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Weekly Recreation Report: Southeast Zone

September 19, 2017

 Southeast Zone Fishing

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • With cooling temperatures leading into this weekend fishing should get better in your local waterbodies!
  • Fishing is excellent for yellow perch in Upper Klamath Lake near Recreation and Crystal Creeks.
  • Delintment Lake has been fishing well recently with consistent catches of 8-10 inch rainbow trout.
  • Due to fire the allotment of rainbow trout scheduled for Campbell and Deadhorse Lakes were stocked into Fourmile Lake a couple weeks ago.
  • 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.

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

Fishermen this past week were picking up rainbow trout in the 13-16” range trolling rapalas and other baitfish imitations. Bait fishing from the bank has also been producing trout recently. 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 have been over 2,000 rainbow trout stocked in this river a couple of months ago. Ana River is open year-round and was stocked in July with larger rainbow trout 11- to 15-inches. Fingerlings were also released in 2017 and should be approximately 8 inches this fall. 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 and fly fishing can be great.

Caddis flies are the dominant invertebrate, but small blue winged olive (size 18) mayflies are always a good bet. Ana River is a great match the hatch fly fishing river with good hatches throughout the year. Hatches typically occur during the afternoon from 12-3 p.m. the best time. Small mayfly hatches are typically best on overcast days with light rain or snow. Tui chub and pit roach are abundant in the river therefore casting large flies or lures can be effective for catching larger fish. 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 is slow due to high flows and cold water temperatures. 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

Reservoir water level remains very good as fall approaches. With good reservoir conditions throughout the summer, rainbow trout stocked as fingerlings should be doing quite well. Expect some good fishing as water temperatures cool this fall.

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

Bank fishing has been slow but anglers have been catching a few rainbow trout near the dam. Look for fish in and around submerged vegetation and rocky structures.

The reservoir is currently at 24 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is not useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website, although it may be possible to launch smaller boats still. Use caution though when attempting to launch at Beulah because the gravel below the boat ramp can be loose and may cause you to get stuck.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
- Photo by Kevin Clawson-

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any fishing reports recently. Fish from last year overwintered and created a good spring fishery. Fingerlings were released in May this year and should be 8-to 10-inches. This is a small reservoir with plenty of bank access, but a float tube or small john boat might be preferred.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The Blitzen River is currently flowing around 43 cfs with water temperatures fluctuating around 56oF. The current conditions for the Blitzen can be checked here.

Fishing on the Blitzen should improve with the cooler temperatures and precipitation in the region. The flows have come up a little and this will allow the redband trout to move around more and should start to shift their feeding patterns towards mid-day instead of the mornings and evening.

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.

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 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 was cleared of all blow downs by the Forest Service in June. 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 and should continue to improve as we move out of the hot days of summer and into the cooler fall months. 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 been dropping 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 has not been 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. Note that flash flooding occurred in the area on Sept. 8 and roads may not be passable. Contact the Wallowa Whitman National Forest for details.

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

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.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports but fishing was good this past month. 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

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but the entire river is open all year. Flows are going to increase this weekend, which should decrease water temperatures and provide better fishing. It is very important fishermen are using good catch and release techniques at this time. 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 4 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. The campground might be closed due the fire nearby. 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.

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. Fishing for yellow perch can be excellent this time of year. Best perch fishing is near the mouth. Cover lots of water until you find the schools.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fishing was good this past month. 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.

The creek is low at this time of year. 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. With cooler weather in the region, look for fishing to be the most productive during mid-day.

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.

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

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.

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 should start picking up with cooler temperatures. 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

Fishing will be excellent this week for rainbow trout. Fourmile will be stocked this week with 2,000 12-14 inch rainbow trout. Fishing can also be good for brook trout.

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 27 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.

Rainbow Trout

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

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 70 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.

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

No recent fishing reports, but fishing should start picking up this fall. 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 last stocked 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

There have not been any recent fishing reports. Both trolling and bank fishing are productive ways to catch fish in this 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.

