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Weekly Recreation Report: Southeast Zone

July 21, 2015

 Southeast Zone Fishing

Lake Trout
Meghan Grant with a Lake trout caught in Fourmile Lake, Klamath County
-Photo by Roger Smith, ODFW-

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • All Klamath Basin streams including Lost River subbasin are open to angling past the 2 p.m. closure.
  • Anthony and Grande Ronde lakes have been stocked with rainbow trout and fishing is good!
  • The Hex (very large yellow mayfly) hatch continues on the Upper and Lower Williamson River.
  • Fourmile Lake was recently stocked with 1,000 trophies. This is the last stocking until Labor Day weekend.
  • Trout fishing has been fair to good at Yellowjacket Lake.
  • Delintment Lake, with its shaded banks and reputation for good summer fishing, could be a great place for the family to beat the heat.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

However, anglers reduce the stress from catch-and-release fishing by following a few precautions:

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cooler.

Warmwater fish like bass, crappie and bluegill also feel the effects of the heat, so please follow these precautions in all your summer fishing.

Statewide drought updates

For the latest statewide drought conditions, see the State of Oregon’s Drought Watch.

Send us your fishing report

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

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

The reservoir is high and launching boats is possible. Hybrid bass are traditionally targeted using crank baits; however they can be caught in the reservoir using various methods including bait. Trout are averaging 12 to 14-inches and hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon. The reservoir was recently stocked with 250 trophy rainbow trout and fishing reports are good.

A new state record hybrid bass (white and striped bass cross) was caught in Ana Reservoir on Dec. 10. 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: trout

Fishing should be good for rainbow trout in Ana River. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. The river was sampled on June 5, 2014 to evaluate the current stocking strategy and size of trout in the river. We found smaller trout (8 to 10-inches) were dominant from the dam for about 2 miles downstream. Larger trout up to 14-inches are more common in areas where access is more difficult. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a pontoon or float tube.

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 spring. 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

Annie Creek is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Bait will be allowed in Annie Creek beginning this year. Fishing should be only fair for brook trout as fish density is low in Annie Creek. Flows are low and fishable for this time of year.

A few brown trout also are available. Most fish caught are under 8 inches. Best access is at the USFS snowpark off Hwy 62.

ANTHONY LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Anthony Lake has been stocked with approximately 1,700 trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing is good. Both bait and lures are working well.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

Approximately 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Balm Creek Reservoir. Fishing should be good.

Due to low and declining water levels, the daily bag limit, possession limit and minimum size requirement for trout have been removed. From now to Oct. 15, 2015 anglers may keep as many trout as they can catch by hand, dip net or angling.

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

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

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is currently at 14 percent of capacity and none of the boat ramps are useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. You should still be able to launch a boat but use caution as the water is lower than the cement on the boat ramp. USBR crews have been tagging fish populations in the reservoir over the last several years. If you catch a tagged trout report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The Blitzen River and its tributaries above the Page Springs weir are not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

The Blitzen River has been flowing around 40-50 cfs with water temperatures around 18oC. With the warmer water temperatures comes a higher risk of harming fish so please be responsible and do not over-fight a fish when water temperatures are above 18oC. If possible, stop fishing when water temperatures are elevated.

Recent reports indicate that fishing around the Page Springs Campground has been productive and fish have been taking dry flies when a mid-day hatch is present. Anglers have also had some success swinging weighted streamers. Fish are being caught all the way up to the confluence with Fish Creek and there have been a lot fisherman hiking in the canyon above Page Springs. Fishing should be good on the upper Blitzen, Indian Creek, and the Little Blitzen as fish will migrate into these areas in search of colder water.

The East Canal, Bridge Creek, and mainstem Blitzen above Bridge Creek are open for retention from May 23 – Oct 31. The limit is 2 trout per day. The Little Blitzen River is open for catch and release only. Anglers willing to hike/bike the 3 miles into Bridge Creek have reported good success near the lower canyon. Please respect the fishing regulations for the Blitzen and tributaries.

BLUE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing is good, with the right gear. 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 earlier this summer. 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.

Blue Lake is alive with damselfly, black caddis, and mayfly hatches. If you are looking to fish this water, make sure you bring your fly rod. Numerous 12 to 14-inch rainbows, with some up to 16-inches, can be caught.

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

The reservoir is at 31 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. No recent fishing reports.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good for legal-sized rainbow trout. The pond was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of April 20 and anglers have been catching these fish and some holdovers from last year.

The pond is full and the waterway connecting the two portions of the pond is also full which allows fish to move between the different pond sections. Fishing should continue to be good throughout the summer. A strong mid-day hatch has been occurring and fish have been readily taking dry flies and nymphs.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

The South Fork of the Burnt River was stocked with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout the third week of May.

