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  FISHING

Brown Trout
Brown Trout
-Photo by Patti Abbot-

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Brown trout fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good.
  • Largemouth bass fishing is picking up in Willow Valley Reservoir.
  • With calm, warm weather predicted for this week, trout fishing should continue to be good on Klamath and Agency lakes.

Today’s undersized fish are tomorrow’s trophies

This time of year anglers often hook small, undersized fish in fisheries where fingerling (smaller than legal-sized) stocking is the norm. Please be kind to these young fish and release them carefully – they could be next year’s trophies!

2014 trout stocking

The 2014 trout stocking schedule (pdf) for the High Desert districts have been posted on-line.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The water level is rising at the reservoir and is currently 5 feet below full pool.  The boat ramp is useable and boats can be launched. Fish can be caught using bait, lures, and flies from shore or boats.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

Rainbow trout are active throughout the year in the river and anglers have been catching fish with bait, flies or lures.

ANNIE CREEK: Closed to fishing until April 26.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

Balm Creek Reservoir was completely drained fall 2013 and all fish were lost. The reservoir will be restocked in May 2014.

Bull Trout
Bull Trout
-Photo by Joseph D Cima-

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

Recent fishing reports indicate catch rates are fair. Average size of trout range from 12 to 18-inches. The reservoir water has increased to 64 percent full and inflows were 208 cfs (April 15). The boat ramp is usable again.

USBR crews have been tagging fish populations in the reservoir over the last several years. If you catch a tagged trout report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: trout

Fishing for 8 to 10-inch trout has been good on Bridge Creek and upper Blitzen River. Anglers have not yet reported catching large redband trout in the lower river this spring. Flows in the Blitzen River averaged 151 cfs on April 15. Water temperatures at Page Springs gauge ranged from 42˚F to 54˚F. The Blitzen River and tributaries are catch-and-release only for trout until May 24. The Little Blitzen River is catch-and-release for trout all year.

BULLY CREEK RESERVOIR: bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, and trout.

The reservoir water level has increased over the last couple of weeks; it was 72 percent full on April 15. Fishing for trout has been fair; crappie angling has been slow.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing for trout has been fair. Legal-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in late April. Anglers have recently caught largemouth bass and a large channel catfish. Twenty tagged fish are in the pond. If you capture a tagged fish return the tag to the Hines office (237 Hwy 20 S) for a prize.

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Vehicles can’t access Campbell and Deadhorse lakes.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout

THE RIVER IS CLOSED DOWNSTREAM OF THE HIGHWAY 31 BRIDGE IN PAISLEY. The river upstream of Hwy 31 remains open and the use of bait is PROHIBITED! The river is flowing around 240 cfs with water temperatures in the low 40s.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is around a third full, free of ice, and very turbid. The boat dock is usable and anglers have been catching a few holdover trout.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout

Local anglers began accessing the lake and fishing within the last few weeks. The ice has pulled back from the edges making fishing from shore possible. A floating island of ice remains in the middle of the lake and boat use may be difficult for a few weeks. The OSP game officer reported good fishing success at the lake over the weekend. 

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

The upper lake is full and the lower one is dry. As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality. Ice fisherman reported poor success for warm water species and trout.

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout

Vehicles can’t access Campbell and Deadhorse lakes.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

The road is rutted in deep snow and ice for several locations. The lake is still covered in ice but is beginning to open around the edges (April 8). Ice fishing is not recommended.

DEMING CREEK:

Closed to fishing until May 24 to protect large spawning redband trout.

Yellow Perch
Yellow Perch
-Wikipedia-

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

Fishing at Devils Lake is likely slow for warmwater fish.

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

Dog Lake is ice-free. The few reports from anglers suggest that fishing is currently slow at the reservoir. Water temperatures are in the mid 50s and fishing for most species should improve over the next month. 

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is ice-free with water temperatures in the low 40s. Anglers might consider fishing this reservoir later in the day when water temperatures have warmed and fish are likely to be the most active.

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

The lake is covered in ice of unknown depth. The North and South Steens Loop access roads are closed. Contact Burns BLM for updates on road access this spring (541 573-4400).

