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Weekly Recreation Report: Southeast Zone

June 28, 2016

 Southeast Zone Fishing

Lake of the Woods
Lake in the Woods
-ODFW Photo-

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Fourmile and Miller Lake will be stocked this week with legals and trophies.
  • The giant Hex mayfly hatch has started on both the Lower and Upper Williamson.
  • Krumbo Reservoir in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has reopened and fishing for trout is fair to good.
  • Fishing at Blue Lake in the Gearhart Wilderness has been exceptional.

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.

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ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent angling reports from boat and shore have been very productive. Ana Reservoir will be stocked again the week of June 27.

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. Angling is allowed 24 hours for hybrid bass.

ANA RIVER: trout

Ana River was stocked with trophy rainbow trout in late October. 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.

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

Open to fishing with bait allowed. Fishing will be slow due to cold water temperatures as snow continues to melt. Access available off Highway 62 at the USFS snow park. There is plenty of public property on USFS, State Forest and Crater Lake National Park (Angling is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000).

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Anthony Lake was stocked with approximately 1,100 trophy-sized rainbow trout the week of June 13 and will be stocked again with the same number prior to the 4th of July weekend.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

Balm Creek Reservoir was stocked with both legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout the first week of May. The reservoir remains close to full.

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

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been slow to fair in Beulah Reservoir this spring/summer with one angler catching some 14 inch rainbow trout near the inlet. There are hold-over trout available. The reservoir is currently at 69 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is currently 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.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been slow on the Blitzen due to warmer weather resulting in high flows and murky water but the water has cleared up considerably and fishing should improve. Currently, the Blitzen is flowing around 119 cfs and water temperatures have been around 57oF. Prior to the increased flows, the Blitzen was fishing great and fishermen were catching consistent numbers of redband trout in and around the Page Springs Campground and up to the weir. Redband trout are currently migrating to spawning areas above Page Springs and may become more aggressive as they reach the spawning grounds. This is a good time to find them in riffles and other non-typical holding areas as they move throughout the system. With the higher flows and murky water, fishing will be tough but some fish may be caught using high profile streamers and other patterns that are visible in murky water.

The South Steens Loop Road is currently open to the gate just past the South Steens Campground and the North Loop Road is still closed completely. The North Loop Road is scheduled to open around the 4th of July so please check with the Burns District BLM before planning on using the North Loop Road.

The Blitzen and Little Blitzen Rivers are open year round for catch and release only starting in 2016. Retention is still allowed in other tributaries. Please check the 2016 fishing regulations for changes in the Blitzen River system. It should also be noted that there has been some confusion over the fishing regulations for the Blitzen River as it pertains to rainbow versus redband trout. The regulations for the Blitzen River treat redband trout and rainbow trout as the same species. The confusion comes up because the new regulation states catch-and-release for rainbow trout and says nothing about redband trout.

BLUE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent fishing reports have been excellent. Fish were seen jumping throughout the day for insects. Blue Lake is a fantastic high elevation lake located in the Gearhart Wilderness between Bly and Lakeview. A three-mile trail leads to the lake and it’s a 1-2 hour hike.

Fish were sampled by net and hook and line sampling the summer of 2015. Rainbow trout ranged from 6 to 16-inches and were in healthy condition.

The trout at this lake see little pressure and are easy to catch using flies, lures or bait. Fishing is excellent in June with rainbow trout targeting blue damselfly adults.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry last year. The reservoir is 1/3 full and there is no snow pack above the reservoir. The reservoir will likely not fill. The reservoir was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout this spring.

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

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is at 74 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. Bully Creek Reservoir was stocked this spring with trophy sized rainbow trout so these and hold-overs from last year should be available for fishermen.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good for legal-sized rainbow trout. The pond has already been stocked with legal sized rainbow trout and anglers have been catching these and holdovers from last year in consistent numbers this spring. Spring conditions have filled the ponds up completely and the canal connecting them is also full. Spring is generally the best time to fish the Burns Pond for trout. There are bass in the pond and we have had a few reports of these starting to be caught this spring.

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

Access is available. Bait allowed. Fishing should be excellent for small brook trout mostly under 8 inches. All of Calahan Creek is on Green Diamond Property so please respect this private property and their rules.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access is open and fishing has been good using flies behind a bobber.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Access is open and fishing has been good using flies under a bobber. The lake will be stocked the week of June 27.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

The entire river is open all year and flyfishing for redband trout 6-12 inches has been excellent. 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.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow to fair. The boat ramp is currently useable but recent high winds have resulted in rough and murky water.
Chickahominy was stocked with 2044 legal-sized trout during the week of May 16. The reservoir was not stocked last year due to poor habitat conditions resulting from the prolonged drought conditions in the region.

