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Northeast Zone Regulations & Map

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Description

The Northeast Zone is all waters draining into the Columbia River east of the Deschutes River and all waters draining into the Snake River system up to Hells Canyon Dam. This zone does not include any portion of the mainstem Columbia and Snake rivers. Regulations for the Columbia River can be found in the Columbia River Zone Regulations & Map, and regulations for the Snake River can be found in the Snake River Zone Regulations & Map.

Northeast Zone Regulations

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.

Northeast Zone Regulations

Species

Bag Limit

Size Limit and Other Specifications

Season

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

Streams: 2 per day, 3 daily limits in possession.

  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. 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 in lakes.
  • Rainbow trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead in streams.
  • Kokanee included in trout limits except as noted under Exceptions.
  • No limit on size or number of brook or brown trout.
  • Closed to angling for bull trout. See exceptions for catch-and-release angling under Exceptions for Imnaha and Wenaha rivers.
Lakes: Open all year.

Streams: Open May 22 – Oct 31

Salmon
  • See Umatilla River under Exceptions.
  • There is no annual limit on hatchery salmon as long as the appropriate number of Hatchery Harvest Tags have been purchased to record the catch.
Closed in all waters unless noted by species under Exceptions.
Steelhead 3 per day.
  • Only hatchery steelhead may be taken. Wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
  • There is no annual limit on hatchery steelhead so long as the appropriate number of Hatchery Harvest Tags have been purchased to record the catch.
Sturgeon Catch-and-release only.
  • Sturgeon may not be removed from the water and must be immediately released unharmed.
  • Only one single-point, barbless hook may be used for sturgeon.
Lakes: Open all year.

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

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass 5 per day, 3 daily limits in possession. No more than 3 over 15 inches in length.
Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie, Other Sunfish, Walleye,Yellow Perch, Sucker, Carp, Chub, Northern Pikeminnow, Sculpin, Whitefish, Shad, and other Nongame Fish No limit. None.
Margined Sculpin (Umatilla and Walla Walla river systems) It is unlawful to angle for or possess all or any part of these fish because they are listed on the state’s sensitive species list for conservation purposes. Closed.