Northeast Zone Region Guide

Guide created on 2017-11-06


Region Exceptions

Crappie

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
25

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Catfish

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Shad

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Bluegill

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Largemouth bass

Dates:
All year in Lakes
Bag Limit:
5, no more than 3 over 15 inches in length
License:
Angling License

Dates:
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
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
5, no more than 3 over 15 inches in length
Possession Limit:
2 daily bag limits

Trout

Dates:
All year
Size:
shorter than 20 inches
License:
Angling License

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
2
Size:
8 inch minimum length

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and tribal fishing permits
Bag Limit:
2
Special:
Tribal angling permits required on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (541) 276-3165.
Size:
8 inch minimum length

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed

Crayfish

Dates:
All year
License:
No license needed
Bag Limit:
100
Possession Limit:
2 daily bag limits

Chub

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Bass

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Size:
No limit

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
5
Size:
only 1 bass over 15 inches may be harvested

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Size:
No limit

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Size:
No limit

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
5, only 1 bass over 15 inches may be harvested

Bull trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
from the mouth upstream to the confluence of the North and South Forks

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
in the mainstem Wenaha River upstream to the confluence of the North and South forks

Sucker

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Carp

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Salmon

Dates:
All year
Special:
in the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream and in all the rivers and their tributaries that flow into the Columbia River.
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required

Dates:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species under Exceptions.
Special:
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.
License:
Angling License

Nongame fish

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Northern pikeminnow

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Rainbow trout

Dates:
May 22 - Oct 31
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Artificial flies and lures only
Special:
includes Upstream Tributaries
Size:
8 inch minimum length

Margined sculpin

Dates:
All year
Method:
Closed, unlawful
Special:
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.

Yellow perch

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Kokanee

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
25 in addition to daily trout limit
Size:
No limit

Chinook salmon

Dates:
Sep 1 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
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.
Special:
from Threemile Dam upstream to CTUIR reservation boundary located upstream of Hwy 11 bridge

Steelhead

Dates:
All year
Size:
longer than 20 inches
License:
Angling License

Dates:
All year
Special:
in the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream and in all the rivers and their tributaries that flow into the Columbia River.
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required

Dates:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species under Exceptions.
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
3 per day
Special:
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.

Whitefish

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Smallmouth bass

Dates:
All year in Lakes
Bag Limit:
5, no more than 3 over 15 inches in length
License:
Angling License

Dates:
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
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
5, no more than 3 over 15 inches in length
Possession Limit:
2 daily bag limits

Bullfrog

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
no bag limit
License:
No license needed

Coho salmon

Dates:
Sep 1 - Nov 30
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
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.
Special:
from Threemile Dam upstream to CTUIR reservation boundary located upstream of Hwy 11 bridge

Walleye

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Sturgeon

Dates:
All year
Special:
in the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream and in all the rivers and their tributaries that flow into the Columbia River.
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Method:
Catch and Release only, Only one single-point barbless hook may be used
Special:
Angling restricted to one single-point, barbless hook for sturgeon. Sturgeon may not be removed from the water and must be immediately released unharmed

Sculpin

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Sunfish

Dates:
All year in Lakes
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Dates:
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
Bag Limit:
No limit
License:
Angling License

Hatchery

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
5
Species:
Rainbow Trout
Size:
8 inch minimum length

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
5
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Rainbow Trout
Size:
8 inch minimum length

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
5
Species:
Rainbow Trout
Size:
8 inch minimum length

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from main line railroad bridge upstream to the North Fork.

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
5
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Rainbow Trout
Size:
8 inch minimum length

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 30
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
downstream of Little Sheep Creek

Dates:
Sep 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
downstream of Little Sheep Creek

Dates:
Sep 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
upstream to Hwy 203 Bridge located upstream from Catherine Creek State Park

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 15
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
upstream to Hwy 203 Bridge located upstream from Catherine Creek State Park

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
upstream to Meadow Creek

Dates:
Sep 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
upstream to Meadow Creek

Dates:
Sep 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
downstream of Big Sheep Creek.

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
downstream of Big Sheep Creek.