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

Open to fishing, and use of bait is allowed. There is a campground at the confluence of Corral Creek with SF Sprague called the Corral Creek campground. Bring mosquito spray.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Fishing was fair this weekend, and warmer weather should increase insect hatches and trout feeding. Successful anglers have been targeting trout by fishing the top of the water column with flies, lures and bait. Tall vegetation in the lake makes it difficult for bait fishermen to catch fish on the bottom.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR (Lake County): native redband trout

No fishing reports. The reservoir is accessible.

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

No recent fishing reports. As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
- Photo by Kevin Clawson-

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing should be good at this high mountain lake. The lake will be stocked the week of June 27.

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

There have been no recent fishing reports, but this weekend should be a great opportunity to catch large redband trout. Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

Delintment Lake was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout last month and anglers have reported catching these fish and holdovers from last year in consistent numbers. Fishing around the dock has been productive and fly-fisherman have reported good fishing from float tubes and other small watercraft.

Delintment Lake is a great family fishing destination and may also be a great place to escape the warm weather that is occurring in the region.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open to fishing but closed to angling 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: largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead

There have not been any current fishing reports. Fishing is likely good with warmer weather for brown bullhead, yellow perch and largemouth bass.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

This reservoir was recently stocked with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout. There have been recent reports of 17” trout being caught. More fingerlings have been released this spring.

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

The North Loop Steens Road is still closed making access to Fish Lake almost impossible. The Burns District BLM usually opens the lower gate on the North Loop around the 4th of July. Please contact the Burns District BLM office for updates on the North Loop Road to Fish Lake.

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.

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

The lake will be stocked this week with 1,000 trophies and 2,000 12-inch rainbow trout. Access is available but bring mosquito spray. The boat ramp is unimproved and involves launching on a sandy beach with no boat docks. Campground facilities exist on the lake. Fishing is very slow potentially due to the dense hatch of flying carpenter ants on the water last week.

Fourmile Lake is currently 55 percent full. The lake is scheduled to be stocked with trophy rainbow trout the week of June 27. Access is also available by trail to the high lakes lakes that are stocked by helicopter. Badger Lake is the most productive. Woodpecker, Squaw and Long Lake are all stocked but fishing is typically very slow on these waterbodies.

Grande Ronde Lake: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked with rainbow trout the week of June 13.

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

No recent report. Conditions at the lake are unknown. The lake is 51 percent full.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the second week of April. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

Lake Trout
Justin Miles and his two daughters score a trophy trout while fishing at Heart Lake in Lake County.
-Photo by Justin Miles, ODFW-

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

Fishing has been excellent using flies and worms under a bobber. Trolling has also been very productive. An illegal introduction of brown bullhead catfish will likely affect survival of trout and kokanee. Expect fewer fish to overwinter due to competition for available food resources.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Currently there are no more trout being stocked into the reservoir due to low water levels. This lake was stocked for Memorial weekend and should continue to produce some fish. The reservoir is partially draining due to a small “leak” near the headgate along the dam and future stocking will be determined based on water levels within the reservoir and what the Forest Service needs to do to repair the problem.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The pond was last stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the first week of June. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

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.

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

Crappie are being captured. Most range from 10-12 inches. Use brightly colored lures and bait. Fishing success should improve with improving clarity and increasing water temperatures. Water temperature is currently peaking at 64 degrees but should increase with warmer weather this week.

Fishing for largemouth bass is fair. Best bass fishing is from boat. The reservoir is turbidtherefore anglers should try lures with high visibility and scent. Boats can be launched in several locations in the reservoir. Unimproved ramps occur just north and south of the Highway 66 bridge crossing. No fees are required to launch at these locations.

Fishing should be excellent for pumpkinseed if you can find them. Very small baits are recommended on small bobbers.

Try the bay just south of the BLM campground for crappie and pumpkinseed. Also try the rocky areas near and under the Highway 66 bridge. Goldfish dominate the fish assemblage in the reservoir. Anglers should mimic the goldfish with bronze or copper lures or plugs to catch largemouth bass in the reservoir.

Bass
Redband trout with radio tag.
- ODFW Photo -

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

ODFW and Oregon State University have radio tagged 40 redband trout in Upper Klamath Lake. Any redband trout captured with a radio tag needs to be released immediately unharmed without removing from the water. There will be a long antennae sticking out of the side of the fish. The antennae looks like heavy 50 lb. test fishing line. Please report the catch of these radio tagged redband trout. Page 11 of the Sportfishing Regulation states it is unlawful to retain radio tagged fish.

The lake is 1.5 foot below full pool. Redband trout have mostly moved to better water quality areas such as Pelican Bay, Odessa Creek, Williamson River and Wood River Delta. Pelican Bay is currently fishing very slow but should be improving as redband trout continue to move. Redband trout have moved to the mouth of the Wood River in Agency Lake and fishing has improved. Most anglers are trolling but some are casting with success. Water temperature has decreased to a peak of 68 degrees and should continue to increase this week. Redband that are going to be released should not be removed from the water. Also, water temperatures where the trout are holding and the surface can vary 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduce handling time of trout near the surface of the lake.  Angling from shore is not recommended at this time unless angling from the Rocky Point Area.

