Fishing to be had for locals but news to read for non-resident anglers 4-9-20

News release from ODFW today starting 4/10/20 Oregon is not allowing non resident anglers to fish, clam or crab in the state.

They realize fishing is an important part of peoples lives and want people to stay local and fish close to home.

Here is the press release from ODFW and then below will be the summary of the fishery’s here:

April 9, 2020

SALEM, Ore.— ODFW is closing recreational hunting, fishing, crabbing and clamming to non-residents due to concerns about travel to Oregon to participate in these outdoor activities. Such travel could spread the virus and put more of a burden on Oregon’s rural communities.

As of Friday 11:59 p.m., non-residents may no longer participate in these activities in Oregon. The restriction extends until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and it is deemed safe to travel into Oregon. This order does not apply to anyone living in Oregon for less than six months who has not yet established residency.  

Some states, including Washington, have closed hunting and fishing to limit the spread of the virus. While seasons remain open in Oregon (except for Columbia River salmon/steelhead fishing), resident hunters and anglers should not be travelling to participate. ODFW is hearing concerns from rural communities about people visiting to hunt and fish and placing additional burdens on these communities’ limited resources. 

“Rural communities are concerned about the potential impact of COVID-19 on medical and emergency services, search and rescue and their citizens. Some have asked us to close seasons to reduce travel,” said ODFW Director Curt Melcher. “We would like to keep seasons open to give locals an outlet during this difficult time, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK to travel to these communities. Stick close to home and fish at your local lake, pond or river and do not go crabbing or clamming unless you live on the coast, and then only to places where access is still open.”

ODFW monitoring has shown that while Oregonians are still participating in fisheries, clamming, shed hunting, and wildlife viewing it is in significantly lower numbers and that the majority of participants are doing it close to home and practicing social distancing. “We appreciate that many Oregonians are taking the Stay Home, Save Lives order seriously,” added Melcher.

ODFW field staff monitoring participation in the field have seen out of state license plates and out of state angling and shellfish licenses in use. Staff are also fielding numerous calls from non-residents inquiring about plans to come to Oregon to hunt or fish.

“ODFW believes this action restricting non-residents will help local communities enforce the restrictions on out-of-state travelers violating the order, and putting local resources and residents at risk,” said Melcher. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding at this difficult time and look forward to seeing you outdoors again in the future when this passes.”

ODFW anticipates there will be opportunity for non-residents who have already purchased a 2020 license to participate in hunting, fishing or shellfish opportunities later in the year. ODFW will refund non-resident spring bear and spring turkey tags and reinstate preference points for spring bear hunters. Please contact Licensing at, (503) 947-6101 to arrange for a refund. 

Non-residents interested in applying for a fall controlled hunt may still apply online at and the deadline to apply remains May 15, 2020. 

Oregon residents who do choose to hunt, fish, crab or clam are reminded to:

  • Stay close to home rather than travelling far. The Governor’s Executive Order says hunting and fishing are OK, but to limit travel. 
  • Practice social distancing and stay six feet away from anyone who doesn’t live in your immediate household, including when outdoors. 
  • Check access where you are headed as the area may be closed. State Parks are closed, counties have closed some parks and boat ramps, beach access is closed in some areas and national forests and BLM lands have closed recreation sites. 
  • Stay home if you are sick. 

Carry needed supplies with you to minimize non-essential stops—including buying your license/tag online instead of making a trip to a license sale agent if possible and bringing all needed food, water and sanitization supplies with you.

Current Fishing Conditions and Hatches.

Metolius is good. There have been good afternoon hatches of BWO, Cinygmula, Lots of Caddis and quite a mix of stones.
Not everyday will you find fish looking up so some days are better with nymphs. Golden Stones and a mix of droppers will be great as usual.

Middle Deschutes. Water is still up and not yet to summer levels. Irrigation canals are starting to fill and that will bring the levels lower in the week or 2 to come. Plenty of March Browns, Caddis and BWO’s.

Fall River is sort of crowded but fishing well overall. Remember your responsibility to distance and remember your 7x!
BWO and Midges are the big things hatching. Small Streamers and little Nymphs are getting the majority of the takes.

Crooked is running a nice level at 170 cfs +/- and the BWO hatch is good. I like the level up now as it has spread some of the fish around and has moved some bugs too.

North and South Twin bank access is good and the roads are now clear to get up there. It is my understanding all USFS Boat Ramps are closed. I know today people were using the ramp and the store put in the dock at South. That surprises me.
My friend AARP Tim was on the lake and another friend Jerry, and they did well tubing the edges. Tim on a Soft Hackle and Jerry on a Damsel Nymph.

Lower D. Honestly the Maupin locals want you to not come for a bit. Thats what I hear. So….

Owyhee. With the closure of the River to Idaho folks now might be the best time to go.

Chickahonimy Reservoir ought to be red hot. No current reports coming through but I’d say now is the time! Leeches and Waterboatman.

Places people don’t think of like Haystack and Ochocco. Should be good on leeches, boatman, damsel nymphs, chironomids. No boat ramps open to my knowledge but float tubes and walking the shore lines are good.

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