Fishing

Whether you are looking for world-class fly fishing or just want to bait a hook and sit on the bank in the sunshine, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Willamette Valley.

There are many rivers and streams in the area to choose from, with rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout, as well as steelhead and salmon in season. The North Santiam is considered to be a premiere destination for trout fishing.

Bluegill, crappie, smallmouth bass, and catfish can be caught where the Willamette and the Calapooia rivers join at Bryant Park in Albany. You can also fish for trout, steelhead, and salmon in season.

Fishing licenses are required for any person 14 years of age or older and can be purchased at most sporting goods stores in the area.

On four weekends during the year, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife offers Free Fishing Days. On those days you don’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon. For more information about Free Fishing Days and other events, click here.

For a weekly fishing report, visit the ODFW Fishing page. For more information, visit the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife site, or call 1-541-757-4186.

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