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Weekly Recreation Report: Southeast Zone

January 17, 2017

 Southeast Zone Fishing

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Fishing on The Klamath River for large redband trout from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir is slow but remains one of the best fishing opportunities in the Klamath Basin.
  • Ana River and Ana Reservoir do not freeze during the winter and offer great opportunities to catch rainbow trout and hybrid bass.
  • Ice fishing for yellow perch is picking up at Lake of the Woods.
Fishing at Ollala Reservoir
Ice Fishing Today Video.
Click image to play.
- Dave Genz Ice Safety Tips -

Ice-fishing safety

With several water bodies beginning to ice over, it’s a good time to be reminded that anglers should always use caution during first-ice conditions. Take the following precautions: use the “buddy system,” wear a PFD in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice. REMINDER: The state of Oregon does not allow human-made ice holes larger than 12-inches in diameter or length.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It could be the area is closed, inaccessible due or currently offers limited fishing opportunities. These water bodies will return to the recreation report when conditions change. If you believe something is missing, contact us and we’ll find out why.

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, hybrid bass

This lake is open year round, providing a great opportunity to catch hybrid bass and rainbow trout. There have been no recent fishing reports but bass fishing should start picking up during winter. Hybrid bass are traditionally targeted using crank baits; however, they can be caught in the reservoir using various methods including bait. Hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon.

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 potential new state record is 1 ½ inches longer and 1 lb. heavier than the previous record of 18 lbs. 9 oz. caught in 2009.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout

Ana River is open year round and was stocked last month with larger rainbow trout 10 to 13-inches. Fingerlings were also released in the spring and should be approximately 8 to 10-inches. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a float tube or by walking the banks. Bait is allowed.

Caddis flies are the dominant invertebrate. Small blue winged olive (size 18) mayflies should be hatching. Ana River is a great match the hatch fly fishing river with good hatches throughout the winter. 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 not recommended at this time due to high flows with ice moving through. 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 (34 degrees) and low productivity water. Fishing with bait allowed. Open year-round.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is ice-covered with access only by snowmobile. Fall fish sampling by ODFW indicated that the fingerlings planted last spring have survived and grown well. Fishable numbers of the legal and trophy-sized fish are available as well.

Beulah Reservoir
Beulah Reservoir
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

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

No recent fishing reports and no reports on ice formation and thickness. The reservoir is currently at 24 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is not useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website.

USBR crews completed a tagging program in Beulah in 2011 and there may still be tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch a tagged trout, please report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is limited due to snow and ice thickness is unknown.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The Blitzen River is currently flowing around 40 cfs with water temperatures fluctuating around 32oF. The current conditions for the Blitzen can be checked here. Recent reports indicate that fishing is fair in areas of the river that are not currently frozen over. Most of the deeper pools that hold a lot of fish are frozen over so look for fish in any open areas that offer access to deeper water.

The cold weather has shifted fly-fishing to a nymph and streamer show. Bead-headed wooly buggers in brown and olive are great winter flies to use on the Blitzen. Using larger leaders will also help to pull fish out of tough to reach areas and the redband trout on the Blitzen are not know to be leader shy. The Page Springs area is going to offer the best for winter access and there is open water downstream of the bridge below Page Springs Dam. This section has a series of riffles and pools that hold trout. Heading upstream from the campground will also offer some open water.

The South Loop Steens Road is closed for the winter making it difficult to access the upper portions of the Blitzen.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good for legal-sized rainbow trout recently on the Burns Pond. There is currently around 11 inches of ice on the pond and people have reported consistent catches of 12-inch rainbow trout. Stomach contents from recently harvested trout show that they are feeding on juvenile green sunfish present in the pond so fishing around the edges may be productive or anywhere near some underwater vegetation that holds the juvenile green sunfish.

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

Access is blocked by snow. Calahan Creek is a very small tributary to Long Creek. Most of the creek flows through a low gradient meadow. Flows this time year are approximately 1-2 cfs. Water levels are excellent for fishing.

The most productive fishing area is near the lower 400-00 road crossing and upstream. All of Calahan Creek is on Green Diamond property so please respect this private property and their rules. Bait is allowed. Fishing is excellent for small brook trout mostly under 8-inches. Open all year.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access is blocked by snow.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is frozen but ice thickness is unknown.

