Southeast Zone Fishing
- Photo by Kevin Clawson-
Weekend Fishing Opportunities:
- Fourmile Lake has been stocked heavily with legals and trophy rainbow trout and fishing should be good.
- Yellow perch angling around Rocky Point Resort in Upper Klamath Lake is typically excellent this time of year.
- Deadhorse and Campbell lakes have been fishing well.
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ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
There have been no recent fishing reports, but Ana Reservoir was stocked on 4th of July weekend and should be good fishing. 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 was stocked with trophy rainbow trout in October 2015. 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 is slow due to very cold and low productivity water. 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 has now been stocked with a total of approximately 3,400 trophy-sized rainbow trout with the last and final stocking for the summer on July 7. A fall stocking of one pound rainbow trout is planned for late September. Fishing should be good through the remainder of summer.
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 is now quite low. Fishing for trout should improve with the cooler temperatures of fall.
-Photo by Bob Hooton, ODFW-
BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout
No recent fishing reports. There are hold-over trout available. The reservoir is currently at 20 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is not currently useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website but it may still be possible to launch small boats.
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 fair around the Page Springs Campground and up to and above the weir. No recent reports on the upper portions of the Blitzen but fishing should be good. The Blitzen is flowing around 34 cfs and water temperatures have been fluctuating around 67oF. These are near summer low flow conditions so look for trout in shaded and deep areas.
The best times to fish when conditions are like this are in the morning and in the evening. With the warmer water temperatures, it is recommended that fisherman use heavier line and avoid over-playing the fish. The less time the fish spends fighting on the line the less stress it experiences. If you over-play a fish and spend a lot of time taking photos and handling it, you greatly increase the chances that the fish will not recover and it may result in the fish dying from the experience.
The loop road is completely open so this opens up a lot of great fishing in the upper sections of the Blitzen. The Little Blitzen and Big Indian Rivers are a great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy great fishing in the heart of the Steens.
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
Fishing should still be good at this high alpine lake. Fly fishing from a float tube is very productive casting or trolling flies. Fish are oriented towards the surface in the morning and evening during aquatic insect or flying ant hatches, but sometimes jump throughout the day. 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. Rainbow trout sampled in 2015 and 2016 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 was excellent in June and July with rainbow trout targeting blue damselfly adults. Caddis flies were also observed hatching during the evening hours. Stomach contents in trout were composed of dragonfly adults, chironomids, caddis fly larvae, water boatman and damsel nymphs. The lake was stocked again with fingerlings, which will grow to catchable size in 2017.
BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
The reservoir was dry last year. The reservoir is 1/3 full and will hopefully retain water throughout the year. 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 37 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 and some have reported catching bass and green sunfish. 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/summer. The pond is experiencing an algal bloom around the edges and fish appear to be using these for shade/cover so fishing along the algae rim has been productive.
CALAHAN CREEK (LONG CREEK-SYCAN AREA): brook trout and redband trout
Access is available but two hours from Klamath Falls. Bait allowed. The creek is very kid friendly with mosquitoes less abundant than other areas. The most productive fishing area is near the lower 400-00 road crossing. 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.
-Photo by Aaron Watzig-
CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout
The lake was stocked the week of July 18 with legal and larger rainbow trout. Fishermen have been reported doing well in boats and on shore. Fly fishing has proved very successful recently.
CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie
The reservoir is full at this time. Crappie and bass are in their post-spawning locations and should be caught offshore typically associated with structure. The best way to fish this reservoir is in a small john boat. The redband trout population in the reservoir is sparse. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area.
CHEWAUCAN RIVER: native redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead
The entire river is open all year and flyfishing for redband trout 6-12 inches has been good. Dry flies and nymphs have been very productive. Redband trout and brook trout are in the headwaters (Dairy and Elder Creeks) and are readily available using flies and lures as well.
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. Although there have been no fishing reports from this area there have been people fishing from this boat ramp weekly.
CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout
No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow to fair. 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, redband trout, brook trout
Fishing has been slow. Successful anglers need to target 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): redband trout
No recent fishing reports. One rainbow trout per day, 15” minimum length may be harvested.
COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout
A recent fishing report indicates that fishing is poor in the Cow Lakes this year. As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality. When habitat conditions improve, the trout stocking program will be reinstated.
DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout
The lake was stocked the week of July 18th with legal and larger rainbow trout. Fishermen have been reported doing well in boats and on shore. Fly fishing has proved very successful recently.
DEEP CREEK (Lake County): redband trout and brook trout
Fly fishing for trout upstream of Big Valley has been very good for native redband trout. There have not been any fishing reports downstream of the falls, but several nice trout have been observed near Adel. With warmer stream temperatures please handle fish responsibly.
Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow for current flow information.
DELINTMENT LAKE: trout
Delintment Lake was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in the spring and anglers have reported catching these fish and holdovers from last year in consistent numbers, although fishing has appeared to be slowing down as the summer progresses. 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, redband trout
Fishing for perch has been slow. Fishing for brown bullhead and largemouth bass is unknown. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15” minimum length may be harvested.
DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
This reservoir was stocked with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout in June. There have been recent reports of 16” and 17” trout being caught. More fingerlings have been released this spring.
FISH LAKE (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout
The lake was recently stocked with approximately 250 trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good for both legal and trophy-sized rainbows.
FISH LAKE (Steens Mountain): rainbow trout, brook trout
The North Loop Steens Road is open, and Fish Lake has been stocked with legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout. Fisherman have reported good catches of rainbow and brook trout this summer with some rainbow trout in the 18-20 inch range being caught.
During the evening, fish can be observed rising for insects and reports indicate that this is the best time to fish. Fly-fishing from a float tube or other watercraft has been the best method at Fish Lake. This is also a great place to escape the mosquitoes that are plaguing the Page Springs area.
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 was stocked three weeks ago with trophy and 12-inch rainbow trout and will be stocked again before Labor Day weekend. Access is available but bring mosquito spray.
The boat ramp is unimproved and involves launching on a sandy beach with no boat docks. Launching a boat might become more difficult as water levels drop. Campground facilities exist on the lake. Angling from shore is typically best near the deeper water along the campground site or near the north end of the lake. Caddis flies are hatching in the early morning and late evening.
Fourmile Lake is currently 16 percent full based on water used for irrigation. The lake has a large amount of dead pool storage. The fuller the lake the easier launching boats. As the lake recedes to dead pool storage launching boats becomes very difficult. Access is also available by trail to the high 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
Grande Ronde Lake will receive its final stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout for the summer the week of July 18. Fishing should be good through the remainder of the summer.
HAINES POND: rainbow
The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the second week of April. The next stocking is planned for mid-October. 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.
|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, brown bullhead catfish
There have not been any recent fishing reports, but the lake was stocked with legal rainbow trout and kokanee at the end of June. 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
The reservoir is currently dewatered to complete construction of the head gate on the dam. The reservoir should fill by next spring and will continue to be stocked with rainbow trout in 2017.
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, Sacramento perch, tui chub and blue chub
Fishing is slow as water temperature is high and dissolved oxygen in places is low. Water temperature is currently peaking at 77 degrees.
Fishing for largemouth bass is slow. 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.
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.
UPPER KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: native redband trout and yellow perch
A public health advisory has been listed for blue-green algae Microcystis in Upper Klamath Lake. More information.
|Redband trout with radio tag.
- ODFW Photo -
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 3 feet below full pool. Angling is very challenging due to clearer water and highly pressured fish. Redband trout have moved to better water quality areas such as Pelican Bay, Odessa Creek, Williamson River and Wood River Deltas. Pelican Bay is currently fishing very slow. 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 increased to a peak of 77 degrees.
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.
Yellow perch angling in lower Crystal Creek and Fourmile Canal should be excellent. Finding the perch is the biggest challenge. Fourmile Canal is full of aquatic vegetation so proceed with caution. Once you find them fishing can be excellent. Small hooks and bait are recommended as the perch typically do not exceed 14 inches.
