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Sport Fishing Regulations Now Available
The 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing regulations are now available on-line, at ODFW offices and at most places that sell hunting and fishing licenses. One of the most significant changes in this year’s regulations is a number of new license options that include the Columbia River Basin endorsement. Beginning January 1st, 2014, the new endorsement will be required for all anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon within the Columbia River Basin – an area that includes the Willamette, Central and Northeast angling zones, as well as a handful of Columbia River tributaries in the northern edge of the Northwest Zone.
The 2014 endorsement, along with all other licenses, is now on sale. Anglers can purchase the $9.75 annual endorsement in conjunction with a fishing license, a combined fishing and hunting license, or sports pac. The endorsement also can be purchased separately at a later date, though anglers will have to pay an additional $2 transaction fee. For daily licenses, the endorsement will be $1 per day. Holders of free resident disabled veteran, pioneer and youth-under-14 licenses will be issued a free Columbia River Basin endorsement upon request.
The Columbia River Basin endorsement was approved by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in October 2013 as part of a larger package of management reforms for fisheries on the lower Columbia River. Under this new management regime, non-tribal commercial gill nets are being transitioned off the lower mainstem Columbia River into off-channel areas, and the sports share of available salmon harvest is increasing. The endorsement will fund the transition of non-tribal commercial gill nets out of the mainstem Columbia River into enhanced off-channel areas, freeing up additional salmon and steelhead for sport fishing.