek and Hood River.
  • Only hatchery steelhead may be taken.
  • See Exceptions in Central Zone under Deschutes or Hood River basins to determine where harvest of Chinook and coho salmon is allowed. Harvest of wild steelhead is not permitted in the Central Zone. There is no annual limit on hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead so long as the appropriate number of Hatchery Harvest Tags have been purchased to record the catch.
  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
  • Note: Changes to salmon regulations for the Columbia River system are available online at www.odfw.com. Check regulations before you fish.
Closed in all waters unless noted by species under Exceptions.
Sturgeon Catch-and-release only.
  • Angling restricted to one single-point, barbless hook for sturgeon.
  • Sturgeon may not be removed from the water and must be immediately released unharmed.
  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
Lakes: Open all year.

Streams: Open during trout, salmon or steelhead seasons.

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass 5 per day, 2 daily limits in possession.
  • No more than 3 over 15 inches in length.
  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
Lakes: Open all year.

Streams: Open during trout, salmon or steelhead seasons only, except portions of Columbia River tributaries flooded by Bonneville and The Dalles dams are open all year.

Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie, Other Sunfish, Walleye, and Yellow Perch No limit. Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
Whitefish, Sucker, Northern Pikeminnow, Carp, Chub, Sculpin and other Nongame Fish No limit. Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
Bullfrogs No limit. An angling license is not required. Open all year.
Crayfish 100 per day, 2 daily limits in possession. Neither an angling nor a shellfish license is required. All streams are open to crayfish harvest including streams listed as closed under Exceptions.
Freshwater Clams and Mussels Harvest prohibited It is illegal to harvest or possess any freshwater mussels or clams. Closed.

Exceptions to Central Zone Regulations

Bakeoven Creek and Tributaries

  • Closed.

Bend Pine Nursery Pond

  • 2 fish per day.

Browns Creek

  • Closed.

Buck Hollow Creek and Tributaries

  • Closed.

Chenoweth Creek and Tributaries

  • Catch-and-release for trout.

Clear Branch Hood River

  • Closed.

Crane Prairie Reservoir

  • Open Apr 22 – Oct 31.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.

Crescent Lake

  • 1 lake trout per day, 24 inch minimum length.

Crooked River

Downstream of Bowman Dam

  • Open all year.
  • No harvest of rainbow trout over 20 inches.

Davis Lake and
Odell Creek Channel

  • Catch-and-release for trout.
  • No limits on warmwater fish.
  • Fly fishing only, barbless hooks required.
  • Odell Creek channel is defined as upstream to the boat ramp at West Davis Lake Campground.

Deschutes River

From I-84 Bridge upstream to Northern Boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation (including White River upstream to first falls)

  • Open all year for trout and hatchery steelhead.
  • 2 rainbow trout per day, 10 inch minimum and 13 inch maximum length.
  • Open for Chinook salmon upstream to Sherars Falls Aug 1 – Oct 31.
  • Open for coho salmon Aug 1 – Dec 31.
  • No fishing from a floating device.

Sherars Falls Area

  • Bait allowed only from Sherars Falls downstream to upper trestle (approximately 3 miles).
  • Closed from Sherars Falls downstream to Buck Hollow Creek (about 1 mile) from Apr 1 – Jul 31.
  • Closed for Chinook salmon fishing upstream of Sherars Falls.

Northern Boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation upstream to the Pelton Regulating Reservoir.

  • Open Apr 22 – Dec 31 for trout and hatchery steelhead.
  • 2 rainbow trout per day, 10 inch minimum and 13 inch maximum length.
  • Open for coho salmon Aug 1 – Dec 31.
  • No fishing from a floating device.
  • Closed from the Pelton Regulating Dam downstream about 600 feet to ODFW markers.

Lake Billy Chinook upstream to Benham Falls

  • Open all year for trout.

Benham Falls upstream to Little Lava Lake

  • Open May 22 – Sep 30.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.
  • 2 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length (including brook and brown trout, kokanee, and hatchery rainbow).

Other regulations

  • See the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs information on next page.

Eagle Creek

Upstream from mainline railroad bridge

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Mar 31, May 22 – Aug 15, and Dec 1 – Dec 31.
  • Open for Chinook and coho salmon May 23 – Aug 15.
  • Catch-and-release for trout.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • See Columbia River Zone, for regulations downstream of mainline railroad bridge.

East Lake

  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.

Elk Lake

  • 25 kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits.

Fall River

  • Open all year.
  • Fly fishing only, barbless hooks required.

Fifteen Mile Creek and Tributaries

  • Open all year.
  • Catch-and-release for trout.
  • Closed from the I-84 bridge to 200 feet upstream from fishway at Seufert Falls.

Herman Creek

East of peninsula from the markers at the mouth upstream to the mainline railroad bridge.

