Most Steelhead Will be Wild and Must be Released

John Day River - Dayville, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

River flows have varied over the last few weeks.  Steelhead tend to move into the lower river with each flow pulse.  Boating access is possible, although flows remain low at times and sections will be challenging to navigate.  No recent angler reports submitted for December, although we’ve had reports in late November indicating 5 hours per fish when using fly gear and a few hatchery steelhead have been harvested. 

Most steelhead will be wild and must be released.  Safe catch-and-release methods are defined in the Oregon fishing regulations.  Anglers are encouraged to keep up to three hatchery steelhead per day.

Fall Chinook salmon and bull trout are also present in the river but in low numbers.  If caught they must be released unharmed.

Check river levels.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, January 2nd

Clackamas River: Clackamas River Fishing Report
Dexter Reservoir: Dexter Reservoir Fishing Report
Fern Ridge Reservoir: Fern Ridge Reservoir Fishing Report
Foster Reservoir: Foster Reservoir Fishing Report
Santiam River North Fork-2: Santiam River Fishing Report
Willamette River: Willamette River Fishing Report
Wallowa Lake : Wallowa Lake Fishing Report
Ana Reservoir: Ana Reservoir Fishing Report
Dog Lake: Perch Fishing has Been Fair Recently
Gerber Reservoir: Gerber Reservoir Fishing Report
Klamath River - Middle: Klamath River Fishing Report