Algal blooms are heavy near Eagle Ridge and Howard Bay and although trout are still present in these areas they are not aesthetically pleasing to fish.

Please remember that angling is prohibited within 200 feet of Link River Dam.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir is closed to fishing until October 1 to protect redband trout in very warm water from higher mortality from fishing pressure.

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 at this time.

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 warmer in this section in the fall and winter. 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. Attractor dry flies and nymphs work well in this section. Salmonflies are hatching in this reach. Black spinners cast upstream into the pools is also a great technique.

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. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. Flows are currently peaking all day at 1520 cfs. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Salmon flies and golden stoneflies are hatching. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or bead head pheasant tails can be good.

Flows below the powerhouse will typically be high during all daylight hours. Flow release estimates are now available. Check the USGS real time website for flow information. Best fishing appears to be from 6-8 a.m. and 8-9 p.m. as flows are lower. Klamath River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

Bass
Bass fishing fun!
-Photo by Amy Michelle Johnson-

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Fishing at Krumbo Reservoir has been fair to good this spring with bank and boat anglers reporting rainbow trout over 20 inches being caught. Bass fishing in Krumbo should be getting better as we move into the warmer months and the water temperatures warm up. Krumbo was stocked with over 11,000 legal-sized rainbow trout in April, and anglers have already reported catching these fish in consistent numbers, especially from the rocky areas near the inlet.

Krumbo Reservoir can be a spectacular spring fishery and regularly produces rainbow trout over 18 inches. Warmer weather will help to get both the rainbow trout and bass moving around and actively feeding.

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

Angling should be good for most species in the lake. The lake will be stocked with legal and trophy rainbow trout this week. Best fishing for stocked trout is from a boat as most trout move off shore to find colder water. Trolling at 15 feet appears to be the best method for trout in the lake. Best success from shore is fishing small baits for small yellow perch. The lake will be stocked again with trophy trout next week. Angling for largemouth and smallmouth bass should continue to be good.

Take an active role in the management of Oregon fisheries! If you catch a tagged rainbow trout, please report it ODFW. Some tags include rewards of up to $50, and fish can be kept or released. If you release a fish, please write down the tag number and release the fish with the tag intact. If the tag includes a reward, the tag must be removed from the fish and returned to ODFW to receive the reward. Anglers should report and return tags to ODFW Klamath Falls Field Office at 1850 Miller Island Road West Klamath Falls, OR 97603. Phone number is (541) 883-5732. Anglers can also report tagged fish online. Reporting forms will also be available at Lake of the Woods Resort and Store. Fourteen anglers have returned tags worth $50 each. No fish will be tagged this year but a few tags might still be in the lake.

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing has been excellent with people catching a lot of legal and trophy sized fish from the bank and in boats this past week. This reservoir was stocked the first week of June and will be stocked again towards the middle and end of June.

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

Fishing has slowed but brook trout are easy to catch.

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

Angling for largemouth bass can be good if you can find where they are concentrated. Lost River is open to fishing all year. Public access is available at Crystal Springs day use area. Boats can be launched from an improved boat ramp at Crystal Springs. Angling for brown bullhead is fair. Bait fished just off the bottom is the best method to catch fish at this point.
Sacramento perch have been captured below Horseshoe Dam. This is one of the only locations in the state to capture this fish.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Lucky Reservoir is full. Access is available and was stocked again this spring with fingerlings. Lucky was dry in 2015, but fingerlings have been stocked and should be close to legal size come fall.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Water temperatures have been around 70oF along the banks, which is quite warm so look for fish in deeper areas or areas where there might be cooler water. The reservoir dam was repaired and started holding water again in November of 2015 but very few fish were expected to survive in the reservoir from last year. This is because the reservoir completely dried up this past summer. There is a portion of the boat ramp that is submerged so it may be possible to launch boats this spring. The reservoir has already been stocked with legal-sized and fingerling rainbow trout to jump start the fishery following prolonged drought conditions in the region.

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

No recent fishing reports. Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir have been around 432 cfs according to the USGS stream data. Fishing is expected to be slow. Large streamers and nymphs can be productive in the spring on the Malheur, as the water tends to be a little murky and fish can see the larger presentations.

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

No recent fishing reports.

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

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

Some fishermen have reported catching consistent numbers of cutthroat trout recently and that they were all in the 18-24 inch range. Larger fly patters pulled in a jerking motion appear to be working well this spring at Mann Lake. ODFW staff sampled Mann Lake earlier this spring and found plenty of large cutthroat trout available for fisherman.