A recent fish die off suggests water quality in the reservoir is poor and fish are stressed. Fishing is very slow for all species. 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 very slow.

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

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

All of Upper Klamath Lake has been listed for the toxic algae, Microcystis. For more information see http://www.healthoregon.org/hab.

Fishing for yellow perch in Pelican Bay near Rocky Point can be excellent if you can find the schools of fish. Best fishing is from a boat. If you are staying at Rocky Point Resort some perch can be caught off their docks.

Surface water temperature in Agency Lake remains stressful and is reaching 75 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 four feet below full pool. Water temperature is peaking at 75 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. 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 a.m. and 6 p.m. Check the USGS real time website for current 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.

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 last week with 12-14 inch rainbow trout 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 good. Bait is always a producer, but remember you need to increase your leader length due to increasing vegetation heights. Trolling flies early in the morning was productive last week. 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 year. 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. Although the region had at least an average winter this past year, it still wasn’t enough to fill the lake and recharge the groundwater. Hopefully the region will have another good winter and the lake and the fishery can be allowed to recover.

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 but it possible that some of these fingerlings didn’t survive the winter and early summer conditions. ODFW will continue to monitor the lake to determine how the fishery has responded to the less than ideal conditions. If conditions improve, fingerling cutthroat trout will be planted in the spring of 2018.

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 is good for rainbow trout. Mosquitoes have really thinned out. The lake was stocked last week with 2,400 rainbow trout. There is ample room to fish from the bank and anglers are doing well still fishing with powerbait or worms for rainbow trout. The lake has a boat ramp, campground and sandy swim beaches. The road into the lake is 12 miles of rough, gravel, washboard.

Fishing should be good for brown trout from boat. 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. Rainbow, brown and brook trout are at extremely high densities at the outlet. Most are less than 10 inches. Flyfishing and lure fishing can be good. 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 63 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.

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 257 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.

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 53 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. The reservoir was stocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout three times over the spring. Reservoir storage is at 48 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.

Cooling temperatures should improve trout fishing.

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

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is being drawn down. The low water boat launch is operational. Fishing for rainbow trout has slow, but should improve with cooling 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.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports.

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 was stocked in May and June with rainbow trout immediately downstream of Mason Dam.

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 couple months 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 recently 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.

Brook Trout
Brook Trout
-Photo by Kevin Clawson-

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.

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

There is a fire in the Sky Lakes Wilderness near Pelican Butte. Many trails are closed. Contac the Klamath Falls USFS office for more information. 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

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fish have still been observed this summer rising for flies. 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 was full this spring and was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout in May and should be in the 8- to 11-inches range now.

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 205 cfs. Water temperatures are peaking at 72 degrees. 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. Yellow perch fishing is excellent if you can find the schools.

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 hatching. 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 caddisflies 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 54 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 (14 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 recently 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 fish density is low. Flows are dropping but still high (18 cfs). The new Sun Creek channel is finished and is now connected to the Wood River.

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 14 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 month ago. There have been no recent fishing reports.

Fishing was reported as being slow a couple months 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 last month. 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 has been drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District.

TWIN LAKES: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked in early July 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 25 percent of capacity.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake was recently stocked with larger-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should start picking up with dropping water temperatures. 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 52 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. Although there is a lot of vegetation present during this time of the year dry fly fishing can be quite good on overcast days.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

The Upper Williamson River opened to fishing April 22. River flows are 52 cfs. Waders are recommended. Mosquitoes have thinned out. Redband trout and brook trout are numerous and are freely rising in the shade or during overcast days. Best fly patterns this time of year are grasshopper and beetles.

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 579 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 water level is at the bottom of the concrete boat launch. Launching of trailered boats is not recommended.

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 302 cfs. Flows have increased creating challenging 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.

Fly fisherman should use grasshoppers patterns when targeting brown trout. The best section for dry fly fishing is from Loosley Road to Weed Road. Lures that mimic baitfish can work well. Brown trout also feed on sculpins, crayfish, annelids (worms) and mice. Please be on the lookout for radio tagged redband trout in the river. Radio tagged redband trout are required to be released. When fishing for redband trout anglers should fish with sinking fly lines or lures.