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

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

Calahan Creek is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

The fishing regulation has changed from flies and lures only to bait allowed. Fishing should be good for small brook trout, most are less than 10-inches. Flows are low and fishable. The lowermost 400-00 road crossing offers the best fishing. Please respect private property as most of Calahan Creek occurs on Green Diamond Lumber Company. Green Diamond currently allows public access to fishing and hunting.

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Legal and trophy sized rainbow trout were stocked recently, fishing is good.

The lake is a popular high mountain trout lake in the Fremont National Forest, approximately 34 miles northwest of Lakeview, as the crow flies. Small boats with trailers can be launched, however motors are restricted to electric only.

Rainbow trout fishing from shore is good. You can also fish Deadhorse Lake, one mile to the west, while you are in the area. First stocking occurs in June, check the 2015 Lakeview Stocking Schedule online for details.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is just outside of Bly on the road to Dairy Creek. Deming Creek irrigation ditch feeds the reservoir. Campbell Reservoir should be slow for redband trout due to high water temperatures. Large crappie are available. Fishing for bass should be good.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout

The river downstream and upstream of Paisley is open, however the use of bait is PROHIBITED upstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley. Water levels are stabilized and clarity is great fishing should continue to get better. Fishing should be best during morning hours, be aware that high water temperatures stress fish and can lead to higher mortality if caught and handled.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow. The reservoir is low but the boat ramp may be useable. The bottom portion of the boat ramp is submerged in water but use caution when launching here during low water as unforeseen obstacles may be present. The reservoir may be murky following recent high winds in the area.

Due to poor habitat conditions in Chickahominy Reservoir over the last year and projected poor conditions this year, ODFW will not be stocking the reservoir. If conditions improve, then the stocking program in this reservoir will be reinstated.

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

Corral Creek is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Corral Creek is a tributary to upper SF Sprague River on Fremont National Forest. The fishing regulation has changed from flies and lures only to bait allowed. Fishing should be good for small brook trout. Corral Creek campground and Gearhart Wilderness trails are nearby.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout

Fishing should be good from the shore. Flies and lures that mimic fat head minnows are productive.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR (Lake County): native redband trout

No recent fishing reports. Redband trout exceeding five pounds are available. Fishing is typically slow but casting lures or flies that mimic fat minnows can be productive. Cast lures or flies to the shoreline.

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

No recent fishing reports. The upper lake is full and the lower one is dry. As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality.

Rainbow Trout
Deadhorse Lake
-Photo by David Banks, ODFW-

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake is a popular high alpine trout lake in the Fremont National Forest, overlooking the wild and scenic section of the Sycan River. Small boats with trailers can be launched, however motors are restricted to electric only.

Rainbow trout fishing from shore is good. You can also fish Campbell Lake while you are in the area. It was stocked recently, check the 2015 Lakeview Stocking Schedule online for details on future stocking.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports but Delintment Lake is generally a good place to catch holdover trout in the spring and summer. This is also a good place to beat the heat of the summer, as the lake is surrounded by trees and offers shade while fishing.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Deming Creek is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Deming Creek now opens to fishing on fourth Saturday in April. Previously Deming Creek was open the fourth Saturday in May. Most redband trout are less than 8-inches. Fishing for bull trout is closed.

Flies and lures only; no bait is allowed to protect unique redband trout and bull trout.

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

No recent report but fishing should be good for warmwater fish.

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

There have been reports of good largemouth fishing. Fishing should continue to improve for warmwater fish such as crappie, largemouth bass and brown bullhead with increasing water temperatures.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Duncan Reservoir was stocked with 100 trophy sized rainbow trout recently; fishing should be good.

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

The North Loop Road is open and this allows access to Fish Lake. The lake has been inaccessible over the winter so anglers may find some nice holdover rainbow and brook trout. Spring and early summer is generally a good time to catch brook trout in Fish Lake.

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

Fourmile Creek is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Open to fishing all year. Fourmile Creek off Westside road just north of Cherry Creek is open all year with bait allowed. Fishing should be good for brook trout. A few large brown trout occur in the stream.

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.

Lake Trout
Lake Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

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

Fourmile Lake was stocked with 1,500 trophy rainbow trout last week due to a drastic improvement in water quality at the lake. The next stocking will occur just before Labor Day weekend. Rainbow trout will likely move to deeper, colder water off shore therefore best success will be from boat. Fishing should be excellent for rainbow trout from boat.

The road into Fourmile is very rough in spots. Anglers can call Lake of the Woods Resort for more information. The lake is 13 percent full and launching boats might become problematic soon. Fishing should be good from bank and boat.

Fourmile Lake levels.

Fishing is best in early morning and late evening when the lake has less wind. A few nice brook trout and lake trout have been caught so far this year. There is campground at the Lake. Along the campground area there is deep water offshore that holds fish. Bank fishing can be productive in this area when water temperatures are high. Fishing is fair for catching lake trout from 16 to 22-inches. Troll deep for lake trout. Look for good hatches of the traveling sedge (caddisflies) in the morning and evening.

