By Trevor Kugler
Many times the great state of Oregon can get overlooked as a fishing destination is the United States. When you think of fishing states, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Alaska and even Montana come to mind, but Oregon? Not so much. But the great state of Oregon should come to mind when it comes to fishing, there's little doubt about that. The Columbia River summer sturgeon fishery is just one of many options an angler may choose to partake in. Oregon's fishing opportunities range from steelhead fishing the famed Deschutes River, wade fishing for spring Chinook on an Oregon Cascade Range fed river to saltwater fishing for big halibut, powerful schools of tuna or abundant rock fish species. Oregon fishing is some of the most diverse that can be found in North America.
Many anglers think of Alaska, when it comes to salmon and steelhead fishing, but Oregon's Columbia River sees returns of over one million salmon and steelhead annually. Throw in rivers like the Rogue, Umpqua and the John Day and estuary fisheries like Tillamook Bay for its famed huge fall Chinook and you'll begin to see what Oregon has to offer the average angler. Whether you are a beginning angler or very experienced, Oregon has something for you.
Don't think Oregon is only about big game fish like Steelhead, salmon, sturgeon, and Halibut. There are a ton of opportunities for fishing for everything from stocked trout to Largemouth Bass. When it comes to fishing, Oregon literally has it all. Oregon's fishing regulations are much like other states, and it's always a good idea to check to make sure the method you intend to use is legal. For those of you who use live bait (especially worms) gang hooks are completely legal, which is a good thing. This means that in the great state of Oregon, presenting your live bait (especially worms) with a set of gang hooks is the best way to go, because gang hooks are the best way to present your bait in a completely natural manner.
If you're a resident of Oregon a fishing license is very affordable, about $25. Non-resident licenses are under $65 and if you only plan on fishing for a short time, 1 through 7 day licenses are available. If you're planning on fishing for salmon, steelhead, or halibut a combination tag is needed, but it will only run you about $20. Not only is Oregon a great place to fish and is also very affordable. The bottom line is that Oregon and fishing most certainly go together, and the next time you think about fishing, you should think of the great state of Oregon.
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