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

Fourmile Creek off Westside road just north of Cherry Creek is open all year with bait allowed. Fishing should be good for brook trout. A few large brown trout occur in the stream. Currently, this area is very wet thus fishing from a canoe or float tube is recommended.

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

Access to the lake and conditions on the lake is unknown. The road into Fourmile Lake might be closed to reduce damage to the road. Contact the Fremont-Winema National Forest for further information at 541-883-6714.

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

Fishing is very slow. The lake is very low and 1/9 full which makes launching boats challenging if even possible.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond is ice free. The first stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout is scheduled for late April.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

The lake is ice-free and water temperatures are around 43 °F. Water temperatures will warm and anglers should expect good to excellent fishing when temperatures reach 50 °F in 2-4 weeks.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Local anglers have reported spotty success with some days providing good fishing while others are fair or poor. 

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The pond is ice free. The first stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout is scheduled for mid-April.

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

The reservoir is ice-free. Fishing is picking up with much warmer water temperatures. Crappie and pumpkinseed are increasing in the catch.

Cutthroat Trout
Cutthroat Trout
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

JUNIPER LAKE: cutthroat trout

The lake is very low (reduced to two small pools) but ice-free. The lake can be accessed on public land off the East Steens Loop Rd. on the SE side. A large portion of the lake is privately owned, as indicated by the fence lines; however, bank access is permitted. Please be respectful of private property.

KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: redband trout and yellow perch

Water clarity remains good for this time of year. The lake is a nice green color which is a change from the very turbid conditions the past five years. Fishing should remain stable this week with continuing warm weather but expect windier conditions in the late afternoon which will make fishing from a boat challenging. Fishing is generally slow with catch rates averaging 7 hours per redband from boat and 30 hours per redband from the shore. The most popular bank angling areas are at Howard and Shoalwater Bays. Most bank anglers are fishing with dead minnows. Water temperatures have increased dramatically to 58 degree which increases redband trout activity. Trolling lures and plugs from boat should improve with the increase in water temperatures. The lake is 1 foot below full pool. All boat ramps are accessible. ODFW encourages catch and release as this fishery is managed for trophy trout. Redband trout captured should not be removed from the water, resuscitated by cradling and pumping gills by moving fish back and forth through the water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir (Topsy Reservoir) opened on Oct. 1. Angling for redband trout is good as larger redband trout have completed spawning. Flows are currently near ideal (980 cfs) for a successful spring outing. Anglers fishing this stretch should come prepared for difficult wading. Wading boot with studs, wading belt, and wading staff are highly recommended.  Look for caddis hatches in the afternoon and be prepared to match the caddis pupae. Fish the caddis pupae imitation on the dead drift near the bottom for best success. Mayflies are also hatching and can be matched well with tungsten bead headed pheasant tails. There is an abundance of food in this reach therefore fish rarely rise to flies on the surface. Flies and lures imitating minnows and sculpins can be very effective. Water temperatures have increased dramatically from 51 degrees last week to 58 degrees this week. Water temperatures in this reach were very warm this summer thus some mortality of redband trout might have occurred.

The Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse offers excellent spinner fishing as well as good dry fly fishing with small flies. Most fish in this section are small and average 10 inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The most effective method this time of year is dead drifting stonefly, pheasant tail and midge patterns. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. This area is the best bet for good trout fishing over spring break.
 
Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed sixteen inches. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. Fishing trips should be planned when flows are lower.

Check current flow levels. If flows are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or bead head pheasant tails can be good. Blue winged olive mayflies are hatching around 1 p.m. and can continue to hatch sporadically until dusk. Look for rising trout in the slow backwater areas near tailouts of pools or in back eddies along foam lines. A few trout can be caught using small dry flies (size 16-18) that match blue winged olive mayflies. Most fish are in the 6-8 inch range but numerous 12 inch fish can be caught with 16 inches the maximum. Currently, operation at the hydro system below the powerhouse has operated with high flows 1670 cfs for all daylight hours. However, anglers should keep an eye on flow releases as low flow occurred all day on April 14.  Flow release estimates by PacifiCorp have been discontinued until May 2014. Fishing will be slow due to high flows.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: Closed to fishing until April 26.