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

No recent report. The lake is only 13 percent full, which makes launching boats challenging if possible. Fishing is likely slow. However, crappie should be moving into the shallows to spawn and fishing can be good if concentrations of crappie can be found.

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Grande Ronde Lake has been stocked with approximately 3,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the first week of April. This pond will not be stocked again until fall.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

Heart Lake was stocked recently with 600 legal sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be fair for rainbow trout.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Holbrook was stocked recently with 1,200 legal and 200 trophy-sized rainbow trout. Take advantage of this popular fishing area while the water is still there.

Check the stocking schedule online for details.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Hwy 203 Pond has been stocked with approximately 8,600 legal sized and 250 trophy-sized rainbow trout this spring. The most recent stocking occurred on May 28.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Jackson Creek is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Jackson Creek opened April 25 with the use of bait allowed. A primitive USFS campground exists on the creek. Fishing should be good for small brook trout. Flows are low.

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

Fishing is fair for warmwater fish such as crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish and brown bullhead catfish with water temperatures increasing. Water temperature is currently peaking at 75 degrees.

Fishing for largemouth bass should be good. 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 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.

Redband Trout
Redband Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

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

ODFW does not recommend fishing in most of Upper Klamath Lake as redband trout have moved into areas with better water quality. Most of the lake has a dense algal bloom and is bright green. Water temperatures have increased, which will push fish out of the lake into the cold water refuges of Pelican Bay, Agency Lake near Wood River delta, and the Wood and Williamson rivers. Fishing is generally slow with catch rates averaging 7 hours per redband from boat and 30 hours per redband from the shore but the fish captured are large. The lake is 2.5 feet below full pool.

Water temperature increased and is peaking around 74 degrees depending on location and air temperature. Klamath Lake is managed for true trophy trout. Redband trout average 21-inches and around four pounds in the fishery.

Water temperatures on the surface of the lakes are becoming highly stressful to redband trout. Anglers should considering fishing in early morning when water temperatures are lower. Redband trout to be released should be landed quickly, not be removed from the water, and revived by cradling and moving the fish back and forth through the water to pump water over the gills. Redband trout should be pushed down to deeper, colder water. If redband swallow your lure or bait, cut the line. ODFW also encourages use of single, barbless hooks if fish are going to be released. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.

Upper Klamath Lake is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir closed to fishing on June 16 and will re-open Oct. 1.

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

The Klamath River is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

The Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse offers excellent spinner fishing. Dry fly fishing is excellent. Small elk hair caddis and attractor mayfly dry flies also work well.

Most fish in this section are small and average 10 inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow and water temperatures are much cooler in this section of the river 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. Look for a few giant salmonfly and golden stoneflies still hatching.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

The Klamath River is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reaches and average 12 inches but rarely exceed sixteen inches.

River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or bead head pheasant tails can be good. Dry fly fishing with orange or yellow stimulators can be excellent in the evening. Most fish are in the 6 to 8-inch range but numerous 12 inch fish can be caught with 16 inches the maximum.

Flows below the powerhouse will typically be high during all daylight hours. Flow release estimates are now available online. Also, check out the USGS website for flow information. Best fishing will be during low flows from 6-9 a.m. During high flows water temperatures are warm as most water is coming from J.C. Boyle Reservoir.

Klamath River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

A recent change in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge policy has allowed year-round fishing at this reservoir. However, no ice-fishing is allowed.

Anglers have reported moderate success for rainbow trout up to 19-inches this spring/summer. Krumbo was stocked with legal-sized trout during the week of April 6 and again during the week of April 20, 2015.

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

Fishing will be fair for hatchery rainbow trout. Fishing for rainbow trout will be better from boat. Rainbow trout typically hold around 15 feet when water temperatures are stressful on the surface.

Fishing is fair for yellow perch. Yellow perch can also be caught using small bait. Fishing for brown bullhead should also be fair. A few large holdover rainbow trout are being captured. Trophy brown trout are available.

Fishing is good for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Look for largemouth bass under docks, near large wood, and in emergent vegetation.

Take an active role in the management of Oregon fisheries! ODFW continues to release rainbow trout with bright orange tags near the dorsal fins throughout the year to evaluate, harvest, survival, and growth, but we need your help. If you catch a tagged fish, 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. Eleven anglers have already returned tags worth $50 each.

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

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Lofton Reservoir was stocked with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout recently. Fishing reports are good. If you are in the area make sure you check out Holbrook Reservoir and Heart Lake for fishing more fishing opportunities.

