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Willamette Zone Overview

Overview

The Willamette Zone encompasses a significant and diverse area, defined primarily by its hydrological connection to the Columbia River. This zone includes all bodies of water that drain into the Columbia River, ranging from the city of St. Helens up to the Bonneville Dam. A critical delineation exists for tributaries situated east of the Sandy River: only those sections that are upstream from the Union Pacific Railroad line fall within the Willamette Zone. For regulations pertaining to areas downstream of this line in the mentioned tributaries, refer to the guidelines established for the Columbia River Zone.

Sauvie Island presents a unique case within the Willamette Zone. All waters located on the island are regulated under the Willamette Zone's jurisdiction, with the sole exception of the Columbia River itself. This distinction is vital for anglers and recreational users to note, as it influences the applicable fishing regulations, including licensing requirements, catch limits, and seasonal restrictions.

The Willamette Zone's regulatory framework is designed to balance recreational opportunities with conservation efforts. By adhering to these regulations, anglers contribute to the sustainability of aquatic ecosystems while enjoying the rich fishing opportunities the zone offers. For the most current and detailed regulations, including updates on open seasons, size and catch limits, and special restrictions, it's recommended to consult the official fisheries management authorities or their website. This ensures compliance with legal requirements and supports the overarching goal of preserving fish populations for future generations.

Fishing Guidelines for the Willamette Zone

Columbia River Basin Endorsement Requirements

Anglers must carry a valid Columbia River Basin Endorsement when targeting salmon, steelhead, or sturgeon in the Columbia River's mainstem from Buoy 10 upstream, extending to all tributaries flowing into the Columbia. This rule underscores the commitment to species conservation while enabling regulated fishing activities. For health advisories and consumption guidelines, reference to the specific advisories is recommended to ensure safe and informed fishing practices.

Detailed Fishing Regulations by Species

Trout

  • Lakes: A daily limit of 5 trout, with a possession limit of 3 daily limits.
  • Streams: Exclusive catch-and-release, barring specific exceptions.
    • Method: Only artificial flies and lures are permitted, with exceptions allowing bait.
    • Size: Minimum size of 8 inches, with a cap of one trout over 20 inches per day. Rainbow trout exceeding 20 inches are classified as steelhead.
    • Kokanee: Counts towards trout limits unless otherwise stated.
    • Season: Lakes are fishable year-round. Streams open from May 22 to October 31, with certain exceptions.

Salmon and Steelhead (Below Willamette Falls)

  • Limit: 2 adult salmon or steelhead daily, with an annual limit of 20. Jack salmon limit is 5 per day.
    • Method: Fishing is confined to artificial flies and lures, with bait exceptions.
    • Wild Catch: Harvesting wild salmon or steelhead is generally prohibited.
    • Tagging: No annual limit on hatchery fish with adequate Hatchery Harvest Tags.

Salmon (Above Willamette Falls)

  • Limit: 2 adult salmon daily, with a 20 salmon and steelhead aggregate annual limit.
    • Method and Wild Catch: Similar restrictions as below the falls.

Steelhead (Above Willamette Falls)

  • Limit: 3 adult steelhead daily, over and above the salmon daily limit.
    • Wild Harvest: Prohibited unless exceptions apply, with a potential 2 wild steelhead daily limit under those exceptions.

Sturgeon

  • Regulation: Strictly catch-and-release, with specific handling and tackle restrictions to protect the species, including immediate release of green sturgeon and size handling guidelines.

Bass

  • Lakes: Up to 5 bass daily, with size restrictions.
  • Streams: No limit on catch, with no minimum size but restrictions on the number exceeding 15 inches.

Panfish and Other Species

  • General Rule: No catch limit, unless exceptions are noted.
  • Method: Restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams, with bait exceptions.
  • Specific Restrictions: Closed season for Oregon Chub and Eulachon smelt, reflecting conservation priorities.

Willamette Zone Exceptions

Abiqua Creek Above Abiqua Falls

  • Season: Open all year.
  • Limits: 2 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length requirement.

