A few weekends ago I decided to take my son fishing. Thinking about what I needed to take, I knew I had the fishing gear (besides bait) but I didn’t have a fishing license.
So I started “googling” the cost of a fishing license and how to obtain one.
From here I started to look into the cost of a license, requirements, regulations, and how to obtain one.
So, how much does an Oregon fishing license cost? Like many other states, Oregon has varying prices for each of the different kinds of licenses depending on types of fishing. Pricing is relatively cheap, ranging between $16.46 for a one day license to $51 for an annual license. For our disabled veterans and those currently serving (residents), disabled resident’s fishing licenses are free.
There are many different types of licenses and regulations for each state. It’s important to keep an eye out on the regulations. They do seem to change from time to time.
If you under 12 years old you do not require a fishing license. 12 years and above you will need to hold a fishing license.
If you want to know more about the cost of each license, where and how you can purchase one in Oregon, keep reading below.
Oregon Fishing Licenses Cost
|Sports Pac (Includes: Angling, Shellfish, and Hunting License; combined angling tag; spring turkey, cougar, general or controlled bear tag, elk and deer tags; upland bird and waterfowl validations)||$196.50||N/A|
|Combination Angling and Hunting||$73.00||N/A|
|Endorsements and Validations|
|Columbia River Basin Endorsement (When purchased at the same time as angling license)||$9.75|
|Columbia River Basin Endorsement
(If purchased separately from angling license)
Two Rod Validation
- Two rods or lines while angling in standing water bodies such as lakes, ponds, and reservoirs, including Snake River impoundments above Hells Canyon Dam.
- Five rods or lines only when ice fishing.
- Only when authorized, the two-rod validation may be used in specified streams.
Two-Rod Validation is not required for youth under 12 years of age. Two-Rod Validation is prohibited in:
- Columbia River and its impoundments.
- Seasonal or permanent backwaters and sloughs of rivers, streams, and creeks.
- Bays, estuaries, and ocean waters.
- Coastal lakes during wild coho seasons— see zone regulations.
|Adult Combined Angling Tag||$46.00||$66.00|
|Hatchery Salmon / Steelhead Harvest Card||$33.00|
|Youth License (12-17 years old)
(Includes Angling, Hunting, Shellfish and Columbia River Basin Endorsement)
|Youth Sports Pac (Includes: Angling, Shellfish, and Hunting License; combined angling tag; spring turkey, cougar, general or controlled bear tag, elk and deer tags; upland bird and waterfowl validations and the Columbia River Basin Endorsement)||$55.00||N/A|
|Youth Angling Combined Angling Tag||$5.00|
|Resident Senior and Pioneer Licenses|
|Senior Angling (70 years old and Oregon resident for at least 5 years)||$29.00||N/A|
|Senior Combination (70 years old and Oregon resident for at least 5 years)||$47.50||N/A|
|Pioneer Combination (65 years old and Oregon resident for at least 50 years) (Includes: Angling and Hunting License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement). Available only at ODFW offices that sell licenses.||$6.00||N/A|
|Disabled Veteran and
Uniformed Service Member Licenses
|Uniformed Services Angling||N/A||$44.00|
|Uniformed Services Annual Shellfish||N/A||$10.00|
|Disabled Veteran Shellfish||Free||N/A|
|Disabled Veteran Combination (Includes Columbia River Basin Endorsement)||Free||N/A|
|Daily / Multi-day Licenses|
|One Day Angling||$23.00|
|Two Day Angling||$42.00|
|Three Day Angling||$59.50|
|Seven Day Angling||N/A||$93.50|
|Columbia River Basin Endorsement (Each Day)||$1.00|
|Daily Angling and Shellfish Combo||$32.50|
|Three Day Shellfish||N/A||$19.00|
|Other Permits and Applications|
|Duplicate Tag (reprint)||$2.00|
|Abalone Harvest Permit||Free|
|Scallop Harvest Permit||Free|
|Wildlife Area Parking Permit (Daily)||$10.00|
|Wildlife Area Parking Permit (Annual)||$30.00|
|Waterway Access Permit
(All non-motorized boats 10 feet or longer,
|$7.00 weekly/7 day,
|Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit (Motorized Boats)||N/A||$22.00|
|Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit (includes disabled clam digging)||
Oregon Disabilities Fishing License
Fishing licenses for those with disabilities is offered with free fishing. To be eligible you must be able to provide evidence of the disability.
This involves providing a letter from the U.S. Veterans Administration, or any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, showing an overall disability rating of at least 25 percent.
For further information or to obtain an “Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit” check out disabilities hunting & fishing permit info.