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

Long Creek is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Fishing should be good for brook trout and redband trout in lower Long Creek. Dry fly fishing can be excellent. Fishing with small spinners also can be productive.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch

The Lost River is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Lost River is open to fishing all year. Public access is available at Crystal Springs day use area. Anglers can fish from the specifically designed fishing bridge at this location. Currently, your best option on the Lost River is to fish for brown bullhead. Brown bullhead can be caught by fishing baits near the bottom.

Boats can be launched from an improved boat ramp at Crystal Springs. Fishing should be slow for largemouth bass if you can find them. Sacramento perch have been captured below Horseshoe Dam. This is one of the only locations in the state to capture this fish. Water quality is poor with low dissolved oxygen levels.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but the reservoir is expected to be low and fishing should continue to be very slow.

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

The Malheur River and its tributaries are not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir have been around 300 cfs. Fishing is expected to be poor but may pick up with increased spring flows and increased water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir.

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

The Malheur River and its tributaries are not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

No recent fishing reports.

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

No recent fishing reports.

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

No recent fishing reports.

Cutthroat Trout
Cutthroat Trout
-Photo by Charlotte Ganskopp-

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

Anglers have reported slow fishing on Mann Lake recently with fish occasionally taking nymphs and spinners. Most fish are around 18-inches long, with some trout over 20-inches being caught. Recent high winds may have mixed the lake, resulting in murky colored water.

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

Miller Lake was stocked with legal and larger rainbow three weeks ago. Fishing should be good from boat.

Trophy brown trout are available but fishing is typically slow. Anglers can call the Chemult Ranger District of the USFS (541-365-7001) for more information.

The 12 mile gravel road into Miller Lake is in horrible condition with numerous washboards.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is dry.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is low for this time of year.

The reservoir was stocked with rainbow trout the third week of April.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the first full week of April.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbows is good, reports of 10-inch plus fish.

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

The reservoir is at 10 percent of capacity and one boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation page. The The county boat ramp will be closed indefinitely due to low water levels creating unsafe conditions. Users are asked to launch at the Indian Creek Boat Ramp, located 5 miles south of the county boat ramp.

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

The Owyhee River below Owyhee Reservoir is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Water releases below the dam have been around 145 cfs. Fishing has been fair to slow depending on the time of day and location. Brown and rainbow trout over 20-inches have been caught recently.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

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

Paiute Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout and Lahontan cutthroat

The reservoir is nearly dry.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

Reservoir storage is at 36 percent of capacity and receding. The reservoir has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are restricted to catch-and-release only. No harvest or removal from the reservoir is allowed. Please notify ODFW at 541-963-2138 if you catch a tiger muskie.

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

PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir opened to fishing April 25. This reservoir consistently provides some of the best spring/early summer reservoir rainbow trout fishing in the area. The rainbows typically range in size from 10 to 16-inches. Trout fishing is currently very good, but will slow with warm temperatures.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing is slow but that some 14-inch holdovers have been caught. Poison Creek Reservoir was stocked with 250 trophy-sized trout the week of May 4 so bigger fish are available to anglers. The limit is 2 per day; please respect the fishing regulations for the reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing is slow but that some trout around 12-inches have been caught.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

The Powder River below Mason Dam was stocked with 2,500 legal-sized rainbow trout the Third week of May. Trout fishing should be good. The Powder River below Mason Dam has also been stocked with 200 adult spring Chinook. These salmon were trapped at Hells Canyon Dam and placed in the Powder River expressly for the purpose of providing a fishery.

A season has been opened through Sept. 1, 2015, but the fishery typically lasts only a few weeks as the fish eventually scatter. The daily limit is four Chinook salmon. Anglers are reminded that a Combined Angling Tag and Columbia River Basin Endorsement are required for those angling for Chinook salmon in the Powder River.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is dry. This is great news as several illegally introduced species occurred in the reservoir and have now perished. This very productive reservoir will be stocked again once water returns -- likely in 2016.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

Sand and Scott creeks are not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

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

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Sevenmile Creek is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Creek above Nicholson road will be open to the use of bait beginning this year. Fishing will be good for brook trout as flows are low. Fishing is best above the irrigation diversion above Nicholson Road.

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

Fishing should be excellent in Badger, South Pass, Marguette, Harriette, Como, Isherwood and Sonya. Best methods are lures or fly and bubble cast from spinning rod into deeper water. Keep on the lookout for caddis and carpenter ant hatches.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is currently low. There have been no fishing reports.

Spaulding Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is dry.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout and brook trout

The Spring Creek is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Fishing is slow due to slow, cold and clear water and few fish.

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

The Sprague River is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Fishing for trout is slow in most of the Sprague River due to very warm water temperatures peaking at 70 degrees near the mouth. The best places to fish are near Beatty.

Launching a boat at the public access area just upstream of Beatty near the large power lines is your best bet to access good fishing areas. Look for sporadic hatches and spinner falls of Hex mayflies. Dense caddisfly hatches are also occurring in the evening.

