Welcome to the 2013
Spring Fishing Guide
Southeast Zone (pdf)
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Crappie in the Warner Lakes are reaching 10 to 12-inches, with some even larger. Of all the Warner Lakes, Hart Lake looks like the best bet for 2013.
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-
- Mann Lake is once again producing trophy-size Lahontan trout with most fish 16 to 17-inches and some up to 20-inches long.
- Find trout stocking schedules and Google maps with driving directions to all stocking sites on the ODFW trout stocking page.
- 2013 Family Fishing and Free Fishing Weekend events.
- Take a friend fishing during Free Fishing Weekend June 1-2 – no license required!
The Southeast Zone is the largest of our fishing zones and trout fishing opportunities will vary by basin. Most rivers and streams are open May 25 to Oct. 31, except in the Klamath, Powder and Burnt basins where the season is April 27 to Oct. 31. To protect native populations of redband trout, most rivers and streams are not stocked but some exceptions include the Powder, Burnt, Lower Owyhee and Malheur (near Riverside) rivers. In many rivers fishing is also restricted to artificial flies and lures, but see the 2013 regulations for exceptions.
Trout stocking of lakes and reservoirs begins in March for lower elevation waters. Higher lakes are stocked shortly after snowmelt. Consult the trout stocking schedule to see what water body is being stocked when. The high mountain lakes will be stocked this year by helicopter. Fish stocked in the high lakes by helicopter are 2-3 inches. Most lakes and reservoirs are open year-round and some permit the use of bait. Consult the 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for any special regulations where you plan to fish.
The Southeast Zone offers a variety of warmwater fishing opportunities and some of the best potential for quality crappie outside the Snake River reservoirs. The current state record white crappie and black crappie were both captured in this zone. However, the desert nature of this zone can drastically affect water levels and consequently the fisheries.
The best crappie fisheries in the Southeast Zone can be dramatically affected by water availability in recent years; the Warner Lakes, Gerber Reservoir, and, to some degree, Owyhee Reservoir are examples of this. Check with the local fish biologist on the status of these fisheries. It’s worth the effort and the travel when crappie fishing is good!
Dog Lake and Lake of the Woods are good bets for families as they have a variety of warmwater species that are fairly easy to catch with worms and a bobber. Ana Reservoir, in contrast, is stocked with white bass-striped bass hybrids (called hybrid bass or wipers) that are difficult to catch but reach prodigious size – the 18 lb. 9.5 oz. state record hybrid bass was caught in Ana. While it may be a while before that record is broken, our sampling shows abundant fish in excess of 10 pounds.
Fishing for bass, panfish and crappie is best during the spring when they are moving into shallow water to spawn, the timing of which is largely determined by water temperatures reaching 50oF. Bass and crappie fishing generally slows down following spawning as the fish disperse to deeper water, although the schooling nature of crappie makes them easier to find and fish for during the summer. Anglers usually jigg for crappie in water up to 30-35 feet deep except in the shallow Warner Lakes where location of schooling fish is at a premium. Fishing for panfish is also best during the spring spawning season, but because of their tendency to remain in shallow water year around, catch rates for shore anglers or kids fishing from docks remain fairly high throughout the summer.
To learn what’s biting and where, check out the ODFW Weekly Recreation Report
. Each week our biologists update fishing conditions on rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs and ponds throughout the state.
-Photo by Jim Yuskavitch, ODFW-
Agency Lake: Agency Lake is in Klamath County approximately 20 road miles north of Klamath Falls. Agency Lake is connected to Upper Klamath Lake through the water body referred to as the straights. Agency Lake is 9298 surface acres and is shallow with an average depth of 7 feet at full pool. The average low water level is 3 feet at lake elevation of 4139 feet. In 2012 the lake was reduced to an elevation of 4137 ft.
Maximum depth is near 25 feet at the mouth of Sevenmile Creek and below the Bureau of Reclamation Water Pump. Since the removal of portions of the southern levee by the Nature Conservancy in 2008, Agency Lake has increased dramatically with over 3,000 acres between the levee and the Williamson River being inundated.
Boat access is available at Henzel Park boat ramp on the southeast portion of the lake. Boats can be launched from Petric Park which is an excavated channel to the Wood River. Launching boats at Petric Park to access Agency Lake is not recommended for large boats in the late summer and fall due to a shallow sand bar at the mouth of the Wood River. The Petric canal also fills with submergent vegetation which can clog water intakes. Boats can also be launched at the private ramp at Agency Lake Resort for five dollars. This boat ramp is much closer than Henzel to the productive fishing at the mouth of the Wood River. Small pontoon boats, canoes, float tubes or car toppers can be launched at the Wood River wetland either in Agency Lake directly or the Petric canal. Boaters new to Agency Lake should proceed with caution due to the shallow water especially when entering the area behind the former levees. Boat anglers should also be weary of the wind on Agency Lake which can change conditions quickly. Small boats are not advised unless close to shore.
Agency Lake is open all year with a bag limit of one trout to manage for trophy trout in the Lake. Once a trout is retained the angler must stop fishing. Creel surveys completed by ODFW in 2009 and 2010, and funded by the Restoration and Enhancement Board, showed the most successful boat fishing was during the months of June-August -- June had the highest catch of redband trout of any month. The most productive methods on Agency Lake are trolling lures or casting flies from a boat.
Spawning escapement into the Wood River valley was good this year suggesting a good fishing season following. Fishing for trophy native redband trout will be good during the months of June-August. The lake will likely remain turbid until late May due to wind and shallow water depth. Agency Lake is 1.8 feet below full pool and is not expected to fill.
Some redband trout have been tagged with pit tags to determine spawning escapement into the Wood River watershed. Results are forthcoming. USGS will likely continue to operate pit tag arrays on the Wood River into the future. If anglers find a pit tag in a redband trout they should contact fisheries biologist Bill Tinniswood at 541-891-4625. Further, brown trout were also captured in higher numbers than anticipated around the delta vegetation line. Anglers should concentrate their efforts around the delta vegetation during the late evenings.
ODFW monitoring by the Native Fish Investigations staff in Agency Lake in 2011 showed an abundant population of yellow perch spawning in the vegetation around the Wood River delta. Yellow perch can be targeted in late March and April when they are spawning. In addition, brown trout were also captured in higher numbers than anticipated around the delta vegetation line. Anglers should concentrate their efforts around the delta vegetation during the late evenings.
Bank fishermen are marginally successful using bait at the Henzel Park boat ramp in the early spring and late fall. There is limited bank access due to mostly private property along the entire accessible shoreline of Agency Lake.
|Ana Reservoir Hybrid Bass
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-
Ana Reservoir: Ana Reservoir is open to fishing all year. The reservoir is stocked annually with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout, and every other year with fingerling hybrid (white and striped) bass. The minimum size limit on hybrid bass is 16 inches with a bag limit of one hybrid bass per 24-hour period. Crank baits lures and 3 to 6-inch jigs are effective techniques for hybrid bass.
Bank anglers should focus their efforts in the morning or evening. Good bank fishing locations have been the cove on the west end of the lake and along the dam, but hybrid bass can be caught anywhere in the reservoir. Boat anglers should try trolling crank baits or lures at various depths. They can also locate a school of hybrid bass using depth finders and vertical jig for them. Anglers can fish for hybrid bass day and night at Ana Reservoir.
Trout fishing was very good this winter, and is expected to continue to be good. The boat ramp is available April through November. The use of live fish as bait is prohibited. Ana Reservoir is located in close proximity to the Summer Lake Wildlife Area, where birding and hiking opportunities are available. Anglers can fish for rainbow trout at Ana Reservoir from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.