Water levels in the reservoir are surprisingly high. 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: native redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Snow will be a limiting factor, but the entire river is open all year and flyfishing for redband trout 6 to 12-inches should be fair upstream of Paisley. Dry flies and nymphs are very productive. Bait is allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley, however the use of bait is prohibited upstream of highway 31. Largemouth bass and brown bullhead are available to anglers at the first Hwy. 31 crossing just north of Valley Falls. Small boats can be launched at this site.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
- Photo by Kevin Clawson-

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing is fairly good right now at Chickahominy with consistent catches of 10-14 inch rainbow trout. The ice is around 11 inches thick and has a lot of snow on top. The fish appear to be moving in schools so the bite is sometimes sporadic. The water below the ice is still fairly murky so using bright lures that make noise will increase your chances of success.

The fishery in Chickahominy Reservoir was jump-started this year with stockings of fingerling and legal-sized rainbow trout following years of drought conditions that adversely affected the fishery. Following the fish stockings last spring, ODFW sampled the reservoir and found plenty of healthy rainbow trout up to 14-inches. Hopefully this indicates that the fishery is on the rebound.

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

Access is blocked due to snow. The road is paved all the way to the creek. Water levels are low, approximately 2-3 cfs, but excellent for fishing. Look for signs to Corral Creek Campground and Gearhart Wilderness. The campground is near the confluence of Corral Creek and South Fork Sprague River. The campground is maintained by the USFS. Fishing is excellent for small brook trout up to 8 inches. Occasionally brown trout can be captured. Bait is allowed.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: hatchery rainbow trout, redband trout, brook trout

Access is blocked by snow.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR (Lake County): redband trout

No recent fishing reports, access is limited due to snow and ice thickness is unknown. One rainbow trout per day, 15-inch minimum length may be harvested.

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

No recent reports on ice formation or thickness but the Cow Lakes should be frozen over. A fishing report from this past summer indicates that fishing is poor in the Cow Lakes this year. As of 2013, the lakes has not longer been stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality. When habitat conditions improve, the trout stocking program will be reinstated.

This past summer, ODFW and volunteers sampled the Upper Cow Lake and found an overabundance of brown bullheads. White crappie, bluegill, and large scale suckers were also found with a few of the crappie being very large. Water clarity was poor at the time of sampling. 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

Closed to fishing until May 22.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Closed to fishing until May 22.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent reports on ice formation and thickness but Delintment Lake should be frozen over and the ice may be thick enough for ice fishing. The roads to Delintment Lake have not been plowed all the way to the lake and it may not be possible to get there. Anyone attempting to drive to the lake should take a 4-wheel drive vehicle and carry chains and shovels. Fishing this past summer and fall was good at Delintment Lake and there should be plenty of healthy rainbow trout for those that find a way to access the lake this winter.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

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

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

No recent report.

Dog Lake perch
Dog Lake perch

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

There have not been any recent fishing reports, access is limited due to snow and ice thickness was 8-inches a couple weeks ago. Yellow perch are the best species to target on this lake in the winter, but crappie, brown bullhead and bass are present. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15-inch minimum length may be harvested.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent reports, access might be blocked by snow and ice thickness is unknown. A recent illegal introduction of brown bullhead will negatively impact the trout fishery in the future.

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

The North Loop Steens Road is closed for winter making accessing Fish Lake difficult. The Burns District BLM office does issue keys to the North Loop Steens Road on a first-come-first-served basis and those people with a snowmobile may be able to make it to the lake and ice fish. Contact the Burns District BLM with any questions regarding accessing the North Loop Steens Road during the winter.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Fort Creek is closed to fishing until May 22.

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

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

Access is blocked by snow. Water levels in the Lake are low. Fourmile Lake is currently 0 percent full based on water used for irrigation.

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

The reservoir is frozen. Ice conditions are unknown. Water levels are very low. The reservoir is 19 percent full. Access is good as BLM maintains campgrounds at the reservoir. Fishing is slow. Best fishing is for yellow perch.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond is covered with ice and snow. The parking areas is impassable due to snow. The pond was stocked with pounder and legal-sized rainbow trout mid-October.

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

Access is blocked by snow.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow. The reservoir’s head gate has been fixed and is currently being filled to store water for next year. There will be enough water to stock rainbow trout in the spring of 2017.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The pond is covered with ice and snow. Parking areas and access roads are impassable due to snow.