Fathead minnows were also found in Mann Lake 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. The Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife stocked Mann Lake with cutthroat trout this spring so anglers should start to see these fish in the lake.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

This reservoir is located northwest of Lakeview on the Fremont National Forest. Fishing is usually good in the spring and declines with rising water temperatures and an increase in aquatic vegetation. Bass have been illegally introduced and seem to be negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout.

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

The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout this week.

Miller Lake has campground facilities and an excellent boat ramp. The 12-mile dirt road into the lake can be very rough.

Fishing should be excellent for brown trout as last year’s sampling showed numerous brown trout in the 18-22 size class. Brown trout of this size begin to feed heavily on kokanee and stocked fingerling rainbow trout so mimicking these baits will provide you with successful results. If fishing is slow, try the outlet of the lake in Miller Creek for small brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout. Bait is allowed in Miller Creek.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

All fish died in the drought last year. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked this spring, but once again water levels are very low.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

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

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the second week of April. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to all vehicles, but there have been no recent fishing reports. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked again this spring.

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

The reservoir is at 58 percent of capacity. The county boat ramp will be closed indefinitely due to low water levels creating unsafe conditions. The Indian Creek boat ramp had been closed for repairs but is currently open. The Gordon Gulch boat launch is also currently open and people have been launching from it. Recent reports indicate that fishing has been slow with most of the bass having already spawned. Currently, there is a lot of algae present in the upper portions of the lake and this is making fishing a little more difficult.

A bass tournament was held on Owyhee Reservoir at the beginning of June and some large bass were caught but the fish appear to be really finicky at the moment. Once you find some bass, it is a good idea to stay put and figure out what they are biting on rather than just moving on to another spot.

The Owynee River
The Owyhee River
-Photo by Jessica Sall-

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

No recent fishing reports. Water releases below the dam have been around 193 cfs. Water clarity can fluctuate throughout the day so having a ride range of flies or lures can increase success in spring fishing on the Owyhee River.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

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

Piute Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout and Lahontan cutthroat

The reservoir is very low and there currently are only approximately 1-2 surface acres of water. Piute Creek is flowing into the reservoir but expect reservoir levels to be low and fishing poor. Most fish likely perished last year due to drought.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

Reservoir storage is at 38 percent of capacity. Legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked again the week of June 1. Holdover rainbow trout are available in modest numbers and are in better condition than they have been in many years.

A second batch of 2,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout was released the week of June 1. To measure the catch rate of these fish, ODFW will mark 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.

Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are catch-and-release only.

PILCHER RESERVOIR:

Due to a rule change for 2016, the reservoir is open to fishing year-round. Fishing for rainbow trout up to 16 inches has been good. The reservoir is near full.

Pine Creek and tributaries (Snake River tributary): rainbow trout, brook trout

Beginning January 1, Pine Creek and tributaries will be open to trout fishing year-round, with a 5 rainbow trout bag limit. This is a new regulation for 2016.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but Poison Creek Reservoir can be a great place to fish in the spring. Fishing can be slow but those fishermen that are willing to put in the time often catch trout over 20 inches. The reservoir has an abundant macroinvertebrate community and a population of especially large freshwater shrimp. If you can find out what the fish are feeding on and then match your flies or lures to that, it will greatly increase your chances of catching fish at Poison Creek Reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports. Winter fishing at Pole Creek was very productive and a large population of crappie was discovered. Spring is a great time to fish Pole Creek Reservoir before the conditions deteriorate later on in the summer.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

The Powder River opens to Chinook salmon fishing June 8 – Sept. 1. ODFW released 150 spring Chinook salmon into the Powder River to create a unique fishing opportunity for anglers. The open area is from Hughes Lane Bridge near Baker City to Mason Dam. The daily bag limit is four spring Chinook.

The River below Mason Dam was last stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout on June 21st.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Priday Reservoir is a reservoir on mostly BLM property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property on the reservoir. The reservoir was dry in 2015. This is great news as several illegally introduced species, crappie and brown bullhead catfish, occurred in the reservoir and have now perished. This very productive reservoir was stocked again with legals and trophy rainbow trout during spring break. The reservoir is turbid but visibility is better than most reservoirs in the area. Fishing with bait from shore is the best method. Fly and lure fisherman should fish from shore as most fish cruise the shoreline looking for food.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout is good during the spring and summer at this old borrow pit located along the Twin springs road in the South Warner mountains. This is a very scenic location and a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

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

Redband Trout
Redband Trout
-Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife-

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Flows are fishable. Angling is best above the large irrigation canal upstream of Nicholson Road.

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

Access to most wilderness lakes is possible. All access is only available by hiking. The easiest hike is into Isherwood Lake via the Cold Spring Trailhead. Mosquitoes are plentiful.

