Columbia River at Deschutes River Mouth Closes to All Fishing

SALEM, Ore.— ODFW is closing all fishing (including catch-and-release) in the Columbia River around the mouth of the Deschutes River and in the lower Deschutes River from the mouth upstream to markers placed on the downstream end of Moody Rapids, from Monday, Aug. 12 through Sept. 15.

The decision comes per direction from the Fish and Wildlife Commission at their Aug. 2 meeting,

The closure is to protect wild summer steelhead and follows several other regulatory steps ODFW and WDFW have taken to protect wild steelhead this year. Returns of ESA-listed wild Snake River steelhead this year are forecasted to be similar to the extremely poor return of 2017, and there are ongoing concerns about the potential effects of angling on wild steelhead that may gather in cooler water near tributary mouths like the Deschutes.

The boundary of the angling closure is defined by a line projecting from the South Channel Range “B” marker located approximately 3/4-mile upstream of the mouth of the Deschutes, downstream through Red Buoy Marker “4”, and terminating at the flashing red USCG light #2 on the Oregon shore downstream of the mouth. (See map on Columbia River Zone fishing regulations page.)

The Commission directed ODFW to take similar steps to close the mouth of the Deschutes last year. Based on additional discussions with the public and regional biologists, the boundary of this year’s closure has been refined to reduce the impact on Chinook fishing opportunities.

This action follows a number of regulatory steps ODFW and WDFW have taken to protect wild steelhead during Columbia River summer and fall fisheries this year. Bag limits in the Columbia River were reduced to one hatchery steelhead per day for the month of July. For fall fisheries, all steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released during the following periods:

  • Aug. 1-31 from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam,
  • Aug. 1 – Sept. 30 from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam,
  • Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 from John Day to McNary Dam, and
  • Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 from McNary Dam upstream to the OR/WA state line.

For the latest fishing regulations in the Columbia and Deschutes Rivers, visit
https://myodfw.com/recreation-report/fishing-report/columbia-zone
https://myodfw.com/recreation-report/fishing-report/central-zone

The Great Outdoors: Restoring Bull Trout in Odell Lake

Three-hundred and five feet deep at its deepest and covering 3,600 acres, it is one of the largest lakes in the Cascades and it is home to the state-record lake trout, land-locked kokanee, rainbow trout and native bull trout. For this week’s Great Outdoors, Gary Lewis takes us into the Cascades to find out the efforts to restore bull trout numbers in Odell Lake.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: World-Renowned Pro-Cure Fish Bait

Thirty-thousand pounds of salmon eggs, a truckload of shiners, and a thousand pounds of squid. No, it’s not a sushi restaurant, it’s Pro-Cure Bait Scents, a bait store. In this week’s great outdoors, Gary Lewis shows you a Northwest business that has grown from humble beginnings into a worldwide brand.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Taste This! – Fresh Fish at Newport Avenue Market

For this week’s Taste This!, Donna Britt learns about the fresh fish in season this spring. Newport Avenue Market‘s Chris Alcorn shows her how the big fish that are arriving at the store now are turned into fillets you can take home and eat. 

Donna says if you’ve never tried Copper River salmon, now is the time!

Thanks to Chris and the crew for teaching us about fish.  A special thanks to Newport Avenue Market for giving us the resources each week to take you on these culinary adventures. Life is short.  Eat good food! 

The Great Outdoors: Kokanee Karnival

There are three sure signs of spring every year in Central Oregon: the re-opening of the Cascade Lakes Highway, the Pole Pedal Paddle event and the annual Kokanee Karnival at Shevlin Pond.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings spent some time at the event where fourth and fifth graders had the chance to learn about local waterways and the trout that inhabit them.

Thanks Brian for that report.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: New Fishing Regulations at Wickiup Reservoir

It’s one of the best places to catch Kokanee in Central Oregon, but the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has changed the rules at one of the area’s best fishing spots. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings looks at the new fishing regulations at Wickiup Reservoir.

Thanks Brian for that report. A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Whychus Creek Fish Release

It’s that time of the year when fish are being released into some of your favorite fishing areas in Central Oregon. For this week’s Great Outdoors, Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings was there for the fish release at Whychus Creek.

Thanks Brian for that report and a special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Teaching Hunting and Fishing to Girls

For generations of Central Oregonians, hunting and fishing can be a rite of passage for young boys. However, today young girls are showing they can do everything the boys can do, and more.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings introduces us to a couple of parents who are encouraging young girls to learn the finer points of hunting and fishing in Central Oregon.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.