Oregon Fishing Regulations and Exceptions

It's important to respect and understand the fishing regulations before going fishing. We've added easy links below to get you to the specific regulations for each zone. Fishing regulations can sometimes be tricky to read and understand since they're different for each state. We'll break this down for you so that it's easier to understand.


Fishing License

Every angler over the age of 12 needs to have a valid fishing license with you when you fish. If you're fishing in Oregon, you'll want a license from Oregon. If you're not a resident, that's okay - you'll just pay a bit more for a 1-day, 3-day, or annual Out of State license. You can find more information below.

ODFW Fishing License Information

Buy an Oregon Fishing License


State Angling Zones and Fish Districts

Oregon is broken into nine zones that each have fishing districts and primary contacts at the fish and wildlife department. In the map below you'll see the nine colored zones, their districts outlined in black and the county lines are outlined in faint gray. It's really important to understand what zone and fishing districts you're fishing in - they don't always match the counties and have different rules.

map of oregon state with county and fishing districts outlined

Central Zone Regulations

The central zone includes the Deschutes and Mid-Columbia districts. The central zones covers waters in Klamath, Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties. We've included a table of district contacts below that you can reach out to if you have questions about how each district is being managed.

DistrictManagerPhone
DeschutesBrett Hodson541-388-6363
Mid-ColumbiaRod French541-296-4628

Central Oregon Fishing Zone Regulation Information

RegulationsDescription
Central Zone RegulationsThese regulations cover basic fishing rules for this fishing zone. They are usually the same year over year, but it's important to check them before you go fishing.
Central Zone ExceptionsThese regulations are exceptions that change the basic rules for this fishing zone. These are just as important as the Regulations but are updated for specific bodies of water.
Columbia Zone Emergency RegulationsThese are updates made day to day by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It's vital that you check these regulations prior to fishing as they could change from one day to the next.

Columbia Zone Regulations

The columbia zone spans across the North Coast Willamette - Coast Range, North Willamette - Cascade Unit, Mid-Columbia, and Umatilla districts. These districts are along the northern border between Oregon and Washington where the columbia river is a natural state line between the two states. This section of river is co-managed between Washington and Oregon wildlife departments and has quite a few emergency rules that you'll need to check prior to fishing in this zone of the state.

DistrictManagerPhone
North CoastRobert Bradley503-842-2741
North Willamette - Coast RangeTom Murtagh971-673-6000
North Willamette - Cascade UnitTodd Alsbury971-673-6000
Mid-ColumbiaRod French541-296-4628
UmatillaBill Duke541-276-2344

Columbia Oregon Fishing Zone Regulation Information

RegulationsDescription
Columbia Zone RegulationsThese regulations cover basic fishing rules for this fishing zone. They are usually the same year over year, but it's important to check them before you go fishing.
Columbia Zone ExceptionsThese regulations are exceptions that change the basic rules for this fishing zone. These are just as important as the Regulations but are updated for specific bodies of water.
Columbia Zone Emergency RegulationsThese are updates made day to day by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It's vital that you check these regulations prior to fishing as they could change from one day to the next.

Marine Zone Regulations

The Marine zone covers the Pacific Ocean, coastal bays, and beaches. It includes the North Coast, Mid-Coast, Umpqua, Coos-Coquille and South Coast districts. These districts each touch the pacific ocean and contain waterways that empty into the ocean in western Oregon.

DistrictManagerPhone
North CoastRobert Bradley503-842-2741
Mid-CoasJohn Spangler541-265-8306
UmpquaGreg Huchko541-440-3353
Coos-CoquilleMike Gray541-888-5515
South CoastSteve Mazure541-247-7605

Marine Fishing Zone Regulation Information

RegulationsDescription
Marine Zone RegulationsThese regulations cover basic fishing rules for this fishing zone. They are usually the same year over year, but it's important to check them before you go fishing.
Marine Zone Emergency RegulationsThese are updates made day to day by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It's vital that you check these regulations prior to fishing as they could change from one day to the next.

Northwest Zone Regulations

The Northwest zone consists of the North Coast and Mid-Coast districts. This is the northwest section in Clatsop, Tillamook, Columbia, Lincoln, and Benton counties.

DistrictManagerPhone
North CoastRobert Bradley503-842-2741
Mid-CoastJohn Spangler541-265-8306

Northwest Fishing Zone Regulation Information

RegulationsDescription
Northwest Zone RegulationsThese regulations cover basic fishing rules for this fishing zone. They are usually the same year over year, but it's important to check them before you go fishing.
Northwest Zone ExceptionsThese regulations are exceptions that change the basic rules for this fishing zone. These are just as important as the Regulations but are updated for specific bodies of water.
Northwest Zone Emergency RegulationsThese are updates made day to day by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It's vital that you check these regulations prior to fishing as they could change from one day to the next.

