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Weekly Recreation Report: Southwest Zone

June 23, 2015

 Southwest Zone Fishing

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout
-Photo by Jim Yuskavitch, ODFW-

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Trout are scheduled to be stocked this week in the Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir.
  • Plentiful fish, easy access and a beautiful setting make the Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir a premiere trout fishing destination.
  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing has been good in Howard Prairie Reservoir – a number of nice-size fish have been reported.
  • Reports of good fishing for warmwater species have been coming in from Agate Lake, Applegate Reservoir, the Coos County lakes, Lake Selmac, Lost Creek Reservoir, Tenmile Lakes and Reinhart Pond.

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.

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.

AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie

Fishing for warmwater gamefish has been good, especially early and late in the day. Largemouth bass, crappie, and other warmwater species can be found around structure. Bass are hitting a variety of lures. Bluegill and crappie can be caught with small jigs or bait. Agate Lake is 77 percent full.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Rainbow trout are still available from this spring’s stocking. With the warm weather, anglers will do better by fishing deeper or fishing early or late in the day. Fishing for smallmouth bass has been good for anglers casting lures and artificial baits around rocky structure. Applegate Reservoir is 52 percent full.

The Oregon Health Authority issued an advisory recommending that people limit their consumption of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, and crappie taken from Applegate Reservoir due to elevated levels of mercury. Trout are not included in the advisory and remain a healthy choice for those wanting to retain fish for the table.

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, winter steelhead

The Applegate River is open for trout fishing. Anglers may keep two adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. Nonadipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed. The river will remain closed to salmon and steelhead angling.
 
ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Good numbers of trout, but weeds are starting to make it tougher to fish. The best time to fish is on cloudy days or when the sun is off the water. The pond is managed by Oregon State Parks as youth only fishing and is located at Arizona Beach State Recreation Area; approximately halfway between Gold Beach and Port Orford.

BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie

The reservoir has been stocked according to schedule (pdf) with 4,000 rainbow trout. Continue to check the website for the next release date at the end of August. Warmwater fishing for bass and crappie has been slow, but bluegill fishing has been good.

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, bullhead

Cooper Creek has been stocked with 8,000 rainbow trout since March. The next scheduled stocking will be at the end of August. Catches of largemouth bass, bluegill, and yellow perch should improve as water temperatures increase. We have been getting reports that some of the trout have copepods, which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked.

COOS COUNTY LAKES/PONDS: trout, largemouth bass, bluegills

There will be no more trout stocking in the Coos County lakes until this fall. Empire Lakes and Tenmile Lakes were stocked last week with legal-size trout. Trophy trout were also stocked in Empire Lakes last week. Trout are biting on bait fished near the bottom or lures like spinners or spoons.

There are trout available for kids in the Millicoma Pond at the Millicoma Interpretive Center and fishing is excellent. Millicoma Pond is set aside for kids fishing only and is a great chance for them to hook into fish. Please call before traveling to Millicoma Pond to make sure the gates are open. The phone number is (541)267-2557.

Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegills have been good in many of the Coos County lakes. Fishing for bass will be best in the mornings and late evenings. Fish for bluegills around structure like submerged logs and weedlines.

Black Rockfish
Black Rockfish
-Photo by Bob Swingle-

COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, rockfish, trout

Streams in the Coos Basin are open for trout fishing as of Saturday, May 23. Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater. Anglers should have good success catching trout in the deeper pools and riffles using spinners or flies.

Anglers are still catching a few rockfish inside lower Coos Bay around the jetties. The best fishing has been around the slack tides. The marine fish daily bag limit (which includes fishing in estuaries) is 7 fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers will be able to keep only 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback or copper rockfish.

To help anglers identify common species and comply with the regulations, ODFW has produced several sheets of ID Tips for blue vs. black rockfish and for China, copper and quillback rockfish, as well as a handout titled “What Can I Keep, and How Many?”