Largemouth bass and yellow perch are most abundant in the river downstream of Lone Pine.

Brown Trout
Brown Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

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

The North Fork Sprague River and all tributaries are not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

The North Fork Sprague opened to fishing Saturday, April 25. The North Fork Sprague above the first 3372 road will be open for bait beginning this year. This section of the river is dominated with small brook trout. Fishing is good near the meadow areas of Sandhill Crossing and Lee Thomas Crossing. Fishing is good in the higher gradient section of the canyon above the first 3411 road crossing. There is camping at Lee Thomas and Sandhill Crossing. Dry fly caddis and stonefly patterns work well.

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

The South Fork Sprague River and all tributaries are not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Fishing was very slow due to low fish density near day use park near Bly. Fishing for brook and brown trout improves greatly near the confluence of Camp Creek off the FS 34 road.

SUMMIT PRAIRIE: rainbow trout

Summit Prairie is a small spring fed gravel pit off highway 140 between Lakeview and Adel. To increase fishing opportunities in the area, rainbow trout (larger and trophy sized) were stocked earlier this season. Fishing from shore is excellent. This is a great place to work on your fly fishing skills as the shoreline is void of large vegetation snag.

Directions from Lakeview: Head north on US Hwy 395, turn right on the Warner Highway to Adel (Hwy 140), continue approximately 8 miles then turn right onto Forest Service (FS) road 3615 for 0.6 miles, stay straight onto FS road 3910 (Summit Prairie Road) for 4.3 miles. Summit Prairie is on the left side of the road.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Sun Creek is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

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.

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

The Sycan River and all tributaries are not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Flows are low and fishable. The best fishing is above the Sycan Marsh as the river went dry in numerous locations below the marsh last year. Fishing has been was very poor in the Sycan River near Coyote Bucket and Teddy Powers Meadow.

The upper part of the Sycan River above Paradise Creek and Pikes crossing is dominated by brook trout. Dry fly fishing near Rock Creek campground is excellent for small redband and brook trout.

Fishing near Pikes Crossing is very slow. Only redband trout are below the marsh with a very rare brown trout. Bait will be allowed in the South Fork of the Sycan River this year.

The mainstem Sycan River is still restricted to flies and lures only.

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The reservoir was stocked earlier this season with 9,000 larger-sized and 750 trophy-sized rainbow trout. Water levels at the reservoir are lower than normal, but trout and bass are still available for anglers from shore only, WATER IS TO LOW TO LAUNCH BOATS FROM TRAILERS.

Anglers be aware, future stockings may be subject to change based on water levels and access.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was stocked with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout in the spring. Reservoir storage has refilled to 89 percent of capacity. The reservoir was drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District in September 2014. The reservoir was not restocked with rainbow trout in November 2014 as normally occurs due to low water.

Due to low and declining water levels, the daily bag limit, possession limit and minimum size requirement for trout have been removed. From now to Oct. 15, 2015 anglers may keep as many trout as they can catch by hand, dip net or angling.

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

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir is at 86 percent of capacity and declining. Fishing for rainbow trout should be fair to good through the spring months.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Vee Lake was stocked with 400 larger sized rainbow trout earlier this season. Water levels at the lake are lower than normal, but trout are still available to anglers. Access by boat may become more difficult as the water level recedes.

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

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is currently at 4 percent of capacity.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband and brown trout

The Lower Williamson River and all tributaries are not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Fishing is good for large redband trout. Redband trout have moved into the river from Upper Klamath Lake. Numerous species of mayflies are hatching on the river (Trico, BWO, Hex, PMD). Most anglers use small nymph patterns to mimic mayflies hatching. Look for the giant Hex mayfly hatching or the spinner fall. The Hex mayflies hatch around 9 pm. Best hatches of the Hex mayfly occur from just above highway 97 to below Modoc Point Road. Caddisfly activity is also high but no one species is creating a significant hatch that can be effectively matched. Dry fly fishing is best during the hex hatch at night.

Most fly fisherman use clear intermediate sinking lines and dead drift and swing nymph patterns for best success. The best area to fish is from confluence of Sprague River to downstream of Waterwheel Campground.

Drift boats can be launched near Chiloquin, Waterwheel campground, Williamson River Retreat, and Williamson River Resort. Anglers can also be somewhat successful casting spoons or plugs that mimic forage fish.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband and brook trout

The Upper Williamson River and all tributaries are not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Fishing is excellent in most areas. Redband trout dominate the fishery on USFS land. Brook trout are abundant near the Deep Creek confluence and upstream to the headwaters.

Flows are low for this time of year. Insect activity is increasing and fish are responding. The Hex hatch has started. The Hex mayfly hatches in the late evening around 9 pm. These are the largest mayfly species and can bring some of the largest trout to the surface. On July 1 very few Hex mayflies were hatching but a prolific spinner fall of this species occurred. Only small fish were responding to the hex spinners floating downstream.

