Oregon Extends Columbia River Closure; Remaining Fishing Opportunities Stay Open
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed recreational salmon and steelhead fishing on the Columbia River indefinitely. Oregon and neighboring Washington jointly manage the Columbia River fisheries. With the extension of Washington’s fishing closure, Oregon has reciprocated by closing spring salmon and steelhead seasons on the Columbia until further notice. The remainder of Oregon’s recreational fisheries are open as are the tributaries of the Columbia and some lakes.
The continued availability of Oregon’s fisheries is subject to anglers’ voluntary compliance with Governor Kate Brown’s social distancing order. ODFW Director Curt Melcher says the agency is monitoring the ongoing fishing seasons and will modify them as necessary if anglers, clammers and others fail to practice appropriate social distancing.