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Weekly Recreation Report: Southeast Zone

August 22, 2017

 Southeast Zone Fishing

Delintment Lake
Delintment Lake
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Delintment Lake has been fishing well recently with consistent catches of 8-10 inch rainbow trout.
  • Vee Lake was stocked this past week and is a great fishing destination.
  • Fourmile Lake is one of your best bets for fishing the Klamath Basin.
  • Keep on the lookout for radio tagged redband trout in Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes, Williamson, Sprague and Wood Rivers. Please release these fish unharmed.
  • Fishing should be excellent for rainbow trout in Miller Lake.

Regional resources

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Ana Reservoir hybrid bass
Kelly Tuerffs of Cottage Grove landed this monster 16 lb. hybrid bass at Ana Reservoir.
-Photo courtesy Kelly Tuerffs-

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

People have been doing extremely well fishing this cold-water lake for the past month! This lake is open year-round, providing a great opportunity to catch hybrid bass and rainbow trout. A 16-pound hybrid bass was caught earlier this season and hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon. Hybrid bass are targeted successfully using crank baits and fishing bait along the bottom.

A new state record hybrid bass (white and striped bass cross) was caught in Ana Reservoir on Dec. 10, 2014. The fish was caught using a Rapala crankbait on 10 lb. test line and measured 31½ inches with a girth of 24 inches. The fish weighed 19 lbs. 12 oz. The new state record is 1 ½ inches longer and more than 1 lb. heavier than the previous record of 18 lbs. 9 oz. caught in 2009.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout

Fishing should be great for rainbow trout right now. There has been a lot of rainbow trout stocked in this river this past month. Ana River is open year-round and was stocked in November with larger rainbow trout 10- to 13-inches. Fingerlings were also released in 2016 and should be approximately 8- to 12-inches.

The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a float tube or by walking the banks. Bait is allowed. Ana River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Fishing in Annie Creek not recommended at this time due to high flows. Annie Creek turns turbid quickly due to the large watershed and snow in the upper elevations. Access is available off Hwy. 62 at the USFS snow park. There is plenty of public property on USFS, State Forest and Crater Lake National Park -- fishing is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000).

Several waterfalls occur on the creek inside Crater Lake National Park offering exceptional views. Fishing is very slow due to very cold and low productivity water. Fishing with bait allowed. Open year-round.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with approximately 3,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing is good.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is completely full of water. Fall fish sampling by ODFW indicated that the fingerlings planted last spring have survived and grown well and should provide for good fishing this spring. In addition, 500 legal-size rainbows were stocked the week of May 15.

BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout

No recent fishing reports.

The reservoir is currently at 63 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. Look for fish in and around submerged vegetation and in areas that have cooler water.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir recently had a very thick algae bloom. It is unknown if it is toxic, but be cautious with pets and small children. Fish can be eaten, but remove all intestines and wash the fish thoroughly before cooked.

Fingerlings were released in May this year and will be 8-to 10-inches come fall.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The Blitzen River is currently flowing around 39 cfs with water temperatures fluctuating around 63oF. The current conditions for the Blitzen can be checked here.

This is the summer low-flow period on the Blitzen so look for trout in and around cover including deep water. Fish will be most active in the mornings and evenings and will try to find adequate cover to reside in during mid-day. Fishing in some of the tributaries can be productive during mid-summer as trout are seeking out colder water.

With the elevated stream and air temperatures, it is important to avoid over-playing any hooked fish. This is a tough time for these adult redbands because this is when they are most constrained by environmental variables. The water is low and warm and it can be very hard for an overplayed fish to recover. These fish are not known to be leader shy so using a heavier leader can help to catch and release fish quickly.

Large streamers and other nypmhs work well on the Blitzen throughout the summer. There are also various hatches that occur that anglers can take advantage of so keep a selection of dry flies handy. Fishing should be most productive in and around deep water and in the mornings and evenings.

The South Loop and the North Loop Steens Road is currently open all the way through. This opens up a lot of fishing in the upper portions of the drainage and opens up the Little Blitzen and Big Indian gorges. There are healthy populations of redband trout in both the Little Bltizen and Big Indian Rivers but they tend to be smaller than the mainstem fish.

BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): Hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing from float tubes has been good for rainbow trout 10- to 15-inches this past month. A short 2.6 mile hike in with a float tube can be amazing at this time of year. The trail has recently been cleared of all blow downs by the Forest Service. Water boatmen and damsel nymphs are very abundant. Bait fishing from shore in deeper water can be good, but if you can get out in the water it can be extremely productive.

Fingerlings were planted once again this summer. Thank you High Desert Trail Riders Back Country Horsemen for packing in fish to this beautiful wilderness lake.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good recently at the Burns Ponds. Trophy-size rainbow trout were stocked at the beginning of June and not very many were caught during the free fishing weekend so there are still plenty available for anglers. There have been consistent catches of 8- to 10-inch fish and they are biting on PowerBait and worms throughout the day. Small curly tailed jigs have also been productive. The water level has dropped some recently and the algae is getting thick around the edges.

The fishery in the pond suffered from some fish loss this spring. This often occurs when there is a prolonged drought followed by a high water year. The rainbow trout fishery has since recovered but there have not been any reports of bass being caught so it may take some time before the bass fishery recovers.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

The South Fork of the Burnt River was be stocked with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 15.

CALAHAN CREEK (LONG CREEK-SYCAN AREA): brook trout and redband trout

Open all year. Bait allowed. Brook trout are extremely abundant but very small with an eight-inch brook trout a trophy. Most of the stream is on Green Diamond Property. Green Diamond currently allows access. There are several road crossings on the creek. The lowermost crossing at the 400-00 road provides the best fishing.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
- Photo by Kevin Clawson-

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Fishing has been great the past three weeks! A lot of hatchery rainbow trout have been stocked in this lake and there should also be rainbow and brook trout that have overwintered providing a good opportunity at some big trout. Fishing from the bank and a boat are good options for this lake. If you are not catching fish at Campbell Lake you might try your luck at Deadhorse Lake; a very short drive away.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Fishing is currently slow for crappie and bass. There are no boat ramps on the reservoir. The southeastern part of the reservoir is on BLM property. The reservoir is fed by water from Deming Creek. Access is available off the FS 34 (Dairy Creek road) and 335 roads near Bly. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

The entire river is open all year and fly-fishing for redband trout has been fair. Flows have decreased and the water has warmed up in the lower reaches. It is very important fishermen are using good catch and release techniques as the summer progresses. Both dry flies and nymphs are typically productive. Casting small spinners work really well to. Dairy and Elder Creeks are also great fishing opportunities, providing ample amounts of cold, clean water. ODFW encourages people to retain all brook trout encountered.

Largemouth bass and brown bullhead are available to anglers at the first Hwy. 31 crossing just north of Valley Falls. Small boats are being launched quite frequently this time of year. This stretch has been productive recently, but anglers can also travel downstream to River’s End Reservoir, just make sure you have enough power to make it back up the river.

