The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Report
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ODFW Recreation Report
August 22, 2019
Deer and elk archery seasons open this weekend
The 2019 general archery seasons open Saturday, Aug. 24. Before you head to the field this season, be sure to check out:
- The 2019 big game hunting forecast. You’ll find updates on population trends, winter survival and early season hunting tips.
- Hunting and fire danger in Oregon. It’s the hunter’s responsibility to know about any fire-related closures or restriction. You’ll find access to the latest information here.
A veteran angler offers these tips to help you successfully navigate this popular fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Youth pheasant hunts begin in September
Kids 17 and younger can experience a low-pressure, pre-season hunt with a good chance of harvesting a pheasant or two. Hunts are on various dates throughout the state. All kids must have completed hunter education, and be accompanied by an adult.
Marine fishing: a good bet for the weekend
Anglers have been enjoying great marine fishing off the Oregon coast lately when weather and ocean conditions cooperate. If you don’t have a sea-worthy vessel, there are commercial charters in many ports along the coast.
- Albacore tuna has been close to shore, and the 2019 season is now on track to have the highest overall albacore recreational landings ever observed in Oregon.
- The all depth halibut fishery off the central Oregon coast is open Fridays and Saturdays.
- For anglers who can’t decide, do both in a “halbicore” trip.
- Ocean salmon fishing continues to be excellent.
- This time of year, anglers can find marine perch around rocks, pilings, and docks.
- Some razor clam diggers report success at Newport beaches, with some getting limits at North Jetty and Agate Beach.
Practice good catch-and-release techniques in late summer conditions
When water conditions are low, clear and warm, like they are now, be sure to practice good catch-and-release techniques when releasing fish.
- Fish early in the day when water and air temperatures are at their coolest.
- Land fish quickly. Playing a fish too long reduces its chances to recover.
- Keep the fish in the water while landing and releasing it.
- If you can’t remove the hook easily, cut the leader near the hook, which will eventually dissolve.
- Revive the fish in moving water before releasing it.