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May 17, 2016

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Fishing the Grand Ronde
Fishing the Grand Ronde
-Photo by Azura Dee Gaige-

Trout fishing opens May 22 in rivers and streams

Trout fishing enthusiasts will turn their attention to Oregon’s rivers and streams this weekend when dozens of moving waters open on Sunday, May 22. Oregon is rich in trout fishing opportunities. While many lakes and some rivers are open year around, the May 22 opener brings an expanded list of destinations, mostly rivers, including some of the smaller tributaries. Make this the year to find out why trout fishing is so popular in Oregon. Explore a little deeper. Whether you’re a fly fisherman or bait-caster, looking for cutthroat trout, redsides, rainbows or browns, Oregon has you covered. Read the regional reports for the latest where- and how-to’s.

Spring Chinook opportunities abound!

Oregon’s famous Spring Chinook are here and ready to be caught in many of Oregon’s waters right now! Reports from fish biologists from around the state show Chinook available in Tillamook Bay, the Trask, Nestucca, North Umpqua, Santiam, John Day, Umatilla Rogue, and Snake River. So you want to catch a “Springer,” you’ve got plenty of opportunity right now … but don’t procrastinate, it won’t last forever.

Return big game raffle tix by May 19

Big game raffle ticket buyers, just a reminder you have until this Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m. to get your completed tickets into ODFW. This applies to anyone who didn’t pre-print their ticket with the recipient’s name, address and phone number or hasn’t already filled out their raffle tickets and turned them in. Bring them to our headquarters (4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem) no later than Thursday. You can also hand-deliver them to the 2016 OHA Convention at the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville on Saturday, May 21 between 4:30-7:15 p.m. when raffle tix will also be on sale.

Running Wild 5K & Outdoor Skills Event on June 25

Bring the whole family to this 5K walk/run with a wild twist on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area near Corvallis. Participants can try four different outdoor skills at stations along the trail: 1) trap shooting with a shotgun, 2) archery at the E.E. Wilson Archery Range, 3) spin casting at a target and 4) identifying wildlife tracks (where you can also create a plaster cast of different animal prints to take home). More info

Here come the whales!

May and June are great times to view migrating gray whales off the Oregon coast. Some gray whales make their way up to summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, while others are part-time residents and stay off the Oregon coast from June until November. Quite a few gray whales were spotted last week in the nearshore waters off of Brookings and Port Orford. The best time to view whales is on calm days – as stormy weather tends to make viewing challenging. Look for whales as they surface to blow air, and occasionally flip their talks above the water. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!

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