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Northeast Zone

Fishing Regulations Icon Oregon Fishing

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, and regulations for the Snake River can be found in the Snake River Zone.

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, 2 daily limits in possession.

Streams: 2 per day, 2 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.
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass 5 per day, 2 daily limits in possession. No more than 3 over 15 inches in length. 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.

Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie, Other Sunfish, Walleye, and Yellow Perch No limit. None.
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.
Sucker, Carp, Chub, Northern Pikeminnow, Sculpin, Whitefish, Shad and other Nongame Fish No limit. None.
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.
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.

Exceptions to Northeast Zone Regulations

Aldrich Ponds

  • 2 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.

Big Sheep Creek

Mouth to Little Sheep Cr

  • Open all year for trout.
  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Sep 1 – Dec 31.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Above Little Sheep Cr

  • Open all year for trout.
  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.

Butter Creek and Tributaries

  • Open all year.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Catherine Creek

Mouth to Hwy 203 bridge above Catherine Cr State Park

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 15 and Sep 1 – Dec 31.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Deer Creek (Wallowa Co.)

Mouth up to marker approx. 0.2 Mi

  • Closed.

Grande Ronde River

State line to Meadow Cr

  • Open all year for trout.
  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released below the Wallowa River.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Sep 1 – Dec 31.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Above Meadow Cr

  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Granite Creek and Tributaries

  • Closed

Imnaha River

The following apply to open sections below: *

  • Open all year for trout.
  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.
  • Hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8 inch May 1 – Aug 31.

* Mouth to Big Sheep Cr

  • Catch-and-release for bull trout.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Sep 1 – Dec 31.
  • Use of bait allowed.

* Big Sheep Cr to Confluence of North and South Forks

  • Catch-and-release for bull trout.

* Above confluence of forks

  • Open all year for trout.
  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.
  • Hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8 inch May 1 – Aug 31.

John Day River

Mainline railroad bridge to North Fork

  • Open all year for hatchery steelhead.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • Closed from ODFW marker ¼ Mi below Tumwater Falls to 200 ft above the falls near the head of John Day Arm, except for warmwater fish.

North Fork to Indian Cr

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 15 and Sep 1 – Dec 31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Above Indian Cr

  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.

John Day River, Middle Fork

Mouth to Hwy 395 bridge

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1- Apr 15 and Sep 1 – Dec 31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Above Hwy 395 bridge

  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • Hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8 inch.
  • Closed from Hwy 7 to Summit Cr.

John Day River, North Fork

Mouth to Hwy 395 bridge

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 15 and Sep 1 – Dec 31.
  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Hwy 395 bridge to USFS North Fork Campground

  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • Hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8 inch.

Above North Fork Campground

  • No limit on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.

La Grande Reservoir and Upstream Tributaries

  • Open May 22 – Oct 31.
  • 2 rainbow trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.

Little Sheep Creek

Within the fenced boundary of the hatchery facility

  • Closed.

Lookingglass Creek and Tributaries

  • Hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8 inch.
  • Closed between 300 ft below Jarboe Cr and 200 ft above the hatchery water intake (0.4 Mi).

Lostine River

Mouth to confluence of the East and West Forks

  • Hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8-inch.

McKay Creek

  • Open all year.

McKay Reservoir

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

Meadow Creek

Forest boundary to Smith Cr Rd crossing

  • Closed.

Morgan Lake

  • Open Apr 22 – Oct 31.

Prairie Creek (Wallowa Co.)

  • Use of bait allowed.

Spring Creek and Pond (Wallowa Hatchery)

Between Fish Hatchery Rd crossings

  • Closed.

Umatilla River

The following apply to open sections below: *

  • 2 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • 2 adult and 5 jack hatchery spring Chinook salmon per day.
  • 3 adult fall Chinook salmon, coho salmon, or hatchery steelhead in aggregate per day and 5 jack salmon. In addition, 5 mini jack (8-15 inches) coho salmon or fall Chinook salmon per day.
  • Open all year for warmwater fish.

* Hwy 730 bridge to Threemile Dam

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 15 and Sept 1 – Dec 31.
  • Open for hatchery spring Chinook salmon Apr 16 – Jun 10.
  • Open for coho and fall Chinook salmon Sep 1 – Nov 30.
  • Use of bait allowed.

* Threemile Dam to CTUIR reservation boundary (approx. 0.7 mi above Hwy 11 bridge)

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 15 and Sept 1 – Dec 31.
  • Open for hatchery spring Chinook salmon Apr 16 – Jun 30.
  • Open for coho and fall Chinook salmon Sep 1 – Nov 30.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Umatilla Indian Reservation

  • Tribal angling permits required on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (541) 276-3165.

* Above CTUIR reservation

  • Use of bait allowed up to Ryan Cr (approx. 550 ft), artificial flies and lures only above Ryan Cr.

Walla Walla River

State line to confluence of the North and South forks

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 15 and Dec 1-31.

Wallowa Lake

  • 25 kokanee per day in addition to other trout catch limits. No size limits.

Wallowa River

  • Open all year for trout.
  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Sep 1 – Dec 31, from mouth to Trout Cr.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Wenaha River

Mouth to Crooked Cr

  • Catch-and-release for bull trout.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Sep 1 – Dec 31.

Crooked Cr to confluence of the North and South forks

  • Catch-and-release for bull trout.

Willow Creek Reservoir

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

Willow Creek and Tributaries

  • Open all year.
  • Use of bait allowed.