Northeast Zone Regulations

The Norheast zone consists of the Umatilla, John Day, Wallowa, and La Grande districts. It covers Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Grant counties.

DistrictManagerPhone
UmatillaBill Duke541-276-2344
John DayStephan Charette541-575-1167
WallowaJeff Yanke541-426-3279
La GrandeTim Bailey541-963-2138

Northeast Fishing Zone Regulation Information

RegulationsDescription
Northeast Zone RegulationsThese regulations cover basic fishing rules for this fishing zone. They are usually the same year over year, but it's important to check them before you go fishing.
Northeast Zone ExceptionsThese regulations are exceptions that change the basic rules for this fishing zone. These are just as important as the Regulations but are updated for specific bodies of water.
Northeast Zone Emergency RegulationsThese are updates made day to day by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It's vital that you check these regulations prior to fishing as they could change from one day to the next.

Snake Zone Regulations

The snake river is includes the Wallowa, La Grande, and Southeast districts in management of the border portion of the Snake river.

DistrictManagerPhone
WallowaJeff Yanke541-426-3279
La GrandeTim Bailey541-963-2138
SoutheastDave Banks541-573-6582

Snake Fishing Zone Regulation Information

RegulationsDescription
Snake Zone RegulationsThese regulations cover basic fishing rules for this fishing zone. They are usually the same year over year, but it's important to check them before you go fishing.
Snake Zone ExceptionsThese regulations are exceptions that change the basic rules for this fishing zone. These are just as important as the Regulations but are updated for specific bodies of water.
Snake Zone Emergency RegulationsThese are updates made day to day by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It's vital that you check these regulations prior to fishing as they could change from one day to the next.

Southeast Zone Regulations

DistrictManagerPhone
KlamathBenji Ramirez541-883-5732
SoutheastDave Banks541-573-6582

Southeast Fishing Zone Regulation Information

RegulationsDescription
Southeast Zone RegulationsThese regulations cover basic fishing rules for this fishing zone. They are usually the same year over year, but it's important to check them before you go fishing.
Southeast Zone ExceptionsThese regulations are exceptions that change the basic rules for this fishing zone. These are just as important as the Regulations but are updated for specific bodies of water.
Southeast Zone Emergency RegulationsThese are updates made day to day by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It's vital that you check these regulations prior to fishing as they could change from one day to the next.

Southwest Zone Regulations

The Southwest zone includes the Umpqua, Coos-Coquille, South Coast, and Upper Rogue districts. These districts include Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Curry, and Coos county.

DistrictManagerPhone
UmpqaGreg Huchko541-440-3353
Coos-CoquilleMike Gray541-888-5515
South CoastSteve Mazur541-247-7605
Upper RogueDan VanDyke541-826-8774

Southwest Fishing Zone Regulation Information

RegulationsDescription
Southwest Zone RegulationsThese regulations cover basic fishing rules for this fishing zone. They are usually the same year over year, but it's important to check them before you go fishing.
Southwest Zone ExceptionsThese regulations are exceptions that change the basic rules for this fishing zone. These are just as important as the Regulations but are updated for specific bodies of water.
Southwest Zone Emergency RegulationsThese are updates made day to day by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It's vital that you check these regulations prior to fishing as they could change from one day to the next.

Willamette Zone Regulations

The Willamette zone includes the North Willamette - Coast Range, North Willamette - Cascade Unit, Mid Willamette and Upper Willamette districts.

DistrictManagerPhone
North Willamette - Coast RangeTom Murtagh971-673-6000
North Willamette - Cascade UnitTodd Alsbury971-673-6000
Mid WillametteElise Kelley541-757-4186
Upper WillametteJeff Ziller541-726-3515

Willamette Fishing Zone Regulation Information

RegulationsDescription
Willamette Zone RegulationsThese regulations cover basic fishing rules for this fishing zone. They are usually the same year over year, but it's important to check them before you go fishing.
Willamette Zone ExceptionsThese regulations are exceptions that change the basic rules for this fishing zone. These are just as important as the Regulations but are updated for specific bodies of water.
Willamette Zone Emergency RegulationsThese are updates made day to day by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It's vital that you check these regulations prior to fishing as they could change from one day to the next.