Ana River: The Ana River is located near the town of Summer Lake and begins at the Ana Reservoir Dam. The river flows from Ana Reservoir through the Summer Lake Wildlife Area and eventually to Summer Lake. The river water temperature remains constant at approximately 60° F due to spring influences in Ana Reservoir making Ana River a year-round fishing option.
Ana River is stocked with fingerling rainbow trout. Legal-sized fish are abundant. There are no gear restrictions, the use of bait is allowed, and up to five trout may be harvested each day. For fly fishers, this is a great match-the-hatch river. Hatches of blue-winged olive mayflies come off the river almost all year. Tricos, caddis flies and terrestrials are also common here. Fishing is expected to be very good this spring; however, stealth is required to catch large rainbow visible in the clear, deep pools.
Experienced anglers use two strategies on the Ana River: 1) begin at the dam and proceed downstream until you have a limit of fish or your arm falls off; or 2) Begin about five miles downstream of the dam and work towards the dam with the same results.
Anthony Lakes: Rainbow trout are stocked each year in mid-late June and once in July. As in 2012, trout stocked will be “trophy” sized, averaging 1 pound or larger. Brook trout are also plentiful in the lake. This is a beautiful high altitude lake, west of Haines on the Anthony Lakes Highway.
Balm Creek Reservoir: Should be slow to fair fishing for 10 to 16-inch rainbow trout. Trout growth and survival has declined significantly in this lake as the result of illegal introductions of crappie and smallmouth bass. Crappie are abundant and average 6 to 8-inches long. Boat motors are restricted to electric motors only. Snow can be a problem until early- to mid-May. The reservoir is northeast of Baker City and can be accessed via Highway 203 out of Medical Springs.
An angler opinion survey conducted in 2009 indicates that the majority of anglers would like ODFW to manage Balm Creek Reservoir as a trout-only fishery without the illegally introduced smallmouth bass and crappie. ODFW is making plans to chemically treat this lake in the next several years to eradicate illegally introduced fish.
Beulah Reservoir: Fishing is expected to be good for rainbow trout again in 2013. Last year anglers experienced high catch rates on large rainbow trout throughout the spring. For the third year in a row, the reservoir has carryover water after the irrigation season. However, snowpack this year is far below average and without significant spring rains the reservoir is unlikely to fill completely this spring.
The reservoir will be stocked in May with fingerling rainbow trout. A few wild redband trout drift into the reservoir from the river. Bull trout can be found in the reservoir through late May. Remember to release bull trout if you catch one. Beulah Reservoir is located 19 miles north of Juntura off Beulah RD. Juntura is 73 miles west of Ontario and 58 miles east of Burns.
Big Rock: This reservoir is located in the Warner Lakes Basin about 15 miles northeast of Plush. The reservoir does not show up on the BLM maps, but is located in Mary Ann Draw on the Lakeview South-half map. The reservoir produces rainbow trout that are extremely fat; however, we expect that low water levels this year combined with a fish kill in 2011 will result in only fair fishing this year. Give Dave Banks, the fisheries biologist in Lakeview, a call (541-947-2950, 541-219-1395) for specific directions if you are considering fishing this reservoir. This lake is easily fished from shore.
The Blitzen River
-Photo by Reeseman, ODFW-
Blitzen River: Fishing on the Blitzen River has been good this spring, and is expected to continue in between periods of high flows. There are special regulations for the entire drainage so be sure to consult the 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations before heading out. The river and its tributaries have good numbers of wild redband trout; no hatchery fish are stocked. The highest average flows typically occur in late April, May and early June. Snowpack was below average again this winter, and low flows and warm water are expected by mid-July.
East Canal access road on Malheur Refuge may be open to motorized traffic by early summer. There are several public land access points within the drainage. Consult the Burns BLM District map for access. The easiest and closest location is at Page Springs Campground near Frenchglen, Oregon. There is little to no access to the river drainage by road, most of it is park and hike in.
Blue Lake: Access to the Blue Lake trailheads in the Gearhart Mt. Wilderness is dependent on the snow year. Access is normally available in late June. The lake is stocked with fingerling rainbow trout carried up the trail by horseback. A 3 mile moderate hike is required from the closest road location. The lake produces nice rainbows with fish up to 15-inches not uncommon. All methods of fishing work well at this lake, but fish seem to key in on the color orange.
Bully Creek Reservoir: The reservoir did have some carryover water again after the 2012 irrigation season. It may get close to filling this spring. Fishing should be fair for small crappie and for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Bully Creek Reservoir is located about 13 miles north and west of Vale off of Bully Creek Rd.
Bumpheads Reservoir: Bumpheads Reservoirs is a turbid irrigation reservoir located on Bureau of Land Management property. The Reservoir is located just north of Willow Valley Reservoir. There are no signs to the reservoir. From Willow Valley Road, take Rd. 6148 east, and take the first left to Bumpheads.
In May of 2012, over 200 crappie from 6 to 12-inches were stocked into the reservoir. Crappie were captured in Prineville Reservoir by the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club. Fathead minnow also occur in the reservoir. Fishing is expected to be slow.
Burnt River: Most streams in Baker County open April 27. Burnt River should provide fair to good fishing for 8 to 14-inch rainbow. Fishing is best in spring and early summer due to rising temperatures later. Access above Unity Reservoir is plentiful from USFS land and is stocked with legal-sized trout. Access below Unity is limited and there is no active stocking; however, there is some fishing opportunity below the dam on BLM property. If on private property, ask first.
Campbell/Deadhorse Lakes: There are multiple ways to access these lakes from Lakeview, Klamath Fall, and Bend. These lakes are located in Lake County on the Paisley Ranger District in the Fremont-Winema National Forest just off of Forest Road 28. They are stocked annually with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout throughout the summer. Rainbow trout average 12 to 14-inches with some fish larger than 16-inches available. These lakes are not accessible until late June because of snow drifts. The campgrounds are popular and receive extensive use during summer and fall. Please contact the USFS at the Paisley Ranger Station (541) 943-3114 to check road access.
-Photo by Jessica Sall-
Chewaucan River: The town of Paisley in Lake County is the gateway to the Chewaucan (SHE-wah-can). The river provides a self-sustaining native wild trout fishery. The Chewaucan River above the town of Paisley is open to fishing all year, but is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. The bag limit for native redband trout above Paisley is two fish 8-inches or longer with only one fish over 20 inches. Fishing for native redband trout and introduced brook trout in this section will be good this spring and will slows down during summer when water temperatures increase and stream flow decreases.
Fishing in the river and adjoining tributaries below the town of Paisley is open from May 25 through Oct. 31. The native redband trout bag limit is two fish per day, 8-inch minimum length with only one over 20-inches; the use of bait is allowed in this section. Success in the lower river declines as water temperatures increase from July to mid-September.
The lower river and reservoir provide summer fishing opportunities for largemouth bass and brown bullhead. Fishing catch rates for largemouth bass are expected to be very good this year.
Chickahominy Reservoir: The reservoir almost filled last year; however, it was half-full over winter. Good snowpack on the Potato Hills and spring rains will add much needed water. Fishing for rainbow trout was very good in the fall and remained good during the ice fishing season. The reservoir will be stocked with fingerlings in the spring, as usual. The reservoir is located off Highway 20, several miles west of Riley, OR.
Cottonwood Meadows: Cottonwood Meadows is 23 miles west from Lakeview on Highway 140. Look for signs along the highway directing you the remaining 6 miles up Forest Road 387. Cottonwood Meadows is annually stocked with fingerling and legal-sized trout and fishing for rainbow trout will be good in the lake. A few brook trout also are available. Snow drifts will limit access to the lake until late May. Fishing sometimes becomes difficult for bait fisherman in the summer and fall due to aquatic vegetation growth. Fat head minnows occur in the lake and lures that mimic them work well. No gas motors are allowed on the lake but there are two boat ramps for small boats. Campground facilities are also available at this scenic lake.