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. Fishing is excellent for brook trout.

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.

Fishing can be good on days when the water warms quickly during the afternoon. Water temperature is currently peaking at 34 degrees. Fishing for largemouth bass is slow. The reservoir is turbid and likely frozen in many placestherefore anglers should try scent and lures with high visibility. The reservoir is not safe for ice fishing.

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

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

Upper Klamath Lake is frozen; however, ice fishing not recommended. Anglers can fish at the outlet of the lake near Pelican Marina. Water levels in the lake have increased slightly. The lake is 3 feet below full pool.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

Water levels in the Keno Reach of the Klamath River have increased to 1,010 cfs. This flow is fair for fishing. Water temperatures are peaking around 34 degrees.

Access to the river is extremely challenging especially considering the snow. Anglers can drive to the river at the base of Keno Dam using Old Wagon Road on the west side of the river. This road is in disrepair. The other access site is at the PacifiCorp Campground on the east side which is currently closed. Access to the lower river is also available at Sportsman Park. Many anglers access the river on the Hwy. 66 side and hike into the canyon.

Fishing this reach of river is extremely challenging. Most areas require a strenuous hike to reach the river. If you are wading, ODFW highly recommends studded wading boots, wading belt and definitely a wading staff. There are bedrock ledges and numerous very slippery boulders. Typically you can’t see where you are wading as the water is turbid. Polarized glasses also help with wading as you can see boulders. A landing net also assists with landing fish in fast water.

Boats are not recommended on this stretch unless you are an expert oarsman. Roe Outfitters provides fly-fishing trips from rafts in this stretch.

Fishing is very good for redband trout in this reach. Condition and size of redband trout in this reach are exceptional. Most anglers use flies and lures that mimic bait fish. However, flies that mimic leeches and caddisfly larvae work well.

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

Fishing on the Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse is slow. 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 1 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. Occasional blue winger olive mayfly hatches will occur in mid-day especially during inclement weather. Black spinners cast upstream into the pools is also a great technique. Open all year.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

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. Fishing will be poor. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Flow release estimates are no longer available. Check the USGS real time website for flow information. Klamath River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

No recent fishing reports for Krumbo Reservoir but it is expected to be frozen over following the colder weather in the area. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge does not allow ice fishing on Krumbo Reservoir so please respect these regulations and stay off the ice. This is a safety regulation because there are numerous springs in Krumbo that can alter the ice conditions and make it dangerous for people to be on. The refuge will also close the gate at the top of Krumbo Hill when conditions are unsafe for vehicles so please check with the refuge headquarters before heading out to Krumbo.

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow trout.
-Photo by Justin Miles, ODFW-

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 frozen. Anglers are ice fishing, but the recent warm spell with rain might have weakened the ice. Please use extreme caution when ice fishing. Fishing can be excellent for yellow perch with the occasional large brown trout. Check with Lake of the Woods Resort for recent updates.

The Lake of the Wood Resort Marina is open Friday through Sunday. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

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

Access is limited due to snow. Fishing is likely slow due to very cold water temperatures approaching freezing. Access is available just upstream of the 27 road crossing on Green Diamond property. Fly fishing can be. Please report any bull trout captured to ODFW office at 541-891-4625.

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

The River is frozen and ice fishing not recommended.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow. Fingerlings released this spring should overwinter and create a great fishery for next year.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports or reports of ice formation on Malheur Reservoir.

The reservoir dam was repaired and started holding water again in November of 2015. The reservoir was stocked with legal-sized and fingerling rainbow trout this past spring to jump start the fishery following prolonged drought conditions in the region.

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.

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

No recent fishing reports but Mann Lake is frozen over with about 5 to 7 inches of ice. The lake is still fairly low and the water below the ice is shallow so look for any deeper area and that is probably where you will find the fish.

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

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Access is blocked by snow. Bass have been illegally introduced and are negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout.

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

Access to the lake is blocked by snow.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent reports on conditions.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond is covered with ice and snow. Parking areas and access roads are impassable due to snow. The pond was stocked with pounder-sized rainbow trout mid-October.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

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

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

The Owyhee Reservoir is currently at 32 percent of capacity. There have been no reports of ice formation on the lake but the cold weather in the area should have frozen up some portions of the lake, but probably not enough for ice fishing.

