It’s shoulder season on the coast, where spring and summer river runs are done and fall runs haven’t quite picked up. In the interim, many anglers have been enjoying some great ocean salmon fishing.
Learn more about fishing for ocean salmon.
Wildfire closures and restrictions updates
When wildfire risks are high, it pays to check on access and fire restrictions before you go. Bookmark this page — it includes links to closure and restriction updates on both public and private land.
Fishing guidance in hot conditions
Here’s what you should know about fishing in the hot, dry conditions we’re experiencing:
• ODFW has adopted emergency regulations for some waterbodies. These include closing fishing during the hottest part of the day, and lifting bag limits for lakes and ponds that are likely to go dry. See the Regulation updates at the top of each zone in the Rec Report for the latest.
• Conditions are right for blue-green algae outbreaks in ponds, lakes and reservoirs. You can find the latest alerts on the Oregon Health Authority website. However, OHA does not monitor all waterbodies, so be leery of any algae blooms you see, and follow these precautions to fish safely.
• Hot water can stress fish out. Anglers can give fish a break by following these tips when fishing in warm summer water.
• Access may be limited by wildfires. To check for access, road closures and other wildfire restrictions, visit this page. Also check the zone reports for updates on specific waterbodies.
Extra halibut day
The Columbia River Subarea all-depth recreational Pacific halibut fishery will be open Friday, Aug. 27.