Bait is allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley, however the use of bait is prohibited upstream of highway 31. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is still fairly full with 5 sections of the boat ramp floating. This is an improvement compared to the last few years of drought so hopefully this water will carry us into the winter. Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing has been fair at Chickahominy this summer with bank and boat anglers reporting catches of 10 to 14-inch rainbow trout. Anglers are catching healthy trout throughout the reservoir and especially in the inlet and the narrows. Some anglers have reported catching holdover trout that made it through the winter and are putting on weight this summer so hopefully this is an indication that the fishery is on the rebound following the prolonged drought in the region.

CORRAL CREEK (SF Sprague): brook trout and brown trout

Fishing is likely very good for brook trout. Bait is allowed. There is a campground at the confluence with South Fork Sprague. Mosquitoes have thinned out but will likely be back. Most brook trout in the stream are less than eight inches.

COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but it is expected that fishing is slow at the Cow Lakes. Fishing reports and sampling data indicate that there is an overabundance of brown bullheads in the lakes. White crappie, bluegill, and large scale suckers were also found during sampling in 2016 with a few of the crappie being very large. ODFW will continue to monitor conditions in the Cow Lakes to hopefully improve the fishery.

Brook Trout
Brook Trout
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-

CROOKED CREEK (Klamath Co): redband trout, brook trout and brown trout

Opened to fishing on May 22 but fishing is currently slow. The creek has limited access. The access at the Highway 62 crossing is typically very slow.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Crystal Creek opened May 22. Fishing is slow due to very hot weather and extensive vegetation growth in the Crystal Creek channel. Water clarity is also crystal clear creating challenging fishing conditions.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but people have been catching limits of rainbow trout a couple of weeks ago. A lot of hatchery trout were stocked in this lake and there should be rainbow trout that have overwintered providing a good opportunity at some big trout. Fishing from the bank and a boat are good options for this lake. If you are not catching fish at Deadhorse Lake you might try your luck at Campbell Lake; a very short drive away.

DEEP CREEK (Lake County): redband trout and brook trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports on this creek for the past month. Fish can be caught all year on flies and lures.

Dry fly fishing can be good, although nymphing is always productive throughout the day in this cascading stream. This is a great stream to target redband trout, but please use good catch and release techniques as water temperatures rise this summer.

Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information.

Fishing on Forest Service land can also be good at this time of year in the Warner Mountains south of highway 140 near the California border. Smaller redband trout and brook trout can be caught in this beautiful forest with plenty of camping options available. ODFW encourages the retention of all brook trout captured in this fishery.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

Delintment Lake has been fishing well recently with consistent catches of 8-10 inch rainbow trout. The vegetation in the lake is getting pretty thick but the fish appear to be spread throughout the lake and anglers have been successful fishing from the dock and from floating devices. Fishing has been the most productive in the mornings and evenings and there have been some hatches occurring so fly fisherman have had success.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open to fishing but closed to fishing for bull trout. Any bull trout captured should not be removed from the water.

DEVILS LAKE (FISHHOLE CREEK): largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

Fishing is slow. The reservoir is very full. The reservoir is turbid and visibility is 4 to 6-inches. Access is available along the Fishhole Creek road. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please clean up and respect this property. Small boats without trailers can be launched at several locations. The reservoir on the east side nearest to the Fishhole Creek road is on private property.

Black Crappie
Black Crappie
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-

DOG LAKE: largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead, redband trout

There have been no recent fishing reports, but the Forest Service road has been repaired. Yellow perch and largemouth bass are the best species to target on this lake, but crappie, brown bullhead and redband trout are present. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15-inch minimum length may be harvested.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout and brown bullhead catfish

There have been no recent fishing reports for this reservoir. Fishing can be slow during the middle of the summer, but fish can always be caught. Trolling damsel and dragonfly patterns are good options early in the morning and towards the evening. Productive patterns for this reservoir include: damsels, midges, leeches and water boatman. Bait fishermen can do very well near the dam as well.

A recent illegal introduction of brown bullhead will negatively impact the trout fishery in the future. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

FISH LAKE (Steens Mountain): rainbow trout, brook trout

The North Loop Steens Road is currently open all the way to the top and the South Loop Steens Road is open the rest of the way so you can drive the full loop. Fish Lake was stocked earlier this year with half pound and trophy-sized rainbow trout so these fish are available to anglers. The brook trout fishery should be winding down for the summer as they are most aggressive with the bite early on in the year but anglers have still been catching them throughout the lake. There are no motors allowed on Fish Lake so please respect the regulations.

FISH LAKE (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with both legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Fort Creek opened to fishing beginning May 22. Expect slow fishing due to low fish densities. Some nice size brown trout occur in the creek.

FOURMILE CREEK (tributary to Agency Lake): brook, brown, and redband trout.

Access is available off Westside Road at Fourmile Springs. A small car topper boat or canoe can improve fishing access at this area. Anglers should be aware of private property around this area and can check Klamath County Land Ownership for information. Bait is allowed.

FOURMILE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout

The Lake is accessible. Fishing will be good this week for rainbow trout. Fourmile was stocked in July with 1,000 trophies and 2,000 larger rainbow trout. Fishing can also be good for brook trout. Good hatches of the traveling sedge occur in morning and evenings resulting in good dry fly action.

The lake provides campgrounds and all the facilities. There is no improved boat ramp and boats need to be launched from the sandy shoreline. Fourmile is 42 percent full in regards to the 15,600 feet of water that can be taken for irrigation. Fourmile is also a good location to catch your first lake trout. Kokanee are extremely rare in the catch.

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The Lake has been stocked with approximately 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

GERBER RESERVOIR: crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead and largemouth bass

The reservoir is 77 percent full. Access is good as BLM maintains campgrounds at the reservoir. Fishing is slow. Best fishing is for yellow perch. Fish numbers are very low due to four years of consecutive drought. Crappie fishing will be very slow. Two boat ramps occur at the reservoir. The reservoir is always turbid. Please report any trout captured at the reservoir to Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732.

Rainbow Trout

Five year old catches a beauty of a trout.
-Photo by Dustin Audirsch-

HEART LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, brown bullhead catfish

No recent fishing reports, but fishing should be fair. This is a great small lake that does not receive much fishing pressure. Trolling flies is a great strategy as well as casting flies from a bobber.

Illegal introductions of brown bullhead catfish have been negatively impacting overwinter survival and the rainbow trout fishery. People have been catching brown bullhead over 15 inches with worms. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

HIGHWAY 203 POND: rainbow trout, panfish, bass

The pond was stocked again the first week of June with both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked at Hwy 203 Pond, ODFW marked approximately 240 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fly fishermen have been doing well in float tubes this past month catching trout from 8-20 inches! Bait fishermen have also been doing well in the deeper sections of the reservoir. The reservoir is a great place to camp and fish. Bait fishing, fly fishing and trolling can be productive at this time of year. Holbrook Reservoir is near Lofton Reservoir and typically does not get as much fishing pressure.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Fishing is open and bait allowed. This stream is very small with a large brook trout being 8 inches. There is a campground on the creek.

J.C. BOYLE RESERVOIR (Topsy Reservoir): Largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, crappie, goldfish, Sacramento perch, tui chub and blue chub

Water levels generally remain very similar and drop as the day progresses as water is released for power generation. There are numerous points of access on the reservoir as most property surrounding the reservoir is BLM or PacifiCorp property. There are three boat ramps on the reservoir.