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

Fishing is slow for largemouth bass. Launching a boat is unlikely at the boat ramp due to low water levels. Smaller boats can be carried to the water edge. The reservoir is primarily a bass fishery as other species are either too small or density is low. Typically shore fishing is very slow. The reservoir is always turbid.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The boat ramp is functional, and the dock is installed. Fishing has been fair for 9 to 12-inch rainbows.

WOOD RIVER and tributaries: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

The Wood River and all tributaries are not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Flows in the Wood River are low and clear. Fishing for brown trout is fair with lures. Most brown trout are below Fort Klamath this time of year. Anglers can launch low profile boats at USFS day use area and Hwy 62 and drift boats at Weed Road. Dry fly fishing has been good. Grasshoppers are very abundant in certain sections of the river. Fly fisherman should use grasshopper patterns for brown trout above Weed Road. Bag limit remains two brown trout per day with only one over 20 inches. Best dry fly fishing is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road. All redband trout must be released in Wood River, Fort Creek and Crooked Creek.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

About 4,000 legal (8 to 11-inches) rainbow trout were stocked into the lake during the week of Oct. 3, 2014 and was stocked again this year in May. Fishing has been fair for holdover trout in the 12-16 inch range with one report of anglers catching their limit in less than 1.5 hours of fishing. Yellowjacket Lake is a great place to take the family for some trout fishing. Fishing from the dam has been productive and fish have been taking dry flies and nymphs.

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  Southeast Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR

OR-14
Gray Wolf in Northeast Oregon
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

HARNEY COUNTY

Hunting maps for Harney County

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. Remember to pick up a 2015 tag.

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.

Fall BEAR season opens August 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 open August 1. Elk populations are stable in Harney County.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Fall BLACK BEAR seasons open August 1. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations appear to be increasing slightly. Highest concentrations of bears in Klamath County will be found along the eastern slope of the Cascade Mtns. Additionally, the Interstate Unit has produced more and bigger bears in recent years, especially around the Klamath/Lake county line. Hunters often find success with stand hunting near water holes and by glassing open hillsides where bears commonly feed on berries and during morning and evening hours. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office for sample collection and measurement. Field office staff are frequently out of the office, so please call ahead to the nearest ODFW field office and make an appointment. Field office locations and contact information can be found on the ODFW website.

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.

Coyote populations are fairly low throughout Klamath County. At this time of year, mimicking coyote vocalizations can be an effective tool to bring coyotes into range as adults are still very territorial around den sites. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on June 23, 2015.

All game bird hunting seasons are now closed.

Running or training of dogs is prohibited February 1 through July 31 except on designated Dog Training Areas or by permit.

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is now required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $7 daily or $22 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license; just be sure to put it on your dashboard. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

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

LAKE COUNTY

Cougar hunting is open. Populations are healthy due to good habitat and prey base. If hunters can find a fresh cougar kill, calling within a ½ mile of that kill can be very effective.

Coyote pair bonds have formed and calls mimicking coyote vocalizations are most effective. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

Summer Lake

Road at Summer Lake Wildlife Area
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on July 14, 2015

All hunting seasons on the wildlife area are closed. Please be aware: It is unlawful to discharge firearms between February 1 and August 31 except by permit issued by ODFW.

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

Cougar hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging.

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. Areas with livestock feeding and calving operations are strong attractors for coyotes. Howling and territorial challenges are typically the most effective calls this time of year.

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 Southeast Zone Wildlife Viewing

HARNEY COUNTY

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.

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

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, ferruginous and red-tailed hawks are very easily observed in open agricultural areas.

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! 6/8/15.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Owl species including great-horned, barn, screech and short-eared owls can be observed just after dark around agricultural and foothill areas as they start hunting for rodents, snakes, and other small prey. Great gray owls are found at higher elevation forested areas usually adjacent to meadows and small forest openings.

Sightings of duck broods are now common around rivers and lakes in the Klamath Basin. Canada geese are now flying and can be observed flying from water out to agricultural lands to forage.

Western and Clark’s grebes have largely finished courtship, but can still be observed on Upper Klamath Lake and surrounding waterways. These two species look very similar in plumage but are distinguished by head and bill coloration.

Bald eagles have hatched in most nest sites, and young eagles can occasionally be observed in the nest as they grow from nestlings into fledglings. The breeding pair at Moore Park can be observed from the lower parts of the park.

A great opportunity for wildlife viewing is right in Klamath Falls with several options available. The Wingwatchers Trail starts right at Veterans Park along Lake Ewauna in downtown and the Link River Trail is accessed from Lakeshore Drive. Many aquatic birds can viewed as well as passerine species.

