Bag & Possession Limits Overview

Daily Bag Limit

  • Definition: The maximum number of fish or shellfish that can be legally caught and kept in a single day by an angler.
  • Application: Anglers can achieve daily limits for various types of fish each day.

Annual Bag Limit

  • Specific to certain species:
    • White Sturgeon: Limit of 2 per year.
    • Pacific Halibut: Up to 6 per year.
    • Salmon and Steelhead: Combined limit of 20 per year, recorded on the Combined Angling Tag.
      • Exception: Wild steelhead in the Rogue-South Coast area, Southwest Zone.
    • Hatchery Salmon/Steelhead: Entries on a Hatchery Harvest Tag are excluded from the annual limit.

Possession Limit

  • Definition: The total number of a particular type of fish or shellfish that a person can legally hold while in the field or in transit.
  • General Rule: Possession limit equals three times the daily bag limit for all species, with the following exceptions:
    • Pacific Halibut: 1 daily bag limit on the vessel; 3 daily bag limits on land.
    • Adult Salmon and Steelhead: No possession limit.
    • Marine Finfish, Shellfish, Other Marine Invertebrates (Marine Zone): 2 daily bag limits.
  • Columbia River Restrictions: Anglers are limited to 1 daily and 1 annual bag limit for all species, regardless of dual state licensing.

Size Limit

  • Regulation: It is illegal to keep fish or shellfish under the minimum or over the maximum size limit.

Steelhead/Trout Length Limits in Streams

All Other Zones

  • Steelhead: Must be longer than 20 inches to be considered legal.
  • Trout: Must be shorter than 20 inches to be retained.

NW and SW Zones

  • Steelhead: Legal length starts at longer than 16 inches.
  • Trout: Must be shorter than 16 inches to be kept.

Salmon Length Limits Overview

Jack Salmon Limits

  • Definition: Jack salmon are younger, smaller fish returning to freshwater to spawn.
  • Chinook Jacks: Must be between 15 to 24 inches in length.
  • Coho Jacks: Must be between 15 to 20 inches in length.
  • Sockeye: All sockeye are classified as adults regardless of size.
  • Note: Specific length limits for jack salmon in the Columbia River are detailed in the Columbia Zone regulations. For ocean salmon fishing length regulations, refer to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's marine resources page.

Adult Salmon Limits

  • Adult Chinook: Any Chinook salmon over 24 inches in length.
  • Adult Coho: Any Coho salmon over 20 inches in length.
  • Sockeye: Classified as adults irrespective of size, with no specific length limit.
  • Pink and Chum Salmon: Follow the same length criteria as Chinook for determining adulthood.
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