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 continues to be 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 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. Attractor dry flies and nymphs work well in this section. 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. Flows will be high during all daylight hours. Fishing will be poor. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Flow release estimates are now 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
Fishing at Krumbo Reservoir has been fair to good this year with bank and boat anglers reporting rainbow trout over 20 inches being caught. Bass fishing in Krumbo has been 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 reported catching these fish in consistent numbers, especially from the rocky areas near the inlet. Krumbo Reservoir can be a spectacular spring/summer fishery and regularly produces rainbow trout over 18 inches.
|Lake in the Woods
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 fair for most species in the lake. 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 especially near dusk. The lake will be stocked again just before Labor Day weekend. 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 slowed down a little, but people are still catching legal- and trophy-sized fish from the bank and in boats. This reservoir was stocked three times in the month of June. As vegetation rises throughout the summer successful fishermen will need to increase their leaders from the bottom and fish closer to the surface to consistently catch fish.
LONG CREEK (Sycan River): brook trout, redband trout, bull trout
Fishing has slowed but brook trout are easy to catch. Small spinners can be very productive. Access is available just upstream of the 27 road crossing on Green Diamond property. Fly fishing can be excellent this time of year using terrestrial dry fly patterns such as grasshoppers, ants, beetles, and yellow jacket patterns. Please report any bull trout captured to ODFW office at 541-891-4625.
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. Lucky was dry in 2015, but fingerlings have been stocked this spring and should be close to legal size come fall.
MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout
No recent fishing reports. Water temperatures have been around 70oF or greater 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 but it will probably not be useable soon when the reservoir levels drop.
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 (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 478 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. As the flows decrease, look for fish in and around any available structures like submerged wood, large boulders, or overhanging vegetation.
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
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/summer 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.
|Bass fishing fun!
-Photo by Amy Michelle Johnson-
MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass
This reservoir is located northwest of Lakeview on the Fremont National Forest. Largemouth bass have been sampled recently weighing 6 lbs. and measuring over 19 inches long. Crayfish were found to be the preferred diet of large bass in this pond. There were also hatchery trout collected in the ten to twelve inch range. Bass have been illegally introduced and are negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout.
MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout, brook trout
The lake was last stocked with rainbow trout on July 20. The lake will be stocked again right before Labor Day. 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 was stocked with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout in April.
NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout
The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the second week of April. The next planned stocking will be mid-October. 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
There have been no recent fishing reports, but there should be holdovers from previous fingerling stockings. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked again this spring.
OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish
There is a lot of algae present in the upper portions of the lake and this is making fishing a little more difficult.
Reports have indicated that there are a lot of dead carp in the reservoir but there have been no reports of other fish species. ODFW recently took water samples and found areas that contain lethal dissolved oxygen levels so this is likely the cause of dying carp. Since carp are currently spawning, they are moving into the shallower areas where there is more algae and less oxygen and getting trapped while other species are moving into areas that contain adequate oxygen. The reservoir is currently at 37 percent of capacity.
The Owyhee Dam boat ramp is permanently closed due to safety concerns so users are asked to launch at the Gordon Gulch boat ramp in the state park and the newly constructed launch at Indian Creek.
|The Owyhee River
-Photo by Jessica Sall-
OWYHEE RIVER (Lower): brown trout and hatchery rainbow trout
No recent fishing reports but the river has been getting fished heavily so fishing should be productive. Water releases below the dam have been around 184 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. As the summer progresses and the water temperatures increase, it is important to avoid over playing a fish that is caught. By using larger leaders and landing/releasing the fish quickly, you can minimize any harm to the fish.
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. 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 17 percent of capacity. Launching boats at the Union Creek launch is not possible. Boats can be launched at the Mason Dam launch at very low reservoir levels, but the ramp surface is in disrepair and launching of large boats is not advisable.
The last stocking for the summer of legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout occurred 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. Fishing for trout has slowed but anglers are still returning tags from the marked trophy trout.
A total of 4,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout have been released. To measure the catch rate of these fish, ODFW will mark 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.
Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are catch-and-release only.
Due to a rule change for 2016, the reservoir is open to fishing year-round. Fishing for rainbow trout up to 16 inches has slowed. The reservoir is receding, but the high water launch is still functional, but will soon be out of the water.
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
Recent reports indicate that fishing has been slow at Poison Creek Reservoir. 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.
POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout
The river below Mason Dam was last stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout on June 21.
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. Fly fishing for trout has been good recently. A small float tube would be very beneficial. 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.
-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. Angling can be excellent for brook trout and can be an excellent kid friendly fishery with the exception of the mosquitoes.
SKY LAKES AND MOUNTAIN LAKE WILDERNESS: brook trout and rainbow trout
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. Weston Lake is fishing excellent and is a great side trip from Lake of the Woods.