Dates:
Sep 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from the North Fork upstream to Indian Creek

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 15
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from the North Fork upstream to Indian Creek

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 15
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
upstream to the Hwy 395 bridge.

Dates:
Sep 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
upstream to the Hwy 395 bridge.

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 15
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
upstream to the Hwy 395 bridge.

Dates:
Sep 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
upstream to the Hwy 395 bridge.

Dates:
Sep 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from the Hwy 730 Bridge upstream to the CTUIR reservation boundary which is located upstream of the Hwy 11 bridge.

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 15
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from the Hwy 730 Bridge upstream to the CTUIR reservation boundary which is located upstream of the Hwy 11 bridge.

Dates:
Apr 16 - Jun 10
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
2 adult and 5 jack
Species:
Chinook salmon
Special:
from the Hwy 730 Bridge upstream to Threemile Dam and from

Dates:
Apr 16 - Jun 30
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
2 adult and 5 jack
Species:
Chinook salmon
Special:
from Threemile Dam upstream to CTUIR reservation boundary located upstream of Hwy 11 bridge.

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 15
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from the State Line upstream to the confluence of the North and South forks.

Dates:
Dec 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from the State Line upstream to the confluence of the North and South forks.

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 30
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
upstream to Crooked Creek.

Dates:
Sep 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
upstream to Crooked Creek.

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 30
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from the mouth upstream to Trout Creek.

Dates:
Sep 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from the mouth upstream to Trout Creek.

Wild

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Catch and Release only
Species:
Rainbow Trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed, catch and release only
Species:
Rainbow Trout
Special:
from the mouth upstream to the Wallowa River

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Catch and Release only
Species:
Rainbow Trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Use of bait Allowed, catch and release only
Species:
Rainbow Trout

Freshwater

Dates:
All year
Method:
Harvest Prohibited
Species:
Mussels
Special:
It is illegal to harvest or possess any freshwater mussels or clams.

Dates:
All year
Method:
Harvest Prohibited
Species:
clams
Special:
It is illegal to harvest or possess any freshwater mussels or clams.

Artificial flies and lures only

Dates:
May 22 - Oct 31
License:
Angling License
Special:
includes Upstream Tributaries

Use of bait allowed

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
downstream of Little Sheep Creek

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
includes tributaries

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
downstream of Big Sheep Creek.

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License and tribal fishing permits
Special:
Tribal angling permits required on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (541) 276-3165. upstream to Ryan Creek.

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
includes tributaries

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
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.

Gear restrictions

Dates:
May 1 - Aug 31
License:
Angling License
Special:
downstream of Big Sheep Creek. hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8 inch.

Closed

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
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.

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
Closed within the fenced boundary of the hatchery facility.

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
Includes Tributaries Closed between 300 feet downstream from Jarboe Creek and 200 feet upstream from the hatchery water intake (0.4 miles).

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
Closed from the forest boundary upstream to Smith Creek Road crossing

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
Closed from Hwy 7 upstream to Summit Creek.

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

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
Upstream of Hwy 395 bridge

Closed to all angling

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
Closed from the mouth upstream to marker (0.2 miles).

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
includes tributaries

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
(Wallowa Hatchery)<br >Closed between Fish Hatchery Road crossings

Hook-gap size may not exceed 3/8 inch

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
includes tributaries

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
From the mouth to the confluence of the East and West Forks

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
From Hwy 395 Bridge upstream to USFS North Fork Campground

Angling license

Dates:
All year

Dates:
Apr 22 - Oct 31

Dates:
All year
Special:
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, pages 72-79,, and regulations for the Snake River can be found in the Snake River Zone, pages 68-70.

Angling license and tribal fishing permits

Dates:
All year
Special:
Tribal angling permits required on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (541) 276-3165.