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

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: 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. The cooler weather in the region should help to improve fishing and allow fish to be active throughout the day.

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  Southeast Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK (closes Sept. 24), FOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE, BAND TAILED PIGEON (closes Sept. 23)

Hunting forecasts now available

Biologists from around the state weigh in on what to expect this fall. See the Big Game and Bird Hunting forecasts online.

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

Archery season for ELK and MULE DEER closes Sept. 24. Be sure to check the area you plan to hunt for any fire restrictions.

Hunters are reminded of four Travel Management Areas in the Harney district. Two in the Silvies Unit (Dairy Creek and Burnt Cabin) and two in the Malheur River Unit (Conroy Cliff and Devine-Rattlesnake).  Maps are available at each major entry point of the travel management area as well as online and at the Hines office.   Period of restrictions are Sep. 27th  through Oct. 11th and Oct. 22th through Nov. 12th, 2017. ODFW biologist will be posting and stocking map boxes this week.

MOURNING DOVE season opened September 1st and best prospects will be around agricultural areas or near water sources. Hunters are reminded that Eurasian-collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year round. As a reminder Mourning Dove season has been extended until October 30th statewide.

Forest GROUSE season opened Sept. 1 Grouse can be found in the forested portions of the Silvies and Malheur Units, but population numbers are low.

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.

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. The deadline to purchase a general season tag for the 2017 calendar year is Sep 29th. If you have already purchased the general season tag you may purchase an additional cougar tag at any time. 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.

KLAMATH COUNTY

General Deer & Elk Bow Seasons 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 including the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area affecting the Keno and Rogue WMU’s. Be sure to secure permission before hunting on private lands.

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 Big Game hunting regulations for further information.

BEAR – General Fall Bear Season continues. 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 harvested bears at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. Please bring in skull thawed with mouth propped open. 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 opened 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

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Sept. 19, 2017

Dove season continues through the end of October.

This coming weekend (Sept. 23-24) is the youth waterfowl hunt by first come basis.

Hunters must obtain a self-serve permit available at the check station on Miller Island Road if hunting on the Miller Island Unit. The “B” half of the permit must be filled out completely and returned when done hunting for the day.

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.

Malheur River Antelope

My daughter drew a Malheur River Antelope tag and harvested this buck last week. Such a fun hunt for the two of us.
-Photo by Monty Gregg-

LAKE COUNTY

Second season ANTELOPE began Aug 23. 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.

BIGHORN SHEEP second season opens Sept. 2. Sheep hunters should contact the district biologists in either Lakeview or Summer Lake for specifics about their hunt areas.

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 for blue grouse are in the forested portions of the Gearhart and Warner Mountains along ridge lines with adequate roost trees and low ground forage. Very few ruffed grouse exist in the county.

Archery Deer and Elk – General seasons run through Sept. 24. Plant growing conditions have been favorable this year, so hunters should expect tall grasses and noisy stalking conditions. Those same factors have also led to good horn growth this year and good body condition across most of the County. Expect fewer 1-2 year old bucks on the landscape this year as a result of poor fawn recruitment in the last 2 years.

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.

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). Permit results available Sept. 1.

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 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 September 19, 2017

Archery deer season continues, but hunter activity is very light. Two hunters checked-in over the past week, and reported no buck harvest.

Buck mule deer can be found scattered across the wildlife area, especially around agricultural areas and homestead sites on the north end.

Archery hunters are required to obtain a daily hunting permit and check out at the end of the day. Free daily hunt permits are available self-serve in the lobby at Headquarters.

Posted Refuges are closed to hunting.

Mourning dove hunting season continues, but hunter participation is very light. Six hunters checked-in over the past week and reported the harvest of 1 mourning and 3 Eurasian-collared doves in 10 hours of hunting effort.

Doves are found in very low numbers this year. Typically they are found around agricultural areas and homestead sites on the north end of the wildlife area.