Reports over the summer indicated that there were a lot of dead carp in the reservoir but there were no reports of other fish species dying. ODFW investigated and took water samples and found areas that contained lethal dissolved oxygen levels so this was likely the cause of dying carp. Since carp were actively spawning, they were moving into the shallower areas where there was more algae and less oxygen and getting trapped while other species moved into areas that contained adequate oxygen.

The Owyhee Dam boat ramp is permanently closed due to safety concerns and the Gordon Gulch ramp is closed due to low water so users need to launch at the Indian Creek Boat Launch if the lake is open and not frozen over.

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

Water releases below the dam have been around 25 cfs according to the USGS stream data and the water clarity has been fluctuating throughout the day. The colder weather has caused some portions of the river to freeze over so this may limit access to the river. Prior to the cold weather, fishermen reported having success using really small dry flies during a mid-day hatch. Nymph and lure fishing had also been productive but there have been no recent fishing reports.

ODFW and volunteers recently conducted brown trout spawning surveys on the Lower Owyhee River and found brown trout actively spawning. The majority of the spawning is occurring higher up in the river but there were fish spawning down as low as the concrete bridge hole so users are asked to avoid walking in and around actively spawning trout and redds. Spawning areas can be easily identified by the cleaned up gravel in riffles and in other areas that contains smaller gravel.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

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

Ice Fishing at Paiute Reservoir
Ice Fishing at Paiute Reservoir
-Photo by Shannon Hurn, ODFW-

PIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout and Lahontan cutthroat

Access is blocked by snow and ice thickness is unknown. Over winter survival should be higher than previous years due to water level.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

Reservoir is covered with ice and snow, and storage is at 6 percent of capacity. Access for ice fishing is poor due to snow accumulation.

A total of 4,000 trophy-sized and approximately 10,500 legal-sized rainbow trout were released last spring. September sampling by ODFW indicated that good numbers of the trophies are available and they are in very good condition. Good numbers of carryovers from past stocking of legal-sized trout are also available averaging 12-14 inches and are also in very good condition. To measure the catch rate of the 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.

PILCHER RESERVOIR:

Due to a rule change in 2016, the reservoir is open to fishing year-round. The reservoir is covered with ice and snow. Access is poor due to snow accumulation. There is approximately 4 feet of snow at the reservoir. Tucker Flat Road has been occasionally plowed to the reservoir access road, but not to the parking area. Access to the reservoir is only feasible by snowmobile, ski’s or snowshoes.

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. This was a new regulation in 2017.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports or reports of ice formation and thickness. Poison Creek Reservoir is likely frozen over like many nearby reservoirs. Fishing this past summer and spring in Poison Creek Reservoir was slow but anglers did report catching large rainbow trout. The reservoir is unique in that it has a very robust population of large macroinvertebrates and this helps the trout to grow big rather quickly. The abundance of food for these trout may also be the reason that fishing is slow because the fish do not need to go far to find food so they move around less.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports or reports of ice formation and thickness.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is limited due to snow and ice thickness is unknown. Priday Reservoir is a reservoir mostly on BLM property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property on the reservoir.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

Brown Trout
Brown Trout
-Photo by Patti Abbot-

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

Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Snow will be deep. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Flows are fishable. Angling is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road. The bridge crossing Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road is closed. Fishing is slow for 6- to 8-inch brook trout. Open all year.

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

Access is blocked by snow. Fishing is not recommended at this time.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and surprisingly remains dry.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Spencer Creek is closed to fishing until May 22.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Spring Creek is closed to fishing until May 22. Spawning redband trout can be observed in the picnic area upstream of the Logging Museum at Collier State Park.

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

Fishing is slow. River flows are around 600 cfs. Water temperature is peaking at 32 degrees at the mouth. The river is mostly frozen with large rafts of ice coming down.

Yellow perch fishing should be fair if you can find them. Fishing is allowed year-round. ODFW encourages the release of redband trout spawners and the use of barbless, single hooks when fishing the Sprague River this time of year.

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

Access is challenging to most areas of the NF Sprague River.

Fishing through the canyon is slow. Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Open all year. Flow has increased through the canyon to 56 cfs. Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section.