Adair Pond

  • Limits: 1 bass per day, 10 crappie per day, 2 channel catfish per day.
  • Specifications: No minimum length for warmwater fish.

Airport Pond

  • Season: Closed.

Alton Baker Park Canoe Canal

  • Season: Open all year for trout, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches.
  • Limits: 5 trout per day, no minimum length for hatchery trout.
  • Regulations: Use of bait allowed. Two Rod Validation permitted.

Balch Creek

  • Season: Closed.

Bear Creek (Pudding River) Above Shorty’s Pond

  • Limits: 5 hatchery trout per day, no minimum length.
  • Regulations: Use of bait allowed.

Blue River and Tributaries

  • Season: Open all year for trout, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches.
  • Limits: 2 wild trout per day may be harvested above Blue River Dam only, with an 8 inch minimum length. 5 hatchery trout per day, no minimum length.
  • Regulations: Use of bait allowed April 22 to October 31.

Bond Butte Pond

  • Limits: 1 bass per day, 10 crappie per day, 2 channel catfish per day.
  • Specifications: No minimum length on warmwater fish.

Breitenbush River

  • Season: Open all year.
  • Limits: 5 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.
  • Regulations: Use of bait allowed.

Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area

  • Lakes Included: Beth, Big Slide, Lenore, Pansy, Lower Twin, Upper Twin
  • Regulations: Unlimited catch for brook trout; no size restrictions.

Bull Run River

  • Location: Mouth to Watershed Boundary
  • Regulations:
    • 5 hatchery trout per day, no size limit.
    • Open year-round for hatchery salmon and steelhead.
    • Combined limit of 3 hatchery salmon or steelhead per day.
    • Bait use permitted.
    • Specific areas closed near ODFW weir and fish trap in Dodge Park.

Butte Creek

  • Location: Above Butte Cr Falls
  • Regulations: Open all year; 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length.

Canby Pond

  • Eligibility: Youth (17 and under) and Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit holders only.

Canyon Creek (South Santiam)

  • Status: Closed.

Cascade Lakes

  • Lakes Included: Blair, Blue, Corner, Lower and Upper Eddeeleo, Goose, Heart, Upper Horse, Linton, Nash, Otter, Pamelia, Penn, Porky, Upper Salmon, Separation, Spring, Spirit, Timpanogas, Lower Timpanogas
  • Regulations:
    • No limit on brook trout size or number.
    • Bait usage allowed.

Cedar Creek (Sandy River)

  • Lower Section: Mouth to markers 100 ft above hatchery water intake dam; Closed.
  • Upper Section: Above markers 100 ft above intake dam; Open for trout from May 22 to Oct 31. Closed for salmon and steelhead all year.

Clackamas River

  • Lower Section: Mouth to River Mill Dam
    • 5 hatchery trout per day, no minimum length.
    • Open all year for hatchery salmon and steelhead, with a combined limit of 3 per day.
    • Bait use permitted.
    • Restrictions on angling from floating devices near River Mill Dam.
  • Upper Section: Excluding North Fork Reservoir and Faraday Lake
    • Bull trout harvest prohibited.
    • Closed for salmon and steelhead all year.
    • Restrictions on angling from floating devices and from the west shore near the Three Lynx Powerhouse.

Commonwealth Lake

  • Regulations:
    • 1 bass per day.
    • 10 crappie per day.
    • 2 channel catfish per day.
    • No minimum length for warmwater fish.

Cox Creek

  • Location: Timber Linn Park boundaries
  • Regulations: Open all year; 5 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use permitted.

Detroit Reservoir

  • Regulations: 5 kokanee per day in addition to the daily trout limit.

Dog Creek

  • Status: Closed.

E.E. Wilson Pond

  • Status: Open all year.

Eagle Creek (Clackamas River)

  • Location: Mouth to markers 200 ft below hatchery ladder outlet
  • Regulations: Open all year for hatchery salmon and steelhead, with a combined daily limit of 3. Bait use allowed. Specific anti-snagging gear restrictions apply from August 1 to December 31.