Cottonwood Reservoir: This reservoir, located off of Highway 140 west of Lakeview, is managed for native redband trout. This reservoir supports native redband trout of harvestable size and spring is good time to target them. The reservoir is open year-round but the most productive fishing is usually in spring and fall. This reservoir also contains fathead minnow. Bait and lures are effective, especially near the face of the dam. A boat ramp is available, although there are no camp sites at the reservoir.
Cow Lakes: Both lakes are a spring only fishery due extensive weed growth in the summer. Low numbers of brown bullhead and white crappie are available. Cow Lakes is no longer stocked with rainbow trout due to the high water temperatures causing significant mortality to trout. Cow Lakes are located about 14 miles north and west of Jordan Valley. The road into the lakes can be very soft early in the spring.
Dairy Creek: Fishing for native redband trout and brook trout should be good throughout the summer. There is a mix of private and public land and a Fremont-Winema Forest map would be helpful if you are unfamiliar with the area. Dairy Creek is open to fishing all year and has a bag limit of two redband trout, 8-inch minimum length, one fish over 20-inches. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. There is no size or bag limit on brook trout. There are two campgrounds on Dairy Creek, and the area is very scenic.
Deep Creek: Access to Deep Creek is along Highway 140 west of the town of Adel. Fishing for native Warner Basin redband trout should be good in the spring and slow as water temperatures increase in the summer. Deep Creek is open year-round for fishing and is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. The bag limit for native trout is two fish per day, 8-inch minimum length with no more than one fish over 20-inches. There are brook trout in the head waters of Deep Creek; there is no bag limit or size restriction for these non-native trout.
Delintment Lake: Delintment Lake is often free of ice until mid-April and is currently accessible. It will be stocked with legal-sized and fingerling rainbow trout in May. This lake has a campground, good bank access and an accessible fishing dock. It is a fairly high elevation lake located in a pine forest. Legal-sized trout make up the bulk of the catch until fingerlings begin entering the fishery by September. The lake regularly experiences winter kill. Directions from Hines, Oregon: Go northwest on County Road 127 (Hines Logging Road). Travel 12 miles to Forest Road #41. Left on Forest Road #41 for 26.5 miles to junction, turn left and follow signs for 5 miles to campground.
Devils Lake: Devils Lake is a turbid irrigation reservoir just east of Bly in the Fishhole Creek watershed. The lake can be observed directly off Fishhole Creek Road.
Recent sampling by ODFW found good populations of crappie, largemouth bass, yellow perch and brown bullhead. Look for fish along emergent and floating vegetation. Fishing is good for brown bullhead from shore. The reservoir is turbid with little shade so plan accordingly. There is no boat ramp.
-Photo by Jessica Sall-
Dog Lake: A warmwater fish reservoir located 30 miles west-southwest of Lakeview. Yellow perch, brown bullhead and black crappie are available as well as a small population of largemouth bass. This is a good place near Lakeview to take children to fish during late-May and June. The bag limit on largemouth bass is one per day and restricted to a 15 inch minimum length. It is not stocked with hatchery trout, and is closed to all trout fishing and retention for conservation of native redband trout found in the lake and one tributary.
The easiest access is from Andy Hill Road West of Lakeview off of Highway 140. Follow Andy Hill Road for 5-7 miles and turn right (West) on Dog Lake Road. Follow Dog Lake Road for 10-15 miles to Dog Lake. The road is paved to the lake. Camping and primitive bathrooms are available on the west shore of the lake.
Drews Reservoir: A large irrigation reservoir west of Lakeview that holds primarily warmwater fish. There are channel catfish, black crappie, brown bullhead, largemouth bass and yellow perch in this water body. There are also native redband trout entering the reservoir from Dog Creek and Drew’s Creek. Fishing is typically slow for all species. The reservoir is very turbid. An improved boat ramp and camping facility are located at the southwest end of the lake.
Duncan Reservoir: Located south of Highway 31 about 5 miles east of the town of Silver Lake. Follow Duncan Road (County Road 4-14) to the reservoir. Fishing is expected to be very good this year for rainbow trout, which are stocked in the reservoir as fingerlings as well as catchable (8 to 11-inches) and trophy size (12 or more inches) trout. An improved boat ramp and primitive camp area available.
Eagle Creek: Opens to fishing April 27. Should provide fair to good fishing for 8 to 14-inch rainbow trout when the runoff recedes in the lower reaches. This stream will be stocked three times in July and August in the higher elevations. Eagle Creek and Two Color Campgrounds are among several campgrounds near the USFS Road 77, off Highway 203 (Medical Springs Highway). A forest service map is helpful.
Elkhorn Mountain High Lakes: There are approximately 20 fish bearing lakes in the Elkhorn Mountains providing a variety of angling opportunities for brook, rainbow and lake trout. Snowpack and ice make high lakes inaccessible until mid-summer (early to mid-July). For specific information on these lakes, contact the Grande Ronde Watershed District Office in La Grande.
Fish Lake (Steens): There is a naturally reproducing population of brook trout in the lake, and fishing is good for 8 to 10-inch brook trout in the spring. However, access to the lake is typically delayed by snow, ice or muddy conditions until late May. The lake is stocked annually with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout in late June, and provides a good fishing opportunity about the time brook trout are becoming more difficult to catch. To get to Fish Lake take the north end of the Steens Mountain Loop Road (near Frenchglen, OR) for 18 miles.
Fish Lake (Eagle Caps near Halfway): The number of legal-sized trout stocked in the lake has been increased to improve fishing. Stocking will occur sometime in June or early July when the road is clear of snow. Naturally reproducing brook trout are also numerous. Fish Lake is off the USFS Road 66, northeast of Halfway.
Fourmile Lake: Fourmile Lake is a natural oligotrophic (low nutrient) lake that has been dammed the inlet to hold an additional 15,000 acre feet of water for irrigation. The lake is 763 acres with a maximum depth of 175 feet and average depth of 55 feet.
Fourmile Lake is a high elevation Cascade Mountain lake at 5,744 feet. The lake has excellent water clarity. The Lake is located approximately 40 miles west of Klamath Falls off Highway 140. The lake access is west of Lake of the Woods and requires driving down a dirt road for six miles. The road into Fourmile Lake is normally accessible by the Fourth of July, although the lake is open to fishing year-round.
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-
Prospects for brook trout are good, while rainbow trout fishing will be excellent. Fourmile Lake will be stocked in late June thru August with catchable and trophy sized rainbow trout up to 19-inches. Fishing is expected to be excellent for hatchery rainbow trout. Lake trout fishing will be fair with some lake trout exceeding 10 pounds. Kokanee are available but rare in the catch. Kokanee, near maturity, will be averaging 14-inches.
Expect good traveling sedge (caddisflies) hatches in July in early morning and late evening. Look for winged adult carpenter ants and termites landing on the water in the fall. This appears to bring up every fish in the lake. The best time to fish the lake is mornings or evenings as the afternoon wind can make fishing quite challenging.
Fourmile Lake will likely not fill this year so launching small boats from the beach might be problematic. The boat launch is an unimproved boat ramp with no dock or concrete pad. The launch site can be blocked by trees early in the season. There is a six dollar fee to launch your boat. There is a 10 mph speed limit on the lake.
Bank access is excellent with all of Fourmile Lake occurring on U.S. Forest Service property. Fishing from the bank can be productive.
Fourmile Lake has nice USFS campground with water and pit toilet. Access to food, gas and other amenitites are available at Lake of the Woods Lodge.