Fishing should improve this week as water temperatures increase. Water temperature is currently peaking at 80 degrees. The reservoir is turbid,therefore anglers should try scent and highly visible lures. Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is likely your best bet and catch rates are currently fair. Catch rates for crappie and pumpkinseed should decline this month as water temperatures become stressful.

Klamath Lake
Klamath Lake Sunset
-Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW-

UPPER KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: native redband trout and yellow perch

Surface water temperature in Agency Lake is very stressful and has reached 84 degrees where fish are holding near the Wood River delta. ODFW recommends fishing very early and quitting around noon. Please land and release fish quickly. Do not hold fish at the surface. It is better to immediately push them down to cold water near the bottom. When water temperature increases during the day anglers can also move into the Wood River where water temperatures are near optimum. Redband trout appear to be under stress and holding in very cold water and many are infected with large numbers of external parasites called copepods. Please take extra precautions with redband trout at this time.

There is very little bank access for fishing in Agency Lake. Anglers can fish from the Wood River Wetland Area.

ODFW and OSU radio tagged 33 redband trout April 14-15 at the Eagle Ridge Park boat ramp and an additional 9 in Agency Lake and 9 off the Skillet Handle on May 5. Tagged Redband trout will have a long antennae protruding from the side of the abdomen. The antenna looks like very heavy fishing line. Please report the capture of any of these fish. Please do not remove these fish from the water. It is unlawful to retain radio tagged fish (Page 15 under number 14 of Sport Fishing Regulations).

Catch rates have slowed from fishing from boats. The lake is three feet below full pool. Water temperature is peaking at 80 degrees on the surface. Most, if not all, redband trout have moved into colder water of the Williamson, Pelican Bay and Wood River mouth areas. The algae bloom along Eagle Ridge has crashed and dissolved oxygen has declined below levels trout can survive. As water warms rapidly the temperature at the surface can be very stressful. Radio-tagged redband in Pelican Bay are typically holding in water 20 degrees colder than the surface temperature. Redband trout that are going to be released should not be handled or removed from the water. If you need to take a picture of a trophy fish please limit the time out of water to less than ten seconds. The less handling the better.

All methods are catching fish. Currently best fishing is from boat trolling lures. Anglers typically use spoons or plugs that mimic bait fish in the lake such as blue chub, tui chub, fat head minnows or sculpin species.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

The section from the top end of J.C. Boyle Reservoir to Keno Dam is closed to fishing until October 1. ODFW/OSU have radio-tagged 14 redband trout below Keno Dam. Radio-tagged redband must be released.

J.C. Boyle Dam to J.C Boyle Powerhouse

Fishing on the Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse is very good. Flows are stable below JC Boyle Dam and currently 117 cfs. Most fish in this section are very small and average 10-inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow and water temperatures are cooler in this section in the summer.

Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately one mile below J.C. Boyle Dam. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Fishing is excellent for small redband for those willing to hike. Nymphs and leech patterns work well during this time of year. Lots of caddis activity going on. Casting black spinners upstream into the pools is also a great technique. Open all year.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Fishing is slow during the high flows of 1,800 cfs but fishing is excellent when flows are lower during the early mornings and late evenings. Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed 16 inches. Most fish are in the 6- to 8-inch range. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Flow release estimates are available. Flows are planned to be low near the Frain Ranch or BLM Campground in the mornings until around 9 am and in the late evenings. Check the USGS real time website for flow information.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Recent reports indicate that rainbow trout fishing is good on Krumbo this month with a few anglers catching larger trout nearing 20-inches. Some large trout have been caught near the inlet and anglers have also had good success near the dam. Krumbo can be a great summer fishery and often produces rainbow trout up to 18-inches long. The reservoir has already been stocked with a total of 13,000 legal-size rainbow trout so there are plenty of fish available.

Recently, bass fishing has picked up and there have been reports of larger bass being caught with most being around 7-10 inches. Smaller bass are being caught around the boat dock in and around the weeds.

Please note that only manual or electric powered boats are allowed on Krumbo so please do not use gas powered motors on the reservoir.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, hatchery brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, tui chub

The lake was stocked four weeks ago with 200 trophy and 1,500 legal rainbow trout. Fishing should be fair for rainbow trout. Water temperatures are very warm which sends trout to deeper water. Best fishing is from a boat.

Fishing should be excellent for small yellow perch and brown bullhead and an occasional brown trout. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent fishing reports have been fair. Bait is always a producer, but remember you need to increase your leader length due to increasing vegetation heights. Trolling flies has always been a great producer in the morning and evening. This is a great lake to put a small boat or float tube in and fish in open water.

Fly-fishers should use leech patterns, damsel/dragon nymph patterns and water boatman. Anything with a bit of flash will attract the rainbow trout.

LONG CREEK (Sycan River): brook trout, redband trout, bull trout

Most fish are feeding on terrestrial insects such as beetles and grasshoppers. Dry fly fishing is good in some areas. The riparian area can be quite lush and thick in certain areas making fishing difficult. The canyon and meadow area provide the best fishing. Most of Long Creek is on Green Diamond property and open to fishing.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch, Sacramento perch

Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is slow. Access is available off Crystal Springs Road.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports on this reservoir. People have reported catching 11-13 inch rainbow trout last month and fish will continue to get bigger throughout the summer. This turbid reservoir is very productive and is a good choice to fish early and late in the day. Bait fishing can produce trout as well as stripping water boatmen and leech patterns.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing is slow at Malheur Reservoir this summer but the reservoir has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout this past spring so hopefully fishing will improve.

The reservoir dam was repaired and started holding water again in November of 2015.

The reservoir was stocked with legal-size and fingerling rainbow trout in the spring of 2016 to jump start the fishery following prolonged drought conditions in the region. It is not currently known how many of these fish survived the winter but ODFW will be sampling it this summer to evaluate the fishery. The reservoir is completely full so that could will help restore the fishery.

MALHEUR RIVER (from the South Fork Malheur River near Riverside, downstream to Gold Creek): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout.

No recent fishing reports.

MALHEUR RIVER, NORTH FORK: redband trout, whitefish, and bull trout

No recent fishing reports.

MALHEUR RIVER, MIDDLE FORK: redband trout, brook trout, and bull trout

No recent fishing reports.

Cutthroat Trout
Cutthroat Trout
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing is very slow right now at Mann Lake. Reports from this past winter indicated that the water was very low and there was only a foot of water below the ice in most places. The delayed filling of Mann Lake may be partially due to the depleted groundwater storage following prolonged drought conditions in the region. Hopefully this upcoming winter help to restore the Mann Lake fishery and fill the lake.

Currently, there are only two different age classes of cutthroat trout in Mann Lake. It was stocked in 2012 following the removal of invasive goldfish and it was slated to be stocked again in 2014 but a disease outbreak at the hatchery prevented these fish from being stocked. It was stocked with fingerling cutthroat trout in the spring of 2016 so these fish should be available to anglers this spring. ODFW will continue to monitor the lake this spring to determine how the fishery has responded to the less than ideal conditions.

