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Southeast Zone Overview

Overview

The Southeast Zone encompasses a diverse range of aquatic habitats, offering anglers opportunities to fish for various species across several counties. This zone is characterized by its tributaries to the Snake River above Hells Canyon Dam, including the expansive Silvies River drainage in Grant County, all waters within Malheur and Lake counties, the entirety of Harney County except for the South Fork John Day drainage, and the Klamath Basin's waterways in Klamath and Lake counties. It's important to note that the mainstem Snake River is excluded from this zone. For fishing regulations specific to the Snake River, refer to the Snake River Zone.

Key Fishing Areas

  • Snake River Tributaries: Offers fishing above Hells Canyon Dam, focusing on native and stocked species.
  • Silvies River Drainage: A unique ecosystem in Grant County with opportunities for trout and other species.
  • Malheur and Lake Counties: Encompasses a variety of fishing spots including lakes, reservoirs, and streams with a mix of fish species.
  • Harney County (Excluding South Fork John Day Drainage): Features diverse fishing environments outside of the South Fork John Day drainage area.
  • Klamath Basin: A significant area for fishing within Klamath and Lake counties, known for its trout, bass, and other species in rivers and lakes feeding into Upper Klamath Lake or the Klamath River.

Fishing Regulations Overview

Anglers fishing in the Southeast Zone must adhere to specific regulations designed to protect and manage the fish populations and aquatic habitats. These regulations include bag limits, size restrictions, allowed methods of take, and season dates, which can vary by species and waterbody. For detailed regulations, including any special rules for particular areas or species within the Southeast Zone, consult the official fishing regulations guide or the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's website.

Southeast Zone Regulations

Angling in the Southeast Zone is primarily restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams, with specific exceptions allowing the use of bait. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon, steelhead, or sturgeon within this zone.

Health Advisory

Refer to the Advisories & Consumption Guidelines for important health information.

Trout

  • Lakes: 5 trout per day, plus an additional 25 kokanee per day. Three daily limits in possession.
  • Streams: 2 trout per day, three daily limits in possession.
  • Season: Lakes open all year; Streams open all year unless noted under Exceptions.
  • Size and Other Specifications: Minimum length is 8 inches for trout. No size limit for kokanee. Only one trout over 20 inches allowed per day. No size or number limits on brook or brown trout in streams, except as noted in Exceptions. Bull trout angling is closed.

Salmon and Steelhead

  • Angling for salmon and steelhead is closed in the Southeast Zone.

Bass

  • Lakes: 5 bass per day, three daily limits in possession, with no more than 3 over 15 inches. Open all year.
  • Streams: No limit on bass. Angling with artificial flies and lures only, unless noted in Exceptions.

Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie, Other Sunfish, Walleye, Yellow Perch

  • Bag Limit: No limit.
  • Season: Open all year for lakes and reservoirs; Streams open during trout season.
  • Restrictions: Angling with artificial flies and lures in streams, except as specified in Exceptions.

Whitefish, Sucker, Northern Pikeminnow, Carp, Chub, Sculpin, and other Nongame Fish

  • Bag Limit: No limit, with specific species closures and restrictions.
  • Season: Angling with artificial flies and lures in streams, except as allowed in Exceptions.

Hybrid Bass

  • No limit. Refer to Ana Reservoir under Exceptions for specific regulations.

Sturgeon

  • Catch-and-release only, with restrictions on handling and tackle to ensure the species' protection.

General Release Guidelines

All trout, salmon, and steelhead released must be unharmed, and anglers are advised to keep the fish in the water during release.

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Southeast Zone Regulations: Detailed Exceptions

Agency Lake

  • Regulation: Catch-and-release for rainbow trout using only artificial flies and lures.

Ana Reservoir

  • Regulation: 1 hybrid bass per day with a minimum length of 15 inches.

Ana River

  • Regulation: 5 rainbow trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use is allowed.

Annie Creek

  • Regulation: Use of bait is permitted.

Antelope Creek (Malheur Co.)

  • Regulation: Closed.

Big Alvord Creek

  • Regulation: Closed.

Blitzen River

  • Regulation: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge below Bridge Cr is closed except from Sodhouse Ln. to the bridge on The Boat Landing Rd from Aug 1 - Sep 15.

Burnt River

  • Regulation: 5 rainbow trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use is allowed.

Calahan Creek

  • Regulation: Use of bait is permitted.

Chewaucan River (Below Hwy 31 at Paisley)

  • Regulation: Bait use is permitted.

Corral Creek

  • Regulation: Use of bait is permitted.

Cottonwood Reservoir (Goose Lake Basin, Lake Co.)

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches.

Crater Lake National Park

  • Regulation: Angling regulated by the National Park Service. Contact (541) 594-3000 for details.

Crooked Creek (Klamath Co.)

  • Regulation: Open from May 22 - Oct 31 for catch-and-release rainbow trout. Closed from the springs at Klamath Hatchery downstream 1,000 ft to a posted fence crossing.

Crystal Creek

  • Regulation: Open from May 22 - Oct 31 for 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches using artificial flies and lures only.

Denio Creek

  • Regulation: Closed.

Dog Lake

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches and 5 bass per day with only 1 bass over 15 inches allowed.

Drews Reservoir

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches.

Eagle Creek (Including East and West Forks)

  • Regulation: 5 rainbow trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use is allowed.