Ask for permission from the landowner before entering private lands. Please watch for game and use caution while traveling on area highways and county roads. 7/07/15.

This section was updated on July 21, 2015.

Running or training of dogs is prohibited Feb. 1 through July 31 except on designated Dog Training Areas or by permit.

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

Waterfowl

Most Western Canada geese broods are fully grown and flighted at this time. There have been several hundred feeding in recently hayed fields on the area. The occasional canvasback, scaup, ruddy duck, redheads, ring-necked, and bufflehead can still be seen in the deeper ponds/canals and Klamath River.

Dabbler species that remain are mostly resident birds. Mallards, gadwall, and cinnamon teal are by far the most common, but northern shovelers, northern pintail, wood duck, green-winged teal and American wigeon may still be found. Broods of mallards, gadwall, and cinnamon teal can be observed across the area at this time. Early mallard broods are becoming quite large and some could even be flighted at this time. Drake mallards have started to form up in groups and have started molting into their eclipse plumage.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Sandhill cranes can be observed scattered across the area and their very audible calls are quite common. Killdeer, common snipe, yellow legs, spotted and western sandpipers, American avocets and black-necked stilts along with different species of small shore birds can be found on mud flats and around the edges of receding ponds. White-faced ibis can often be observed in irrigated pastures.

American white pelican and double-crested cormorant are now a very common sight along the Klamath River. Western grebes are very numerous on the Klamath River and pied-billed grebes are occasionally found in some of the areas deeper ponds. Caspian and forester’s terns are also very common along the Klamath River at this time.

Great blue herons, great egrets, black-crowned night-herons and American bitterns are also occasionally observed on the area and should continue to be a common sight as the weeks go on.

Raptors

Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, cooper hawks, American kestrels, prairie falcons and eagles can be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area. Ospreys are occasionally observed sitting on abandoned power poles close to the river and canals.

Upland Game Birds

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

Lesser Goldfinch Male
Lesser Goldfinch Male
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Passerines

Mourning and Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. American goldfinches, house finches, white crowned sparrows, western kingbirds, western meadowlark and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area. Violet-green, Tree, cliff and barn swallows can be found scattered across the area.

Marsh wrens, song sparrows, yellow-headed and red-winged blackbirds can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hard stem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail and are very numerous.

Reptiles

Western pond turtles can be found sunning themselves on pond edges 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

Spring migration is about over. Migrant waterfowl have moved north and those remaining are resident nesters; eagle numbers have decreased along with the waterfowl.

Most of the passerine species which migrate through the county have moved north, and the summer resident passerines are setting up nesting territories.

Shore bird numbers are expected to be low because all of the major closed basin lakes were dry last year and have limited water this spring. That said most of the common summer resident shore birds have arrived, albeit in reduced numbers 5/20/15.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area

This section was updated on July 14, 2015.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a calendar year 2015 $7 daily parking permit or a $22 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any ODFW license agent (pdf) or through the ODFW website. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

CALENDAR YEAR 2015 PARKING PERMITS ARE NOW REQUIRED.

Vehicle access to the Wildlife Viewing Loop is open. Major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) are closed to motor vehicles to reduce disturbance to breeding and brood rearing waterbirds. Non-motorized access is permitted and should afford good viewing opportunities.

Wetland conditions remain good; a majority of the area’s wetlands are well flooded, some are receding due to high temperatures and evaporation rates, viewing opportunities are very good. Some units are seeing increasing water levels due to reduced irrigation diversions associated with cutting of hay.

Breeding season is continues and many birds remain in their bright nuptial plumage. “Fall” migration is beginning with increasing numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl staging.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are at breeding season levels and migrants are beginning to arrive. Ducks remain widely scattered across the entire wildlife area. A small number of ducks remain paired-up, but most hens are well into or have completed nesting. Broods are becoming very numerous now, especially early in the morning and evenings. Drakes are beginning to form bachelor groups and their bright nuptial plumage is beginning to fade as they enter the molt and move into the eclipse plumage.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose
- Photo by Dave Budeau -

Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area. Nesting is over and brood rearing continues. Many goslings are good-sized now, and adults rearing broods are molting. Large groups of flightless goslings and molting adults are utilizing the larger ponds and impoundments where they are more secure from predators.

A few resident trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. 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) and two side-ways laying numerals that are read from the body toward the head.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers are increasing now and breeding season continues for the 9 nesting species found on the Wildlife Area. Fledglings for many species are frequently observed at this time.

Southward migration of shorebirds has started. These are probably failed nesters or non- breeders. These birds will form large foraging congregations. Baird’s, least and Western sandpipers, long-billed dowitchers and marbled godwit have been observed recently. Now is a good time to search staging shorebird flocks for rare or vagrant species.

American coots remain very numerous; they are widespread across the entire area and newly hatched broods continue to be observed.