Recreationists have reported the gate is open to Krumbo Reservoir; however, fishing is still closed as per 2014 Oregon state angling regulations until April 26. Contact Malheur National Wildlife Refuge at 541 493-2612 for access information to Krumbo Reservoir.

Small-mouth Bass
Small-mouth Bass
-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-

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

The lake is ice-free. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194. Lake of the Woods will be stocked with legal and trophy rainbow trout the week before opening day on April 26.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Lofton Reservoir currently has no fish available for anglers to catch due to the rotenone treatment last fall. The reservoir is scheduled to be stocked in mid-May. This stocking date was set last fall when biologists assumed that access to the reservoir will not be possible until mid to late May. ODFW realizes that anglers can currently access the reservoir but, at this time, is not able to reschedule the trout stocking due to hatchery commitments at other water bodies. The reservoir may be stocked earlier if a day frees up on the hatchery stocking calendar.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch

Lost River is ice-free. Fishing is slow for warmwater fish but should be improving with increasing water temperatures.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is ice free and around 50 percent full. Anglers have been catching a lot of fish in the 8 to 10-inch range, and a few over 18-inches. Please handle smaller fish with care when releasing them; they are next year’s holdover trout.

MALHEUR RIVER (Warm Springs Reservoir downstream to South Fork Malheur River): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir remain at or around 0 cfs. Fishing the upper river area is expected to be fair for a few holdover trout. Perch and smallmouth bass have been caught in the pool below the dam.

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

Discharge at Juntura averaged 21 cfs on April 15. Fishing has been slow for anglers, but is improving with warmer weather and warmer water temperatures. Spring fishing near Riverside is expected to be fair this year.

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

Fishing for redband trout should be slow; access is challenging due to snow drifting and ice.

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

Fishing for trout is poor; access is challenging due to snow drifting and ice.

MANN LAKE: trout

Anglers are still catching good numbers of large cutthroat trout in Mann Lake. The lake is completely ice free and both boat ramps are usable. The reservoir is slightly turbid from wind action and spring run-off from the tributaries off Steens Mountain. Most fish are 14 to 16-inches long, with several over 20-inches being caught.

Brown Trout
Brown Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Conditions on the lake are unknown. Please report any circular wounds on trout that might be caused by lamprey to the Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732.

MOON RESERVOIR: bass, trout

The reservoir is increasing and is currently near full pool. Carp are plentiful in the reservoir. Trout numbers are expected to be in low, but bass still persist in the reservoir as well.

MUD LAKE: trout

This reservoir is ice-free with water temperatures in the low 50s. The road is dry making access to this reservoir easy. This water should warm faster because of the muddy water, making fish more active and easier to catch than other reservoirs.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is ice-free. Stocking of legal-sized rainbows is tentatively planned for late April.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond is ice-free. There was a significant winter kill of fish in the pond. The first stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout is scheduled for late April.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Snow is blocking access to this reservoir at this time.

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

The water level in the reservoir is 27 percent of full and inflows averaged 363 cfs (April 15). Three boat ramps appear usable on the Bureau of Reclamation webpage.

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

Fishing has been good for brown trout this spring. Water releases below Owyhee Dam remain constant at winter flow rates; 21 cfs on April 15. Please use ethical angling practices; be respectful of other fisherman, use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep fish in the water at all times.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

Owyhee River flows averaged 363 cfs on April 15. Fishing for smallmouth and channel catfish is slow. The river is high and turbid, watch for debris.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

The reservoir is at 41 percent of capacity and is ice-free. Tiger muskie were released into the reservoir in the spring of 2013. Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are restricted to catch and release only. No harvest or removal from the reservoir is allowed. Yellow perch are currently spawning in shallows.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: Closed to fishing until April 26.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Trout fishing has been good for fish 16 to 18-inches. The limit is 2 per day, please be respectful of the angling regulations for the reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is near half-full. Catch rates remain fair for holdover trout; however, several fish up to 17-inches have been caught recently using bait.