Fishing is best using small panther martin spinners. The most productive lakes are Badger Lake (near Fourmile Lake), Isherwood, Sonya and Margurette in the Sky Lakes Wilderness or Como, Harriette, Echo, Weston and South Pass in the Mountain Lake Wilderness. Rainbow trout in Isherwood and Sonya can reach 16 inches. Large trout have also been observed swimming around in Margurette Lake recently. Look for traveling sedge hatches in these lakes as well as damsel and dragonflies.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is full. Due to drought the reservoir went dry last year, but fingerling rainbow trout were stocked this spring.

Sid LUCE ReSERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is full and spilling, but there have been no recent fishing reports. Large fingerlings were stocked in May and fish from previous stockings in 2015 were seen jumping. Lures or flies that mimic crayfish work well.

Spaulding Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and surprisingly remains dry.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Spencer Creek provides excellent angling for small redband trout generally eight inches or less.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Spring Creek is very slow angling due to very cold and clear water.

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

Fishing is slow as redband density is low and most redband have moved to spring fed areas of the river. Best fishing is upstream of Beatty in the area fed by numerous springs. River flows are 227 cfs at the mouth. Water temperature is peaking at 76 degrees.

Brook Trout
Brook trout, released back to the river.
-Photo by Phil Fischer-

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

The North Fork Sprague River is open to angling. Fishing is fair above Sandhill crossing for small brook trout and a few redband trout. Angling through the canyon is slow due to high velocities due to the high flow. Flow is still a little high through the canyon (73 cfs).

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

The South Fork Sprague River is open to angling. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Fishing is best near Camp Creek and Corral Creek campground. Flow is low and fishable (23 cfs).

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout should be good early spring and summer at this old borrow pit located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner Mountains. This is a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

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. The road into Sun Creek is closed to protect wildlife until July 1.

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

The Sycan River is open to angling. Access is very challenging to the lower river. Angling is very slow below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows are dropping at 39 cfs and the river is very fishable.

Above the Sycan Marsh angling can be excellent for brook trout and redband trout near the Rock Creek campground. Above Rock Creek campground is dominated by small brook trout. Near Pikes Crossing redband trout being to dominate but fishing is typically slow in this area due to low redband densities at this time.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Fishing reports have been fair for trolling. This reservoir will be stocked again the week of June 27. Angling for largemouth bass should be fair but there have been no recent reports. The best fishing for bass and trout are along the shorelines near the dam at the rocky northeast side.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

Reservoir storage is at 75 percent of capacity and has been stocked with both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing has been good for 12-15 inch rainbows. The reservoir was drained over the summer of 2015 so holdover trout are not available.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 67 percent of capacity and receding. Fishing has been fair to good for 10”-19” rainbow trout.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to all vehicles. The lake was very low last year due to drought but is currently at full pool. Legal and fingerling rainbow trout were stocked recently. There is a primitive boat ramp available.

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 47 percent of capacity. Spring is a great time to fish Warm Springs Reservoir before the conditions deteriorate later on in the summer.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing should be great, but there haven’t been any recent fishing reports. The easiest way to effectively fish this small pond are with flies, but can be caught with lures and bait as well. Fishing is better earlier in the year before vegetation takes over mid-summer.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

There is no size or bag limit on brook trout. No bait is allowed. Catch and release only for rainbow (redband) trout. Look for the excellent spinner fall of black drake mayflies continuing until the end of June. Fishing is currently excellent. Few black drake mayflies remain but the giant Hex mayfly hatch has started. Hot, humid days have the best hatch and they hatch around 9:15 p.m.

Public access is available near Old Rocky Ford, The Royce Tract area and downstream from Deep Creek. The black drake mayfly spinner fall is best on sunny, warm day. Dry fishing can be excellent for redband trout averaging 12 inches and numerous brook trout from Deep Creek confluence upstream. Flyfishing is excellent on the pay to fish private ranches of Sand Creek and Yamsi Ranches.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The Williamson River is now catch and release for redband (rainbow) trout for the entire river and season. A bag limit of two brown trout per day is be allowed. No bait is allowed. Fishing has improved as many redband have entered the river. Radio-tagged redband have indicated that many have likely entered the Williamson River. Please release radio-tagged redband trout and do not remove them from the water. Radio-tagged redband trout can be identified by antennae extruding from abdomen.

Numerous mayflies, caddis flies, and stoneflies are hatching. Most salmon flies have already hatched but fish are on the lookout for them. Nymphing with large stoneflies with very small bead head pheasant tails can be good. The best area for fishing is from the Sprague River confluence to the mouth. The river is clearing fast which will make catching redband trout more challenging. Please do not remove redband trout from the water as many of them continue to spawn in the Williamson River and many have just completed spawning and are easily caught due to poor energy reserves.

Please consider using single, barbless hooks as redband trout are required to be released. Small juvenile and subadult redband trout are particularly sensitive to high catch rates using spinners. Please handle and release these fish carefully. If redband trout swallow your lure cut the line or cut the hook and leave the lure or hook in the fish. Ripping the hook out will most likely cause mortality as fish lose too much blood through the gills.