Crabbing has been good in the lower bay with crabbers catching mostly hard shell crab with a couple soft shell crabs in the mix. The best crabbing will be near the jetties and close to slack tides.

Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay. Recreational harvest of razor clams is closed for the entire Oregon coastline from the Columbia River to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: trout, smallmouth bass, shad, crab

Streams in the Coquille Basin are open for trout fishing as of Saturday, May 23. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater. Anglers should have good success catching trout in the deeper pools and riffles using spinners or flies.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in the Coquille Basin. The best fishing is in the South Fork and mainstem Coquille rivers. Anglers are catching smallmouth bass on jigs, crankbaits, spinner, and worms (bait is legal in tidewater). There is no size limit or bag limit on smallmouth bass in the rivers of the Coquille Basin.

A few shad are starting to be caught in the Coquille River around the town of Coquille.

Crabbing has been slow in the Coquille River near Bandon. Crabbing should pick up throughout the summer. If you don’t have a boat Weber’s Pier is a great place to throw out you crab pots.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Anglers have been catching fish in the 12 to 17-inch range mostly by trolling lures and using a combination of PowerBait and lures on anchor at the south end. Diamond Lake was stocked with approximately 300,000 rainbow trout fingerlings during Memorial Day week. An additional 3,500 legal-size and 3,500 trophy trout have been stocked.

The Forest Service has opened some campgrounds or parts thereof. Check with the Forest Service to determine which ones have been opened.

Anglers can check fishing conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 5 for updates. The Marina is open and has boats and charter trips available.

EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie

Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish has been fair. The water is still somewhat turbid, so fishing with bait or using lures that will put off vibrations in the water will be most effective. The water level in the reservoir is at 70 percent of capacity.

EXPO POND: trout

Fishing for bass, crappie, and other warmwater fish has been good. With the water getting warm, the best fishing will be early and late in the day. Expo Pond is located directly adjacent to the access road at gate 5.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake was stocked last week with legal-sized rainbow trout. Larger trout from previous stockings, Chinook salmon, and brook trout are also available. In addition, tiger trout have been stocked into the lake, but must be released unharmed if caught. Fishing has been fair to good. The lake is getting some algae that is limiting visibility, so anglers will likely do best with lures that put off flash and vibrations, or with bait. Fish Lake is 58 percent full.

Anglers are encouraged to report catches of larger spring Chinook or tiger trout to the local ODFW district office at 541-826-8774.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Warmer water and increased weed growth has slowed fishing. Anglers fishing early or late evening are faring the best. Always check the weather before heading out, as it can be windy. The best method for catching trout is slow trolling flies or wedding ring spinners from a boat. Bank access is limited. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park.

Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

GALESVILLE RESERVIOR: rainbow trout, bass

In addition to trout, the reservoir has also been stocked with coho smolts for the last couple of years. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. All of the coho smolts are adipose fin-clipped, and please remember to release the ones less than 8-inches long.

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest. Galesville has been stocked with approximately 8,000 rainbow trout since March.

Bass fishing should improve as water temperatures increase. Anglers are reminded all bass between 12 and 15-inches must be released, and only one bass over 15-inches may be taken per day. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat

The lake is scheduled to be stocked this week with several hundred trophy and legal-size trout. Weed growth is starting to pick up which is making it tougher fishing for bank anglers. This time of year boat anglers tend to do best fishing the deeper weed lines.

Access for bank anglers is best at the 12th Street boat ramp, Arizona Street, or along the foredune accessed through Tseriadun State Park. Garrison Lake is located in the middle of Port Orford. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS & Umpqua High Lakes: trout

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Most of the Umpqua’s high lakes are off of roads that are not plowed during the winter, but the lack of snowfall may allow access earlier than normal. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions.