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

Access is limited due to snow. The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishing. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities and a frozen channel. Open all year.

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

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. Angling not recommended at this time. 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 will be rerouted into the historic channel next summer.

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

Access is very challenging to the lower river. Fishing is very slow below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows are have increased to 27 cfs. Snow is blocking access to the upper river.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Access is blocked by snow.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was drained completely by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District in mid-August 2016. ODFW will not restock the reservoir with rainbow trout until spring 2017.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

No recent reports on conditions. Reservoir storage is at 27 percent of capacity and refilling.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

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

No recent fishing reports or reports of ice formation and thickness. The reservoir is currently at 6 percent of capacity. The roads into Warm Springs Reservoir can become unpassable when they are muddy or snowy so use caution when venturing out to this reservoir and always carry chains and other emergency equipment.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

Brook Trout
Brook Trout
-Photo by Kevin Clawson-

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

The Upper Williamson River above Kirk Bridge is closed to fishing until April 22.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The lower Williamson below Kirk Bridge is closed to fishing until May 22.

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

There have been no recent fishing reports. The reservoir is frozen and ice fishing is not recommended.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is covered with ice and snow and access is poor. Access to the parking area has been plowed only intermittently, however, Wolf Creek Lane is being maintained. Fishing has been good for rainbow trout 11 to 14-inches.

WOOD RIVER: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

The Wood River is closed to fishing until April 22.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports or reports of ice formation and thickness. Yellowjacket Lake is likely frozen over but snow and ice may make it difficult to access the lake. Forest Road 47 (Hines Logging Road) is plowed to the turn-a-round near the start of Sawtooth Creek Canyon. From here, it is a little over 7 miles into Yellowjacket so it may not be possible to reach the lake with a vehicle.

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  Southeast Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR, WATERFOWL (see regulations), and UPLAND BIRD

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE season is closed until Jan. 16

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

Winter conditions: The entire county received significant snow fall last week, followed by a rain on snow event. Motorized access is limited to plowed roads due to mud and/or snow.

WATERFOWL hunting may be limited in the Harney Basin due to low water conditions in Malheur Lake and most local reservoirs. Best hunting opportunities will be for Canada geese on private lands, hunters are reminded to get permission from the landowner before hunting on private lands. Check out the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge website for detailed maps.

CHUKAR and QUAIL seasons remain open until Jan. 31. Chukar numbers are similar or slightly better than the past two seasons. Access to hunting areas will be limited due to snow.

Coyote populations are good throughout Harney County. Coyote appear to have had excellent production this year due to strong small mammal populations in the County.

Cougar hunting is open year around. Don’t forget to pick up a tag for 2017. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Cougars at this time of year are generally concentrated along with their primary prey of deer and elk. 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

WATERFOWL seasons remain open through January 22nd for ducks and January 29th for Canada Geese. White-fronted, snow, and Ross’ goose seasons remain open through March 10th. Due to current frozen conditions, no migrant geese are currently in the Klamath Basin. Hunting opportunities will improve by late February as geese begin moving back up from wintering areas in California.

Sooty Grouse

Sooty Blue Grouse
- Wikipedia-

Forest Grouse season 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.

California and Mountain Quail seasons remain open through Jan. 31. California quail can be found in foothill areas around the basin while best prospects for mountain quail are found in the southern portion of the Keno WMU.

Cougar - Hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Deer and elk are now occupying lower elevation winter ranges, and cougars often follow this prey base and become more concentrated themselves in these lower elevation areas. Use of predator calls and snow tracking are great hunting techniques during the winter 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 as coyotes are now more concentrated at lower elevation areas where big game animals are wintering. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and open season limitations exist for these species. Please consult the annual hunting synopsis for further information.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Jan. 17, 2017

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.

Deer season is closed on Klamath Wildlife Area Miller Island Unit.

No permit is required if hunting on Shoalwater Bay, Sesti Tgawaals, or Gorr Island. Non-toxic shot is required for hunting on all units of the Klamath Wildlife Area.

Posted safety zones are closed to all hunting.

Miller Island Unit

The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls.

Jan. 1-31

Open to public use daily; open to hunting during authorizes gamebird seasons. From January 30 to March 10th all goose hunting is closed on Miller Island Unit of Klamath Wildlife Area.

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.