The large yellow mayfly known as the Hex is hatching. Wooly buggers imitating the swimming nymph can work well. The Hex hatches at night. On some cloudy and rainy days Hex can hatch during the day.

Bass
Zachary Hanson with his largemouth bass
-Photo by Josh Hanson-

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

Conditions on the reservoir are unknown, but fishing should be picking up due to warmer weather. Fishing is best for largemouth bass. The reservoir is very turbid and not a good shoreline fishery. Bluegill, crappie and yellow perch are rare in the catch. The crappie that are caught are typically large.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is near full capacity. The boat launch is functional and the dock is installed.

WOOD RIVER: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

Match the hatch dry fly fishing has slowed. Most activity is from caddis flies and terrestrials.  

Best fishing is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road with the best float from Loosley to Weed. A small craft with low bow is recommended due to bridges and numerous portages required. Swinging and nymphing is the best technique below Weed Road. Lures and flies that mimic worms should be successful but remember soft plastics are considered bait and are unlawful. Anglers are also doing very well casting spoons for brown trout. Brown trout feed actively very late and very early or on cloudy days. Brown trout feed near the bottom and sculpins are often preyed upon. Fishing with imitations mimicking sculpins on the bottom can work well.

Bag limit is catch and release for redband trout, two brown trout per day and no limit on brook trout.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Fishermen have reported consistent catches of rainbow trout in the 12-15 inch range with an occasional bigger fish being caught. The lake is full and spilled water down the spillway earlier this spring. Yellowjacket Lake was stocked with trophy sized rainbow trout during the last week in May.

Yellowjacket Lake is a great place to fish in the spring and throughout the summer and has plenty of bank access for those without a boat. It has a great campground and is a perfect family destination.

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  Southeast Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR

Coyote
Coyote
-Photo by Cristopher Bruno-

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

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.

Cougar hunting is open year around. 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 on big game winter ranges. Some hunters have reported limited success with calling at this time of year.

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

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 higher elevation summer ranges. Deer fawns and elk calves will be born over the next several weeks in these areas and hunters may find success calling cougars using fawn in distress vocalizations. 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.  

Ground Squirrels – Some opportunities still exist for GROUND SQUIRREL east of Klamath Falls towards Dairy, Bonanza, and Langell Valley, though visibility may be limited due to rapidly growing crops. Best opportunities are located on private agricultural lands, so hunters are reminded to ask permission.

COYOTE populations are increasing as a result of increasing rodent and rabbit populations after several years of being in a low portion of their natural population cycles. Pup vocalizations and prey distress calls can be effective at this time of year when attempting to attract coyotes to a stand. Be sure to ask permission before entering private land to hunt coyotes.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on May 23, 2016.

All Hunting seasons are now over on the Klamath Wildlife Area. Discharging firearms is prohibited, except by special access permit.

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

cougar
Cougar
-Photo by Jim Yuskavitch-

LAKE COUNTY

Cougar populations are good and most individuals are at higher elevation summer range along with deer, their primary prey item. 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. As the pups grow and start to travel territorial defense of the area around the den will decrease. The effectiveness of prey distress calls will increase as the summer progresses. 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

This section was updated on June 27, 2016

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

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

Bighorn sheep: There will be no tags for the Owyhee Unit in 2016 due to a disease outbreak. Learn more

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. Calls mimicking coyote vocalizations are most effective this time of year. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

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

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 Southeast Zone Wildlife Viewing

Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail
- Photo by Greg Gillson-

HARNEY COUNTY

Waterfowl spring migration is nearly over and most white geese and white-fronted geese have headed migrated north. Pintail, shoveler, wigeon, mallard, gadwall, green-winged teal, cinnamon teal and a variety of diver species can still be viewed in good numbers. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

Shorebird migration is well underway Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans and western grebes are some species that have arrived. A large number of franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.

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

Viewing opportunities around Burns/Hines and at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will continue to improve as migration continues to develop and more species of passerines and breeding water birds arrive in the area.

Bighorn sheep viewing will be very difficult at this time as sheep are having their lambs and will stay near steep rugged terrain. Viewers are urged not to disturb sheep during this sensitive time period. Mule deer, antelope and elk young can be seen traveling with mothers. Fawns are rarely abandoned by their parents so if you see young hiding in the brush, leave it alone! 6/20/16.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Flooded pastures around the basin offer great viewing for white-faced ibis as they forage on earthworms and other insects. These birds are colony nesters and utilize wetland vegetation to nest.

American white pelicans, killdeer, western grebes, Clark’s grebes and several swallow species continue in their nesting season in the Basin. The courtship rituals of both western and Clark’s grebes are both distinct and visually stunning and should not be missed by those with an appreciation of such things. Upper Klamath Lake is currently home to thousands of grebes, and viewing opportunities exist along the shore as well as from boat.