Hemlock Lake has been stocked with approximately 6,000 rainbow trout in 2015, and Lake in the Woods has been stocked with approximately 1,000 rainbow trout in 2015. Both lakes will be stocked this week with trout fingerling. Remember only trout over 8-inches maybe harvested, and only one trout over 20-inches may be kept per day.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass

Trout fishing has been fair to good. Most of the trout have averaged 11 to 12-inches, but trout to 18-inches have been caught. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass has been good, with a number of nice-sized fish being caught. Due to the warm weather predicted for this week, fishing for all species will be best early or late in the day.

The reservoir is only 32 percent full and the water level is dropping. The marina area is dry, and boat rentals are not available. All of the paved boat ramps are closed, but anglers can launch small boats on the gravel ramp on Doe Island, which can be accessed by the gravel road north of the resort.
Large-mouth Bass
Ashley Abbot, 10, with her 7 # Large-mouth Bass
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Hyatt Lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing has been fair for good-sized trout. Fishing for largemouth bass should be good also. Due to the warm weather predicted for this week, fishing for all species will be best early or late in the day. The lake is only 35 percent full. The gravel ramp at Wildcat Campground is usable. Anglers fishing from the shore or wanting to launch small watercraft will find adequate opportunities.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois River is open for trout fishing. Anglers can keep five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. Nonadipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed. The river is not stocked and very few steelhead will be present, so the river will primarily offer anglers the opportunity to catch and release cutthroat trout.

Illinois River flows at Kerby

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked with roughly 5,000 rainbow trout in 2015. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms. Perch fishing has been fair for those using worms on the bottom.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Fishing for bass and other warmwater fish has been good, especially early or late in the day. Largemouth bass can be caught on a variety of lures. Rubber worms fished in and around the weedbeds work well. Many of the other species of warmwater fish can be caught by fishing with a worm under a bobber or by casting and retrieving small jigs.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout

Brown trout may be harvested as of April 25. So far in 2015 the reservoir has been stocked with 5,000 rainbow trout. The Forest Service has opened Poole Creek Campground. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for conditions and additional information.

LIBBY POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with legal and trophy trout the week of June 1. Trout fishing will remain good for most of June until water temperatures and weed growth make for tough fishing. Libby Pond is private, so please pick up all garbage. No floating devices are allowed.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Loon Lake has been stocked with 7,500 trout in 2015. The lake also has good fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass during warmer months. Visit the BLM and Loon Lake Resort websites for information on opening dates and camping this summer.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, spring Chinook, bass

Trout fishing has been good at Lost Creek Reservoir. Trout are spread out around the lake. Legal-sized trout are plentiful, but trout 15-18 trout are being caught as well. With the lake warming up, the trout are holding deeper. Anglers have had better success by trolling 30 to 40 feet deep. Bank anglers will likely do best early or late in the day.

Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is good for anglers casting lures around cover. The reservoir is 64 percent full, and the surface temperature is 72o F.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill has been fair with the best success occurring early or late in the day.

Dungeness Crab
Dungeness Crab
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, salmon, Dungeness crab, surf perch

The ocean is open for harvest of Dungeness crab.

Anglers continue to catch surf perch from the beaches near Winchester, Bandon and Coos Bay. The best fishing is usually on the incoming tide. Sand shrimp is one of the best baits to use when fishing for surf perch.

Recreational ocean salmon season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. opened on March 15. The season is open for all salmon except coho salmon, with a bag limit of two salmon per day, and a minimum size for Chinook salmon at 24 inches or larger. Fishing has been difficult due to rough seas and there are few reports of fish being caught, but fishing should improve with conditions.

The next all-depth halibut open days will be June 11-13. There is percent of the quota left as of May 30. The nearshore halibut season does not open until July 1.

Starting on April 1, fishing for bottom fish is restricted to inside the 30 fathom curve. Fishing for black rockfish continues to be good from Charleston to Bandon. Anglers are still picking up a few lingcod also. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers can only keep 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback, or copper rockfish. Retention of cabezon is not allowed Jan. 1 – June 30.