Fourmile Lake sits at the base of Mt. Mcgloughlin with spectacular views. The area also has extensive hiking trails into the Sky Lakes Wilderness. The lakes around Fourmile are stocked every other year from helicopter. High lakes stocked with brook trout within a mile of the USFS campground on Fourmile Lake are Badger, Woodpecker and Squaw. Badger is the most productive but bring a float tube for best success.
Gerber Reservoir: Gerber Reservoir is a 4047 acre reservoir located primarily on BLM land.
Crappie fishing can be excellent during good water years when the reservoir fills and much of the bank vegetation is flooded. This year Gerber is unlikely to fill and crappie fishing is expected to be poor. The Barnes Valley and Ben Hall arms of Gerber Reservoir can be productive for crappie. The best time to fish for crappie is late May to early June. The state record white crappie was caught in Gerber Reservoir in 1967.
Yellow perch are also present in the reservoir but typically average 5-inches. Fishing for brown bullhead can be fair. There is a small number of largemouth bass in the lake but knowledgeable anglers target the few hot spots in the reservoir. Redband trout are extremely rare in the reservoir and should be released unharmed. The redband trout population might be extirpated. The reservoir freezes in the winter and can provide fair ice-fishing for yellow perch and brown bullhead.
Gerber Reservoir is located approximately 20 miles east of the town of Bonanza in Klamath County and is open to fishing year-round.
There is an improved concrete boat ramp with dock and several campground areas. Fees are required for day use and camping. Boaters should proceed with caution as the reservoir is turbid and numerous hazards occur.
Grande Ronde Lake: Rainbow trout are stocked each year in mid-late June, July and August. Naturally reproducing brook trout are also plentiful in the lake. Good high lake fishing in summer when other areas have gotten too warm. The lake is west of Haines on the Anthony Lakes Highway past the ski area, on the north side of the road.
Heart Lake: The lake is stocked with kokanee and rainbow trout. Fishing for kokanee is expected to be very good in the spring and early summer; catch rates for rainbow trout should remain good throughout the summer. Brown bullhead were captured during fall sampling and will cause the trout and kokanee fisheries to decline. Please keep all the catfish you catch. Fathead minnow occur in the lake so use lures and flies that mimic this food to target larger rainbow trout.
This is a day-use only lake. An improved boat ramp, two picnic tables and primitive restrooms are available at the lake.
Heart Lake is located south of Highway 140 west of Lakeview near Quartz Mountain. Turn into the rest area on the south side of 140 and follow the USFS Road 3715 for 9 miles. Look for the Heart Lake sign and follow the dirt road west for 1 mile. Snow drifts often restrict access until June.
Highway 203 Pond: Will be stocked with legal-sized trout on several occasions beginning in April. Fishing should be good for 8 to 12-inch fish. Bluegill and bass are also plentiful (but small) and are fun for kids to catch. The Pond is located 5 miles north of Baker City just off I-84, exit 298.
ODFW will host a Free Fishing Weekend event at the HIGHWAY 203 Pond on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call Tim Bailey at (541) 963-2138 for more information.
Haines Pond and North Powder #1: Haines Pond will be stocked with legal-sized trout on several occasions, beginning in April. Fishing should be good for 8 to 12-inch fish. The pond will be stocked with additional legal and trophy-sized trout in April and September as part of the supplemental stocking program funded by the Oregon Legislature.
Haines Pond is 1 mile north of Haines on Highway 30. North Powder Pond is approximately 1 mile south of North Powder off Highway 30.
Stocking at North Powder Pond #2 has been discontinued due to heavy aquatic vegetation that inhibits harvest of the stocked trout.
-Washington Fish & Wildlife -
Higgins Reservoir: Opens for fishing April 27. Fly fishing is a favorite fishing method on this reservoir, but the landowner has restricted entry to walk-in only. The walk is ¾ mile. Please respect the property, haul out your trash, and help maintain the privilege of fishing on private land. Fingerling stocking was discontinued on this reservoir in 2006 due to the limited access. Located south of Unity Reservoir about 5 miles on dirt roads.
Holbrook Reservoir: Annually stocked with fingerlings, legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout. Catch rates for rainbow trout are expected to be very good this spring and fall, but generally decrease as summer progresses. A boat ramp and a few primitive camping spots are available at this reservoir. Snow drifts often restrict access until late spring.
This is a very scenic area with lots of watchable wildlife. Holbrook Reservoir, Lofton Reservoir and Heart Lake are all located within a couple of miles of each other off USFS Road 3715.
Juniper Lake: The lake is ice free and about three quarters full. Spring runoff has not yet occurred but we do not expect the lake to fill completely. Legal-sized cutthroat trout were stocked in 2011, fingerlings were stocked in 2012. All fish are expected to be near 15-inches, with some fish reaching 20-inches. Fishing is expected to be very good this year. Fish are spawning in late April and early May and fishing during this time will be best in the mornings and evenings.
No special restrictions exist on Juniper Lake. An access agreement was signed with the private landowner, and access is allowed by anglers on their shoreline. Please be respectful of private property while accessing this area. Juniper Lake is located north of Mann Lake on the East Steens Loop Road or Fields-Denio Road.
Klamath Lake: Klamath Lake is the largest lake by surface area in Oregon covering 61,543 acres with a maximum depth of 61 feet and average depth of 14 feet. This area has been increased by the breaching of levees near the Williamson River which increases the surface area by over 3000 acres.
Redband trout in Upper Klamath Lake are managed to attain trophy size and optimum fishing opportunity. Therefore, Upper Klamath Lake is open year-round with a bag limit of one trout. Trophy-size native redband trout greater than 28 inches are available and fish exceeding over 10 pounds are commonly caught. Fishing for these large, native redband trout should be good throughout the lake in the spring and fall. Fishing will be good in Pelican Bay and many other cold water areas in the north part of the lake from June-September. A statistical creel performed by ODFW from 2009-2012 and funded by the Restoration and Enhancement Board showed the highest catch Upper Klamath Lake was during the month of May.
Upper Klamath Lake will likely not fill this year and is currently 1.8 feet below full pool. Water clarity in the spring is typically poor and the lake is quite turbid until late May. The lake experiences an extreme algal bloom in the summer. This algal bloom creates high pH and ammonia levels, and then depletes dissolved oxygen when the algal bloom crashes. Redband trout move to cold water refuges around late June or July depending on conditions in the lake. ODFW encourages catch-and-release fishing, especially during the summer when trout develop an off flavor due to the algal bloom.
Popular methods for fishing Upper Klamath Lake for trophy redband trout include trolling Eagle Ridge with Rapalas or spoons fat head minnow, tui chub, sculpins or the silvery blue chub. Bait fishing from shore with dead minnows is popular during the spring at Shoalwater or Howard Bays. Anglers can also access fishing areas in Klamath Falls at Pelican Marina or Social Security Point just north of Moore Park. Flyfishing is very popular in the summer in Pelican Bay at Rocky Point. Trout in Upper Klamath Lake feed on fat head minnows, sculpins, chub, leeches, midges and, to a lesser extent water, boatman, cranefly larvae and dyticid beetle larvae.
Boat launches to Upper Klamath Lake include the south end of the lake at Moore Park 1 and 2, Pelican Marina. Boats can be launched at the Skillet Handle at Running Y Lodge property for residents or guests. There is an improved boat ramp at Howard Bay off highway 140 on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake. Camping and boats can be launched for free at the county park at Shoalwater Bay. There also is a boat launch at Rocky Point along with a lodge, store and restaurant. Boat gas and all the amenities are available. On the east side boats can be launched at Hagelstein Park off Highway 97 and at Modoc Point accessed via an unmaintained dirt road. Use for all public boat ramps on Klamath and Agency Lakes is free.
|Klamath Redband Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-
Klamath River: Located downstream of the town of Keno. Fishing for native redband trout peaks in May and June. Anglers need to be aware of river flows on the river as they are regulated by the Keno and JC Boyle Dams. Flows in the Klamath River below the J.C. Boyle Powerhouse fluctuate widely on a daily basis. Anglers can call 1-800-547-1501for river flow information. Or visit river flows below Keno dam and below the J.C. Boyle Powerhouse.