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 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. Best fishing is near three lower road crossings on Green Diamond and BLM property. A campground exists on Upper Spencer Creek on the USFS but fishing is slower at this site.
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 117 cfs at the mouth. Water temperature is peaking at 74 to 76 degrees at the mouth. Yellow perch angling should be excellent if you can find them.
NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout
Fishing is excellent above and below Sandhill crossing for small brook trout and a few redband trout. Grasshopper and attractor patterns can be excellent in this stretch. Bait is allowed above the lowermost 3372 road crossing. Campground facilities exist at Lee Thomas and Sandhill.
Angling through the canyon is very good. Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Caddisflies and golden stoneflies are common in the canyon area. Flow has dropped through the canyon (48 cfs). Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section.
|Brook trout, released back to the river.
-Photo by Phil Fischer-
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 very low and fishable (12 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. Angling not recommended at this time. Redband trout will be reintroduced to Sun Creek next week. These redband will be 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 this fall.
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 very low at 6.7 cfs 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. Excellent brook trout fishing continues to near the headwaters. Near Pikes Crossing redband trout begin 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 was stocked again for the 4th of July weekend. 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 10 percent of capacity and is expected to empty the week of Aug. 15. The boat launch is not functional. The reservoir was stocked with both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout in the spring.
UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie
Reservoir storage is at 37 percent of capacity and receding. Fishing has been fair to good for 10”-19” rainbow trout.
VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout
Fishing has been fair the past couple of weeks. Legal and fingerling rainbow trout were stocked in June. The lake was very low last year due to drought, but is currently at 75 percent pool level. There is a primitive boat ramp available and electric motors can be used.
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 17 percent of capacity.
WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout
Fishing is good, although vegetation in the lake is reaching the surface and is difficult to fish. The easiest way to effectively fish this small pond is with a float tube and flies, but fish 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. The giant Hex mayfly hatch or spinner fall is very sporadic. 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. 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. Most radio-tagged redband trout, 27 out of 40, have 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.
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. Please do not remove redband trout from the water as 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.
|Zachary Hanson with his largemouth bass
-Photo by Josh Hanson-
WILLOW VALLEY RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, Lahontan cutthroat
There have been no recent fishing reports. 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 less than half capacity. The boat launch is out of the water and not functional.
WOOD RIVER: redband, brown, brook and bull trout
Fly fishing is fair in the river from Fort Klamath to Weed Road using grasshopper patterns. Brown trout also actively feed on mice and voles so those patterns fished late evening can work. 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.
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.
Fishing in the lower Wood River near the mouth has been fair for large redband trout. Anglers can launch small boats at the Petric Ramp and personal flotation devices at the dock at the BLM Wetland. The Petric channel is very challenging to get through in a boat with the extensive aquatic vegetation.
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. There is quite a bit of algae present in upper portions of the lake so fishing around the dam has been more productive from the bank. Boat anglers have had success throughout the lake.
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.
Southeast Zone Hunting
OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK (opens Aug. 27)
-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.
ANTELOPE season opened Aug. 13. There is plenty of water on the landscape and this in turn has antelope widely scattered.
SAGE GROUSE seasons were approved by the Commission. The deadline for applications is Aug. 22. Season dates are Sept. 10 – 18.
BIGHORN SHEEP first season opens Aug 20th. Sheep hunters should contact district biologist for specifics about their hunt areas.
Fall BEAR season opened Aug. 1. Bear populations in Harney County are generally low. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations appear to be stable. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.
Youth antlerless ELK hunts also opened Aug. 1. Elk populations are stable in Harney County. Additional antlerless ELK hunts opened August 15th. Elk populations are stable in Harney County.
Coyote populations are good throughout Harney County. Pups are starting to leave the dens, however adults are still very territorial. Coyote vocalization calls still work best until the pups start to disperse, which will be mid to late August.
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.
BEAR – General Fall Bear Season opened on Aug. 1. Hunters have until Sept. 30 to purchase a fall bear tag. Best bear prospects are in the Cascades or in the Interstate Unit. Hunters are reminded to check-in any harvested bears at an ODFW office. Be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment.
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.
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 July 18, 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.