Spring Chinook

Spring Chinook
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

POWDER RIVER: trout, spring Chinook

Catch-and-release fishing with flies and lures is now allowed through April 25, 2014, from Hughes Lane in Baker City, upstream to Mason Dam. All other reaches of the Powder River and tributaries are closed to fishing. The reach immediately below Mason Dam is now near the winter minimum flow, but should supply anglers with good opportunity for holdover stocked trout or native trout.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir is ice-free and the road was dry during the week of March 3 making access to this reservoir easy. This reservoir was stocked on March 21 with large trout (14-inches long). The water temperature was 53 °F. Fish should be active and anglers are encouraged to keep a limit of fish.

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: trout

Flows will be low and ideal for a successful fishing outing on opening day on April 26.

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

Most wilderness lakes are likely frozen and inaccessible.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

This reservoir is ice-free with water temperatures in the low 40s. The road was dry during the week of March 3 making access to this reservoir easy. This water should warm faster because of the muddy water, making fish more active and easier to catch than other reservoirs.

SPENCER CREEK:
Closed to fishing until May 24 to protect large spawning redband trout.

SPRAGUE RIVER: trout

Fishing should be good on opening day on April 26 above Saddle Mountain Pit Road road as flows will be low and visibility will be good. Closed to fishing until May 24 below Saddle Mountain Pit Road

NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES:

Opens to fishing April 26. Fishing will be slow on opening day on public land above the first 3411 road crossing as the high gradient section will have high velocities. If anglers can access the area at Sandhill and Lee Thomas crossings angling should be good on the April 26 opener.

SOUTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES:

Angling will be slow for the April 26 opener due to low fish numbers.

SPRING CREEK:

Closed to fishing until May 24 to protect large spawning redband trout.

SUN CREEK:

The road into Sun Creek is closed to all motor vehicles until June 30. Anglers need to concentrate efforts below the bridge crossing on Sun Creek as the area above the road was treated in 2012 and 2013 to remove brook trout. The section of Sun Creek above the barriers upstream of the road crossing had bull trout only. Angling for bull trout is closed in the Klamath Basin. Opens to fishing April 26.

SYCAN RIVER:

Opens to fishing April 26. Fishing should be slow to fair for redband trout below the marsh due to low fish density due to 2013 drought. The Sycan River above Pikes crossing should be fair for brook trout and redband trout. Expect flows to be low and ideal for opening day.

A boy with a String of Bass
A boy with a String of Bass
-Photo by Matt Frank-

THOMPSON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The reservoir is accessible. Fishing for trout can be very good at this reservoir from ice-off through June and anglers have reported catching large fish here during that time period.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District in early September 2013, meaning a near 100 percent loss of trout in the reservoir. The reservoir currently is at 100 percent of capacity and is ice-free. The reservoir was restocked with sub-legal sized rainbow trout the first week of November 2013. These fish are not expected to be up to harvestable size until the spring of 2014. Sampling to determine average size will occur in April or May. A short section of dock has been installed at the boat launch.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at 98 percent of capacity and is ice-free. Anglers are reminded that a new regulation restricts the harvest of bass to those under 15-inches long. No recent fishing reports.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Snow is blocking access to this reservoir at this time.

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

The reservoir was 32 percent full and inflows averaged 240 cfs (April 15). The river and the reservoir are very turbid. The boat ramp is out of the water by a significant distance. No recent fishing reports.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER:

Closed to fishing until May 24 to protect large spawning redband trout.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: trout

Fishing will be slow on the April 26 opener.

Cutthroat Trout
Cutthroat Trout
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

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

Fishing is improving for largemouth bass. Try the Antelope Creek channel for best success. Bass will also be in the shallow flats next to the dam. The reservoir is turbid. Bluegill are abundant but small in size. Crappie are scarce but can be abundant at the many habitat structures placed in the reservoir by Klamath Bassmasters, BLM and ODFW. A good fish finder can locate these structures. Some structures can be observed protruding from the water’s surface. There is a concrete boat ramp and the outhouse has been repaired. Water levels are low; therefore, launching boats might be challenging.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is ice-free and the boat launch is functional, but the dock is in need of repairs and will not be installed until repairs can be made. No recent fishing reports.