-Keno Dam downstream to J.C. Boyle Dam is open Jan. 1 through June 15 and Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Access to this location is from the Sportman’s Park, the roads on the south side of the river and two access points at Keno Dam and PacifiCorp Campground.
Opportunities for native redband trout should be good, and lures and flies are popular methods. Look for blizzard hatches of mayflies, caddiflies and damselflies in May and June. Fish with streamers or spoons in the fall. Flows should be ideal this year for successful fishing in May and June.
-J.C. Boyle Dam to the Powerhouse is open year-round. Anglers can access this area behind JC Boyle Reservoir by the Wild and Scenic road sign off of Highway 66 or the Topsy campground road. Access to this section is difficult, with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse, due to the steep canyon.
Fishing should be good for small native redband trout from 8 to 12-inches. This stretch typically has stable flows and is mostly spring fed which keeps water temperatures warmer in the winter and colder in the summer. Fishing in this stretch is best in May-June during the golden stonefly and salmonfly hatches. The best methods on this stretch are dry flies and small black spinners.
-J.C Boyle Powerhouse to Oregon/California State Line. Anglers can access this area by the Topsy Grade road on the east side of the river or the Wild and Scenic road from the turnoff on Highway 66. Fishing should be fair for redband up to 16-inches. Fishing in this stretch is best in May-June during the golden stonefly and salmonfly hatches and again in October-December. The best fishing methods on this stretch are large spinners or leech imitations.
This reach fishes best due low flow periods. During maintenance flow is low and stable and fishing can be very good. You can access PacifiCorps flow and maintenance schedule by calling 1-800-547-1501 or on the Web at http://www.pacificorp.com/es/hydro/hl/wr/kr.html.
Krumbo Reservoir: Opens for fishing April 27. Fishing for rainbow trout should be good this spring and early summer before the weeds make fishing more difficult. Fishing should be good again in the fall when water temperatures cool. There should be some large carryover rainbows from past stocking.
Bass fishing will be a little slow until the water warms up. The reservoir was sampled last year, and many bass were over 12-inches. This reservoir has great parking, a picnic area and an accessible fishing platform. The reservoir is located at the southern end of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. There are access signs visible from Highway 205 to Frenchglen, Ore.
Lake of the Woods: Open to fishing year-round, the lake is stocked annually with fingerling rainbow, brown trout and kokanee salmon. Legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout are stocked throughout the spring and summer. Good catches of holdover rainbow trout are available early in the spring.
Additional trout will be stocked for the Free Fishing Weekend event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 1. A late stocking of rainbow trout will occur before Labor Day weekend (Sept. 6) and is a great last weekend with the kids before sending them back to school.
Brown trout and kokanee fishing is also good in the spring. Kokanee are averaging around 11-inches. Brown trout are caught during late evening or early morning using large minnow imitations. Night fishing can also be effective and enjoyable and is legal here.
There are good fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, yellow perch and bullhead. While the largemouth bass population has experienced a recent rebound, yellow perch dominate the catch. A small hook with a piece of worm under a bobber will catch numerous yellow perch. This is a great place to introduce kids to fishing. A worm fished on the bottom of the lake will catch brown bullhead.
Lake of the Woods is 38 miles west of Klamath Falls off Highway 140.
Lofton Reservoir: Lofton Reservoir is annually stocked with fingerlings, legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout. Rainbow trout catch rates are expected to be very good in May and June, but decline as summer progresses.
Spring fishing is often the best time for catching trophy-sized trout. Bait and lures mimicking minnows are very effective in this reservoir. There is an improved boat ramp and developed campsites available for use at this location. No gas motors are allowed.
The illegal introduction of tui chub has reduced the survival of fingerlings planted in the reservoir and made fishing for trout more challenging. The lake will be treated this fall to remove the tui chub. In anticipation of this, the number of rainbow trout being stocked will be reduced this year.
Lofton Reservoir is located south of Highway 140 west of Lakeview near Quartz Mountain. Turn into the rest area on the south side of 140 and follow USFS Road 3715 for 9 miles. Look for the Lofton Reservoir sign and follow the paved road east for 1 mile.
Holbrook Reservoir, Lofton Reservoir and Heart Lake are all located within a couple of miles of each other off of USFS Road 3715.
Lucky Reservoir: Lucky Reservoir is stocked annually with fingerling rainbow trout. Fishing should be fair for rainbow trout this year. The access road has been improved from County road 3-14A.
This reservoir is very turbid, but extremely productive and large trout are caught here every year. The reservoir receives little fishing pressure overall because of its remoteness. There is no boat ramp, but primitive camping is allowed. Access to the reservoir is often limited by snow until late May.
Lucky Reservoir is located in Warner Lake Basin east of Lakeview. Take Highway 140 28 miles east of Lakeview to Adel and turn south on to County Road 3-14. Proceed on County road 3-14 for 10-15 miles until you reach County Road 3-14A. Follow 3-14A for 3-5 miles. Call Dave Banks, the fisheries biologist, for directions from County road 3-14A to the reservoir.
Malheur Reservoir: The snow pack this winter is far below normal. But the reservoir had carryover water again this year so it should come close to filling this spring. Last spring 7,000 legal-sized rainbow trout were released into the reservoir. The reservoir did not receive any fingerling-sized rainbow trout last year. Numbers of fish may be lower but the fish are expected to be bigger. The number of trout planned for release this year include 7,000 legal-sized trout and about 120,000 fingerling-sized rainbow trout. Malheur Reservoir is located 15 miles north of Brogan, which is 25 miles north of Vale on US Highway 26.
- Photo by Greg Huchko-
Malheur River drainage, Upper: Fishing should be fair to good for wild redband trout and brook trout after spring run-off occurs. The snow pack is below average, so the streams in the basin should drop into condition a little earlier this year. The fishing regulations for this area have changed; please see the 2013 angling regulations for site specific information. Remember to release bull trout.
There are several access points to the upper basin. The easiest access is south out of Prairie City via Forest Road 15 to Summit Prairie and Forest Road 13 into the North Fork. Recreationists can also access this area via Forest Road 16 east out of Seneca.
Malheur River, Lower: The reservoirs that feed this river reach probably will not fill this year. The river at Riverside will be stocked with the normal number of fingerling rainbow trout. Carryover trout from previous year’s releases also should be available.
Anglers can gain access to Riverside from Juntura in the north or from Crane in the south. Riverside is about 19 miles south of Juntura and about 30 miles north of Crane.
Mann Lake: The lake is managed to produce trophy trout. Catch rates this spring have been high with most fish 16 to 17-inches long and some over 20-inches. Artificial flies and lures only at Mann Lake (no bait). The bag limit is two fish over 16 inches, and only one may be over 20 inches. Fish are attempting spawning late April and early May; fishing during this time is likely best in the mornings and evenings. The reservoir is located off East Steens Loop Rd from Highway 78.
Midway Reservoir: Midway Reservoir is located southeast of Gerber Reservoir. Check with the Klamath BLM for maps and specific directions.
Mill Flat Reservoir: Mill Flat Reservoir is small 2-acre reservoir located North of Lakeview on the Fremont National Forest. Fishing is usually good in the spring and declines with rising water temperatures and an increase in aquatic vegetation. This is a great location for beginning fly fishermen to perfect their cast because there is no shoreline vegetation to get snagged on. No camping facilities are available; canoes and pontoon boats can be carried in and launched from the bank. Call Dave Banks (541-947-2950) for directions.
