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Sturgeon retention to open on lower Columbia 

The lower Columbia River from Wauna to Bonneville will open to sturgeon retention on Saturday, Sept. 10, Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 17. Daily bag limit is one white sturgeon, 44-50 inches fork length. 

Best bets for weekend fishing 

  • “Summer” Chinook (actually an early component of the fall run) fishing in Nehalem Bay is still going strong.
  • Fall Chinook fishing is starting to pick up on the mid-coast estuaries including the Yaquina, Alsea and Siletz.
  • Anglers have been catching striped bass in the lower Coquille River from Rocky Point boat ramp up to Riverton. 
  • Salmon anglers on the Coos have been catching Chinook from the Chip Pile to the Marshfield Channel and SOMAR this past week. 
  • With hot temperatures in the Rogue Valley, the upper river above Lost Creek is a great destination for the trout angler. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s stocked every week with 3,500 fish.
  • Fall Chinook fishing continues to be good in the estuary of the Rogue River, and anglers are having some success up toward the mouth of Indian Creek.
  • Summer steelhead and spring Chinook can now be found throughout the Clackamas River.
  • Steelhead and salmon fishing are open on the lower Deschutes from Moody Rapids upstream to Pelton Dam.
  • North and South Twin lakes in central Oregon are scheduled to be stocked this week.
  • Grasshoppers are still around in the Upper Williamson, Wood and Sprague river valleys making for some superb dry fly fishing.
  • Ana Reservoir was stocked early this month with another 2,500 legals and 200 trophy rainbow trout.
  • Fly-anglers have been catching trout on the lower Owyhee using hopper patterns, small midge nymphs and streamers.
  • We’re getting reports of some excellent bass fishing on the lower John Day.

Be sure to check the zone reports for more options! 

CWD check stations

ODFW will set up chronic wasting disease check stations along major highways during the deer and elk hunting seasons in 2022. With the recent discovery of CWD just 20 miles from the Oregon border, this is one way ODFW is stepping up efforts to contain the spread of CWD to Oregon.

Western fee pheasant hunts begin in September

These pheasant hunts are a great way for new hunters to hone their skills in a place that’s close to home, and with a good chance of bagging a bird. Learn more about these fee hunts held at ODFW’s Sauvie Island, EE Wilson, Fern Ridge and Denman wildlife areas.

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