East Salish Pond

  • Regulations: 1 bass per day, 10 crappie per day, 2 channel catfish per day, with no minimum length for warmwater fish.

Erma Bell Lakes and Tributaries

  • Season: May 22 - October 31
  • Regulations: 2 rainbow trout per day with an 8-inch minimum. No limit on brook trout size or number. Bait use permitted.

Estacada Lake

  • Location: River Mill Dam upstream to Faraday Diversion (Cazadero) Dam
  • Regulations: Open for trout May 22 - October 31, with 5 hatchery trout per day and no minimum length. Trout over 20 inches considered steelhead. Open all year for hatchery salmon and steelhead, with a combined daily limit of 3.

Fall Creek and Tributaries (Middle Fork Willamette)

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout, with a 2 wild trout per day limit and an 8-inch minimum. 5 hatchery trout per day with no minimum length. Below Fall Cr Dam open all year for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches. Bait use allowed April 22 - October 31.

Faraday Lake

  • Regulations: Only hatchery trout may be harvested.

Foster Reservoir

  • Regulations: 5 hatchery trout or kokanee per day with an 8-inch minimum length. No limit on bass size or number.

Frazier Creek

  • Season: Open all year for trout; May 22 - October 31 harvest allowed, 2 per day, 8 inch minimum. Catch-and-release the rest of the year.

Gales Creek

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout; harvest allowed May 22 - October 31, 2 per day, 8 inch minimum. Open for coho salmon August 1 - October 31 from mouth to NW Clapshaw Hill Rd.

Gilbert River

  • Season: April 16 - September 30 for hatchery salmon and steelhead. Bait use allowed, with artificial flies and lures only from April 16 - May 15. Closed January 1 - April 15 and October 1 - December 31. Sturgeon fishing closed all year, including catch and release.

Gold Lake

  • Season: May 22 - October 31
  • Regulations: Catch-and-release for rainbow trout. No limit on brook trout size or number. Fly fishing only with barbless hooks. Closed from Gold Lake boat ramp 300 ft down Salt Cr.

Green Peter Reservoir

  • Regulations: 25 kokanee per day in addition to the daily trout limit with no size restrictions.

Haldeman Pond

  • Season: Closed January 1 - April 15 and October 1 - December 31.

Henry Hagg Lake

  • Regulations: Open all year. Limit of 1 bass per day, 25 crappie per day, with no minimum length for warmwater fish.

Hills Creek and Tributaries (Above Hills Creek Reservoir)

  • Regulations: Open all year. 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait allowed from April 22 to October 31.

Hills Creek Reservoir

  • Regulations: 5 hatchery trout per day, no minimum length required. Must release wild trout. Hatchery salmon under 24 inches are considered trout.

Horn Creek

  • Status: Closed.

Leaburg Canal and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year for catch-and-release trout fishing with artificial flies and lures only. Closed in the Leaburg powerhouse tailrace and from Leaburg Dam to below fish screens.

Leaburg Lake

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches. 5 hatchery trout per day, no minimum length. Wild trout must be released. Bait allowed from April 22 to October 31. Two Rod Validation permissible. Closed within 200 feet above Leaburg Dam.

Little Fall Creek and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout. 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. The area from the mouth to 200 feet below the fish ladder is open all year for hatchery Chinook salmon, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches. Bait allowed from April 22 to October 31.

Long Tom River and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout. Harvest allowed from May 22 to October 31, 2 per day with an 8-inch minimum. Catch-and-release the remainder of the year. Bait usage allowed.

Lookout Creek and Tributaries

  • Status: Closed.

Lost Creek and Tributaries (Middle Fork Willamette River)

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches. 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait allowed from April 22 to October 31.

Lost Lake (Santiam Pass)

  • Regulations: 5 trout per day, no minimum length. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures only.

Luckiamute River (Mainstem) and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout. Harvest season is May 22 - October 31, with a 2 trout per day limit and an 8-inch minimum. Catch-and-release for the remainder of the year.

