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Willamette Zone Regulations & Map

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Description

The Willamette Zone is all waters draining to the Columbia River between the city of St. Helens and Bonneville Dam, except for those portions of tributaries east of the Sandy River that are downstream from the Union Pacific Railroad line (see Columbia Zone Regulations & Map, for more details). Includes all waters on Sauvie Island except the Columbia River.

Willamette Zone Regulations

  1. 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.
  2. See Advisories & Consumption Guidelines.

Willamette Zone Regulations

Species

Bag Limit

Size Limit and Other Specifications

Season

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

Streams: catch-and-release only, except as noted under Exceptions.

  • 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.
  • 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 in streams unless noted under Exceptions.
  • Closed to angling for bull trout.
Lakes: Open all year.

Streams: Open May 22 – Oct 31 unless noted under Exceptions.

Salmon and Steelhead below Willamette Falls and Columbia River Tributaries In the aggregate: 2 adult salmon or steelhead per day, 20 per year. 5 jacks per day, 2 daily jack limits in possession.
  • Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
  • Harvest of wild salmon or steelhead is prohibited in the Willamette Zone unless otherwise noted under Exceptions.
  • There is no annual limit on hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead as long as the appropriate number of Hatchery Harvest Tags have been purchased to record the catch.
Closed in all waters unless noted under Exceptions.
Salmon above Willamette Falls 2 adult salmon per day, 5 jacks per day, 2 daily jack limits in possession. 20 salmon and steelhead per year in aggregate.
  • Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
  • Harvest of wild salmon is prohibited in the Willamette Zone unless noted 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.
Steelhead above Willamette Falls 3 adult steelhead per day (in addition to daily salmon bag limit). 20 salmon and steelhead per year in aggregate.
  • Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
  • Harvest of wild steelhead is prohibited in the Willamette Zone unless noted under Exceptions.
  • If harvest of wild steelhead is allowed under Exceptions, the daily limit for wild steelhead is 2 per day.
  • There is no annual limit on hatchery steelhead as long as the appropriate
    number of Hatchery Harvest Tags have been purchased to record the catch.
Sturgeon Catch-and-release only, except as noted under Exceptions.
  • Closed to retention of green sturgeon.
  • All sturgeon must be immediately released unharmed into the water.
  • Sturgeon over 54 inches in fork length cannot be removed totally or in part from the water.
  • 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.
Catch-and-release: Open all year, except as noted under Exceptions.
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass 5 per day, 3 daily limits in possession, except as noted under exceptions.
  • No more than 3 over 15 inches in length.
  • Willamette River mainstem above Hwy 20 Bridge at Albany, the Santiam and Calapooia basins: no limit on size or number taken.
  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
Lakes: Open all year.

Streams: Open during trout, salmon or steelhead seasons, except mainstem Willamette River and sloughs and tidewater areas of Columbia River tributaries downstream from Bonneville Dam 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, except as noted under Exceptions.
  • No minimum length.
  • Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams. See Exceptions where use of bait is allowed.
Pacific Lamprey Refer to General Statewide Regulations for regulations covering the harvest of Pacific lamprey.
Smelt Closed. Unless specifically authorized under emergency rules, it is unlawful to take or attempt to take Eulachon smelt in inland waters, including bays, rivers, estuaries, and streams. Closed.