Moon Reservoir: The reservoir has been stocked with fingerling rainbow trout for several years. It has consistently maintained good water level for the last three years. Fishing for rainbow trout is expected to be fair to good this spring; this is the best time to actively angle for trout in Moon Reservoir. Bass fishing was good in 2012, and is expected to be good again this year for bass 8” to 12”. The BLM has upgraded the boat ramp and restroom area. Moon Reservoir is located From Highway 20 on Double OO Ranch Rd. There is a rough, dirt road several miles in from the Double OO Ranch Rd.
Mud Lake: Mud lake is located east of Adel in the Warner Basin on the east side of the Warner Lakes. Fishing is expected to be good for rainbow trout in early spring and summer. Rainbow trout averaged 12-inches during spring sampling in 2012. Be prepared for muddy roads in early spring and late fall. Primitive camping is available at the reservoir, but there are no pit toilets.
Murphy Reservoir: Trout fishing is expected to be very good this year. The reservoir water level was good last year and many holdover trout are available. The reservoir should be nearly full again this year, and will be stocked with fingerling rainbow trout. It is located above Beulah Reservoir. It is an extremely rough road and steep grade down to the reservoir.
Murray Reservoir: Will be stocked with legal-sized trout in both April and May. Fishing should be good for 8 to 12-inch fish, with some larger fish available. The reservoir is approximately 11 miles south of the town of Unity on Highway 26.
Obenchain Reservoir: Obenchain Reservoir is located near Deming Creek and Campbell Reservoir in Klamath County just off the 335 Rd (600-00). This is a private reservoir and permission is needed to fish. Fishing for bluegill is excellent and most effective fishing is from shore. This is a great place to take the family fishing. There are largemouth bass in the reservoir. The best fishing is in June.
Owyhee Reservoir: The reservoir went into winter with below normal storage and this year’s snow pack is far below normal. The expected result will be spring inflows that are lower and shorter in duration than normal. The reservoir is not expected to fill and spill this spring. boat ramps except Leslie Gulch and McCormack Park are available for use. Remember, there is fish consumption advisory for mercury on reservoir caught fish.
With the expected low inflow this year, the reservoir should clear much earlier than last year. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass and channel catfish is expected to be average. Crappie fishing this year is expected to be much slower than the last few years. Many of the large crappies present last year will have died after spawning.
There are three access points to Owyhee Reservoir. The best and most popular is located near the dam, which is about 40 miles south of Ontario, via Highway 201 and two county roads. The second access point is located at Leslie Gulch about 45 miles south of the dam along the reservoir or about 75 miles south and west of Ontario off of US Highway 95. The third access point is on Dry Creek on the west side of the reservoir. This access point is about 60 miles south of Ontario. About 30 miles south of Ontario turn at Owyhee Junction and drive west about seven miles. At the edge of the farm ground the road will turn from paved to dirt. Continue west and south to Twin Springs camp ground, about 20 miles. At Twin Springs continue south about 10 miles to reservoir. This is road access only; no boat ramp is located on the Dry Creek Arm of the reservoir.
-Photo by Jessica Sall-
Owyhee River, Lower: The reservoir probably will not fill and spill this spring. The amount of water released this summer is expected to remain near normal. The brown trout population appears to be in good condition with good numbers of 16 to 20-inchers and a few over 20-inches. All brown trout must be released. Rainbow trout continue to be scarce due to high harvest rates and predation by larger trout. Most trout are found between the dam and the tunnel.
The river is about 30 miles south of Ontario via Highway 201. At Owyhee Junction, turn west. About seven miles west, follow the signs toward Owyhee Dam. The paved road is adjacent to the river. Public access begins near the BLM Wildlife Viewing area and continues upstream to the dam.
Owyhee River, Upper: There are good numbers of smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Runoff this spring is expected to be far below normal and the river should be at summer base flows much earlier than last year.
There are three vehicle access points to the upper river. The upper most access point is at Three-Forks about 40 miles south of Jordan Valley. The next access point is upstream of Rome about five miles. Take county road south about five miles then turn east toward the river. Private land and limited access exists north of the fence just downstream of the access point. Birch Creek is the third vehicle access point to the river. Eight mile north of Jordan Valley along US Highway 95 turn west on to the Cow Creek road. Follow the BLM sign to the Birch Creek ranch about 30 miles from Highway 95.
Paiute Reservoir: This moderate-sized water body is located east of Adel along Highway 140 at Guano Valley. This reservoir was stocked with fingerling rainbow and Lahontan cutthroat trout as well as legal-sized rainbow and cutthroat trout last year and should provide good fishing this year. The reservoir is turbid and anglers should focus efforts near the dam and in shallow water where light has a chance to penetrate.
Peachy Pond: Peachy Pond is located off Modoc Point Rd. immediately south the Williamson River. Take a right at the Williamson River store just before crossing the Williamson River. Peachy Pond is the first pond on your right. The pond is on private property so please be respectful of the landowner’s property.
Peachy Pond will be open to youth 18 and younger, senior citizens over 60 years of age and disabled anglers. Restrooms and garbage facilities are available at the Henzel Park boat ramp on Agency Lake. The pond has a small population of largemouth bass, yellow perch, and bluegill. Crappie were stocked in late May 2013. The success of crappie has not been evaluated. Only bank fishing is allowed. Consult the weekly Recreation Report for updates on fishing success.
Fishing is always very slow in Peachy Pond due to high pH levels. However, fish are available. ODFW is working with the landowner to reduce pH levels to improve fishing.
Phillips Reservoir: The reservoir receives several stockings of legal-sized trout throughout the summer. Trolling for trout is the best method of fishing but bank fishermen can do well off points and near the dam.
Yellow perch are averaging 7-9 inches. Occasional large and smallmouth bass can be caught as well, with some of trophy size.
The ODFW is currently implementing a netting project to reduce the number of yellow perch in the reservoir. It is hoped that these efforts will lead to better growth and survival of rainbow trout and larger yellow perch.
In order to improve the trout fishery, ODFW will introduce sterile tiger muskie (cross between pike and muskellunge) in the reservoir in the spring of 2013 to help control the abundance of yellow perch in the reservoir. Tiger muskie are a natural predator of yellow perch. The number of tiger muskie in the reservoir will be carefully managed to help control the number of yellow perch, without overly impacting rainbow trout.
The reservoir is on Highway 7 approximately 18 miles west of Baker City.
Pilcher Creek Reservoir: The number of trout 9 to 15-inches is expected to be fewer than in recent years due to a deep drawdown in 2012 brought about by the dry late summer and fall. This probably reduced over-winter survival of fingerling trout stocked in the spring of 2012. The reservoir will open to fishing April 27. Fishing should be fair for crappie.
Pilcher Reservoir is approximately 9 miles west of the town of North Powder off of North Powder River Lane.
Pole Creek Reservoir: Angling should be good for large trout. The reservoir did have some carryover water this year; however, the reservoir will not fill this year. The reservoir was stocked with rainbow trout last year, and will be stocked with fingerling sized trout in late May. Fishing for rainbow trout is usually good until late summer.
Pole Creek Reservoir is located 25 miles north of Vale just off US Highway 26. There is a sign located at the turn off. The reservoir is located on private land so it is day-use only with no overnight camping.
Powder River: The river and tributaries open on April 27 and should provide fair to good fishing for 8 to 14-inch rainbow. Legal-sized rainbow trout will be stocked throughout the spring and summer below Mason Dam. Access is best on USFS land for approximately 2 miles downstream of the dam. There is also access from Baker City parks.
