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Northeast Zone

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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, 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.
  • Closed to angling for bull trout. See exceptions for catch-and-release angling under Exceptions for Imnaha and Wenaha rivers.
  • No limit on size or number of brook or brown trout.
  • Kokanee included in trout limits except as noted under Exceptions.
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.
  • Angling restricted to one single-point, barbless hook for sturgeon.
  • Sturgeon may not be removed from the water and must be immediately released unharmed.
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

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Sep 1 – Dec 31 downstream of Little Sheep Creek.
  • Open all year for trout.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.
  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed downstream of Little Sheep Creek

Butter Creek and Tributaries

  • Open all year.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Catherine Creek

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 15 and Sep 1 – Dec 31, upstream to Hwy 203 Bridge located upstream from Catherine Creek State Park, use of bait allowed.

Deer Creek (Wallowa Co.)

  • Closed from the mouth upstream to marker (0.2 miles).

Grande Ronde River

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Sep 1 – Dec 31 upstream to Meadow Creek.
  • Open all year for trout.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released from the mouth upstream to the Wallowa River.
  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Granite Creek and Tributaries

  • Closed

Imnaha River

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Sep 1 – Dec 31 downstream of Big Sheep Creek.
  • Open all year for trout.
  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.
  • Catch-and-release for bull trout from the mouth upstream to the confluence of the North and South Forks.
  • Use of bait allowed downstream of Big Sheep Creek.
  • From May 1 – Aug 31, hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8 inch.

John Day River

  • Open for hatchery steelhead all year from main line railroad bridge upstream to the North Fork.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 15 and Sep 1 – Dec 31 from the North Fork upstream to Indian Creek.
  • No limits on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • Closed from ODFW marker ¼ mile downstream from Tumwater Falls to 200 feet above the falls, located near the head of John Day Arm, except for warmwater fish.

LaGrande 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

  • Closed within the fenced boundary of the hatchery facility.

Lookingglass Creek and Tributaries

  • Hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8 inch.
  • Closed between 300 feet downstream from Jarboe Creek and 200 feet upstream from the hatchery water intake (0.4 miles).

Lostine River

  • From the mouth to the 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

  • Closed from the forest boundary upstream to Smith Creek Road crossing.

Middle Fork John Day River

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1- Apr 15 and Sep 1 – Dec 31, upstream to the Hwy 395 bridge.
  • No limits on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • Upstream of Hwy 395 bridge, hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8 inch.
  • Closed from Hwy 7 upstream to Summit Creek.

Morgan Lake

  • Open Apr 22 – Oct 31.

North Fork John Day River

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 15 and Sep 1 – Dec 31, upstream to the Hwy 395 bridge.
  • No limits on size or number of bass.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • From Hwy 395 Bridge upstream to USFS North Fork Campground, hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8 inch.

Prairie Creek (Wallowa Co.)

  • Use of bait allowed.

Spring Creek and Pond (Wallowa Hatchery)

  • Closed between Fish Hatchery Road crossings.

Umatilla River

  • Open all year for warmwater fish.
  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 15 and Sept 1 – Dec 31, from the Hwy 730 Bridge upstream to the CTUIR reservation boundary which is located upstream of the Hwy 11 bridge.
  • Open for hatchery spring Chinook salmon from Apr 16 – Jun 10 from the Hwy 730 Bridge upstream to Threemile Dam and from Apr 16 – Jun 30 from Threemile Dam upstream to CTUIR reservation boundary located upstream of Hwy 11 bridge.
  • 2 adult and 5 jack hatchery spring Chinook salmon per day.
  • Open for coho and fall Chinook salmon from Sep 1 – Nov 30 from Threemile Dam upstream to CTUIR reservation boundary located upstream of Hwy 11 bridge.
  • 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 or fall Chinook salmon per day.
  • 2 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed upstream to Ryan Creek.
  • Tribal angling permits required on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (541) 276-3165.

Walla Walla River

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 15 and Dec 1 – Dec 31, from the State Line upstream to the confluence of the North and South forks.

Wallowa Lake

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

Wallowa River

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Sep 1 – Dec 31, from the mouth upstream to Trout Creek.
  • Open all year for trout.
  • 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Wenaha River

  • Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Sep 1 – Dec 31, upstream to Crooked Creek.
  • Catch-and-release for bull trout in the mainstem Wenaha River upstream to the confluence of the North and South forks.

Willow Creek Reservoir

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

Willow Creek and Tributaries

  • Open all year.
  • Use of bait allowed.