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Southeast Zone

Fishing Regulations Oregon Freshwater Fishing

Description

The Southeast Zone (see maps at Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) is all tributaries (including their impoundments) of the Snake River system above Hells Canyon Dam; the Silvies River drainage in Grant County; all waters in Malheur and Lake counties; all waters in Harney County except South Fork John Day drainage; and all waters of the Klamath Basin in Klamath and Lake counties. This zone does not include any portion of the mainstem Snake River. The Klamath River Basin is all streams and their tributaries that drain toward Upper Klamath Lake or Klamath River. Regulations for the Snake River can be found in the Snake River Zone.

Southeast Zone Regulations

  1. Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
  2. 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.
  3. See Health Advisory on Advisories and Consumption Guidelines.

Southeast Zone Regulations

Species

Bag Limit

Size Limit and Other Specifications

Season

Trout

Lakes: 5 per day; 25 kokanee per day in addition to trout limits; 2 daily limits in possession.

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

  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams.
  • 8 inch minimum length.
  • No size limit on kokanee.
  • Only 1 trout over 20 inches in length may be taken per day.
  • See Exceptions for streams where use of bait is allowed.
  • No limit on size or number of brook or brown trout in streams unless noted under Exceptions.
  • Closed to angling for bull trout.

Lakes: Open all year.

Streams: Open all year, unless noted under Exceptions.

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

5 per day; 2 daily limits in possession, except no limit in southwest corner of Southeast Zone.

  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams.
  • No more than 3 over 15 inches in length.
  • No size limit in southwest corner of Southeast Zone.
  • Note: See Exceptions to catch limits, length limits and streams where use of bait is allowed.

Lakes and Reservoirs: Open all year.

Streams: Open during trout season.

Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie, Other Sunfish, Walleye,
and Yellow Perch

No limit.

Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.

Lakes and Reservoirs: Open all year.

Streams: Open during trout season.

Whitefish, Sucker, Northern Pikeminnow, Carp, Chub, Sculpin, and other Nongame Fish

No limit.

  • Closed for suckers and mullet in Klamath County and Warner Basin (Southwest corner of the Southeast Zone).
  • Closed to take and possession of Protected Fish (see item 22 in General (Statewide) Restrictions).
  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams.
  • See Exceptions for streams where use of bait is allowed.

Hybrid Bass

No limit.

See Ana Reservoir under Exceptions.

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.
  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.

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.

Exceptions to Southeast Zone Regulations

Agency Lake

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.

Ana Reservoir

  • 1 hybrid bass per day, 15 inch minimum length.

Ana River

  • 5 rainbow trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Annie Creek

  • Use of bait allowed.

Antelope Creek (Malheur Co.)

  • Closed.

Big Alvord Creek

  • Closed.

Blitzen River

  • Catch-and-release for rainbow trout.
  • Malheur National Wildlife Refuge downstream from Bridge Creek is closed, except from Sodhouse Lane to the bridge on the boat landing road from Aug 1 – Sep 15.

Burnt River

  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Calahan Creek

  • Use of bait allowed.

Chewaucan River

  • Use of bait allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley.

Corral Creek

  • Use of bait allowed.

Cottonwood Creek (Harney Co.)

  • Closed.

Cottonwood Reservoir (Goose Lake Basin, Lake Co.)

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.

Crater Lake National Park

  • Angling is regulated by the National Park Service (541) 594-3000.

Crooked Creek (Klamath Co.)

  • Open May 22 – Oct 31.
  • Catch-and-release for rainbow trout.
  • Closed from the springs located at Klamath Hatchery downstream 1,000 feet to a posted fence crossing.

Crystal Creek

  • Open May 22 – Oct 31.
  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Denio Creek

  • Closed.

Dog Lake

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.
  • 5 bass per day, only 1 bass over 15 inches may be harvested.

Drews Reservoir

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.

Eagle Creek

  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Fort Creek

  • Open May 22 – Oct 31.
  • Catch-and-release for rainbow trout.