Canada goose broods are now abundant in the Basin. Though goslings are not yet flighted, they have the markings of adults and are only distinguishable by size and the dull grey colors of their first adult colored feathers. Look to ponds and wetland areas in the Basin for large groups of geese representing several broods.
Greater sandhill cranes are now actively nesting and the first colts are starting to appear after hatching.

Yellow-bellied marmots have emerged from their winter dens as the days become longer and warmer. Look to rock piles and rocky bluffs to find these large, ground dwelling creatures.

For those with a keen eye for migrating songbirds, the Klamath Basin is within the migratory paths of thousands of neotropical migrants and other passerines at this time of year as they journey to nesting areas from here to the arctic north. Binoculars will help greatly in spotting these tiny migrants as they pass through. Many passerine migrants are also identifiable by song for those who listen.

Excellent viewing opportunities exist as close as downtown Klamath Falls at Veteran’s Park. Be sure to check for bald eagles using the perch snag along Lake Ewuana.

Another close viewing opportunity is the Link River Trail where viewers will see many species of passerines as well as a few mammals including deer, gray fox and mink. 06/14/16

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Running or training of dogs is prohibited from Feb. 1-Aug. 31, except on the designated dog training area. Leashes are required on the rest of the wildlife area.

Water levels in most wetlands are high, except areas that will be dried up this summer for habitat work.

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

Waterfowl

Canada geese can be found scattered across the area. Canada goose broods can still be observed across the entire wildlife area but most young are now capable of flight.

Mallards, northern shoveler, cinnamon teal, blue-winged teal, wood duck and gadwall can be observed on the area. Many different diver species have been observed using Miller Island. Canvasback, redhead, ruddy duck, and common and hooded mergansers all can be seen around the area. Most ducks have already initiated nesting and mallard, cinnamon teal, redhead, northern shoveler, canvasback, ruddy duck and gadwall broods have all been seen on the area.
 

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
-Photo by David Bronson-

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Great blue herons, great egret, black-crowned night-herons and American bitterns can be observed on the area.

There are good numbers of American white pelican and double-crested cormorant using the area. A number of gull species can be seen across the area with ring-billed and franklin’s gulls continue to be the most numerous. Caspian, forster’s and black terns are abundant.

There are still a few Sandhill crane pairs scattered throughout the area. Pairs with colts can sometimes be seen on the areas pastures. Killdeer and snipe can be observed all across the area now. Black-necked stilt, yellowlegs, spotted sandpipers, long-billed dowitchers, white-faced ibis and American avocet are common sightings.

Pied-billed, eared and western grebes are becoming a common site in wetland areas and along the Klamath River. Several horned grebes have also been observed.

American coot numbers continue to increase and Virginia rails and soras can be heard throughout the area, but can be hard to spot.

Raptors

Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, cooper hawks, sharp-shinned, American kestrels, prairie falcons can be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area. A peregrine falcon was also seen this past week. Osprey can be observed flying around the area or resting on old power poles.

Bald eagles use on the area has decreased over the past few weeks with the departure of the white geese, but can still occasionally be found. The red-shouldered hawk is another that has been recently seen.

Turkey vultures are commonly seen scavenging throughout Klamath WA Miller Island Unit.

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 dove can be found scattered over the area. American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, mountain chickadees, American robins, white crowned sparrows, yellow-rumped warblers, western meadowlark, spotted towhee, black-billed magpies and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area. Tree, cliff and barn swallows can now be observed on the area. Western king birds have been observed across the area. Several bullock’s orioles were observed over the past week. Common nighthawks have started showing up.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hard stem bulrush and broad-leaf cattail and are very numerous. Red-winged, brewers and Yellow-headed blackbirds are now very common and scattered across the area.

Reptiles

Western pond turtles can be found sunning themselves on pond edges, on logs and on small hard stem and cattail tuber islands. Gopher and garter snakes can be found throughout the area.

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

Young of the year are starting to show up for all species. Goose broods and Crane colts can be observed in most of the wetland areas around the county. All of the raptor nestlings are getting big enough to be obvious in the nest or on the limbs of nest trees. It won’t be long until duck broods and passerine chicks will be common throughout the county. Deer fawns are arriving and it’s very important that if you find a fawn hiding in the grass you leave the area immediately so the doe can return and tend her young.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on June 25, 2016.

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, Windbreak and Work Road) is closed to reduce disturbance to migrating and breeding waterbirds. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall. A detour is in place, access around the loop is now on the Northside of Link Canal from Bullgate Campground to Link Corner. The traditional loop road on the south side of Link Canal is closed to motor vehicle travel. Please be aware of other vehicles along the Loop road. It is too narrow to permit passing, but turnouts are spaced about ½ to ¾ of a mile apart. Viewers please be aware, occasionally the Viewing Loop may be temporarily closed due to habitat management activities.

