ODFW rolls out new and improved fishing regs for 2016

Anglers should notice plainer language and clearer descriptions of regulations. Content was also rearranged so that license information and fish ID photos are in the back of the regulations. Updated full-color zone maps can be found at the end of each section.


Here are a few changes that anglers will see in the 2016 fishing regulations:

* Expanded year round opportunities across the state for trout. In most areas where there were April openers, these rivers were expanded to be open year round.

* Reduction in the number of special regulations or exceptions. One thing to be aware of is that some of the waters that you fish may no longer be listed under the exceptions. This means that they are now covered under the zone regulations.

* Changes in fees. In 2016 there are fee increases on many angling licenses. This is the first time the fees have increased in six years. A new youth license was created. For $10 dollars youths ages 12-17 will get a hunting, fishing, shellfish license, and Columbia River Basin endorsement.

ODFW contracted with J.F. Griffin Media<> to publish this year’s regulations. J.F. Griffin currently contracts with over 20 other states to help create a consistent look and feel for fishing and hunting regulations. They also provide an online version<> of the regulations that can be accessed from mobile devices, tablets and desktop computers. This version includes the latest corrections and clarification to a few regulations that were causing confusion.