WOOD RIVER and all tributaries: trout

Fishing should be good on the Wood River with low flows and good insect hatches on opening day (April 26). Anglers should also have success fishing spoons and plugs in the deep pools for brown trout. Anglers should concentrate their efforts from Fort Klamath the mouth. Most anglers use a low profile boat to float under and portage around the many obstacles on the river. A typical drift boat can be used from Weed Road to mouth.  Bank access is limited but public property is available on BLM property at the BLM wetland and the USFS Day use area above Fort Klamath. Small boats can be launched at Kimball State Park (breathtaking headwaters), USFS day use area, Highway 62 bridge crossing and Weed Road. This is the best bet for a successful outing on opening day in the Klamath Basin. Closed to fishing until April 26.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Ice is off and spring fishing for holdover trout has been good. The road was clear of ice and snow (April 15).

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  HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31)

Snake River wolf
Gray Wolf
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

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. ODFW appreciates hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; 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

Hunting maps for Harney County

Spring turkey season will open April 15th. Turkeys can be found in the northern portion of the county on or near national forestland.

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

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 populations are fairly low throughout Harney County. Recent reports indicate calling has been slow. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and open season limitations exist for these species.

California Ground Squirrel
California Ground Squirrel
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-

KLAMATH COUNTY

Ground squirrels and marmots are active on warmer days now. While some opportunities exist on public lands, best prospects are on private lands, and many landowners do allow access for those willing to ask permission.

Most Mule Deer bucks have shed their antlers and the interest in hunting sheds is increasing. Due to extremely variable road conditions and the effect of increased harassment on mule deer survival, shed hunters are urged to keep ATV’s on existing roads or trails and minimize disturbance to wintering big game herds. Many wintering areas in Klamath County are closed to motor vehicle access during the winter months to protect vulnerable big game herds from harassment. Please respect these efforts on both public and private lands.

Cougar hunting is open year round. Best prospects are in areas with concentrations of big game.

Coyote hunting has been slow. Populations are fairly low. Few coyotes were observed during recent big game surveys.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Open during regular state waterfowl and upland bird hunting seasons. Many seasons are now closed.

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 Unit are both open for hunting daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

Miller Island Unit

The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls. The Miller Island Unit is open to hunting on authorized hunt days (please see the 2013-14 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information) on a first-come, first-served basis by permit.

Management programs on the Klamath Wildlife Area-Miller Island Unit will impact waterfowl hunter access during the 2013/14 waterfowl seasons. Efforts to rehabilitate portions of the marshlands around the Miller Island Unit, to improve long-term habitat benefits to a multitude of waterfowl species will require dewatering certain wetlands and actively controlling overgrown vegetation. While efforts will be to bring water back to all areas as soon as feasible, some portions of the unit may be dry and will not provide good hunting opportunities throughout the season.

Waterfowl Hunting

Waterfowl hunting is now closed.

Klamath Basin waterfowl numbers are available on the US Fish and Wildlife website.

Upland Game Bird Hunting is now closed.

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is now required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $7 daily or $22 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) 883-5734 or thomas.r.collom@state.or.us

LAKE COUNTY

Access: It has been warm and rainy over the last 2 weeks. All native surface roads are very muddy. Hunters should restrict motor vehicle travel to all weather roads.

Ground Squirrels are above ground and active on sunny days. All of the opportunity for squirrel shooting is on private land, hunters must get permission from the landowner.

Cougar
Cougar
- Royalty Free Image-

Cougar hunting is open. Populations are healthy due to good habitat and prey base. If hunters can find a fresh cougar kill, calling within a ½ mile of that kill can be very effective. Mule deer herds are dropping toward lower elevations to take advantage of spring green up. Cougar hunting near big game herds increases the chance for success.

Coyote pairs are forming and breeding season has started. From now through June the most effective calls will be coyote vocalizations. Prey distress calls will still work but are less effective.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on March 10, 2014

All game bird hunting seasons have ended and discharging of firearms is prohibited.

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

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. Coyotes are very call shy this time of year but may respond to territorial challenges.

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  VIEWING

Ross' Goose

Ross' Geese
- Photo by Randy Shipley-

HARNEY COUNTY

Spring migration is well underway and large numbers of snow geese, Ross’s geese, and sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin. Pintail, shoveler, wigeon, goldeneye, mallard, green-winged teal and cinnamon teal can also be found throughout the basin.

