Oregon rivals few other states in the endless opportunities for fishing. Oregon fishing rules and bag limits frequently change so it’s recommended to get a recent copy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations before you set out.
Both rainbow and native cutthroat trout remain some of the more popular catches across the state. Top Oregon fishing areas for trout include the Deschutes River, coastal Rogue and Umpqua Rivers, the Sandy River and the Clackamas River near Portland.
The Deschutes River in Central Oregon provides an award winning stream known for its larger than life “redband” trout and great steelhead fishing.
Anglers looking for smallmouth bass should head to the John Day and Umpqua Rivers and largemouth bass can be found in more of the warm-water lakes throughout Oregon.
Oregon salmon fishing and steelhead fishing remain hit or miss even with the aid of conservation efforts and habitat protection.
Other Oregon fishing opportunities include game fishing and offshore fishing. For game fishing head to the Columbia River to wrestle huge sturgeon. Or hit the Pacific coast for rockfish and seasonal albacore tuna.
There is no lack of Oregon fishing guides with over 1,000 licensed guides throughout the state. Hiring a guide is always recommended if you’re unfamiliar with the local wilderness or of course lacking a boat.
Oregon Fishing License
Oregon fishing licenses are subject to change, so it's always best to consult the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Authority before purchasing your license.
Fishing licenses prices:
- $12.00 for 1 day
- $22.50 for 2 days
- $33.00 for 3 days
- $43.50 for 4 days
- $61.50 1 year or non-residents $24.75
Nonresident fishing licenses include a Combined Angling Tag which allows for the taking of sturgeon, salmon, steelhead, and halibut.
Oregon Fishing Guides
Douglas JohnsonDJ's wild river guide service.
Shady Cove, Oregon
Andy BuckinghamBuck Fishing Guide Service, Talent, Oregon
Jim Pringle Guide ServiceRogue River fishing and rod repair.
Craig HughsonRogue River Outfitters.
Hugh HagueNoah's Wilderness Adventures. Fishing in Oregon and the Rogue River.