All hunters will need to obtain and have a daily hunting permit in their possession while in the field. Free daily hunting permits are available self-serve in the lobby at Headquarters.

Check out is mandatory and can be accomplished by filling out and dropping the “B” portion of the permit off in check-out boxes found at major access areas.

Prospects for the Youth Waterfowl Hunt is upcoming week are good.  A large number of locally produced as well as migrant birds are staging on the wildlife area at this time. 

It is open to hunters 17 years and younger who must be accompanied by a non- hunting adult 21 years or older.  All hunters must have their Hunter Education Certification completed, a valid hunting license with HIP validation and, if 12 years or older the state waterfowl validation.  In addition, hunters 16 years of age and older must have a valid federal waterfowl stamp.

Check-in for a free daily hunting permit is required and checkout at the end of the day is mandatory.
Non-toxic shot is required for all Game Bird hunting.

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

deer hunter

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

General archery season for ELK and MULE DEER ends Sept. 24 Check with land management agencies for up to date fire restrictions. Best opportunities are on the forest areas of the Beulah unit.

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

Elk Bully Cr. Antlerless elk hunt begins Aug. 1. Youth hunts began Aug. 1 and continue through December.

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.

Forest Grouse season opened Sept. 1. Most grouse are found on the forested portions of the Beulah unit.

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 Southeast Zone Wildlife Viewing

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs
- Photo by Greg Gillson-

HARNEY COUNTY

Fall shorebird migration has started to slow. Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species are a few of what can be seen.

Fall migrating waterfowl continue to grow in numbers including Northern pintail, Northern shovelers, American wigeon, American green-winged teal, Canvasback and Redhead. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

Fall migrating passerine species continue to show up. White-crowned sparrows, American goldfinches, spotted towhees, Says phoebes and a variety of warbler species are a few that can be found in the basin. A large number of breeding passerine species and woodpeckers can be found in National Forest land throughout the county.

Raptors continue to be found throughout the area. You should be able to view osprey around lakes and reservoirs, golden eagles, a few bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, prairie falcons and ferruginous hawks. 9/11/17

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Sept. 19, 2017

Water levels in most wetlands are remaining stable or slowly filling. Dry areas will slowly be filling with water over the next several weeks.

Waterfowl

Flocks of Western Canada Geese can be found scattered across the area. Numbers of Northern Shovelers , Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Mallards, Gadwall, American Green-winged Teal and Cinnamon Teal should continue to increase as the days and weeks go on. Diver species should start showing up in greater numbers in the coming weeks as well.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Sandhill cranes have started to move out of the area, but may still be found. Killdeer, common snipe, yellow legs, long-billed dowitchers, spotted, least and western sandpipers, American avocets and black-necked stilts can be found on mud flats and around the edges of receding ponds. Shorebird species and numbers should increase in the coming weeks with the fall migration.

Great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, great egrets and American bitterns can be seen scattered around the area. Double crested cormorants and American white pelicans can still be observed on the area. White-faced ibis have been observed in large numbers using flooded pasture areas.

Ring-billed gulls continue to be a common site on the area. Caspian terns have been seen recently 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, Swainson’s 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 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

Mourning and Eurasian collared doves can be found scattered over the area.

American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, American robins, brewers, yellow-headed and red-winged black birds, brown-headed cowbirds, spotted towhees, black-billed magpies, scrub jays, western meadow larks and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area. Swallow numbers are starting to decline as they are starting to head south. Western Kingbirds and Say’s phoebes can be spotted fly catching from fences and shrubs.

Yellow, and 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 are becoming less common around the Klamath Wildlife Area headquarters.

Common ravens are quite numerous at this time.

Reptiles

Western pond turtles are becoming less active. Gopher and garter snakes can be found throughout the area.

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.