Virginia rails and soras continue to be found in good numbers throughout the entire wildlife area and chicks with attending adults are sometimes seen.

Greater sandhill cranes are well into the breeding season can be found in their traditional territories scattered widely across the entire area. Nesting is winding down and rearing of colts (crane chicks) continue. Cranes become very secretive this time of the year and when rearing colts, are sometimes difficult to observe.

Gull (California and ring-billed) numbers remain strong, over 1,000 are present on the island in the E. Link Unit and nesting is underway. Franklin’s gulls continue to be observed in good numbers scattered across the area. Franklin’s gulls are especially numerous as they are once again breeding in a good sized colony at the south end of the wildlife area.

Caspian terns can be found regularly, as well as the more abundant Forster’s terns, and nesting and brood rearing for both species continues. Black terns frequently observed at this time.

Grebes are fairly numerous at this time, and nesting continues for all species and numerous broods have been observed. Clark’s, eared, pied-billed and Western can be found.

American bitterns great egrets, great blue herons are frequently observed. White-faced ibis numbers are very numerous and widespread. A large nesting colony is established and foraging adults are easily observed in shallow wetlands throughout the wildlife area. Non-breeding American white pelicans and double-crested cormorants continue to be observed in good numbers.

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are rearing chicks at this time, many are flighted. Turkey vultures are widespread across the area and are easily observed. Osprey chicks have hatched in a couple of the platforms and are being actively fed by the adults.

Adult bald eagles from locally nesting pairs can sometimes be viewed. Golden eagles, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons as well as accipiters (Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawk) can occasionally be found. Swainson’s hawk has been observed on a regular basis near Headquarters and fledged chicks have been observed recently. Peregrine falcons have been observed recently and others should be found in the near future as they follow shorebird migrants, a favored food source.

Great horned owls were found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds and chicks from several nests are fledged and nearly full grown. Common barn owl chicks have fledged at Headquarters and can sometimes be observed in the evening hours.

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. Nesting continues and several broods of both species with good numbers of chicks are being observed on a regular basis.

Passerines

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex and cooing is very commonplace throughout the day. Mourning doves are very numerous and coo-calling can be heard most of the day. Nesting continues for both, and fledging is underway.

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow
- Photo by Dave Budeau -

American goldfinches and sometimes lesser goldfinches are observed at Headquarters. Song and savannah sparrows are very common along dikes and levees.

Swallows remain very numerous but breeding is winding down. Large staging flocks are beginning to form and some migrants have already dispersed. Bank and northern rough-winged swallows can be found along the Upper Ana River near bluffs where several nesting burrow colonies can be found. Vaux’s swift are frequently seen and heard over the Headquarters area on a near daily basis.

American robins are very common, and occasionally evening grosbeaks and cedar waxwings are observed around Headquarters.

Breeding warbler species such as yellow and common yellowthroat are especially numerous. Yellows are heard on a regular basis at Headquarters.

Hummingbirds have been observed using to the feeders at Headquarters; Anna’s, calliope, rufous and black-chinned have been seen. Bullock’s orioles are very vocal and are utilizing the feeders as well.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail throughout the wetlands and are very numerous. Blackbirds (Brewer’s, red-winged and yellow-headed) are found in good numbers and fledglings are beginning to disperse. Brown-headed cowbirds remain very numerous, especially around Headquarters.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2015 parking permits are required beginning on January 1, 2015! Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a $7 daily parking permit or a $22 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any Point of Sale Agent or through the ODFW website. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

The Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open, but major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) are closed to motor vehicle traffic until August 15. Non-motorized access is permitted on all dikes and levees.

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

Currently a majority of the wildlife area’s wetlands are fairly well flooded. Irrigation season water diversions have been reduced to facilitate hay harvest, and water flow into some of the interior and eastside units of the wildlife area is increasing providing excellent foraging areas for migrant waterbirds. Emergent marsh vegetation is very robust and submerged aquatic plants fill the water column of nearly all wetland ponds.

In other areas, shallowly flooded and slowly receding pond margins are seeing considerable waterbird use. Warm to hot daytime temperatures have resulted in a heavy midge hatch and many species of birds are actively feeding on this very important food source. Mosquitos are becoming very numerous at this time, providing yet another abundant food source for many bird species.

Summer Lake continues to decrease in size at this time, due to increased evaporation rates associated with warmer temperatures. Irrigation season is continues at this time; with the high level of Ana Reservoir and the suppressed discharge of Ana Springs; Ana River flow is reduced and will cause the lake to recede dramatically.

Upland habitat remains in excellent condition with considerable new growth and abundant residual vegetation that is providing high quality food and cover for many wildlife species. Vigorous growth and seed-set for nearly all forb and grass species is well underway. Planted tree and shrub plots are providing excellent sheltered sites and food resources for many wildlife species. Nearly all shrub species have flowered and most have set fruit.

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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