Canada Geese
Canada Geese
- Photo by Robert Mutch -

Waterfowl and Upland Hunting Information

WATERFOWL hunters are reminded that white goose and white-fronted goose seasons are closed thru Jan. 15.

Weekly harvest statistics can be found at: ODFW Klamath Wildlife Area Harvest Summaries

There was no waterfowl hunting during the 14th week of the season. Waterfowl numbers on Miller Island Unit are very low due to frozen conditions. Approximately 99% of the area was frozen during the week. Decent duck hunting is most likely done for the year, however Canada goose hunting could get better as the season progresses. Pheasant season is closed.

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) 883-5734.

If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734.

LAKE COUNTY

Winter Conditions: The entire county received significant snow fall last week, followed by a rain on snow event. Motorized access is limited to plowed roads due to mud and/or snow.

Cougar populations are good and most individuals have moved to lower elevations as deer migrate to winter range. Finding a fresh kill and then calling in the vicinity is the best option for harvesting a cougar.

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.

Waterfowl season continues though there are intermittent goose closures for the next few weeks, see regulations. All of the lakes and ponds in the county are frozen or have only minor openings. Most of the major lakes in the county were dry or very low prior to freeze up. There are a few Canada Geese and ducks using the fresh water springs along the edge of Lake Abert.

Upland Bird seasons continue. Chukar numbers appear slightly better than last year. California quail numbers appear to be slightly lower than last year. Most quail are found on private land and hunters must get prior permission for access.

Summer Lake Clouds

Storm Clouds at Summer Lake
-Photo by Dave Budeau-

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Jan. 17, 2017

Fourteenth week of the game bird hunting season success was well above average for ducks, and while opportunities were available, no Canada goose harvest was reported (seasons for snow and white-fronted geese remains closed). Hunter harvest was very light for California quail, but little hunting activity was noted.

A total of 31 hunters checked-in, which was down -32.6% from the same week last year.

They reported (with 100% check-out) the total harvest of 78 birds (74 ducks [54 mallards, 9 bufflehead, 3 gadwall, 3 Am. wigeon, and 5 other ducks of 4 species], and 4 California quail.

This resulted in a bird per hunter average of 3.25 for the fourteenth week which was more than double of last year’s bird per hunter ratio. Duck per hunter average was 3.08 compared to the previous year of harvest at 1.20 ducks per hunter.

Temperatures generally cold through most of the week, especially over the weekend when thick ground fog blanketed the area. A vast majority of the wildlife area’s wetland units remain frozen. A considerable amount (6 inches) of snow remains on the ground access difficult and slow. Warming temperatures and winds are predicted early this week and should reduce snow pack levels.

Prospects for the upcoming week should be fair to good. Forecasted weather calls for rain and snow showers and mostly mild temperatures throughout the week. Warmer day time temperatures during midweek should increase open water in some wetland units and hunters locating those areas and willing to sit over decoys for most of the day should experience fair hunting success. Average numbers of ducks and geese are present for this time of the year, based on the last weekly count and field observations. The wildlife area waterfowl population remains at a relatively stable level after the fall migration slows down.

Duck, snipe and coot hunting season remains open through Jan. 22, 2017, but, Scaup season closed on Jan. 03, 2017.

Duck, coot and Wilson’s snipe seasons will close on Sunday, January 22, 2017!

Goose season remains open through January 29, 2017. White-fronted and snow goose season reopened on January 16, 2017.

Pheasant season closed on December 31, 2016, quail season remains open through January 31, 2017.

The last weekly bird count (Jan. 11) found about 3,200 ducks and 694 geese on the Wildlife Area. The next weekly count will occur Wednesday; January 18, 2017. Count information will be placed on the telephone answering machine and ODFW website that evening or the following day.

Hunters must obtain a free daily hunting permit that can be obtained at the Checking Station 1.3 miles south of the Town of Summer Lake. Permits may be obtained for 2 consecutive days (one for each day) at one time and check-out is required daily or at the end of the 2 day period.

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

Please remember, BEGINNING ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2017 HUNTERS WILL NEED TO HAVE A 2017 HUNTING LICENSE! HIP, Upland and Waterfowl validations from 2016 will remain in effect, as will the Federal Duck Stamp.