Dates:
All year
Special:
Tribal angling permits required on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (541) 276-3165. Open all year for warmwater fish

Activities Available

Fresh Water Fishing
Salt Water Sport Fishing

Methods Available

Barbless Hook
Harvest Prohibited
Spear Gun
On Land
Use Of Bait Allowed
Artificial Fly
Anti-Snagging
Rings
No More Than One Single Point Barbless Hook May Be Used.
Snag Hook
Gig
Catch And Release Only, Only One Single-point Barbless Hook May Be Used
Hand-held Landing Net
Closed
Dip Net
Net
Leader
Codes For Tags
Lure
Snagging, Unlawful
Snagging
Hand
Chumming
Angling, Hand, Bow And Arrow, Crossbow, Spear, Spear Gun, Gaff And Snag Hook
Baited Lines (no Hooks Allowed)
Bobber Fishing
Catch And Release Only
Prohibited
Chumming, Unlawful
Angling
Crossbow
Hand, Baited Lines (no Hooks Allowed), Net, Rings And Traps
Single-point Hooks Larger Than 1-inch Gap And Multiple Point Hooks Larger Than 9/16 Inch Gap Are Prohibited. All Weight, If Not Part Of Conventional Lure, Must Be Attached On The Fishing Line Between The Lure And The End Of The Rod. With Hooks Larger Than 5/8 Inch Gap Or Multiple Point Hook, Weight Must Be Attached 18 Inches Or More Above The Uppermost Hook.
Traps
Bow And Arrow
Angling, Hand, Bow And Arrow, Spear, Spear Gun, Gaff And Snag, Hook And Herring Jig.
Unlawful
Gaff
Fly-Fishing
Angling, Hand, Bow And Arrow, Spear, Gig, Spear Gun, Dip Net
Using Gurdies, Winches Or Reels Affixed To A Boat To Land Fish, Unlawful
Metal Core Line
Hook Gap
Hook-gap Size May Not Exceed 3/8 Inch.
Use Of Bait Allowed, Catch And Release Only
Attractor
Artificial Flies And Lures Only
Bait
Spear
Strike Indicator
Herring Jig
Illegal To Harvest Or Possess
Bobber
Closed, Unlawful
Hook
Bank Angling
Gear Restrictions
On Any Vessel
Hook-gap Size May Not Exceed 3/8 Inch
No More Than Two Hooks May Be Used.
Closed To All Angling
Using Drones/unmanned Vehicles When Angling Or To Aid In Angling, Unlawful
Bait Fishing

State-wide Species Available

Abalone
Alvord Chub
Bass
Bluegill
Borax Lake Chub
Bullfrog
Bull Trout
Cabezon
California Roach
Caribe
Carp
Catfish
Catlow Tui Chub
Chinook Salmon
Chub
Chum Salmon
Clams
Coho Salmon
Crappie
Crayfish
Flatfish
Flounder
Foskett Springs Speckled Dace
Game Fish
Goose Lake Lamprey
Goose Lake Sucker
Goose Lake Tui Chub
Grass Carp
Grayling
Greenling
Halibut
Hybrid Bass
Jenny Creek Sucker
Klamath Basin Lamprey
Klamath Lamprey
Kokanee
Lahontan Redside Shiner
Largemouth Bass
Leopard Shark
Lingcod
Lost River Sucker
Malheur Mottled Sculpin
Margined Sculpin
Miller Lake Lamprey
Millicoma Dace
Modoc Sucker
Mullet
Mussels
Nongame Fish
Nongame Marine Fish
Northern Pikeminnow
Off-Shore Pelagic Species
Offshore Pelagic
Oregon Chub
Oregon Chub Of Hutton Spring
Oregon Lakes Tui Chub
Pacific Halibut
Pacific Lamprey
Perch
Pink Salmon
Piranha
Pit-Klamath Lamprey
Pit Sculpin
Rainbow Trout
River Lamprey
Rockfish
Salmon
Sculpin
Shad
Sheldon Tui Chub
Shellfish
Short Nose Sucker
Skates
Smallmouth Bass
Smelt
Sockeye Salmon
Sole
Soupfin Shark
Spiny Dogfish
Steelhead
Striped Bass
Sturgeon
Sucker
Suckers
Summer Lake Basin Tui Chub
Sunfish
Tahoe Sucker
Trout
Walking Catfish
Walleye
Warner Basin Tui Chub
Warner Sucker
Western Brook Lamprey
Whitefish
White Sturgeon
Wild
Wild Chinook Salmon
Yellow Perch

General Regulations

Always check your state's official documentation. See our list of state regulations.