Luckiamute River, Little

  • Regulations: Similar to the mainstem, open all year for trout with a harvest season from May 22 to October 31. A 2 trout per day limit and an 8-inch minimum length apply. Catch-and-release outside these dates.

Marys River and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout with a harvest allowed May 22 - October 31, enforcing a 2 trout per day limit and an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use permitted.

McKenzie River and Tributaries

  • General Regulations: Open year-round for trout, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches. A daily limit of 5 hatchery trout with no minimum length; wild trout, including brook trout, must be released.
    • Mouth to Hayden Bridge: Open all year for hatchery Chinook salmon. See Mohawk River & Tributaries for specific regulations.
    • Hayden Bridge to Hendricks Bridge: Gear restrictions apply from May 1 to June 15 for salmon and steelhead fishing. See Walterville Canal for more details.
    • Hendricks Bridge to Leaburg Dam: Bait allowed April 22 - October 31. Specific gear restrictions apply. Closed within 200 feet downstream of Leaburg Dam.
    • Leaburg Dam to Forest Glen Boat Ramp: Bait permitted April 22 - October 31. Consult Leaburg Lake and Blue River & Tributaries for additional regulations.
    • Forest Glen Boat Ramp to Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool): Area closures apply within the Carmen Spawning Channel. Above Tamolitch Falls, standard Willamette Zone regulations apply.
    • South Fork McKenzie River and Tributaries: Closed from Cougar Dam downstream to the old fish trap concrete supports.

Mill Creek and Tributaries (Marion Co.)

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout. Harvest and catch-and-release periods apply, with a 2 trout per day limit and an 8-inch minimum length during the harvest season from May 22 to October 31.

Mohawk River and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year, allowing 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum. Bait usage allowed from April 22 to October 31.

Molalla River

  • Regulations: Open for steelhead from July 1 to August 31. Hatchery Chinook salmon, hatchery steelhead, and coho salmon fishing is permitted year-round. Bait is allowed from May 15 to July 15.

Moose Creek

  • Location: Mouth to Moose Lake; Status: Closed.

Mt Hood Pond

  • Eligibility: Available for youth anglers (ages 17 and under) and Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit holders from April 1 to August 31.

Muddy Creek and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout with a harvest and bait usage period from May 22 to October 31. A 2 trout per day limit and an 8-inch minimum length apply, with catch-and-release for the rest of the year.

North Fork Reservoir (Clackamas River)

  • Location: North Fork Dam up to MP 32 on Hwy 224
  • Regulations: Open for trout May 22 - October 31. Daily limit is 5 hatchery trout with no minimum length. Unlimited catch allowed for brook or brown trout.

Quartzville Creek

  • Regulations: Open all year. 5 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use permitted.

Rainbow Lake (Charles Metzger County Park)

  • Regulations: 5 hatchery trout per day, no minimum length required.

Rickreall Creek and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout. Harvest season is May 22 - October 31, allowing 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum. Catch-and-release outside of harvest season.

Round Lake (Collawash River)

  • Regulations: 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures only.

Row River and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout, hatchery Chinook salmon, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches. Limits include 2 wild trout per day (8-inch minimum) and 5 hatchery trout (no minimum). Bait allowed April 22 - October 31. Salmon and steelhead angling closed in Mosby Creek and its tributaries.

Salmon Creek and Tributaries (Middle Fork Willamette River)

  • Regulations: Open all year. Limits include 2 wild trout per day (8-inch minimum) and 5 hatchery trout (no minimum). Bait use permitted April 22 - October 31.

Salmon River (Sandy River Basin) Above Final Falls

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

Salt Creek and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year. 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use allowed April 22 - October 31. Closed in the mainstem from Gold Lake boat ramp downstream 300 ft.