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps (duck stamps) are required for hunters over 16 years and are available from US Post Offices and sometimes license agents. Stamps must be signed across the face in ink to be valid for hunting.

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.

Ruffed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

MALHEUR COUNTY

Winter Conditions

The northern portion of Malheur County is covered in a foot of snow and snow drifted. These conditions have severely limited access off the main roads. While the long term forecast calls for below freezing day time high temperatures for the reminder of the week. Thus access for chukar hunting is very limited. Additionally the Snake River below Porter Island is frozen over while chunks of ice may limit motor boats it areas between Porter Island and the state line. Many of the boat launches are frozen in as well.

Chukar

Chukar surveys on established routes yielded 116 chukar per 10 miles and excellent production with 13.7 chicks per brood. This is a 159% increase from last year when 45 birds per 10 miles were measured and is 182% above the 10-year average of 40.9 birds per 10 miles.

The Succor Creek/Leslie Gulch area has only experienced limited recovery. The poor range conditions caused by an ongoing invasion of medusahead likely limits the ability of birds in this area to successfully raise broods. The most productive routes were South of Harper in the Cottonwood Canyon, Freezout/Dry Creek (west side of the Owyhee reservoir), Cottonwood Mountain and Brogan Canyon.

California quail

Quail production was down in agricultural areas and fair in rangelands. Surveys on established routes showed 40 quail per 10 miles, down 29% over last year and 1% below the 10-year average. Production was good at 8.4 chicks per brood with similar production observed in rangelands. Overall quail populations still remain low in rangelands due to depressed populations from previous years.

Remember not to pick up horns of bighorn sheep. These can only be taken with a valid tag. More info

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.

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 Southeast Zone Wildlife Viewing

HARNEY COUNTY

Wintering raptors have returned to 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.

Bighorn sheep
Bighorn Ram
-Photo by Pat Matthews-

Many of the bighorn sheep will be using lower elevation slopes and can often be seen from the highways. Bighorn sheep may be seen from Hwy 205 along Catlow Valley or along the East Steens Road.

Winter recreation opportunities on Steens Mt. are also becoming available as snow levels increase. Cross country skiing along the North Loop Road can provide excellent access to an abundance of winter wildlife viewing, as well as spectacular views of the high desert in winter. 12/20/2016

Klamath Falls Area

Wintering raptors can be found around the Lower Klamath Basin including bald eagles, golden eagles, rough-legged hawks and red-tailed hawks. Best viewing opportunities are down near the state line area or in around Yonna, Poe, and Langell Valleys east of Klamath Falls.

Mule deer migration is complete for the season and deer can be found concentrated on lower elevation winter ranges. Some key migration corridors and wintering areas are under restricted motorized access to protect the integrity of those areas during this critical time of year. Use caution driving near wintering areas, and please respect seasonal road closures.

As colder weather arrives, it’s a good time to stock your bird feeders. It’s also a good idea to clean your bird feeder periodically through the winter to reduce spread of diseases. 1/17/2017

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA (Miller Island Unit)

Updated Jan. 17, 2017

Jan. 1-31

Open to public use daily.

Feb. 1 – Apr. 30

Public use is restricted to public roads, parking areas, boat ramp, designated birding trail and designated dog training area to minimize disturbance to migrating waterfowl.

Waterfowl

Flocks of Western Canada Geese can be found scattered across the area. Dabbling ducks are becoming uncommon as frozen conditions persist, Diver species such as canvasback, bufflehead, goldeneye, ruddy duck, ring-necked duck and scaup species can still occasionally be found on the small open areas on the adjacent Klamath River.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers are extremely low to rare due to icy conditions. The occasional common snipe and killdeer can be observed. Great blue herons and American bitterns can still be located where this is open water. Virginia rails heard more often than seen can also be located where open water exists.

Sharpshinned Hawk
Sharpshinned Hawk
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

Raptors

Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, rough-legged, northern harriers, cooper hawks, sharp-shinned, American kestrels, prairie falcons can be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area. The occasional peregrine falcon can also be observed using old power poles overlooking the wetlands. Eagle species numbers continue to increase and are becoming quite common.

Upland Game Birds

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

Passerines

Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, mountain chickadees, American robins, black-billed magpies and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area. Dark-eyed juncos, white-crowned and golden crowned sparrows are also common sites on the wildlife area.