Where can you purchase Oregon Fishing Licenses
Fishing licenses can be purchased online from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
You can also purchase a license through independent agents. One of these is Walmart. Check out this article detailing how to buy a license from Walmart.
To purchase a license for yourself, you must provide your name, residence address, residency status, (DMV ID, passport, green card, military ID, etc.), date of birth, height, weight, hair color, and eye color.
Processing is immediate, you will receive your fishing license online, which can be printed.
The official laminated version will be posted in the mail and should receive within 30 days.
Before you do press the buy button, perform a final check of the license type. If you make a mistake you may not receive a refund or reimbursements.
Oregon Fishing Regulations
Regardless of fishing in fresh or saltwater, you are required to hold a valid fishing license if you are over 12 years old and above.
Oregon Bag Limit
A maximum number of fish or shellfish that may be legally taken and reduced to possession in one day. An angler may take the daily limits of several types of fish per day.
Oregon Annual Bag Limit
Applies to the following species only:
- White sturgeon: 2
- Pacific halibut: 6
- Salmon and steelhead: 20 — in any combination, when recorded on the Combined Angling Tag.
- Hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead legally recorded on a Hatchery Harvest Tag do not count toward annual salmon and steelhead limit.
Oregon Possession Limit
Maximum number or amount of a single type of fish or shellfish that a person may lawfully possess in the field, or transit to the place of permanent residence.
The possession limit is 3 daily bag limits for all species, including jack salmon, except:
- 1 daily bag limit on the vessel or three daily bag limits on land for Pacific halibut
- There is no possession limit for adult salmon and steelhead
- 2 daily bag limits for all marine finfish, shellfish, and other marine invertebrates on Marine Zone.
- Anglers are restricted to 1 daily bag limit and 1 annual bag limit for all fish species from the Columbia River, even if licensed in Oregon and Washington.
Oregon Size Limit
It is unlawful to take or have in possession any fish or shellfish that are smaller than the minimum or larger than the maximum size limits.
General Fishing Regulations
Being a great angler involves treating fish and the environment respectfully.
Below are some general fishing regulations and tips that apply to any waterway regardless of where you are fishing.
Taking care of fish
Handle fish as little as possible and only with wet hands. This reduces the removal of fish slime, which protects the fish from infection and aids in swimming.
When holding a fish that has teeth, use a gripping tool to support the front of the fish, and use the other hand under the belly to evenly support the fish’s weight.
Carefully remove the hook if possible. If the fish is gut-hooked or especially large or agitated, cut the line as close to the hook as you can while the fish is still in the water.
Reduce handling by using a dehooking tool. Dehooking tools allow anglers to quickly release their catch while minimizing injuries and handling time.
You should never hold a fish by its jaw, gills or eyes.
Always release your fish headfirst into the water. This allows water to be forced through the mouth and over the gills, essentially giving it a “breath of fresh air.”
Using proper gear
Use tackle that is appropriate for the size and type of fish. For example, light gear can result in a fish dying of exhaustion or stress soon after its release.
A knotless, rubber-coated landing net is ideal when handling a fish since it supports the fish’s body weight.
Stay with your lines, so as you catch a fish you can retrieve it as soon as possible, minimizing stress and injury to the fish.
Disposing of you fish
It’s important to get into the practice to immediately kill the fish you intend on keeping. Many anglers keep the fish in a bucket of water. This causes a slow death to the fish as the water slowly runs out of oxygen.
- Dispatch them with a quick blow to the head.
- Place the dead fish in an esky or iced areas, out of sunlight.
Practice sustainable fishing practices
We all have a responsibility to look after our fisheries resources, both for the environment and future fishing generations.
Keep up to date on the fishing regulations. They do change from time to time.
Carefully release undersized or unwanted fish back into the water.
Respect native sites, culture, and values
If you catch noxious species, remember not to return them to the water. Humanely dispose of them,
Always seek permission when entering private property.
Pass on your knowledge and promote sustainable fishing practices.
Important that we leave to protect and restore the environment. Dispose of fishing lines, excess bait, hooks by placing it in bins.
Fish to Catch In Oregon
Oregan has a large diverse range of fish species. The availability of these fish depends on seasonality and regulations.
Coastal Cutthroat Trout
Chinook Salmon (King, Blackmouth)
Kokanee/Sockeye spawning colors
Westslope Cutthroat Trout
Coho Salmon (Silver)
Kokanee/Sockeye pre-spawning colors
Bull Trout (Resident)
Bull Trout (Migratory)
Fishing in America is one of the most popular sports. For good reason. It can be challenging catching a large fish, it can take patience and there is the enjoyment of being outside in nature.
Going fishing is an inexpensive and fun way to spend time, either by yourself or with friends or family.