Shorebird migration is just beginning and should improve over the next few weeks as spring migration progresses. Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans and western grebes are some species that have arrived. A large number of franklins, ring-billed and california gulls can also be found.

Wintering passerine species (dark eyed juncos and house finches) are still fairly active around the county. Spring passerine migrants should be increasing in diversity and number as the season progresses. Spotted towhees, red-winged blackbirds, white-crowned sparrows and goldfinches are a few that have already started to show up.

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.

Sage grouse are just starting to attend leks. Binoculars or spotting scopes are needed to observe sage grouse as getting close to the leks will flush the birds.
 
Viewing opportunities around Burns/Hines and at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will continue to improve as migration continues to develop and more species of passerines and breeding water birds arrive in the area.

Bighorn sheep have moved up into the steeper country to begin lambing. Sheep can be viewed with a good pair of binoculars or spotting scope along rocky outcroppings south of Frenchglen and along the east side of the Steens.4/1/14.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Klamath Falls Area

Spring migration in the Klamath Basin is in full swing with white-fronted geese, lesser snow geese, Ross’ geese and tundra swans now returning in large numbers. Greater sandhill cranes have returned from southern wintering areas. Best viewing opportunities are at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Several large flocks of cranes have recently been observed in the Alkali Lake area and Langell Valley.

Canada geese are into the nesting season and the first broods should be hatched in the coming weeks.

The Link River offers great viewing for common merganser, bufflehead, common goldeneye, lesser scaup, and great blue heron. The Link River trail provides great viewing opportunities. 4/1/14.

Klamath Wildlife Area

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $7 daily or $22 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent. Learn more.

Klamath Basin waterfowl numbers are available on the US Fish and Wildlife website.

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit. If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734. 2/3/13.

LAKE COUNTY

Access: It has been warm and rainy for the last two weeks. All native surface roads are very muddy. Motor vehicle travel should be restricted to all weather roads.

Spring migration is in full swing with April and early May being the best time to see a variety of bird species. Long-billed Curlew and Sandhill cranes have returned to the county. Bald eagle numbers are increasing as the spring migration progresses. The Chewaucan and Summer Lake Basins will have shallow flooded wetlands this spring and will provide the best viewing opportunities for early migrants. Goose Lake is very low and most of the Warner Valley lakes are dry or very low. 4/8/14

Summer Lake Wildlife Area

This section was updated on April 15, 2014.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a new calendar year 2014 $7 daily parking permit or a $22 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any ODFW license agent or through the ODFW website. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Vehicle access to the Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open, but major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) are now closed to reduce disturbance to staging migrant waterbirds and early breeding waterfowl species. Non-motorized access is permitted, and the Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open to motor vehicle travel until early fall.

Wetland conditions are excellent; all of the wildlife area’s wetlands are open and sizeable areas are shallowly flooded and receiving heavy waterbird use. Emergent vegetation is beginning to grow.

Spring migrants continue to return in good numbers at this time and some species should continue to increase in number and diversity as the season progresses. Many breeding species have yet to return while several early migrants have already departed the area.

Early breeding species such as Canada geese and mallards are initiating nests at this time. If birds are flushed off nests, please move away to reduce disturbance. Also, area users are reminded that running or training of dogs is prohibited, except by permit.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are declining, but the arrival and staging of other northward migrants continues. Birds are widely dispersed across the entire wildlife area due to excellent habitat conditions.

Northern Shoveler Duck
Northern Shoveler male in breeding plumage
- Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Duck numbers declined from the previous week with about 9,800 being observed during the weekly count. Northern pintail continue to depart, about 300 remain. American green winged teal, ruddy duck and northern shoveler numbers remain high; over 1,200, 1,100 and 2,500, respectively were counted. Gadwall numbers are steadily increasing, over 800 of this abundant breeding species were found on the April 2nd count.

