Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

OREGON | Free Fishing on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend in Oregon

SALEM, OREGON—It’s free to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2. During these two days, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon for both residents and non-residents.  Although no licenses … Continue reading OREGON | Free Fishing on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend in Oregon

Oregon | 190,000 acres along mid-coast open for hunting, even during fire season!

NEWPORT, OREGON— Over 190,000 acres of Hancock Forest Management (HFM) timberlands are now open for year round hunting access in the Trask, Stott Mt, and Alsea Wildlife Management Units along the mid-coast, (parts of Lincoln, Benton, Polk, and Tillamook counties).  See a map at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/maps/access_habitat/Hancock_N_Alsea_Stott_Mtn.pdf While HFM properties have allowed hunting access before as part … Continue reading Oregon | 190,000 acres along mid-coast open for hunting, even during fire season!

OREGON | Friday, Aug. 17 is last day to keep cabezon

NEWPORT, OREGON—Sport anglers can no longer retain cabezon effective Friday, Aug. 17 at 11:59 p.m. The recreational harvest is predicted to reach its quota of 16.8 metric tons by Friday, partly because the average weight of cabezon landed this year is higher than usual, and bottomfish effort has been very high this summer. Sportfishing for … Continue reading OREGON | Friday, Aug. 17 is last day to keep cabezon

OREGON | Central coast all-depth halibut fishing opens Aug. 17-18

OREGON-The central Oregon coast all-depth halibut fishery will open Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18 fishery managers announced today. A little over half of the allocation (27,193 pounds) for the central Oregon Coast subarea remains available for harvest and the fishery could open every other Friday and Saturday until Oct. 31, unless the remaining quota is … Continue reading OREGON | Central coast all-depth halibut fishing opens Aug. 17-18

OREGON | Groups aim to boost non-lead ammo for ecosystem health

OREGON– The North American Non-Lead Partnership — formed late last year by the Oregon Zoo, The Peregrine Fund and the Institute for Wildlife Studies — seeks to expand the coalition of hunters, anglers and other conservationists dedicated to improving ecosystem and wildlife health by choosing non-lead options. “This is a long-term, multi-organization effort to help … Continue reading OREGON | Groups aim to boost non-lead ammo for ecosystem health

Oregon | Sockeye opens, adult Chinook retention closes on Columbia River below Bonneville Dam as of July 1

CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington modified regulations for the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery today.  The following sportfishing regulations will be in effect from July 1-31. As of Sunday, July 1, the retention of adult Chinook is prohibited in the mainstem Columbia River from the Astoria Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam. Also … Continue reading Oregon | Sockeye opens, adult Chinook retention closes on Columbia River below Bonneville Dam as of July 1

OREGON | Marine fish daily bag limit reduced to 4 beginning July 1 2018 sets new record for fishing effort through May

NEWPORT, Ore.—The daily bag limit for general marine fish (rockfish, greenlings, skates, etc.) will be reduced from 5 to 4 beginning July 1. “Participation in this fishery has been really good so far this year with effort higher than even record years seen in two of the past three years,” said Lynn Mattes, Project Leader, … Continue reading OREGON | Marine fish daily bag limit reduced to 4 beginning July 1 2018 sets new record for fishing effort through May

OREGON | Leave young wildlife in the wild: Young animals are rarely orphaned, so leave them alone this time of year

SALEM, Ore.—Put it back. That’s the advice you’re likely to hear if you bring a young wild animal home to “take care of it”—and you might get a warning or citation from Oregon State Police, too. Oregon’s deer and elk give birth from May through July and many other wildlife species also bear their young … Continue reading OREGON | Leave young wildlife in the wild: Young animals are rarely orphaned, so leave them alone this time of year