Fathead minnows were found in Mann Lake this past summer and have been giving fisherman concern. At the moment, it does not appear that the population of fathead minnows is negatively affecting the fishery but ODFW will continue to monitor the lake.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

There have been no recent fishing reports, but fishing early and late in the day should produce results. Bass have been illegally introduced and are negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout. Bass up to 6-pounds have been caught in 2016 and crawdads are a major food source. ODFW encourages fishermen to keep limits of largemouth bass if they desire a quality trout fishery.

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout, brook trout

Fishing should be excellent for rainbow trout. The campground and boat ramp are accessible. Mosquitoes are vicious. The lake was stocked last week with 3,000 rainbow trout trophies by Desert Springs Fish Hatchery.

Fishing should be good for brown trout. There is ample room to fish from the bank but best fishing is from a boat. Fishing can be good in Miller Creek at the outlet of Miller Lake. Bait is allowed in Miller Creek.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is full. It is likely no fish survived from 2016, but in May the reservoir was stocked with fingerlings that will reach 8- to 10-inches by this fall.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir has been stocked with legal and trophy-size rainbow trout.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

The pond was stocked in April with pounder- and legal-size rainbow trout. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked at North Powder Pond, ODFW marked approximately 200 of these with an orange colored tag just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports. Fingerlings were stocked this spring and should be 8- to 10-inches come fall. Rainbow trout should have overwintered again in this small reservoir and create some good fishing opportunities this year.

Owyhee Reservoir
Owyhee Reservoir
-Photo by Kevin Stertz-

OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish

The Owyhee Reservoir is currently at 73 percent of capacity. Crappie fishing has been great these past weeks with anglers catching them throughout the reservoir and especially around the state park and day use area.

Look for bass and crappie around submerged rocks and other structures. In the past, when there has been a prolonged drought followed by the reservoir filling up, the bass fishery has often been stunted and some bass have experienced die-offs. This may be attributed to the burning of energy reserves during spawning activities followed by a lack of forage available caused by the inundation of water.

The Owyhee Dam boat ramp is permanently closed due to safety concerns. The day use and Indian Creek boat ramps are both currently useable and people have also been launching at Leslie Gulch.

OWYHEE RIVER (Lower): brown trout and hatchery rainbow trout

Water releases below the dam have been around 260 cfs according to the USGS stream data.

Fishing has been good for brown trout and rainbow trout in the area below the dam and throughout the typical fishing areas within a few miles of the dam. There has been lots of fishing on the Owyhee and anglers have been catching healthy-looking brown trout and also some very skinny brown trout. There have been some hatches occurring throughout the day so dry-fly anglers have been catching fish as well.

Please note that ODFW will be conducting population sampling in the area between the dam and Snively Hot Springs on Aug. 24-25 to evaluate the rainbow and brown trout fisheries. This work will include a single green pontoon boat and two workers starting up by the dam and electrofishing the stream in a downstream pattern. Fish will be captured and measured before being released. This may cause some disruption in the fishing on the river as anglers will not be able to wade around the boat while it is sampling but will be able to get back in the water once the boat passes by.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

No recent fishing reports, but fishing is expected to be slow.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

The reservoir was stocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout three times over the spring. Reservoir storage is at 63 percent of capacity and declining. The Union Creek boat launch is operational.

Trophy-size trout stocked in the reservoir spring 2016 are still present. To measure the catch rate of these trophy’s, ODFW marked approximately 400 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

Spring fish sampling by ODFW indicates that good numbers of hold over trout are available and range in the 12- to 18-inch size range.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is being drawn down. The low water boat launch is operational. Fishing for rainbow trout has slowed due to the hot temperatures.

PINE CREEK and tributaries (Snake River tributary): rainbow trout, brook trout

Pine Creek and tributaries are open to trout fishing year-round, with a five-rainbow trout bag limit.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but the reservoir is full. Over winter survival was very low due to water levels this winter. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked in May and will become 8 to 10-inches this fall.

rainbow trout on a stringer
Rainbow Trout on a stringer
-Photo by Bob Swingle-

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be picking up following the stocking of 200 trophy-size rainbow trout earlier this spring.

Fishing in the summer of 2016 on Poison Creek Reservoir was slow but anglers did report catching large rainbow trout. The reservoir is unique in that it has a very robust population of large macroinvertebrates and this helps the trout to grow big rather quickly. The abundance of food for these trout may also be the reason that fishing is slow because the fish do not need to go far to find food so they move around less.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow following the complete draw down of the reservoir this past winter.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

The Powder River has been stocked with rainbow trout immediately downstream of Mason Dam. Flows are relatively high at this time.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports from this reservoir. Slowly stripping nymphs and leeches were producing trout 12- to 16-inches a month ago. Trophy rainbow trout were stocked the first week of April. Legal-size and fingerling rainbow trout stocked in 2016 should have overwintered and create a good fishery this year. Try fishing close to shore whether you are bait or fly fishing as rainbow trout cruise the shoreline looking for food. Water boatman and leech patterns are good patterns to try.

Priday Reservoir is on some BLM property, but the majority of the reservoir is on private property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property by staying on the main roads and cleaning up trash from others.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This pond was stocked this past week with larger rainbow trout. People have been doing well bait fishing this past weekend. Most fish caught last month were 9-inches or smaller, but it is a great opportunity for fly anglers to hone their casting skills to rising trout early and late in the day. Fly-fishing out of a small float tube would be beneficial but there is plenty of bank access. Casting small lures, worms under a bobber and PowerBait can all produce trout.

This old borrow pit is located along the Twin springs road (FS 3910) in the South Warner mountains. This is a very scenic location and a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

Sand and Scott creeks are very small spring fed streams west of Hwy 97 near the Silver Lake highway junction. Fishing on these small streams is open year-round with bait allowed. Most fish are less than 8-inches long.

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Fishing is fair for 6- to 8-inch brook trout. Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Flows are high and water temperatures are cold. Fishing is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road. The bridge crossing Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road is closed. Open all year.

Brook Trout
Brook Trout
-Photo by Kevin Clawson-

SKY LAKES AND MOUNTAIN LAKE WILDERNESS: brook trout and rainbow trout

Access is available to all lakes. The best lakes for fishing are Como, Harriett, Echo, South Pass and Weston in the Mountain Lake Wilderness and Margurette, Sonya, Isherwood and Badger Lake in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Best and easiest access to the Sky Lakes is the Cold Creek Trailhead. Mosquitoes are horrible in most locations. Best gear is panther martin spinners. Flies under bubble can work as well.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing a month ago was slow midday, but a few fish in the 9-11 inch range succumbed to flies. Fishing early or late in the day would be more productive. Fish were observed feeding on the surface when the breeze died down. Fingerling rainbow trout stocked in 2016 and should be 10- to 14-inches this summer and fingerlings stocked this spring should be 8-10 inches come fall. Fly fishermen should try water boatmen and leech patterns.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports but the reservoir was full this spring. It was stocked with 4- to 6-inch rainbow trout this spring and should be legal size by now. There should be plenty of fish that overwintered providing a good fishery.