To help anglers identify common species and comply with the regulations, ODFW has produced several sheets of ID Tips for blue vs. black rockfish and for China, copper and quillback rockfish, as well as a handout titled “What Can I Keep, and How Many?”

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, warmwater fish

In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bass fishing. Bass can be harvested from March 1 to Oct. 31 and are catch-and-release only from Nov. 1-Feb. 29. The reservoir has received about 4,500 trout since the beginning of March.

Some of the trout have had copepods which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked.

REINHART POND: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Fishing for bass, and bluegill has been good.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: spring Chinook, summer steelhead

Boat anglers are picking up a few spring chinook in the bay and the river.

Early summer steelhead are scattered, but anglers fishing spinners or flies are picking up the occasional fish.

Rogue River, middle: Chinook salmon, steelhead, trout

A few spring Chinook and summer steelhead are passing through the middle Rogue; however, fishing has been slow. The river is open for trout fishing. Anglers can keep five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. Nonadipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.

As of Monday, the flow at Grants Pass was 2,480 cfs and the water temperature was 61oF. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on NTU’s at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.

rogue river
Rogue River above Lost Creek
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Rogue River, upper: Chinook salmon, steelhead, trout

Bank anglers are having fair to good success for Chinook by drifting bait or drift-bobbers. Boaters are catching fish by back-bouncing bait or back-trolling plugs.

As of June 1, anglers may keep both hatchery and wild Chinook per zone regulations downstream from the Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp. Upstream from that point, only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained.

In addition, the river is open for trout fishing. Anglers can keep five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. Non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.

The flow at Gold Ray was 2,490 cfs and the water temperature was 58oF on Monday. The outflow from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,400 cfs at 52oF. As of June 17, a total 4,981 spring Chinook and 37 summer steelhead have been collected at Cole Rivers Hatchery. Another 568 spring Chinook were recycled to Gold Hill last week. So far this season, 3,342 spring Chinook have been recycled back downstream to give anglers another chance at these fish.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

Weekly trout releases in the mainstem of the Rogue above Lost Creek Reservoir are underway. Fishing should be very good. Anglers should note that two stocking sites have been dropped for this year: Foster Creek and Woodruff Creek at Abbott Campground. Hamaker Campground will not be stocked directly but will receive trout from a release upstream at Minnehaha Creek.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: sturgeon, striped bass, steelhead, trout

As of May 23, retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed in the Smith River mainstem from the mouth upstream to Spencer Creek and in the North Fork of the Smith River from the mouth upstream to Johnson Creek. The use of bait is allowed in tidewaters. Trout fishing on the Smith River and tributaries also opened on May 23, and anglers should pay close attention to catch and release, harvest, and artificial fly use deadlines outlined in the regulation manual. Sturgeon fishing is catch-and-release only.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: Closed to fishing.

TENMILE BASIN: trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch

Streams in the Tenmile Basin are open for trout fishing as of Saturday, May 23. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater. Anglers should have good success catching trout in the deeper pools and riffles using spinners or flies.

Tenmile Lakes is open all year for trout. Trout fishing has been slow but anglers have been catching a few trout trolling wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm in the main part of Tenmile Lakes.

Bass anglers have been catching several largemouth bass in Tenmile Lakes. Bass can be found this time of the year in shallow water near structure like logs or weed lines.

A few anglers have been catching yellow perch from the fishing dock at the County Boat Ramp and near the edge of the weedlines. A worm or piece of cut bait fished near the bottom works well for catching yellow perch.

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing is open in Toketee year-round. The boat ramp is currently open but water levels remain low making it difficult to launch boats. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Access should be good with the limited snow received over the winter. Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions. Clearwater Forebay 2 has been stocked with approximately 3,000 rainbow trout in 2015. Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, spring Chinook

The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Spring Chinook fishing has slowed with the low water conditions making some boating access difficult. Catch-and-release trout fishing on the mainstem Umpqua opened May 23. Trout fishing in Umpqua tributaries also opened on May 23, with fishing restricted to the use of artificial flies and lures except for in tidewater areas where bait is allowed. Beginning June 23 through Oct. 1, 2015, fishing is prohibited within 200 feet of all tributaries including no angling in the tributaries themselves from the mouth to 200 feet upstream.