Canada geese are widely scattered across the wildlife area’s wetlands at this time and many are continuing to establish nesting territories. Incubation is well underway and a few broods were observed on April 2nd. Lesser snow geese have largely departed the area now, but about 200 were still present last week. Greater white-fronted geese continue to stage in good numbers, nearly 600 were observed. Other staging birds will probably appear, but the large build-up of numbers earlier will not occur now.

Greater white-fronts can be found in small flocks scattered across the entire area, most will be departing over the next 2 weeks enroute to breeding areas in Alaska.

All migrant tundra swans have departed the area headed to more northerly staging locations.

Resident trumpeter swans are about 15-20 non-breeders, part of restoration efforts, can be found scattered across the wildlife area. All of these birds 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) and two side-ways laying numerals that are read from the body toward the head.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers and species continue to increase. Spring migrants such as western willet and snowy plover arrived last week.  American avocet, black-necked stilt, dunlin, long-billed curlew numbers continued to increase. Breeding pairs of killdeer are spreading out across the entire area and should begin initiating nest scrapes soon. Wilson’s snipe winnowing was noted last week.  Other spring migrant and returning breeding species should be arriving soon.

Both California and ring-billed gulls remained in good number, over 800 were observed. Gulls are beginning to occupy the nesting island in E. Link Unit and nesting should begin soon.  Caspian terns arrived last week.
 
Sandhill crane numbers continue to increase and additional pairs have returned to their breeding territories at least 13 pairs were noted across the area. Territorial calling is very prevalent throughout the day. Non-breeders and other migrants  continue to stage as well, over 50 were found in the Foster Place grain fields.

American coot numbers continue to increase; nearly 4,200 were found on the weekly count.

Migrant and breeding grebes are returning now, eared, western and pied-billed were observed last week.

A few American bittern and great blue herons and the season’s first great egrets were observed over the past week.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
-Photo by Chuck Gardner-

Raptors and others

Resident raptors, especially red-tailed hawks are scattered throughout the Wildlife Area as well as on private lands along Hwy 31.
Migrant accipiters, especially Cooper’s hawk are fairly common now.

Northern harriers are commonly observed over marsh and hay meadows and males are preforming their ritual courtship flights.

Bald and golden eagle numbers have declined dramatically. Only a few locally nesting pairs and a few late migrants can be found hunting across the area.

Great horned owls can be found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds. Breeding season is underway; incubation has started for several pairs and night calling remains fairly common.

Upland game birds

California quail and ring-necked pheasants are widely scattered across the north end of the wildlife area.

Passerines

Now is the time to look for wintering and early returning spring migrant species.

Tree swallows numbers increased over the past week and many can be found exploring nest boxes scattered across the area.

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex and a few migrant and breeding mourning doves have arrived.

Sparrows are making a strong showing now; large numbers of white-crowned a few golden crowned and spotted towhees were found at the Headquarters feeder during the past week. American and lesser goldfinches continue to be observed in good number.  The season’s first pine siskin was observed over the past weekend.

American robins, Townsend’s solitaires and cedar waxwings are fairly abundant. Orange-crowned and yellow-rumped warblers were observed over the past weekend.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail and are very numerous.

Red-winged Black Bird
Red-winged Black Bird Male
- Photo by Dave Budeau -

Red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds continue to increase, and many males are beginning to establish nesting territories in emergent marsh areas.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2014 parking permits are required!

Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a $7 daily parking permit or a $22 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.

The Wildlife Viewing Loop is open, but major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) are now closed to reduce disturbance to staging waterbirds and early breeding waterfowl species. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open until early fall.

All secondary roads and dikes continue to remain closed and cross-country travel is prohibited.

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.

Also, area users are reminded that running of training of dogs is prohibited, except by permit.

Habitat

Currently nearly all of the wildlife area’s wetlands are well flooded. Bullgate Refuge remains dry in preparation for wetland enhancement work to take place in spring and early summer.

Emergent wetland vegetation is mostly lodged over due to strong winds resulting in increased visibility into wetland areas.

Upland habitat remains in excellent condition with considerable residual vegetation and extensive new growth of grasses and forbs that is providing high quality food and cover for many wildlife species. At present, all areas are snow free.

Planted tree and shrub plots are providing excellent sheltered sites for many wildlife species. Nearly all species are beginning to leaf out at this time.

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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