Crayfish patterns, leeches, damsels and water boatman work well in this reservoir. There are a lot of crayfish present so you may want to bring your crayfish traps.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and 2016. The reservoir is full and was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout in May and will reach 8- to 11-inches this fall.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Spencer Creek is open to fishing beginning May 22. Fish may be taken on spinners, as well as leech patterns. Small mayfly and caddis hatches have been recently observed. Small redband trout under 8-inches are abundant.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Spring Creek is open to fishing beginning May 22. Expect slow fishing due to low fish densities.

SPRAGUE RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, largemouth bass and yellow perch

Sprague River opened April 22. Flows have dropped to 186 cfs. Water temperatures are peaking at 78 degrees. ODFW encourages the release of large spawned out redband trout (kelts). Best fishing is near areas of springs especially near the town of Beatty.

Bass can be found in the backwater areas especially below the town of Sprague River. Yellow perch also be found in the mainstem in deeper, slower pools below the town of Sprague River. Bank access is available at the bridge crossing near the town of Sprague River. During the summer typically only brown bullhead, yellow perch and bass are captured here.

Keep on the lookout for radio-tagged redband trout. Radio tagged redband must be released unharmed.

All tributaries to the Sprague River including Trout Creek, Sycan River, NF Sprague, Fivemile Creek, and SF Sprague remain open to fishing all year.

Bull Trout
Bull Trout
-Photo by Joseph D Cima-

NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

Fishing through the canyon is good. Some golden stoneflies are beginning to hatch. Very little insect activity is occurring but fish are willing to take flies on the surface. One brook trout captured was feeding on various iridescent adult beetles and caddis with rock cases.

Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Open all year. Flows are holding steadily at 56 cfs. Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section. Fishing near Sandhill and Lee Thomas Campground is much easier as this section is easily accessible and bank access is easy. Fish are smaller and less abundant at these locations and the fish assemblage is dominated by brook trout.

SOUTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishing all year. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Flow is remaining steady (17 cfs) at the USFS day use park east of Bly. Fishing for brook trout can be good below the Camp Creek confluence.

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This pond was stocked this past week with larger rainbow trout. There have been no recent fishing reports. Most fish caught a month ago were 10-inches or smaller, but it is a great opportunity for fly anglers to hone their casting skills to rising trout. Small flies, lures and worms can entice these trout to bite.

This old borrow pit is in an open meadow located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner Mountains. This is a good place near Lakeview to take children to fish early or late in the day.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Sun Creek is closed to fishing for bull trout. Only bull trout occur in upper Sun Creek just above the Sun Pass Forest bridge crossing. Fishing is not recommended at this time as flows are dropping but still high (21 cfs) and water temperature is very cold and the new Sun Creek channel is under construction.

Redband trout were reintroduced to Sun Creek. These redband trout were small, most less than four inches, and salvaged from the Wood River irrigation system. The Sun Creek channel has been rerouted into the historic channel and is connected to the Wood River below Kimball Park.

Redband Trout
Redband Trout
-Photo by Bob Hooton, ODFW-

SYCAN RIVER: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout (below marsh)

Access is very challenging to the lower river Fishing is fair below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows have dropped to 19 cfs. The best area to fish is in the Canyon near the Coyote Bucket area on USFS property.

Above the Sycan Marsh, angling should be excellent for brook trout and few redband near Rock Creek campground. Fishing near Pikes Crossing will be fair for mostly redband with a few brook trout especially in and near Paradise Creek. Fish are bigger as you head downstream toward the Marsh and in the canyon section. Most redband trout are in the 6-12” range

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

This reservoir was stocked with 3,000 larger rainbow trout a couple of weeks ago. All fish have been donated by Desert Springs fish hatchery. Thank you Desert Springs!

Fishing was reported as being slow a month ago, but with the addition of trout and cooling temperatures it should be good this weekend. Anglers have reported catching trout from 11 to 21 inches a few weeks ago. Best luck was last couple of hours in the evening trolling Triple Teasers and Rapala’s in 20-foot depths toward the dam end of the lake.

Bank fisherman have also been taking some fish. There have been a lot of additions this year to the rainbow trout stocking program and fingerlings from last year’s plant should be getting into the 8-10” range this summer. Although the reservoir got fairly low last year there should be plenty of trout and bass that overwintered. The reservoir is full, so trout may be spread out in this reservoir. Try moving around as much as you can to find biting trout. Insect production should be fantastic so trout will be putting on a lot of weight this year.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is at 29 percent of capacity and will likely be drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District by mid-September. The boat launch is not useable due to low water. With the anticipation of the reservoir being drained, effective Aug. 15 – Sept. 30, 2017, bag and length limits have been removed and fish can be captured by hand, dip net or angling. These relaxed rules will give anglers an opportunity to make use of the fish remaining in the reservoir before it is drained.

TWIN LAKES: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Angler s are reminded that regulations have changed. The daily bag limit is one trout, 15 inch minimum length.

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

No recent reports. Reservoir storage is at 44 percent of capacity.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake was stocked with larger rainbow trout last week. Fishing should be good while water temperatures remain moderate. Fishing from a boat, or from the dam is usually productive early and late in the day. The scenery near this lake is spectacular.

WARM SPRINGS RESERVOIR: smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, perch, rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow. The reservoir is currently at 60 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is currently still useable.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fly-fishers were catching fish 10 to 14-inches this spring in this small pond at the base of Hart Mountain. Typically trout are observed rising throughout the day chasing water boatmen, damsel nymphs and midges. The most effective way to fish is in a float tube or small john boat. This pond is very productive and should be fished earlier in the season before vegetation takes over.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

The Upper Williamson River opened to fishing April 22. River flows are low at 48 cfs. Waders are recommended. Mosquitoes are horrendous. Redband trout and brook trout are numerous and are freely rising in the shade or during overcast days. Look for the giant Hex mayfly hatch. These very large mayflies hatch at dark.

Access is available near Old Rocky Ford on the USFS property or near the confluence of Deep Creek. Brook trout are more common as you head upstream towards Deep Creek. Anglers are required to release all redband trout captured and ODFW encourages harvest of brook trout. Brook trout appear to be more abundant farther downstream this year.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The lower Williamson below Kirk Bridge opened to fishing beginning May 22. Flows below the Sprague River confluence are 605 cfs. Dark colored water from the Upper Williamson Klamath Marsh is 0 cfs. Water clarity is excellent creating very challenging fishing conditions.

Hatches of caddis and small stoneflies have been observed recently. Fish can be taken on leech and hex bugger patterns. Really hot weather has pushed the rest of the redband from the lake into the river.

There are numerous hatches of insects above Chiloquin. Brown trout and redband trout are rising but extremely difficult to catch. Fishing will be fair on the Williamson River. Brown trout have been more common in the catch above Chiloquin this year.

Drift boats can be launched near Chiloquin and can drift down to the Waterwheel at Hwy 97. The Waterwheel offers a shuttle service. Boat ramp fee is $10 at Waterwheel Campground. ODFW recommends hiring a guide to fish this section. Boats can also be launched for a small fee at the boat ramps just above and below Modoc Point Bridge.

ODFW encourages the use of barbless hooks due to the number of small, juvenile redband in the river. The entire river is catch and release for redband trout. If a trout is hooked deep the hook should be cut from the lure and left in the fish to improve survival. Many redband trout captured are showing signs of stress and a high load of external parasitic copepods. Please take extra precaution when releasing these fish.