Please note the changes in regulations this year on page 40 of the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. On the Main, anglers can harvest 2 wild spring Chinook per day and up to 5 wild springers from Feb. 1 – June 30. From July 1– Dec. 31, you can harvest 2 wild Chinook per day, and in combination with the other salmon/steelhead recorded on your salmon tag, up to 20 fish total. Fin-clipped hatchery fish can be recorded on a separate hatchery harvest tag that is available. There is no limit on the number of hatchery tags that can be purchased. Daily limits still apply.

Now that the water is warming up the opportunities for catching large numbers of smallmouth bass are increasing. Shad fishing is usually productive through Father’s Day and smallmouth bass fishing using a variety of lures such as twister-tails and worms should be good throughout the summer months.

The 50 Places to go fishing within 60 minutes of Roseburg,” handout which is available online or at the office, identifies several good places for salmon and steelhead fishing.

North Umpqua River
North Umpqua River
-ODFW Photo-

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring Chinook

Good numbers of summer steelhead are in the North Umpqua. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Trout fishing on portions of the mainstem North Umpqua and tributaries opened on May 23, and anglers should pay close attention to which sections and streams are open to catch and release, harvest, and artificial fly use outlined in the regulation manual.

Spring Chinook fishing has been spotty with some fish being caught around Rock Creek. Fishing should continue to be hit or miss with the low water levels.

Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless artificial fly which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material. Per the new regulation on page 40 of the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet, from Feb. 1 – July 31, 2 wild Chinook per day can be harvested and up to 10 wild Chinook during this time frame in combination with wild Chinook harvested in the Main. Remember that from March 1 through July 31 the anti-snagging gear restrictions apply on the North from the Lone Rock boat ramp upstream to the fly area boundary above Rock Creek. The Mainstem from Soda Springs Dam, including Soda Springs Reservoir, up to Slide Creek Dam is closed year-round to fishing.

Rock Creek Hatchery and new RockEd facility will be closed to visitors from March 16 through June.

North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead

The mainstem South Umpqua upstream to Jackson Creek Bridge opened to fishing on May 23, with trout fishing being strictly catch and release. Catch and release trout fishing in South Umpqua tributaries below Jackson Creek Bridge also opened on May 23, with fishing restricted to the use of artificial flies and lures. Smallmouth bass fishing should be productive with warming water temperatures.

WILLOW LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead

Willow Lake has been stocked with legal and larger-sized rainbow trout. Trout fishing will be best early and late in the day, and for those fishing in the deeper areas of the lake.

Fishing for bass and other warmwater species has been fair. Willow Lake is 98 percent full.

WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch

Fishing for bottomfish in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful. Perch fishing has been productive in the bay, and it was reported that good size striped perch were being caught along the jetty. Crabbing has been slow.

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  Southwest Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR

Coyote
Young Coyote
-Photo by Simeon Eichmann-

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.

COOS COUNTY

Coyote - Numbers are strong throughout Coos County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Be sure to ask permission before hunting on private land.

Cougar hunting is open. Hunters can expect an average year. Cougars are abundant throughout with indicators pointing to stable or increasing numbers. Hunting cougar is a challenge because these animals are very secretive, but harvest success is greatest adjacent to private land with high deer populations using a predator call.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

GAME:

Cougar

Cougar
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Cougar – The cougar season is currently open. Hunters can expect an average year. Cougars are abundant throughout with indicators pointing to stable or increasing numbers. Hunting cougar is a challenge because these animals are very secretive, but harvest success is greatest adjacent to private land with high deer populations using a predator call.

Coyote - Numbers are strong throughout Douglas County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Be sure to ask permission before hunting on private land.

JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES

Denman Wildlife Area: Remember to get your parking permit. Hunters get the permit free with their purchase of an annual hunting license. Display on car dash.

Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met. Most cougar hunters’ success comes from predator calls.

Western Gray Squirrel is currently open for the part of the Rogue Unit south of Rogue River and S. Fork Rogue River and North of Hwy 140 where the season remains open year round with no bag limit. Squirrels can be found in oak or mixed conifer stands. This is a great animal to hunt for first time hunters.

Coyotes are abundant in our area. Remember to ask for permission to hunt on private lands. Hunter can find coyotes around meadows and brush piles where mice and rabbits are found. Predator calls are very useful when used in conjunction to known prey base.

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 Southwest Zone Wildlife Viewing

Don’t pick up young wildlife

Black-tail Fawn
Black-tail Fawn
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-

Fawns are being seen in our area so keep in mind that almost all fawns are not abandoned. Please do not pick up or move the fawns since the doe is probably foraging in the vicinity. Contact the local ODFW office or reference the ODFW website if you have fawn questions.

COOS COUNTY

Elk

Due to green up of grass in Coos County elk are very visible right now. These animals move in to clear cuts and other forest openings to feed on the grass there. Those interested in seeing these animals should concentrate their search on south slopes. Many bulls have shed their antlers. Now, they will start the process of regrowing antlers. By July, some will have a significant amount of their antlers visible. By mid-August most will have the majority of their antlers regrown.

Black bear

Believe it or not, Black bears have a rutting season much like elk and deer do. That season is in in June. As a result bears will become very active. Those interested seeing these animals should use binoculars and spotting scopes to watch clear cuts and other forest openings where grass is growing. This time of year bears are attracted to these places to feed of grass and some brush. Commonly what is seen is a smaller female bear will be seen moving around the forest opening followed by a much larger male.

Marine Mammals

Seal and sea lion abundance in coastal waters around Coos County is high at this time of year, especially south of Coos Bay. At Simpson Reef, a heavily used haul out exists. From the lookout, viewers can see California sea lions, Steller sea lions, harbor seals and elephant seals. Do not approach seals and sea lions you may find on Oregon beaches. If you think an animal you find is in trouble, contact your local ODFW office to report the animal or contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Network an (800) 452-7888.

Shorebirds

Shore birds found along the coast now are here for winter. In places fairly large numbers can be seen. Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is probably the best place in Coos County to see these birds. The Bandon Marsh Unit is located immediately north of Bandon and is probably the best part of the refuge to visit for shore bird observation. Otherwise mud flats in Coos Bay, Winchester Bay (Douglas County) and the Coquille Bay are great places to check. Recently large flocks of shore birds have been seen on the Coos Bay North Spit beaches and other beaches in the area. 6/2/15

CURRY, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

Curry County

For a great birding trail along the southern coast, visit Oregon Birding Trails

Whale watching
Whale watching
- Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW-

Whale watching is occurring along the coast through end of May with one migration heading south until February. This migration is occurring two miles off shore. March through May is their northern migration when they will be cruising closer to shore. Viewing points within Curry County from north to south are Battle Rock, Cape Sebastian, Cape Ferrelo, and Harris Beach State Park.

While in Curry County be on the lookout for seals along the port in Gold Beach, Osprey nesting all along the lower river (look for stick nests), and Osprey and occasional brown pelican fishing in the bay at Gold Beach.

Douglas County

Bullock’s Oriole

The Bullock’s (Northern) oriole has now arrived, and is commonly seen and heard around the Umpqua Valley. Look for their colorful orange and black bodies that are 8” long. The Bullock’s oriole is our only oriole in Western Oregon found nesting in woodlands, orchards, riparian areas and farmland in tall shade trees like cottonwood. Their diet is insects (spiders), snails and nectar. Remember if you have an oriole feeder that you can make your own oriole food, similar to hummingbirds, 4 parts water to 1 part sugar ratio but always make sure the sugar goes completely into solution before hanging up for use.