Wildlife viewing remains good. Breeding season is well underway for nearly all nesting species and broods are becoming quite apparent. Fall migration is starting with the arrival of several northerly species.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose
- Photo by Dave Budeau -

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are beginning to stabilize at breeding population levels. Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area; most are rearing broods at this time. The molt is underway and a majority of Canada geese are flightless now.

A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. A brood has recently hatched and the 4 cygnets are closely attended by the adults. Most of these birds a 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

A variety of shorebirds continues to be found and nesting is well underway for all nine (9) of the wildlife area’s breeding species. Over the past week, “fall” have started to appear with the observation of lesser and greater yellowlegs and western sandpiper. Flocks of several hundred peeps have been observed recently.

American coot breeding is well underway with pairs are widely scattered across the entire wildlife area at this time. Virginia rails and soras continue to be found in good number and a few broods have been reported recently.

Sandhill crane breeding pairs are on territories and nesting is underway for most pairs. A few colts have been observed recently. Non-breeders continue to stage along the west side of the valley, especially at the Foster Place grain fields.

Grebes numbers are good; eared, pied-billed and Western are commonly found. Eared grebes are in nuptial plumage and breeding is underway. A large number of nests can be observed in North Levee Impoundment. Newly hatch Clark’s, pied-billed and western grebes have been observed recently.

Gulls (predominantly ring-billed) are well into breeding on the nesting island in E. Link Unit; hatching and brood rearing is underway. Caspian and Forster’s tern and Franklin’s gull numbers remain fairly good at this time and nesting is underway. Resident double-crested cormorants and American white pelicans are found in good numbers at this time and can be found scattered across the larger open water ponds and features.

A small number of American bitterns continue to be observed and over the past week and they can be heard calling, especially during the early morning hours. Black-crowned night-herons, great egret and white-faced ibis are present in fair numbers. A snowy egret was reported over the past week. Turkey vultures are becoming fairly common now and readily observed throughout the day.

Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk Male
-Photo by Cathy Nowak-

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are common this time of the year. All raptors are well into nesting and most pairs are rearing chicks, and some chicks have fledged at this time. Bald and golden eagles, Swainson’s hawk, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons as well as accipiters (Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawk) can occasionally be found. Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds and remain very vocal at night. Chicks are nearly full grown at this time and many fledglings have been observed dispersing.

Upland game birds

Fair numbers of California quail can be found and pheasants can sometimes be observed, especially around old homesteads on the north end of the wildlife area. Broods of both species have been observed recently.

Passerines

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are fairly numerous. Calling by both species is very commonplace now and nesting is underway.

American and lesser goldfinches are being observed at Headquarters on a regular basis. Nesting American robins, Bullock’s orioles, yellow warbler, western wood pewee and black-headed grosbeak remain fairly common around Headquarters.

Hummingbird numbers have decline dramatically over the past week at feeders, providing probably in response to blooming wild flowers found at higher nearby elevations. Hummingbirds should return later in summer as blooming wild flowers begin to dry.
Steller’s and sometimes western scrub jays can usually be found around Headquarters. Tree swallows are present in good numbers at scattered locations in the marsh and around Headquarters; most are occupying nest boxes at this time. Cliff swallows are numerous and many are constructing their mud gourd nests on buildings and structures with many chicks hatching at this time.

Marsh wrens, common yellowthroats and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands and are fairly numerous. Blackbirds (Brewer’s, yellow-headed and red-winged) are very numerous and many are initiating nests in tall emergent vegetation throughout the marsh. All three species along with brown-headed cowbirds are visiting the feeder at Headquarters. European starlings are very common across the entire area and are actively singing and exploring nest cavities.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2016 parking permits are required beginning on January 1, 2016! 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 to major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) and now closed. The Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open, but please be aware, a detour is in place. The detour is well signed. However, On occasion, the Viewing Loop may be temporarily closed due to habitat management activities. Please be aware of other vehicles along the Loop road. It is too narrow to permit passing, but turnouts are spaced about ½ to ¾ of a mile apart. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall.

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.

Habitat

The Area’s wetland units are fairly well flooded. Irrigation season (and declining water supply) is underway, and along with increased evapo-transpiration will result in declining water levels in some areas. This will result in considerable mudflats and shallowly flooded foraging areas for breeding and migrant waterbirds.

Emergent marsh vegetation is actively growing at this time, especially along edges of open water. Muskrat houses remain very prevalent at this time and are receiving heavy use by loafing waterbirds.

Warm, dry conditions couple with abundant water supplies has stimulated insect hatches such as mosquitos and midges, which are very important food sources to a wide variety of waterbirds.

Summer Lake is beginning to decrease in size due to increased evaporation and declining inflow because of irrigation season diversions.

Upland habitat remains in very good condition, forbs and grasses are growing robustly at this time. Planted tree and shrub plots and the orchard are well into blossoming providing excellent sheltered sites and food resources for wildlife.

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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