Fourmile Creek

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Goose Lake

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.

Harriman Creek

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Indian Creek (Malheur Co.)

  • Closed.

Jackson Creek

  • Use of bait allowed.

Jordan Creek

  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Kiger Creek

  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Klamath Lake

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.

Klamath River

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.
  • Closed from JC Boyle Reservoir upstream to Keno Dam from Jun 16 – Sep 30.

Krumbo Creek

  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • Closed below Krumbo Reservoir.

Krumbo Reservoir

  • Closed to ice fishing and during adverse conditions by Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (541) 493-2612.

Lake of the Woods

  • 5 bass per day, only 1 bass over 15 inches may be harvested.
  • Angling allowed 24 hours per day for all species.

Link River

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Little Alvord Creek

  • Closed.

Little Blitzen River

  • Catch-and-release for rainbow trout.

Little McCoy Creek

  • Closed.

Lost River and Tributaries

  • Use of bait allowed.

Malheur River

  • Use of bait allowed downstream of Otis Creek.
  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.

Mann Lake

  • 2 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Artificial flies and lures only.
  • Tributaries are closed to angling.

McDermitt Creek Basin

  • Closed.

Miller Creek (Outlet of Miller Lake, Klamath Co.)

  • Use of bait allowed.

Miller Lake

  • Angling allowed 24 hours per day for all species.

Mosquito Creek (Harney Co.)

  • Closed.

North Fork Malheur River

  • Use of bait allowed downstream of Beulah Reservoir.
  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.

North Fork Sprague River and Tributaries

  • 2 brown trout per day.
  • Use of bait allowed on the mainstem and tributaries upstream of the lowermost 3372 road crossing.

Odessa Creek

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Owyhee River

  • 5 rainbow trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Catch-and-release for brown trout.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Phillips Reservoir

  • Catch-and-release for tiger trout.
  • Catch-and-release for tiger muskie.

Pike Creek

  • Closed.

Pine Creek and Tributaries

Upstream of Oxbow Bridge (Baker Co)

  • 5 rainbow trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Poison Creek Reservoir

  • 2 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.

Powder River

  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Rattlesnake Creek and Tributaries

  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Recreation Creek

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Riddle Creek and Tributaries

  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Sage Creek

  • Closed.

Sand Creek

  • Use of bait allowed.

Scott Creek

  • Use of bait allowed.

Sevenmile Creek and Tributaries

  • Catch-and-release for rainbow trout.
  • Use of bait allowed upstream of Nicholson Road.

Short Creek

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Silver Creek and Tributaries

  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed upstream of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge boundary.

Silvies River and Tributaries

  • 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Skull Creek (Harney Co.)

  • Closed.

South Fork Sycan River

  • Use of bait allowed.

Spencer Creek

  • Open May 22 – Oct 31.

Sprague River

  • Use of bait allowed from Saddle Mtn Pit Road Bridge upstream to Godowa Springs Road.

Spring Creek (Klamath Co.)

  • Open May 22 – Oct 31.

Thomason Creek

  • 1 rainbow trout per day, 15 inch minimum length.
  • Use of bait allowed.

Threemile Creek (Harney Co.)

  • Closed.

Threemile Creek (Klamath Co.)

  • Closed upstream of Westside Road.

Unity Reservoir

  • 5 bass per day, only 1 bass over 15 inches may be harvested.
  • Closed within 200 feet of the Dam from Jan 1 – Mar 31 and Dec 1 – Dec 31.

Van Horn Creek

  • Closed.

Whitehorse Creek Basin

  • Closed.

Williamson River

  • Open May 22 – Oct 31.
  • Catch-and-release for rainbow trout.
  • 2 brown trout per day.
  • No angling from a floating device upstream of Chiloquin Bridge.

Willow Creek Basin

  • Closed.

Willow Valley Reservoir

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

Wood River

  • Open Apr 22 – Oct 31.
  • Catch-and-release for rainbow trout.
  • 2 brown trout per day.