Sandy River

  • Location: Mouth to ODFW markers at Salmon River confluence
  • Regulations: 5 hatchery trout per day, no minimum length. Open for hatchery salmon and steelhead all year with a combined daily limit of 3. Bait use permitted. Two rod validation allowed all year. Restrictions on angling from a floating device near Oxbow Park. Specific closures in effect near Chinook salmon spawning areas in Oxbow Park from September 16 - November 15. Closed to sturgeon angling, including catch-and-release.

Santiam River (Mainstem)

  • Trout Season: Open for hatchery trout May 22 – October 31, with a daily limit of 5 hatchery trout and no minimum length.
  • Steelhead and Coho Salmon: Open all year for hatchery steelhead and coho salmon. Wild steelhead open July 1 - August 31.
  • Chinook Salmon Season: Open for hatchery Chinook salmon January 1 - August 31 and October 15 - December 31.
  • Bait Use: Permitted April 22 - October 31.

Santiam River, Little North Fork

  • Steelhead and Coho Salmon: Open all year for hatchery steelhead. Wild steelhead season is July 1 - August 31. Coho salmon season runs January 1 - August 31 and October 15 - December 31.

Santiam River, Middle Fork and Tributaries (Above Green Peter Reservoir)

  • General Season: Open all year. A daily limit of 5 trout with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait use allowed.

Santiam River, North Fork

  • General Trout and Salmon Seasons:
    • Hatchery trout open May 22 – October 31, with a 5 hatchery trout per day limit, no minimum length.
    • Hatchery steelhead open all year.
    • Wild steelhead open July 1 - August 31.
    • Hatchery Chinook salmon open January 1 - August 31 and October 15 - December 31.
  • Specific Areas:
    • From the mouth to Stayton-Scio Bridge: Coho salmon open all year. Bait allowed April 22 - October 31.
    • Stayton-Scio Bridge to ODFW markers at Packsaddle Park: Coho salmon season as above, with the same bait allowance. Specific closures apply.
    • ODFW markers at Packsaddle Park to Minto Dam: Closed.
    • Minto Dam to Big Cliff Dam: Closed below Big Cliff Dam. Above Big Cliff Dam open all year for trout with a 5 trout per day limit, 8-inch minimum.

Santiam River, South Fork

  • General Trout and Salmon Seasons:
    • Hatchery trout open May 22 – October 31, with a 5 hatchery trout per day limit, no minimum length.
    • Hatchery steelhead open all year.
    • Wild steelhead open July 1 - August 31.
    • Hatchery Chinook salmon open January 1 - August 31 and October 15 - December 31.
  • Specific Areas:
    • Mouth to Grant St Bridge in Lebanon: Coho salmon open all year.
    • Grant St Bridge in Lebanon to Waterloo Rd Bridge: Coho salmon season as above.
    • Waterloo Rd Bridge to 200 ft above Waterloo Falls: Specific gear restrictions apply.
    • Above Waterloo Falls to Foster Dam: Coho salmon season as above, with closure below Foster Dam.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

  • Hours: Open 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM.
  • Seasonal Closures: Closed January 1 - April 15 and October 1 - December 31, with exceptions for Columbia River beaches, the Gilbert River boat ramp, and the Disabled Anglers Fishing Pier, which remain open year-round.

Silver Creek (Above Silverton Reservoir)

  • Regulations: Open all year. 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length.

Small Fry Lake

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout, with a 2 trout per day limit, no minimum length. Reserved for youth angling (ages 17 and under).

Smith and Bybee Lakes and Canals

  • Regulations: 1 bass per day, 10 crappie per day, 2 channel catfish per day, with no minimum length for warmwater fish.

Smith River and Tributaries (Above Smith Reservoir)

  • Regulations: Open all year. 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Bait allowed April 22 - October 31.

Spring Creek Pond (Maxwell Pond)

  • Status: Closed.

Springfield Mill Race

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout, hatchery Chinook salmon, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches. Limits include 2 wild trout per day (8-inch minimum) and 5 hatchery trout (no minimum). Bait allowed April 22 - October 31.