WILLOW VALLEY RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, Lahontan cutthroat

There have been no recent fishing reports. Best fishing is from a boat. Launching a boat might be problematic due to high reservoir levels. Bring waders or rubber boots to launch. Crappie are rare in the reservoir but can be found suspended near the large wood placement and spider block structures.

Bluegill are abundant in the shallows but typically small and difficult to capture. Lahontan cutthroat are very rare. Yellow perch can be the most dominant fish in the reservoir but tend to stunt resulting in very small adult size (6-inches). The reservoir is turbid.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is at about half of capacity and boat launch is functional.

WOOD RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout and bull trout

The Wood River opened to fishing on April 22. Expect slow fishing due to low fish densities. Flows above Crooked Creek are around 276 cfs. Flows have dropped creating better fishing conditions. Brown trout numbers continue to be low. Redd counts for redband trout and brown trout in the Wood River and Fort Creek were low this year.

Grasshoppers are beginning to show up. The best section for dry fly fishing is from Loosley Road to Weed Road. Lures that mimic baitfish can work well. Brown trout typically feed on sculpins, crayfish, annelids (worms) and mice this time of year. Please be on the lookout for radio tagged redband trout in the river. Radio tagged redband trout are required to be released.

Drift boats can be launched at Petric Park and motor to the river. Drift boats can also launch at Weed road and float down to Petric Park. Drift boats cannot float the upper sections unless they are low profile (low bough). Bridges are challenging to get under. There are also areas where you need to portage the boat around dams and obstacles in the river. Small boats can be launched at Kimball State Park, the USFS day use area, Hwy. 62 and Loosley Road.

Yellowjacket Lake
Yellowjacket Lake
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been good at Yellowjacket Lake and fish are being caught in the 8 to 18-inch size range. Yellowjacket has already been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout so these fish and some holdovers are available to fisherman.

The Hines ODFW District Office is conducting a study on growth of rainbow trout at Yellowjacket Lake this summer. Fish have been marked with a powdery substance called “grit” that is sprayed on using high pressure. Some of the grit will imbed in the scales and will be visible when viewed under a black light. Some of this grit is currently still visible on the trout but it will not cause any health hazards to human and wildlife that consume these fish and the grit is expected to wash off within a few weeks. This method allows fishery managers to evaluate growth, survival, and exploitation rates of various stocks and different sizes of fish to fine tune the fishery.

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  Southeast Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK (opens Aug. 26)

Free pheasant hunts for youth hunters Sept. 16, 17 in Klamath Falls – Sign up now

Long draw fire
The Long Draw Fire in southeastern Oregon burned in sage-grouse habitat.
- ODOT Photo -

Hunting and fire danger in Oregon

ODFW does not close hunting seasons due to fire danger. However, hunters may face restrictions due to fires burning on public land and reduced access to private lands during fire season. More info including list of private land closures

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

HARNEY COUNTY

ANTELOPE season #1 closed Aug 20. Second season ANTELOPE opens Aug 23. There is plenty of water on the landscape and this in turn has antelope widely scattered.

SAGE GROUSE seasons were approved by the Commission. Please note that there was a reduction in permits for the Juniper unit (last year there were 70, this year there will only be 50).

BIGHORN SHEEP first season opened Aug. 19. Sheep hunters should contact district biologist for specifics about their hunt areas.

Fall BEAR season is now open. Bear populations in Harney County are generally low. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations appear to be stable. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.

Youth antlerless ELK hunts also opened Aug. 1. Additional antlerless ELK hunts opened Aug. 15. Elk populations are stable in Harney County.

Coyote populations are good throughout Harney County. Pups are starting to leave the dens, however adults are still very territorial. Coyote vocalization calls still work best until the pups start to disperse, which will be mid to late August Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and there are separate licensing and season limitations for these species.

Cougar hunting is open year around. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Don’t forget successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open so that field staff can quickly process the animal and get you on your way.

deer hunter

Parker's first ever big game animal
-Photo by Dakota Peterson-

KLAMATH COUNTY

General Deer & Elk Bow Seasons open Aug. 26 and run through Sept. 24. Weather conditions have been hot and dry. Best prospects will be near available water sources. Look for fresh sign on roads and trails going between bedding and feeding areas to increase chance of success. Hunters should check with land management agencies as several areas closures are in effect.

Pronghorn seasons are ongoing in the Gerber Reservoir Hunt Area. Hunters are reminded to use extreme caution with fire danger.

Cougar - Hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Use of predator calls is a great hunting technique during the summer period. Don’t forget successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open so that field staff can quickly process the animal and get you on your way. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and hunting license is needed to hunt.

Coyote hunting opportunities are improving. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and open season limitations exist for these species. Please consult the annual hunting synopsis for further information.

BEAR – General Fall Bear Season opened on Aug. 1. Hunters have until Sept. 30 to purchase a fall bear tag. Best bear prospects are in the Cascades or in the Interstate Unit. Hunters are reminded to check-in any harvested bears at an ODFW office. Be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Mourning Dove season opens Sept. 1 and continues through Oct.30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water.

Forest Grouse season opens September 1 and continues through Jan. 31. Best prospects are in the Cascade Mountains for both blue and ruffed grouse, although fair numbers of blue grouse can be found in forested habitat in eastern Klamath County

Archery Deer and Elk – General seasons open Aug. 26 and run through Sept. 24. Conditions have been warm and dry. Look for fresh sign on roads and trails going between bedding and feeding areas to increase chance of success. Be sure to secure permission before hunting on private lands.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Aug. 1, 2017

ALL GENERAL HUNTING SEASONS ARE NOW CLOSED, AND DISCHARGING FIREARMS IS PROHIBITED, except by special access permit.

Dogs are prohibited off leash except during authorized game bird seasons, in the posted dog training area, or by permit.

Miller Island Unit

The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls. Miller Island Unit is closed to all access from 10:00pm until 4:00am.

Posted safety zones are closed to all hunting.

Gorr Island Unit

Gorr Island is located four miles south of the Miller Island Unit in the Klamath River, accessible only by boat. Gorr Island is open daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

Shoalwater Bay Unit and Sesti Tgawaals Unit

Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals are both located on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake approximately 10 miles to the north and west of Klamath Falls. Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals Units are both open for hunting daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

Waterfowl and Upland Hunting Information

Weekly and summarized harvest statistics for past seasons can be found at: ODFW Klamath Wildlife Area Harvest Summaries

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is now required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $10 daily or $30 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license; just be sure to put it on your dashboard. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit.

If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5732.

LAKE COUNTY

Rifle PRONGHORN hunts begin Aug. 12. Good snow/water equivalent last winter and fortuitously timed spring rains have most water holes continuing to hold water late in the summer. Expect pronghorn to be more widely dispersed than in previous years, but expect good horn growth as a result of good forage value on the landscape.

Fall BEAR season is now open. Bear populations in Lake County are generally low, though populations in the eastern portion of the Interstate WMU have been increasing over the last several years. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations across the District appear to be stable or slightly increasing. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.

Youth ELK seasons begin Aug. 1. Elk populations in the District are generally low when compared to other areas of the state, but stable at those levels.

