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Steelhead Season Opens

by ODFW Press Release
Wallowa Chieftain, September 4, 2019

In this July 7, 2016 photo, a steelhead trout is reeled in near Dodge Bridge along the Rogue River in Shady Cove, Ore. (Jamie Lusch / AP) Steelhead season to open in NE Oregon starting Sept. 1

Enterprise, Ore. -- Steelhead season will open in northeast Oregon on Sunday, Sept. 1. Bag limits will be reduced to one (1) hatchery steelhead per day in Oregon waters.

Effective Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019; the daily bag limit is one hatchery steelhead in the following areas:

While the steelhead opener is highly anticipated by anglers, there will be a reduced bag limit this year. "Unfortunately, the returning numbers are similar to those last year, "said Winston Morton, Acting Assistant District Fish Biologist in Enterprise. "As with last year, we have decided to limit the daily catch to one hatchery fish per day in order to protect the returning wild steelhead as well as to insure the hatchery has enough returning fish for broodstock." The season will run through Dec. 31.

Steelhead are currently making their way up the Columbia and Snake Rivers and biologist are monitoring the run numbers. To date there are 7,340 steelhead over Lower Granite Dam of which 4,827 of those are hatchery fish. The total is only 30 percent of the 10-year average. "We will reevaluate the daily bag limit if returns increase," added Morton.

ODFW would also like Oregon anglers to be aware of a steelhead tag reward study being conducted by Idaho Fish and Game. "IDFG has tagged fish some fish and while most will return to their natal streams in Idaho, there is a chance Oregon anglers could catch some of these fish and we would encourage them to report the catch," said Morton. The tags will be located just below the dorsal fin of the fish.

Anglers can report online at or by phone 1-866-258-0358. Reward tags should be mailed to: Fish Tag Returns, 1414 East Locust Lane, Nampa, ID 83686.

For the latest information on fishing regulations in the Northeast and Snake River zones, visit: and

ODFW Press Release
Steelhead Season Opens
Wallowa Chieftain, September 4, 2019

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