St. Louis Ponds

  • Regulations: 1 bass per day, 10 crappie per day, 2 channel catfish per day, with no minimum length for warmwater fish. No floating craft allowed. Open April 1 - September 30 from 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and October 1 - March 31 from 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

Sturgeon Lake

  • Status: Closed for sturgeon fishing.

Tanner Creek (Above mainline railroad bridge)

  • Regulations: Open for hatchery steelhead January 1 - March 31 and December 1-31.

Timothy Lake

  • Regulations: 25 kokanee per day, no size limit, in addition to the daily trout bag limit. No minimum length for hatchery trout. No limit on size or number of brook trout.

Trail Bridge Reservoir

  • Regulations: Wild trout must be released. 5 hatchery trout per day, no minimum length. Artificial flies and lures only.

Tualatin River and Tributaries

  • General Trout Regulations: Open all year for trout. Harvest season is May 22 - October 31, allowing 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum. Catch-and-release for the remainder of the year.
    • Mainstem (mouth to Hwy 47 bridge at Gaston): Open for coho salmon August 1 - October 31. Bait use permitted.
    • Mainstem (above Hwy 47 bridge at Gaston) and all tributaries: Restricted to artificial flies and lures only.

Walterville Canal and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year. Catch-and-release for trout with artificial flies and lures only. Sections between the salmon weir and the McKenzie River, and within the Walterville Bypass Canal from the salmon weir upstream to the McKenzie River, are closed.

Willamette River (Mainstem)

  • Mouth to Willamette Falls including Multnomah Channel:
    • Open all year for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead.
    • Catch-and-release for sturgeon; angling prohibited from the Lake Oswego-Oak Grove RR bridge to Willamette Falls from May 1 - August 31.
    • Bait use permitted. Refer to Gilbert River regulations.
    • Oregon City Wall Bank and Willamette Falls areas are closed (see specific diagrams for closure areas).
  • Willamette Falls to Hwy 20 bridge in Albany:
    • Open all year for hatchery Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and hatchery steelhead.
    • Sturgeon fishing allowed with limits (1 per day, 2 per year, 38-54 inch fork length).
    • Bait use permitted.
  • Hwy 20 bridge to Hwy 99 bridge:
    • Open for trout, hatchery Chinook salmon, and hatchery steelhead all year.
    • Trout limits: 2 per day, 8 inch minimum.
    • Sturgeon fishing as above.
    • Bait use permitted.
  • Hwy 99 bridge at Harrisburg to McKenzie River mouth and tributaries:
    • Fishing for trout, hatchery Chinook, and hatchery steelhead open all year with artificial flies and lures only.
    • Sturgeon fishing allowed with the same limits as above.
  • Mouth of McKenzie River to Coast Fork and tributaries not listed:
    • Open all year for trout, hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches.
    • Limits include 2 wild trout per day (8-inch minimum) and 5 hatchery trout (no minimum).
    • Sturgeon fishing allowed with the same limits.
    • Bait use permitted.

Willamette River, Coast Fork and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout, hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches. The same trout and sturgeon limits as above apply. Bait allowed April 22 - October 31. See Row River and Tributaries. Closed to Chinook salmon and steelhead angling on tributaries.

Willamette River, Middle Fork and Tributaries (Mouth to Dexter Dam)

  • Regulations: Open all year for trout, hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches. The same trout limits as above apply. Bait allowed. Special gear restrictions near Dexter Dam and downstream. See specific areas for additional regulations.

Willamette River, North Fork Middle Fork and Tributaries

  • Regulations: Open all year. 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum. Fly fishing only with barbless hooks required.

Willamina Creek

  • Sections:
    • Mouth to 200ft below Lower Willamina Falls: Open all year for trout, with a harvest season from May 22 - October 31. Limits include 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum. Catch-and-release outside these dates.
    • 200 ft below Lower Willamina Falls to Upper Willamina Falls: Open for trout from May 22 - October 31.
    • Above Upper Willamina Falls: Same regulations as the mouth to 200ft below Lower Willamina Falls.
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