Fort Creek

  • Regulation: Open from May 22 - Oct 31 for catch-and-release rainbow trout.

Fourmile Creek

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches. Bait use is allowed.

Goose Lake

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches.

Harriman Creek

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches. Bait use is allowed.

Indian Creek and Tributaries (Malheur/Harney Co.)

  • Regulation: Closed.

Jackson Creek

  • Regulation: Bait use is permitted.

Jordan Creek

  • Regulation: 5 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use is allowed.

Klamath Lake

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches. Closed to all angling in Hagelstein Park.

Klamath River

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a 12-inch minimum and 15-inch maximum length. Closed from Hwy 66 Bridge to Keno Dam from Jun 16 - Sep 30.

Krumbo Creek (Below Krumbo Reservoir)

  • Regulation: Closed.

Krumbo Reservoir

  • Regulation: Closed to ice fishing per Malheur National Wildlife Refuge regulations.

Lake of the Woods

  • Regulation: 5 bass per day with only 1 bass over 15 inches allowed. Angling allowed 24 hours per day for all species.

Link River

  • Regulation: Catch-and-release for rainbow trout using artificial flies and lures only.

Little Alvord Creek

  • Regulation: Closed.

Little McCoy Creek

  • Regulation: Closed.

Little Whitehorse Creek and Tributaries (Harney/Malheur Co.)

  • Regulation: Open year-round for catch-and-release trout using artificial flies and lures only.

Lost River and Tributaries

  • Regulation: Bait use is permitted.

Malheur River (Below Otis Creek)

  • Regulation: 5 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use is allowed.

Malheur River, North Fork (Mouth to Beulah Reservoir)

  • Regulation: 5 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use is allowed.

Mann Lake

  • Regulation: 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length using artificial flies and lures only. Closed to angling on tributaries.

Miller Creek (Outlet of Miller Lake, Klamath Co.)

  • Regulation: Bait use is permitted.

Miller Lake

  • Regulation: Angling allowed 24 hours per day for all species.

Mosquito Creek (Harney Co.)

  • Regulation: Closed.

Odessa Creek

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches. Bait use is allowed.

Owyhee River

  • Regulation: 5 rainbow trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Catch-and-release for brown trout. Bait use is allowed.

Phillips Reservoir

  • Regulation: Catch-and-release for tiger muskie.

Pike Creek

  • Regulation: Closed.

Pine Creek and Tributaries (Baker Co. Above Oxbow Bridge)

  • Regulation: 5 rainbow trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use is allowed.

Poison Creek Reservoir

  • Regulation: 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length.

Powder River

  • Regulation: 5 rainbow trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use is allowed.

Recreation Creek

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches. Bait use is allowed.

Sage Creek

  • Regulation: Closed.

Sand Creek

  • Regulation: Bait use is permitted.

Scott Creek

  • Regulation: Bait use is permitted.

Sevenmile Creek and Tributaries

  • Regulation: Catch-and-release for rainbow trout. Bait use allowed above Nicholson Rd.

Short Creek

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches. Bait use is allowed.

Skull Creek (Harney Co.)

  • Regulation: Closed.

South Fork Sycan River

  • Regulation: Bait use is permitted.

Spencer Creek

  • Regulation: Open from May 22 - Oct 31.

Sprague River

  • Regulation: Open from Apr 22 – Oct 31 for 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches. Bait use is allowed from Saddle Mt Pit Rd Bridge up to Godowa Springs Rd.

Sprague River, North Fork and Tributaries

  • Regulation: 2 brown trout per day. Bait use is allowed on the mainstem and tributaries above the lowermost 3372 Rd crossing.

Spring Creek (Klamath Co.)

  • Regulation: Open from May 22 - Oct 31.

Thomason Creek

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches. Bait use is allowed.

Threemile Creek (Harney Co.)

  • Regulation: Closed.

Threemile Creek (Klamath Co. Above Westside Rd)

  • Regulation: Closed.

Twin Lakes (Wallowa Mountains)

  • Regulation: 1 rainbow trout per day with a minimum length of 15 inches.

Unity Reservoir

  • Regulation: 5 bass per day, with only 1 bass over 15 inches allowed. Closed within 200 ft of the dam from Jan 1 - Mar 31 and Dec 1-31.

Van Horn Creek

  • Regulation: Closed.

Watson Creek

  • Regulation: Bait use is permitted.

Whitehorse Creek and Tributaries (Trout Creek Mountains)

  • Regulation: Open year-round for catch-and-release trout using artificial flies and lures only.

Williamson River

  • Regulation: Mouth to Chiloquin Bridge open from May 22 - Oct 31 for catch-and-release rainbow trout. Chiloquin Bridge to Kirk Rd Bridge and Kirk Rd Bridge to headwaters open from Apr 22 - Oct 31 for catch-and-release rainbow trout. No angling from a floating device.

Willow Creek (East Steens)

  • Regulation: Closed.

Willow Creek and Tributaries (Trout Creek Mountains)

  • Regulation: Open year-round for catch-and-release trout using artificial flies and lures only.

Willow Valley Reservoir

  • Regulation: 5 bass per day, with only 1 bass over 15 inches allowed.

Wood River

Regulation:
  • Open Apr 22 - Oct 31.
  • Catch-and-release for rainbow trout.
  • 2 brown trout per day.
  • Includes Petric Canal.
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