Fishing Regulations in Oregon

Last Updated: 05.08.20

If you’re already planning your next trip in the States, we suggest taking into consideration the state of Oregon. It has one of the most diverse landscapes, being considered amongst the country’s most beautiful regions. Its thick forests and Pacific Ocean coastlines are notorious amongst those who love nature.

Some of Oregon’s cities are also truly famous, such as Astoria, Portland, and Salem, each coming with a rich history.

If you are an avid fisher looking for new places to put your stick, Oregon will definitely become one of your favorite fishing destinations, not only because of the Pacific Ocean specific fish but also due to its plenty lakes and rivers.


Permits and licenses

Just like any other state in the America, Oregon has its own rules and regulations when it comes angling and fishing. No matter if you are a resident or a nonresident, a fishing permit is mandatory if you plan on getting near the waters of the state and practice your fishing skills.

Also, depending on the age and the number of the day you plan on fishing, prices will vary strongly. For instance, a one-day fishing permit will cost you 19 dollars, while the two-day license will cost nearly 35 dollars.

The annual fee for residents who practice angling is 38 dollars, while nonresidents will have to pay slightly under 100 dollars for the same privileges. Youngsters are encouraged to learn how to fish as the youth license for the whole year will only cost you 10 dollars.

Seniors age 70 and above who have lived in Oregon for at least five years will only have to pay a 25-dollar annual fee to enjoy angling in all state waters.

As you can see, prices for fishing licenses in Oregon are higher than the ones available in other states, but this is also because you get to fish plenty of species from the Pacific Ocean.

Those who want to also enjoy fishing in the Columbia River Basin Endorsement Area will have to pay additional fees to be able to fish salmon, steelhead or sturgeon. For daily fishing permits, you will have to pay one additional dollar, while the year-round cost for an annual fishing license is little under 10 dollars.


Bag limit

Since there is a wide array of fishes you can look for in Oregon, it is only normal that the bag limit is a bit larger than the ones allowed in other American states. The possession limit for a daily catch is usually of around 10 fish of different species.

Special regulations apply to some fish species, including abalone, white sturgeon, Pacific halibut, salmon, and steelhead. In this case, the maximum daily limit for abalone is 5, for the Pacific halibut 6, while salmon and steelhead catches should not exceed 20 individuals, no matter the combination.

As for sturgeons, zone regulations are applicable, so it is best to know in advance the maximum limit of sturgeons you are allowed to fish daily, depending on the lake or zone you plan on fishing.


Free fishing days

If you plan on a weekend trip with the family and want to enjoy some fishing too without spending additional money, Oregon also offers a free fishing weekend each year.

In 2020, the free fishing weekend was June 3-4, meaning that during this weekend you were allowed to fish without requiring a license or tag. For more information regarding the following free fishing weekends, you should consult the website


Unlawful activities

Bear in mind that it is prohibited to use more than one rod or line when angling if you are not part of the youth category or don’t angle more than three miles far from the shore.

You are also not allowed to continue fishing for the same type of fish if your daily bag limit has exceeded.



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