Did you know there are some rules for using a hunting blind on BLM land? Here’s more info
The first rifle ANTELOPE season opened Aug 13 and will run through the 21st. Second season opens Aug. 24. All of the hunt areas in the district have abundant water available and most antelope are scattered in small groups.
The first BIGHORN SHEEP season opens Aug. 20 and the second opens Sept. 3. Most hunters have already contacted district staff for assistance and are well into hunt planning.
Fall BEAR season opened August 1. Compared to the rest of the state bear populations are generally low. There is a strong berry crop this summer which should persist through mid-September. Hunters are reminded that bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.
Youth antlerless ELK hunts opened August 1.
-Photo by Jim Yuskavitch-
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. Pups are dispersing and pair bonds are breaking down. 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 Aug. 16, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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.
Southeast Zone Wildlife Viewing
- Photo by Dave Budeau-
Resident breeding waterfowl with broods are abundant around Malheur Lake.
Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.
Local breeding species include killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species. Forester’s terns, black terns, franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.
A large number of breeding passerine species and woodpeckers can be found in National Forest land throughout the county. Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is the summer home to some unique passerines and is an excellent place for birding.
Raptors continue to be found throughout the area. You should be able to view golden eagles, bald eagles and a variety of hawks perching on telephone poles and fence posts throughout the district. Resident raptors such as northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are very easily observed in open agricultural areas along with rough-legged hawks and an occasional ferruginous. (7/25/16)
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 and are now capable of flight. Goslings 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 or in pasture 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.
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. 7/19/16
KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA
This section was updated on August 16, 2016.
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 remaining stable or slowly receding, 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.
Canada geese can be found scattered across the area. Most Canada goose broods are now capable of flight and are starting to disperse to surrounding areas.
Mallards, northern shoveler, cinnamon teal, blue-winged teal,gadwall and the occasional American wigeon and green-winged teal 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 young of early nesting species such as mallards and cinnamon teal are now flighted and can found in large flocks around the area. Broods of ruddy duck and gadwall can still be seen on the area.
-Photo by David Bronson-
Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds
Great blue herons, great egret, black-crowned night-herons and American bitterns are common on the area.
There are good numbers of American white pelican and double-crested cormorant using the area, especially along the Klamath River. 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, and forster’s terns can still be seen.
There are still a few Sandhill crane pairs scattered throughout the area. Most colts are now flighted, but can still be seen hanging out with the adults. 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.
American coot can be found scattered across the area. Virginia rails and soras can be heard throughout the area, but can be hard to spot.
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. Peregrine falcons can also be observed sometimes using the area. Osprey can be observed flying around the area or resting on old power poles.
Bald 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. Broods of quail have been observed across the area.
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 warblers and 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 are very common birds. Western king birds have been observed across the area. Several bullock’s orioles were observed over the past week. Common nighthawks continue to be seen, but continue to decline in numbers.
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.
Rufous hummingbirds are frequent visitors to the Klamath Wildlife Area compound.
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.
Young of the year are starting to show up for all species. Young raptors are flighted and common throughout the county. The fall shore bird migration has started and there are good numbers of all the common species on Lake Abert. Hart and Crump lakes have water this year and also will provide viewing opportunities. 7/26/16
SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA
This section was updated on August 16, 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 and Windbreak) opened August 15th, however the Work Road remains closed. Lateral or spur dikes off the major dike roads remain closed to motor vehicle travel. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall. A detour is in place, access around the loop is now on the North side 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 for nearly all nesting species is nearly over, but a few late or renesters continue to incubate clutches and attend broods. . Fall migration continues with increasing numbers and the arrival and staging of several northerly species heading south.
- Photo by Dave Budeau -
Waterfowl populations are increasing as staging flocks of many species are beginning to form. Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area; nearly all are flighted at this time. The molt is underway for some and they remain flightless as well as few late hatched broods and their parents.
A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. Many have completed the molt, attained flight and are moving around with greater frequency. 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. The brood of 4 cygnets at Work Road Pond continue to be closely attended by the adults.
Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds
A variety of shorebirds continues to be found and nesting is nearly over, most young of the year are fledged at this time and are beginning to form staging flocks in preparation for migration. Early breeding species such as long-billed curlew and western willet have completed nesting and nearly all have already begun their migration south. Both species are hard to find at this time of the year. Pre-migration flocks of American avocets and black-necked stilts can be readily observed in large numbers in the Bypass and E. Link units, Link Marsh and North Levee Impoundment near Windbreak Campground. Other species are beginning to form pre-migration flocks and “Fall” migrants continue to appear with increasing numbers of lesser and greater yellowlegs, least, western and other sandpipers and semi-palmated plovers. Flocks of several hundred peeps, long-billed dowitchers and red-necked and Wilson’s phalaropes have been observed recently. Now is a good time to look for vagrants passing through the area.
American coot breeding is nearly over, some pairs attending chicks and recently fledged young are widely scattered across the entire wildlife area at this time. Large post-breeding flocks are beginning to form. Virginia rails and soras continue to be found and heard in good number.
Sandhill crane breeding season is largely over and post breeding flocks are beginning to form, especially at the Foster Place grain fields where 50-75 birds can be observed.
Grebe numbers remain very good; eared, pied-billed, Clark’s and Western are commonly found. Eared grebe breeding is winding down. A large number chicks being closely attended by their parents be observed at Dutchy Lake, Gold Dike and North Levee Impoundments.
Gull (predominantly ring-billed) breeding activity on the nesting island in E. Link Unit is nearly over; fledged young have dispersed from the island and can be found across the entire wildlife area. Caspian and Forster’s tern and Franklin’s gull numbers remain fairly good at this time. Dispersing black terns are frequently found at this time of the year.
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. Black-crowned night-herons, great egret and great blue herons are present in fair numbers. A snowy egret was observed recently. White-faced ibis, dispersing from nearby breeding colonies are increasing in number and commonly seen in nearly all wetland areas. Turkey vultures are common now and readily observed throughout the day.
-Photo by Cathy Nowak-
Raptors and others
Northern harriers and red-tailed and Swainson’s hawks are common this time of the year. Most raptors have finished nesting and a few pairs continue to rear chicks, nearly all chicks have fledged at this time. Bald and golden eagles, ferruginous hawk, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons can occasionally be found. Several peregrines have been observed recently hunting the large flocks of staging shorebirds.
Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds. At least 2 broods of common barn owls successfully nested in boxes at Headquarters this year and 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. Recently hatched broods of both species continue to be observed on a regular basis.
Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are fairly numerous.
American and lesser goldfinches are being observed at Headquarters on a regular basis. American robins, cedar waxwing, yellow warbler and western wood pewee remain fairly common around Headquarters.
Red-breasted and sometimes red-naped sapsuckers can be found in the trees around Headquarters.
Hummingbird numbers are fairly strong at the Headquarters Feeders. Black-chinned, calliope and rufous have all been observed recently. As many as 10-15 individuals can be observed around the feeders at one time.
Swallow numbers have declined dramatically as most locally breeding species have migrated south. Some later migrating species, such as barn swallow remain and can be found staging at Headquarters and in dense patches of tall emergent vegetation in marsh areas.
Marsh wrens, common yellowthroats and song sparrows can still be found in good numbers in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands. Blackbirds (Brewer’s, yellow-headed and red-winged) are very numerous in tall emergent vegetation throughout the marsh, and are beginning to form large flocks. All three species are visiting the feeder at Headquarters.
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 on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) opened August 15th; however the Work Road remains closed. Lateral or spur dikes off the major dike roads remain closed to motor vehicle travel. 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.
The Area’s wetland units remain fairly well flooded. Irrigation season diversions have resumed, haying of meadows in the valley has finished and flooding is occurring again. Ana River flows are decreasing and water in some wetland units will recede, creating ideal foraging conditions for migrant waterbirds.
Emergent marsh vegetation remains very robust across the entire wildlife area at this time. Nearly all ponds and canals are filled with an excellent growth of submerged aquatic vegetation, especially sago pondweed.
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 nearly dry at this time due to increased evapotranspiration and declining inflow because of irrigation season diversions. Ana River water and runoff from wetland units has created a substantial delta at the head of Summer Lake that is supporting a very large number of migrant waterbirds.
Upland habitat remains in very good condition, forbs and grasses are growing robustly at this time and nearly all species are well into seed set. 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.
Please contact Summer Lake Wildlife Area at (541) 943-3152 or e-mail email@example.com for additional information.
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