Cougar populations are healthy throughout the District. Deer and elk are on summer range. Fawn in distress calls can be an effective cougar hunting method at this time of year, though bears may also be particularly interested in those calls as well and hunters should be prepared for predators other than cougar to respond.

Coyote
Coyote
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Aug. 15, 2017

ALL GENERAL HUNTING SEASONS ARE NOW OVER, AND DISCHARGING FIREARMS IS PROHIBITED, except by special access permit.

Please contact Summer Lake Wildlife Area at (541) 943-3152 or email martin.j.stlouis@state.or.us for additional information.

MALHEUR COUNTY

BIGHORN SHEEP first season opens Aug. 19.

SAGE GROUSE seasons were approved by the Commission. The deadline for applications is Aug. 21 Season dates are Sept. 9-17.

Antelope season begins Saturday Aug. 12. Pronghorn are scattered widely in the respective units on the district. Hunters are reminded the antelope population in the Beulah unit is extremely low with few animals available.

Elk Bully Cr. Antlerless elk hunt begins Aug. 1.

Fall Bear season is now open. Most bear hunting within the district occurs on the Malheur National Forest. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.

Cougar hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging.

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. Reproduction this year appears to be good which should enhance calling opportunities. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

Ground squirrels are becoming more active on warmer days. Be sure to obtain permission when entering private lands.

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 Southeast Zone Wildlife Viewing

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes at Summer Lake
- Photo by Jane Pittenger-

HARNEY COUNTY

Resident breeding waterfowl with broods are abundant around Malheur Lake.

Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

Local breeding species include killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebe species. Forester’s terns, black terns, franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.

A large number of breeding passerine species and woodpeckers can be found in National Forest land throughout the county. Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is the summer home to some unique passerines and is an excellent place for birding.

Raptors continue to be found throughout the area. You should be able to view golden eagles, bald eagles and a variety of hawks perching on telephone poles and fence posts throughout the district. Resident raptors such as northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are very easily observed in open agricultural areas along with rough-legged hawks and an occasional ferruginous. 7/24/17

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated August 01, 2017

Dogs are prohibited off leash except during authorized game bird seasons, in the posted dog training area, or by permit.

Waterfowl

Western Canada Geese can be found scattered across the area as most are now flighted. Mallard, gadwall, Cinnamon teal and northern shovelers can be seen scattered across the area Mallard, cinnamon teal and gadwall broods are now a common site. Diver species such as: canvasback, redhead, ruddy duck, scaup, and ring-necked duck can be observed on the area with canvasback, redhead and ruddy duck broods visible if you look hard enough. Common and hooded mergansers can be observed using the Klamath River.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Killdeer and black-necked stilts are abundant around the area. Willets, American avocets, Long-billed curlew, Wilson’s phalaropes, long-billed dowitchers, spotted sandpipers and peeps may be observed. Wilson’s snipe are secretive, but can sometimes be heard in the morning and evenings.

Great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, great egrets and American bitterns can be seen scattered around the area. Double crested cormorants are now a common site. White-faced ibis have been observed in large numbers using flooded pasture areas. American white pelicans are around in good numbers. Sandhill cranes are a common site with approximately seven pairs that nest on Miller Island. Crane colts may be observed with some of the pairs.

Ring-billed gulls continue to be a common site on the area. Caspian and Forster’s terns are abundant along the Klamath River and on Miller Island.

Pied billed, eared and western grebes have all been observed on Klamath WA Miller Island Unit.

Virginia rails and sora heard more often than seen can also be located.

Raptors

Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, cooper hawks, sharp-shinned, American kestrels, prairie falcons can all be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area. Peregrine falcons can also be observed using old power poles overlooking the wetlands. Eagle species can still be observed using the wildlife area. Osprey have been recently observed using Miller Island. Turkey vultures are a common site.

Upland Game Birds

California quail and ring-necked pheasant can be found scattered around the old homesteads and the headquarters area.

Passerines

Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. Large numbers of mourning dove reside on Miller Island and have initiated nesting.

American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, American robins, brewers, yellow-headed and red-winged black birds, brown-headed cowbirds, spotted towhees, white-breasted nuthatches, black-billed magpies, western meadow larks and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area. Tree, cliff and barn swallows are numerous with the occasional violet-green observed. Western Kingbirds can be spotted fly catching from fences and shrubs.

Yellow-rumped warblers and common yellowthroats can be observed using trees and shrubs around the area. Bullock’s orioles can be located at old home site areas dominated by trees and shrubs on Miller Island. The occasional horned lark can be spotted on the wildlife areas agricultural fields. Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hard stem bulrush and broad-leaf cattail. Savanah sparrows are common throughout the uplands dominated by perennial bunch and salt grasses.

Shrike can sometimes be found using the shrub dominated uplands of the Southern part of Miller Island.

Rufous hummingbirds have been recently spotted using the Klamath Wildlife Area headquarters.

Common ravens are quite numerous at this time.

Reptiles

Western pond turtles have become active. They can be observed basking on logs during warm sunny days.

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is now required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $10 daily or $30 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license; just be sure to put it on your dashboard. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit.

If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5732.

LAKE COUNTY

Hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds are stopping over in the Warner Valley, Goose Lake, Summer Lake and Abert Lake basins. Abert Lake is a particularly important closed basin, alkali lake system that provides important forage resources for a variety of migrating shore birds including various species of phalaropes, avocets, stilts, grebes, and dabbling ducks. Waterfowl broods are common in all wetland habitats. Passerine diversity is best in riparian areas. There are a variety of raptor species distributed throughout all vegetation types. All of the closed basin lakes have good water and shore bird viewing opportunity will be good through late September. 8/14/2017

American Avocet

American Avocet at Summer Lake
-Photo by Keith Kohl-

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on August 15, 2017.

2017 Wildlife Area Parking permits are required for all users of Summer Lake Wildlife Area. Parking permits can be purchased at any ODFW license agent (pdf) or through the ODFW website. The cost is $10.00 daily or $30.00 annually and is valid on all ODFW Wildlife Areas. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) and Work Road opened on Aug. 15, but spur or lateral dikes/roads off the major dike roads remain closed to vehicle travel.

T Wildlife Viewing Loop is open. Viewers should be aware of oncoming traffic since portions of the Wildlife Viewing Loop are narrow. Numerous parking areas and pullouts are found along the loop.

Wildlife viewing is good for a wide variety of breeding species. Fall migrants are returning to the wildlife area in good number at this time.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl breeding season is winding down, and fall staging is starting to occur. Molting continues and most drakes have lost their bright and colorful nuptial plumage.

Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the wildlife area, many have completed the molt and small flocks are very visible and widely scattered across the wildlife area.

Duck numbers are increasing at this time. Early local production appears good and many birds are now flighted. Broods of late nesting species (gadwall) and re-nesting attempts by other species are common now.
Fall migrants are beginning to flock-up and stage on the wildlife area in good numbers at this time. A major influx of northern pintail and northern shoveler was noted over the past week. Cinnamon teal are forming flocks in preparation for departure to wintering areas in southern California and Central America.

