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Gear & Bait Restrictions

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Anti-Snagging Gear Restriction Rules

  • See regulation exceptions where anti-snagging gear restrictions are in place.
  • Fishing gear restricted to artificial fly, lure, or bait with one single-point hook.
  • Unless otherwise specified, hook must measure 3/4 inch or less at the gap.
  • Hook must be attached to or below any lure or bait.
  • Weight cannot be less than 18 inches above the lure or bait.
  • Consult exceptions to zone regulations for which leader length applies:
    1. Leader length: 18-36 inches
    2. Leader length: less than or equal to 6 feet

Salmon/Steelhead Bobber Fishing Rule

  • See regulation exceptions where salmon/steelhead bobber rules are in place.
  • Fishing gear restricted to artificial fly, lure, or bait with one single-point hook.
  • Salmon/steelhead bobber angling gear must include a bobber and leader no longer than 36 inches.
  • Any weight is to be no more than 36 inches from the hook when suspended vertically (see diagram below).
  • The bobber must suspend the weight, leader, and terminal gear, not allowing it to rest on the river bottom.

Use of Fish for Bait

Dead fish, preserved fish, parts of fish and shellfish, and fish eggs may be used as bait.

The following may NOT be used as bait:

  • Live fish. Except live nongame fish may be used in the ocean, bays and tidewaters when taken from the same waters in which they will be used as bait.
  • Goldfish. Nor can they be in an angler’s possession while angling.
  • Lamprey.
  • Live crayfish.
  • Live leeches. Nor can they be in an angler’s possession while angling.

It is unlawful to: transport live fish into, within, or out of this state; hold any live fish in the waters of this state; or release or attempt to release any live fish into the waters of this state, except as provided by OAR 635-007-0600(3)(a) for aquaria fish intended for aquaria use and those holding a valid Fish Transport Permit.