American Avocet

American Avocet at Summer Lake
-Photo by Keith Kohl-

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. Look for California quail and chukar broods at this time of year. Chicks have now developed flight feathers and large coveys of each species can be found in appropriate habitats throughout the county. 8/28/2017

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on September 19, 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 the Wildlife Viewing Loop and major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) and Work Road will close on Wednesday September 20, three days prior to the Youth Waterfowl Hunt that occurs over the weekend.  They will reopen briefly from September 25th to 29th after which they will be closed for the remainder of the year. 

Posted Refuge areas will be closed to all access 3 days prior to and during waterfowl hunting seasons.

The 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 and migrant species. Fall migrants are returning to the wildlife area in good numbers at this time. Thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds are present at this time.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl breeding season is essentially over, but a few late and flightless broods still remain. Fall staging is well underway with 10’s of thousands of waterfowl present. Molting continues, especially for late nesting hens and most drakes have lost their bright and colorful nuptial plumage.

Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the wildlife area, and small flocks are very visible and widely scattered across the wildlife area.
Greater white-fronted geese are increasing in number; over 200 were found on the weekly count. They should continue to increase in number throughout the month. Snow geese are not expected to arrive until the last week of September.

Duck numbers continue to increase at this time and large flocks are forming. Over 30,000 ducks of 12 species were found on the weekly count. Early local production appears good and many birds are now flighted. A few broods of late nesting species (gadwall) and re-nesting attempts by other species can still be found.

Fall migrants are beginning to flock-up and stage on the wildlife area in large numbers at this time. A major influx of northern pintail, Am. Green-winged teal 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.

Early nesting species such as long-billed curlew and western willet have largely departed the area heading south towards wintering locations. A few stragglers can still be found.

Migrant peeps (Bairds, least and Western sandpipers), long-billed dowitchers, semi-palmated and snowy 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. The weekly count found at least 13 species. Of interest was a solitary sandpiper.

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. Over 9,200 coots were found on the weekly count.
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 good number at the Foster Place grain fields that have been mowed recently.

Small numbers of Bonaparte’s, Franklin’s and ring-billed gulls continue to be observed on a fairly regular basis. A few Caspian, Forster’s and black 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 can sometimes be found as well.

Grebe numbers are fairly good although many have departed the area. 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 numbers across the area’s wetlands. White-faced ibis numbers are good at this time and they are widespread across the entire wildlife area. 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, they are fairly common now.

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

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.

Most swallows have departed the area, but few lingering individuals and late migrants can still be found. Barn swallows continue to be observed on a regular basis.

Fall migrants warbles are staging in good number and variety at this time. Now is a good time to search for migrants. Trees found at Bullgate, River and River Ranch campgrounds as well as at Headquarters are good locations for viewing. Vagrants typically occur at this time of the year.

American robins, loggerhead shrikes, Steller’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. Fall migrant white-crowned sparrows have been observed recently.

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 fair numbers visiting the feeders at Headquarters, although numbers are beginning to decline. Over the weekend, 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.

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 year was the first confirmed breeding of the species on the wildlife area.

Large flocks of 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 the Wildlife Viewing Loop and major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) and Work Road will close on September 20, 3 days prior to the Youth Waterfowl Hunt that occurs over the weekend.  They will reopen briefly from September 25th to 29th after which they will be closed for the remainder of the year.
Posted Refuge areas will be closed to all access 3 days prior to and during waterfowl hunting seasons.

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.

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 most seasonal marsh areas is beginning to increase, providing excellent foraging opportunities for a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds.

Irrigation season continues in Summer Lake area, but is winding down.
Irrigated pastures along the west side of the valley remain fairly well flooded and regrowth of vegetation is substantial.

Flows down Ana River continue to increase as irrigation season begins to wind-down. Water levels in most units are being increased to coincide with waterbird migration. 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 where water remains and are drying out and browning in drier sites. Insects, esp. Chironomids (midges), remain very numerous on sunny days providing abundant food resources to many species of birds. Biting insects are very numerous at this time too, 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 very robust and seed set is excellent. Planted tree and shrubs in plots and the orchard are providing excellent sheltered sites and food resources for wildlife. Trees and shrubs have produced an abundant crop of berries and fruit that is being utilized by many wildlife species.

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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