Pine Creek and North Pine Creek: The creeks and tributaries open on April 27 and should provide fair to good fishing for 8 to 14-inch rainbow. Legal-sized rainbow trout will be stocked throughout the spring and summer in North Pine Creek and can be accessed via Highway 39 Rainbow trout are no longer stocked in Pine Creek near Cornucopia to protect the population of listed bull trout in that area.
Priday Reservoir: This reservoir is located 5 miles south of Plush in the Warner Basin on west side of the Plush-Adel road. The reservoir was stocked last year with fingerling and legal-sized rainbow trout. Anglers have been fishing this reservoir since March and have reported catching rainbow trout from 13 to 17-inches. Sampling in the fall of 2012 found skinny fish. Please consider keeping a limit of fish from this reservoir to improve the condition of the remaining fish. Bait, flies and lures work well.
Rogger Pond: Fishing for rainbow trout should be good early spring and summer at this old borrow pit located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner Mountains. This is a very scenic location and a good place near Lakeview to take children to fish. Access to the pond can be delayed by snow until late spring or early summer.
-Photo by Roger Smith-
Sevenmile Creek: Sevenmile Creek flows from the Cascades Mountains Sky Lakes Wilderness Area. The stream is located approximately 6 miles west of the town of Fort Klamath. Sevenmile Creek below Nicholson Road Bridge will open April 27 and should be fair for introduced brown trout and brook trout. This section is on private property and anglers will need permission from the landowner to fish.
Upstream of Nicholson Road Bridge also opens April 27 and has good brook trout fishing opportunities. Fishing for brook trout will be excellent. Access to upper Sevenmile Creek may be difficult early in the fishing season due to snow. Check with the Forest Service's Klamath Ranger District (541-883-6714) to determine road conditions.
A change in the fishing regulations this year allows for two brown trout and an unlimited number of brook trout to be harvested in all of Sevenmile Creek and tributaries. Catch and release is required for all rainbow trout (redband trout).
Sherlock Gulch: Fishing success is fair in this reservoir located north of Plush. The reservoir is very turbid and about full, but may go dry during late-summer. Catching fish out of this reservoir is difficult; however, large rainbow trout in this reservoir can make it worth the effort.
Primitive camping only and there is no boat ramp on the reservoir. A float tube, pontoon boat or other small boat would work well here. Sherlock Gulch is located a mile north of Sunstone Reservoir near the BLM Sunstone Collection area. Call Dave Banks, fisheries biologist, at the ODFW office in Lakeview for directions (541-947-2950, 541-219-1395).
Sid Luce Reservoir: The lake is located up the Snyder Creek road, off of Hog Back Road 3-5 miles north of Plush. Fishing success should be fair for rainbow trout this spring and summer. Many of the larger fish spilled out of the reservoir in 2011 and fingerlings have not yet reached the size anglers have been accustomed to in past years. Lures or flies that mimic crayfish work well. The reservoir experiences high winds regularly.
There are no developed camping facilities and no constructed boat ramp. Call Dave Banks, fisheries biologist, at the ODFW office in Lakeview for directions (541-947-2950, 541-219-1395).
Silvies River drainage: Fishing should be fair for wild redband trout; though few will exceed 10-inches. The snow pack was below average throughout the winter. Streams should be low and fishable in late May or early June. Warmwater fishing for smallmouth bass in the mainstem will be good, and starts as early as late-May.
The Silvies River runs through both BLM and National Forest land; the best maps to use to determine access are the Burns District BLM 30 Minute Series of ‘Burns, Oregon’ (541 573-4400 www.or.blm.gov/Burns/) and the Malheur National Forest Map (541 575-3000).
Slide Lake: Slide Lake is a clear lake and contains both hatchery stocked rainbow trout and brook trout. Park at the trailhead and hike approximately ½ mile into the lake. Small brook trout are also available in the pools of Slide Creek.
A very scenic location in the Freemont National Forest off Forest Rd 3360. It can be accessed from Paisley via the ‘highline road’ or from the Summer Lake side via Government Harvey Pass (mile marker 87).
Spaulding Reservoir: The lake is full this year and will be stocked with fingerling rainbow trout this spring. Fishing for quantity is great -- hook and line sampling in 2012 yielded more than 50 fish in four hours -- but most fish are 8 -10-inches.
This is a great reservoir to fish in the fall when you can do a “cast and blast” for chuckar and rainbow trout.
-Washington Fish & Wildlife -
Sprague River System: The Sprague River starts in the Gearhart Mountains in Lake County and flows over 100 miles towards Klamath Falls to the Williamson River. The Sprague River flows through the towns of Beatty and Bly which are east of Klamath Falls off Highway 140. The Sprague River terminates in the town of Chiloquin 30 miles north of Klamath Falls. Fishing for native redband trout should be good in late May and June. The area from Saddle Mountain Pit road upstream to Godowa Springs Road Bridge is open to the use of bait to facilitate the harvest of brown bullhead. Brown trout are difficult to catch in this river but small spoons and sculpin imitations are productive. Brown trout fishing is best in the NF Sprague River.
The Sprague River System is closed to fishing for bull trout and any bull trout captured should be immediately released unhurt and reported to the ODFW office in Klamath Falls (541-883-5732). A change in fishing regulations this year allows anglers to harvest two additional brown trout in the Sprague River watershed.
Sycan River: Fishing should be slow in the Sycan River above the Sycan Marsh for brook trout and redband trout from May-June. Flies and lures are effective in this stretch as this area receives little fishing effort. The Sycan River below Sycan Marsh will be slow with the exception of the Coyote Bucket area near the Forest Service Boundary which has large brown trout and small redband trout available.
Spring Creek: Spring Creek is located just north of Chiloquin off of Highway 97 at Collier State park. Spring Creek opens May 25. Spring Creek will not be stocked with hatchery rainbow trout in 2012. The fish allocated for Spring Creek will be used in Fourmile Lake. A few brown trout and brook trout are available in Spring Creek. Brown trout move into Spring Creek in good numbers in October. Caddis hatches bring brown trout to the surface during this time.
ODFW, in conjunction with Oregon State Parks, Klamath Country Flycasters and Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, has added over 400 cubic yards of spawning gravel and six large lodgepole pines to Spring Creek from 2010-2012. Use of the spawning gravel by large redband trout averaging over 20-inches is very high.
Summit Prairie Pond: Fishing for small rainbow trout should be good early spring and summer at this old borrow pit located along the Twin Springs Road in the South Warner Mountains. This is a good place near Lakeview to take children to fish. Access to the pond can be delayed by snow until late spring or early summer.
Thief Valley Reservoir: The reservoir is filled in mid-February. As a result of the very dry late summer and fall in 2012, the reservoir was drained by the irrigation district to provide needed water for irrigation. all fish in the reservoir were lost. The reservoir was restocked with sub-legal sized rainbow trout in November 2012. These fish averaged 8-inches long when sample in late March. Trout should be 12 to 14-inches long by mid-May.
A voluntary angler creel survey is being implemented this spring and summer to evaluate the stocking program. Please take time to fill out a survey card each time fishing this reservoir!
Thompson Reservoir: This reservoir is located south and west of the town of Silver Lake in Lake County. The reservoir contains rainbow trout and largemouth bass. Rainbow trout are distributed throughout the reservoir during the spring and early summer and range from 10 to 18-inches or more.
There are two USFS access roads to the reservoir. Forest Road 27 will take you along the east side of the reservoir and to the East Bay Campground which has the better of the two boat ramps at this reservoir. Forest Road 28 will take you to the campground located near the dam.
