Northwest Zone Regulations & Map
The Northwest Zone is all waters north of the Umpqua River to the Columbia River that drain directly to the Pacific Ocean, not including the Umpqua River drainage, and tributaries of the Columbia River entering downstream of the City of St. Helens. Portions of Columbia River tributaries upstream of the railroad bridge (near the mouth), the Skipanon River upstream of the Harbor Street Bridge, and Youngs Bay upstream from the Highway 101 Bridge are included in the Northwest Zone and those portions of the tributaries other than Youngs Bay below the railroad bridge (near the mouth) are included in the Columbia River Zone Regulations & Map. Regulations for marine fish, marine shellfish and marine invertebrates are listed under the Marine Zone Regulations.
All trout, salmon and steelhead that are released must be unharmed and should not be removed from the water.
Northwest Zone Regulations
- Angling for all species in streams above tidewater is restricted to artificial flies and lures May 22 – Aug 31. See exceptions for use of bait in Siletz, Little Nestucca, Nestucca, Trask, Wilson, John Day, Lewis and Clark, Youngs and Klaskanine rivers, Big and Gnat creeks, and Three Rivers.
- 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.
- Use of bait allowed in bays and tidewaters year round.
- Anglers may not continue to angle for jack salmon or trout after retaining a limit of adult salmon or steelhead.
- See marine zone for additional regulations that apply to coastal bays.
- Multi-species restrictions: It is unlawful for any person to fish for, or take and retain, any species of salmon, Pacific halibut, or marine fish while possessing on board any fish not allowed to be taken in the area at that time.
North Coast Wild Chinook Aggregate Bag Limit
No more than 2 wild adult Chinook salmon per day and 10 per year may be harvested in the north coast bays and streams from the Necanicum River to the Salmon River. Of these 10 wild adult Chinook salmon, no more than 5 may be harvested from the Nehalem River and Bay and/or North Fork Nehalem River from Apr 1 – Sep 15.
Northwest Zone Regulations
Size Limit and Other Specifications
|Trout||Lakes: 5 per day, 3 daily limits in possession. |
Streams: (including tidewaters and bays): 2 per day, 3 daily limits in possession.
| ||Lakes: Open all year |
Streams: (including tidewaters and bays): 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.|| ||Closed unless noted under Exceptions. |
Note: Regulation changes may occur throughout the year and are posted on the ODFW website:
|Sturgeon||Catch-and-release only.|| ||Streams: (including tidewaters and bays): Open during trout, salmon or steelhead seasons.|
|Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass||5 per day, 3 daily limits in possession.|| ||Lakes: Open all year. |
Streams: (including tidewaters and bays): Open during trout, salmon or steelhead seasons, except tidewater areas of Columbia River tributaries downstream from the city of St. Helens are open all year.
|Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie, Other Sunfish, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Striped Bass, Sucker, Northern Pikeminnow, Carp, Chub, Sculpin and other Nongame Fish and Shad||No limit.|| |
|Marine Fish and Marine Shellfish||See Marine Zone Regulations.|
Wild Coho Aggregate Bag Limit
Daily bag limit of one wild coho salmon and one wild coho jack per day. No more than 5 wild adult coho salmon may be harvested per year in the Northwest and Southwest Zones with open wild coho salmon fisheries. All 5 may be harvested from Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, and/or Tenmile Lakes or as part of the aggregate with other open wild coho salmon fisheries in the Northwest and Southwest streams and lakes. Wild coho salmon seasons are determined annually, prior to September; please check odfw.com for information on wild coho seasons.