Black phoebe are becoming more common as winter progresses and can found perched in trees especially along the Klamath River.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hard stem bulrush and broad-leaf cattail.

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit.

If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734.

LAKE COUNTY

Winter resident raptors and passerines are about the only avian viewing opportunity remaining in the county. Rough legged hawks, red tailed hawks and bald eagles are fairly common throughout the Goose Lake, Chewaucan and Warner valleys. The best passerine viewing opportunities are along riparian areas with willows.

Deer are concentrating near winter areas and although the rut is over there are good viewing opportunities. Be advised that most of the winter ranges and accessible areas in the valleys are privately owned and viewers should get permission prior to entering private land.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on Jan. 17, 2017.

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

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) and the Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain closed through the end of waterfowl hunting seasons on January 29, 2017.

Wildlife viewing opportunities are somewhat limited at this time due to game bird hunting seasons that are underway and somewhat harsh winter conditions. Wintering wildlife species are prevalent now.

Canada Geese
Canada Geese
- Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW-

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations remain fairly strong for this time of year, although most species have already departed towards wintering areas further south. Migrant swan numbers have begun decreasing, but a large number of wintering trumpeter and tundra swans remain on the wildlife area.

Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area, but greater white-fronted and snow geese were not found during the weekly count.

Most waterfowl are found in refuge/sanctuary areas or at the head of Summer Lake where viewing is difficult. Schoolhouse viewing blind provides a great opportunity to view a large variety of waterfowl and is located within an accessible portion of the refuge.

Migrant swan numbers have decreased considerably. A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area, about 70 were detected on the count. 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

Very few wintering shorebird species are still present. Greater yellowlegs, killdeer and Wilson’s snipe were observed over the past week. American coot numbers have dropped drastically after a majority of the wildlife area froze solid early in the month Virginia rails were found in low numbers during the Christmas Bird Count several weeks ago.

Very few grebes remain, but the occasional stragglers can be still be found; 4 species (eared, horned, pied-billed and Western) were found during the Christmas Bird Count and are best viewed at Ana Reservoir and from the Schoolhouse Lake Viewing Blind.

Black-crowned night-herons and great egrets have largely departed and occasional stragglers can sometimes be found. Great blue herons are still present in average numbers. American bittern have been seen on a regular basis.

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed and rough-legged hawks are common this time of the year. Sharp-shinned and coopers hawks have also recently been observed. Bald and golden eagles, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons can occasionally be found. Accipiters are sometimes found around Headquarters where other birds are being fed.

Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds. Common barn and sometimes short-eared owls can occasionally be observed near dusk.

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.

Passerines

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

American and lesser goldfinches are occasionally observed at headquarters. American robins, loggerhead and northern shrikes, Stellar’ s and scrub jays, and cedar waxwings are being observed in varied numbers across the wildlife area. 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, and wintering Townsend’s solitaires are becoming more abundant.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can still be found in fair numbers in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands.

Blackbirds have largely departed the area, but a few individuals can still be found.

Facilities and Access

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

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

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) and the Wildlife Viewing Loop closed beginning on Saturday Oct. 1 and will remain closed through the end of waterfowl hunting seasons on Jan. 29, 2017.

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.

The Viewing Blind overlooking Schoolhouse Lake provides excellent opportunities to view waterbirds in the refuge area that is closed to hunting.

Mallards on snowy pond
Mallard pair on snowy pond.
-Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW-

Habitat

The Area’s wetland units remain fairly well flooded, although 80-90% are frozen over at this time. Ana Reservoir and Ana River, with the relatively warm and moving water does not freeze and provides habitat to a variety of birds. Also, moving water below water control structures remains open which provides access to food resources scattered across the wildlife area.

Emergent marsh vegetation is well into senesce now and recent strong winds have lodged-over bulrush and cattail stands.

Muskrats are becoming very active in constructing houses that are becoming more obvious by the day.

Summer Lake continues to slowly increase in size at this time.

Upland habitat remains in very good condition, forbs and grasses remain erect with an abundance of seeds. Planted tree and shrub species in plots and the orchard have produced a good amount of fruit and are providing excellent sheltered sites and food resources for wildlife.

A majority of the wildlife area wetland units have a somewhat thick layer of ice. A recent storm system has brought snowfall to the valley floor with the accumulation of 6-8 inches found 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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