Twin Lakes (Eagle Caps near Halfway): The number of legal-sized trout stocked in the lake has been increased to improve fishing. The lake will be stocked in late June or July when the road is clear of snow. Twin Lakes is off the USFS Road 66, northeast of Halfway.
|Fishing at Vee Lake near Lakeview
- Photo by Dave Banks, ODFW-
Vee Lake: Vee Lake, a moderately-sized lake with a panoramic view of Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, is a popular destination because of its proximity to Lakeview (about 30 miles northeast). The lake is stocked with fingerling and legal-sized trout, and sampling in 2012 found fish averaged 11-inches long with some up to 14-inches.
The lake located on Fremont National Forest north of Mud Creek Campground and
has primitive boat ramp. Snow drifts will restrict access until June.
Warm Springs Reservoir: The reservoir will not fill this year; and it may not store enough water to carryover water into next year. Based on angler reports last year, bass fishing should remain fair to good. Large rainbow trout are also caught occasionally. It is stocked with fingerling rainbow trout every spring.
There is access to Warm Springs Reservoir from Highway 20 east of Burns on Warm Springs Rd. However, this road is not drivable when its wet or snow covered. Warm Springs Reservoir can also be accessed from Juntura by the Juntura-Riverside road.
Warner Valley Lakes (Hart, Crump): These lakes are located near the towns of Plush (Hart) and Adel (Crump) in the Warner Lakes Basin east of Lakeview. Brown bullhead, white, and black crappie are available in Crump and Hart lakes. Crappie in Hart Lake should range between 10 to 12-inches this year. There is a primitive boat ramp on the northwest corner of the lake.
Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge traded land with the Bureau of Land Management on the east side of Hart Lake. The land still provides for public access, but has changed to day use only (no camping on the east side of Hart Lake). There is a campground on the refuge about 5 miles north of Hart Lake.
Crappie fishing at Crump Lake should be good this year, though water levels are low and public access is limited. There is a primitive boat ramp on the east side of the lake.
Crappie densities are low in nearby Campbell and Flagstaff lakes, but there may be teh occasional larger fish. ODFW fish staff will be sampling Hart, Flagstaff, and Campbell lakes during April to identity size classes and densities of crappie available. Anglers with question can contact Dave Banks (541-947-2950) in Lakeview for specific size and density information beginning in May.
Lower Williamson River: Fishing should be very good this year for trophy redband trout. ODFW monitoring showed good numbers of redband trout spawners on the spawning grounds this year. The most popular method on the river is fishing from a boat using flies or lures. Most anglers hire an experienced guide to take them down the river as catching the large trout can be challenging. Anglers below Modoc Point Bridge troll lures and spoons effectively.
Most of the Williamson River is on private property; however, there is bank access near Chiloquin and Collier State Logging Museum. A popular time for fishing is July-September during the giant Hexagenia mayfly hatch.
A change in this year’s fishing regulations allows anglers to keep two additional brown trout from the Williamson River watershed.
Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, Oregon State Parks, United States Forest Service and ODFW have added over 600 pieces of wood and 200 cubic yards of spawning gravel to the river in 2011-2012. Another habitat restoration project is planned in 2013 on the Tuttle Ranch below Spring Creek. This project will entail planting trees, spawning gravel augmentation, fencing to exclude livestock and wood addition.
Upper Williamson River: Fishing in the Upper Williamson for native redband trout and brook trout should be good this year. The average size of redband trout in this reach is 12-inches but fish over 20-inches are available. The Upper Williamson is best fished in June during the black drake mayfly hatch. Fishing is also good in July when the Hex hatch occurx at dark. There are several lodges on the Upper Williamson River that offer exceptional fishing for redband trout and brook trout.
The Upper Williamson River is accessed by taking the Silver Lake highway road off on Highway 140 approximately 40 miles from Klamath Falls. Access to the Upper Williamson is limited as most of the river is on private property. The river can be accessed at the Old Rocky Ford Area on USFS property.
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-
Wildhorse Lake: Access to Wildhorse Lake typically may not open until mid-July; rarely is it earlier than June. Located high on the south end of Steens Mountain, Wildhorse Lake has a naturally reproducing population of cutthroat trout. The trout are usually small, 8-inches on average, and catch rates are low.
A steep trail (five miles round trip) above 9000 feet in altitude provides the only access to the lake. The trailhead can be accessed from the Steens Mountain Loop Road.
Willow Valley Reservoir: Fishing for largemouth bass will be good throughout the year. Approximately 100 two to six pound bass are stocked annually. These bass come from Davis Lake in northern Klamath County. The Antelope Creek channel is a productive area for bass. The deeper water around the dam and south of the dam can be productive as well as the bay between the boat ramp and dam. The north end of the lake is shallow.
There are a few nice crappie in the reservoir but they’re rare. Bluegill are fairly abundant but typically are small. Yellow perch are the most dominant fish in the reservoir but are small and stunted. A few Lahontan cutthroat trout also are available.
Willow Valley Reservoir is southeast of Bonanza in Klamath County near the California border. There is a concrete boat ramp but no docks. There are no improved campground facilities and the pit toilet has been destroyed. Camping is allowed.
Recent additions of bass habitat structures by BLM, ODFW and Klamath Bassmasters should continue to improve this fishery.
Withers Lake: The lake has been producing brown trout up to 17-inches. Both flies and bait have produced good brown trout catches. The lake also has small brook trout.
Withers Lake is located on the Fremont Forest National Forest northwest of the town of Paisley. The road into Withers Lake is located off USFS Road 3360. There is a short (1/8 mile) walk from the parking area to the lake. No boat ramp or camping facilities are available at this location.
Wolf Creek Reservoir: The number of trout in the reservoir is expected to be down from recent years due to the dry late summer and fall of 2012. Crappie are usually plentiful around structures. Located northwest of the town of North Powder; take exit 283 west off I-84.
Wood River: The Wood River opens April 27 and flows should be low, which will provide good match the hatch dry fly fishing this year. Numerous mayfly and caddis hatches will occur through October. Fishing in July and August with grasshopper dry flies also can be good. Fishing for native redband trout usually improves after June when water quality degrades in Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes.
Brown trout fishing should be good for the entire season. Casting lures or spoons upstream into deep pools can be effective for brown trout. Brown trout over 30-inches are available.
The Wood River flows through the town of Fort Klamath in Klamath County and enters the north end of Agency Lake The river can be accessed at the headwaters at Kimball Park, the USFS day use area just west of Fort Klamath, and by launching boats at Weed Road or Petric Park. The most productive fishing area for dry fly fishing is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road. The area with highest fish density is below Weed Road to Crooked Creek.
Fishing regulations for the Wood River have changed from catch-and-release for all fish to a bag limit of two brown trout per day and no limit on brook trout. Redband trout and bull trout must be released unharmed. Anglers will be required to distinguish between fish species if they plan to harvest fish.
Yellowjacket Lake: Fishing should be good for holdover trout in the lake this spring. Fishing should continue to be good until late summer, when weed growth makes angling more challenging. ODFW will stock the lake with fingerling and legal-sized rainbow trout in early May or as soon as the road is clear of snow. The fingerling trout should reach legal size by early fall.
This lake has a campground, an unimproved boat ramp, and good shoreline access. It is northwest of Hines on the Malheur National Forest. Directions from Hines, Oregon: Go northwest on County Road 127 (Hines Logging RD). This road will become USFS RD #47. Remain on this road to USFS RD #37, turn right onto this ride and marker for Yellowjacket Campground. Follow signs three miles to campground and lake.
For more information about fishing opportunities in the Southeast Zone, please contact the nearest ODFW office:
Hines District Office
Hines, OR 97738
Lakeview Field Office
Lakeview, OR 97630
Ontario Field Office
Ontario, OR 97914
Klamath Watershed District Office
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
La Grande Watershed District Office
La Grande , OR 97850