A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. They are molting now and become very secretive since they are flightless. Some of these birds are part of restoration efforts and will be neck-banded with green collars and white alphanumeric symbols. Viewers are encouraged to “read” the collars and report them to wildlife area personnel. Collars will have the Greek letter Theta (Ѳ) or the symbol “@” and two numerals that are read from the body toward the head.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Fall migrants are present in good numbers at this time.

Shorebird diversity is good, local nesting species have been joined by migrants from northern breeding areas with many species forming large flocks.

American avocets and black-necked stilts are forming large post-breeding flocks at this time.

Early nesting species such as long-billed curlew and western willet have largely departed the area heading south towards wintering locations.

Migrant peeps (least and Western sandpipers), long-billed dowitchers, semi-palmated plovers, phalaropes (both red-necked and Wilson’s) and greater yellowlegs continue to increase in number now.

Other shorebird species will be arriving over the next several weeks. Now is the time to search for rarities and vagrants.

Large numbers and a wide variety of shorebirds are staging off Windbreak Campground flats, Bypass and East Link Units, North Bullgate Refuge, Swan Pond flats and along the eastside of the wildlife viewing loop.

American coot numbers remain good and they are found across the entire area, an increase in migrants has been recently observed, especially in North Bullgate Refuge.
Observations and sometimes calling of sora and Virginia rails are fairly frequent now.

Sandhill crane breeding is over, a few pairs remain on their nesting territories and occasionally nearly full grown colts have been observed. Cranes are beginning to stage in the Foster Place grain fields.

Gulls are widespread across the wildlife area. Ring-billed gulls are the predominant species, but California gulls are common. Bonaparte’s and Franklin’s gulls continue to be observed on an occasional basis. Caspian and Forster’s tern and can sometimes be found throughout the wildlife area, although many have departed.

American white pelicans are present in fair numbers and small flocks are being observed in several locations across the wildlife area. Double crested cormorants remain fairly numerous as well.

Grebe numbers are fairly good. The four breeding species (Clark’s, eared, pied-billed and western) have been observed recently and are best viewed in large open bodies of water such as Ana Reservoir, Dutchy Lake, N. Bullgate Refuge, North Levee Impoundment, Link Marsh and from the Schoolhouse Lake Viewing Blind.

Great blue and black-crowned night herons are present in average but generally low numbers. Great egrets continue to be observed is good number across the area’s wetlands. White-faced ibis numbers are increasing at this time. Numbers of post-breeding dispersal adults and chicks from nearby nesting colonies is increasing.
American bitterns have been observed recently.

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier
-Photo by Cathy Nowak-

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are common this time of the year. Swainson’s hawks are fairly common in the basin now and are frequently observed at Headquarters. Bald and golden eagles, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons can occasionally be found.

Look for peregrine falcons near concentrations of migrant ducks and shorebirds, one of their preferred food sources.

Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds.

Barn owls have been observed frequently at Headquarters were several chicks were fledged from nest boxes earlier this year.

Upland game birds

Good numbers of California quail can be found and a few pheasants can sometimes be observed, especially around old homesteads on the north end of the wildlife area.
Pheasant and quail broods are becoming more obvious now. Quail are forming large coveys at this time.

Passerines

Fall migrants are moving through the area now, and sometimes vagrants can be found.

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous and vocal at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are found in low numbers and are scattered across the wildlife area.

American and lesser goldfinches are present in low numbers at Headquarters.

Tree swallows are widely distributed across the wildlife area and cliff swallow are very abundant around Headquarters and other nest locations Barn, bank and northern rough-winged swallows are present as well. Vaux’s swifts continue to be observed.

Bullock’s orioles remain fairly common now as well as black-headed grosbeaks.

Say’s phoebes continue to be observed, as well as Western kingbirds who are very vocal in the early morning hours. Western wood-pewees and other migrants can be found as well.

American robins, loggerhead shrikes, Stellar’s and sometimes scrub jays, and occasionally cedar waxwings are being observed in varied numbers across the wildlife area.

Sage thrashers as well as upland dwelling sparrows such as Brewer’s and Sagebrush are fairly abundant in sagebrush and greasewood uplands at the north end of the wildlife area. Lark and vesper sparrows can sometimes be found.

Red-breasted and sometimes red-naped sapsuckers as well as other woodpeckers can be found in the trees around Headquarters. Northern flickers remain common across most of the area.

Hummingbirds can be found in good numbers visiting the feeders at Headquarters. Over the weekend, Anna’s, black-chinned, calliope and rufous were observed.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in good numbers in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands. Savannah sparrows are fairly abundant along dikes and levees. Many fledged young are present at this time.

Brewer’s, red-winged and yellow-headed blackbird are beginning to flock up. Large groups can be found at the Headquarters feeder early in the day.
Observations of a pair of great-tailed grackles along with their chicks continue at Headquarters. This was the first confirmed breeding of the species on the wildlife area.

European starlings are numerous at this time.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2017 parking permits are required beginning on January 1, 2017!

Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a $10 daily parking permit or a $30 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any Point of Sale Agent or through the ODFW website. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) and Work Road opened on August 15th but spur or lateral dikes/roads remain closed to motor vehicle travel. The Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open. Roads closed to motor vehicles are open for hiking or biking and sometimes afford excellent viewing opportunities.

Please be aware of oncoming traffic on sometimes narrow portions of roads. Numerous pullouts are available along the Wildlife Viewing Loop to accommodate passing vehicles when encountered. Roads leading to campgrounds are in good condition.

Camping is permitted at four sites on the Wildlife Area. Campgrounds are primitive but each has vault toilets, trash barrels and a few picnic tables.

NESTING AND BROOD REARING CONTINUES FOR SOME GROUND NESTING SPECIES. PETS NEED TO BE KEPT IN VERY CLOSE CONTROL AND NOT ALLOWED TO RUN AT LARGE.

Summer Lake Rainbow

Rainbow at Summer Lake
-Photo by Dave Budeau-

Habitat

Most of the Area’s wetland units are very well flooded at this time. Water in seasonal marsh areas is beginning to recede providing excellent foraging opportunities for a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds.

Irrigation season continues in Summer Lake area since haying has been completed and flooding of fields has resumed. Irrigated pastures along the west side of the valley remain well flooded. These areas will receive substantial waterbird use as flooding continues to progress.

Flows down Ana River have declined dramatically; water levels in some units are being maintained for brood rearing areas or increased with the onset of migration. Other wetland units will continue to recede due to increased evapotranspiration associated with higher temperatures and robust plant growth and to provide habitat to fall staging shorebirds. Summer Lake proper is slowly declining in size due to decreased inflow and increased evaporation rates, but remains much larger than in recent years.

Wetland plants are showing very robust growth and insects, esp. Chironomids (midges), are very numerous on sunny days providing abundant food resources to many species of birds. Biting insects are very numerous at this time and are expected to continue as long as the warm weather prevails. While bothersome, they too provide excellent food resources to many wildlife species.

Upland habitat remains in very good condition. Growth of grass and forb species is well underway and most have set seed. Planted tree and shrubs in plots and the orchard are providing excellent sheltered sites and food resources for wildlife. Trees and shrubs are leafed-out and berries and fruit is abundant due to the warm temperatures and longer days.

Please contact Summer Lake Wildlife Area at (541) 943-3152 or e-mail martin.j.stlouis@state.or.us for additional information.

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