  • Open for salmon and steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border, except closed Aug 16 – Nov 30.
  • See Central Zone for area upstream from the mainline railroad bridge. (See map)

Herman Creek Youth and Disabled Angler Angling Area — West of peninsula from the markers at the mouth upstream to lower Herman Creek Pond structure.

  • Open for salmon and steelhead consistent with regulations for the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border. Open to youth (age 17 and under) and Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit holders only. (See map)
  • Closed downstream of hatchery dam Aug 16 – Nov 30.
  • See Columbia River Zone for regulations downstream of mainline railroad bridge.

Hood River and Tributaries Not Listed

  • Open for hatchery coho salmon and steelhead all year from the tips of the jetties upstream to confluence with East Fork.
  • Catch-and-release for trout.
  • Use of bait allowed for salmon and steelhead.

Hosmer Lake

  • Fly fishing only, barbless hooks required.
  • Catch-and-release for all species.

Jefferson County Pond

  • Youth (17 years and under) and disabled anglers only.
  • 2 fish per day.

Lake Billy Chinook

Metolius Arm — East boundary is a line running from the west abutment of Round Butte Dam to the southern land point where the Deschutes and Metolius arms intersect. West boundary is the cable car crossing.

  • Open Mar 1 – Oct 31.
  • Closed to all angling from the cable car crossing on the Metolius River to a signed point approximately 350 yards downstream.
  • All regulations for the balance of the reservoir (below) apply.
  • Tribal angling permits are required. See the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs information on next page.

Balance of reservoir

  • Stream regulations apply upstream of ODFW markers on Crooked River and Deschutes River Arms.
  • Trout limit may include one bull trout, 24 inch minimum length.
  • All bull trout not retained in the bag limit must be released immediately unharmed.
  • Rainbow trout over 20 inches and kokanee/sockeye salmon over 16 inches must be released.
  • No limits on bass or brown trout.

Laurance Lake

  • Open Apr 22 – Oct 31.
  • Wild trout must be released.
  • No limits on smallmouth bass.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.

Link Creek

  • Closed.

McKay Creek

  • No harvest of rainbow trout over 20 inches.

Metolius River

  • Open all year below Allingham Bridge.
  • Open May 22 – Oct 31 above Allingham Bridge.
  • Catch-and-release for trout including bull trout.
  • Fly fishing only, barbless hooks required upstream of Bridge 99.
  • All tributaries are closed with the exception of Lake Creek (Lake Creek is managed under zone regulations).

Mill Creek and Tributaries (Wasco Co.)

  • Catch-and-release for trout.

Ochoco Creek

Mouth to Ochoco Dam

  • Open all year.
  • No harvest of rainbow trout over 20 inches.

Odell Creek

From boat ramp located at West Davis Lake campground to Odell Lake

  • Catch-and-release for trout.

Odell Lake

  • 25 kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits.
  • 1 lake trout per day, 24 inch minimum length.
  • Closed between ODFW markers and the mouth of Trapper Creek.
  • Closed between ODFW markers and Odell Creek outlet.
  • Tributaries are closed to angling.

Paulina Lake

  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.

Pelton Regulating Reservoir

  • Closed.

Pinnacle Creek

  • Closed.

Prineville Reservoir

  • 5 bass per day, only 1 bass over 15 inches may be harvested.

Prineville Youth Pond

  • Youth only (17 years and under).
  • 2 fish per day.

Shevlin Pond

  • Youth (17 years and under) and disabled anglers only.
  • 2 fish per day.

Lake Simtustus

  • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation angling permit required. See the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation information below.

Sparks Lake (and Tributaries upstream to Cascade Lake Hwy)

  • Fly fishing only, barbless hooks required.

Suttle Lake

  • 25 kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits.

Trout Creek and Tributaries

  • Catch-and-release for trout.

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation

  • Anglers are restricted to the eastern half of the river where it borders the Reservation. For more information and exceptions call (541) 553-2002, or visit www.tribalpermit.com.
  • Oregon angling license and tribal fishing permits are required on the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook, Lake Simtustus, and on the Reservation portions of the Deschutes River.
  • Taking of crayfish from Reservation waters is prohibited.
  • The Reservation boarders the Deschutes River for approximately 31 miles from Two Springs Ranch (4 miles downstream from the North Junction Railroad Bridge) upstream to the Pelton Reregulation.

West Fork Hood River and Tributaries

  • Closed upstream of angling deadline 200 feet downstream of Punchbowl Falls.
  • Mainstem Hood River regulations apply downstream of deadline.

White River and Tributaries

  • Deschutes River regulations apply downstream of first falls.
  • Open all year for trout upstream of first falls.

Whychus Creek

  • No harvest of rainbow trout over 20 inches.

Wickiup Reservoir

  • Open Apr 22 – Oct 31.
  • 25 kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits.
  • The Deschutes River Arm, upstream of ODFW marker at West South Twin boat ramp is closed to angling after Sep 30.

Catch-and-release All trout, salmon and steelhead that are released must be unharmed and should not be removed from the water.