Killdeer

A bird known by its shape and behavior as plover. They have a distinct double black band on their breast and a loud piercing call: kill-dee or dee-dee-dee. They are found in low to no vegetation areas such as lawns, golf courses, driveways, parking lots, and gravel-covered roofs, as well as pastures, fields, sandbars and mudflats. They protect their nest by leading predators away by acting like they have a broken wing. Be aware of their nest which are often found in gravel driveways. Found throughout Oregon.

Common Nighthawk

The nighthawk is part of the nightjar family that also includes poor wills in Western Oregon. Nighthawks are a darkish colored bird 9.5 inch long with long pointed wings and white wing patches. Nighthawks are commonly observed flying high in the evening sky catching insects on the wing emitting a nasal peent call. The national nighthawk surveys are conducted in Oregon from mid-June to early-July. The best opportunity for observing nighthawks is from 1 hour before sunset and as the full moon rises above the horizon until 1 hour after sunset, no clouds or overcast skies, no more than a light (<15mph) wind and no rain, usually over valley floor agricultural areas with ample insects.

Stewart Park Wildlife Trail

The Stewart Park ponds and nature trail system next to Fred Meyer in Roseburg is a great place to enjoy numerous wildlife species. Ducks, geese, turtles, herons, pigeons, nutria, swallows, sparrows and swifts are some of the common wildlife seen in the area. The nature trail has many interpretative signs to read along the way besides great viewing opportunities in this unique wildlife mitigation area. 

Deer

Fawns are being seen in our area so keep in mind that almost all fawns are not abandoned. Please do not pick up or move the fawns since the doe is probably foraging in the vicinity. Contact the local ODFW office or reference the ODFW website if you have fawn questions.

Gamebirds

The young chicks of California and mountain quail, blue and ruffed grouse, wild turkey and pheasants are now being seen throughout the county. Coveys of California quail are common on the Umpqua Valley floor usually associated with blackberry cover and water. Many blue and ruffed grouse and their young are found in mid to high elevation forested areas in our local mountains. Wild turkeys and their poults are very common throughout the Umpqua Valley usually on private lands in oak savannah habitat. Most pheasants are found in central Douglas County associated with pastures and ranches.

Elk

It’s that time of the year for elk calf viewing at Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area just west of Reedsport on Highway 38.

Western Painted Turtle
Western Painted Turtle
-Photo by Don Vandeberg-

Turtles

It’s that time of the year for female turtles to leave their water body and head to their upland nesting areas to lay their eggs usually within 1 mile of the water. When driving on roads next to rivers and streams keep an eye out for turtles crossing the road to avoid injuring the turtles. 6/23/15

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine falcons chicks are fledging (leave nests) not just in Portland on bridges but in Douglas County off ledges on cliff faces in the Cascades and Coast mtn. ranges.

Jackson and Josephine Counties

Check out Roxy Ann Peak trail as an area to view the Rogue Valley and the various wildlife found along the way. Roxy Ann Peak

LAKE SELMAC is a great place to see waterfowl, eagles, osprey and other lake shore birds. Directions from Grants Pass, take Hwy 199 west about 12 miles to lake turn off sign at Lakeshore Drive. Turn left, follow to lake.

Lost Creek Lake provides 30 miles of trails which includes portions of the Rogue River National Recreation Trail. Along the lake and riverbanks, a wide variety of wildlife and wild flowers can be observed. Deer may be seen early in the morning and late evenings along waterways. A brochure of the trail system can be picked up at federal land agency and visitor centers in the area.

Killdeer

A bird known by its shape and behavior as plover. They have a distinct double black band on their breast and a loud piercing call: kill-dee or dee-dee-dee. They are found in low to no vegetation areas such as lawns, golf courses, driveways, parking lots, and gravel-covered roofs, as well as pastures, fields, sandbars and mudflats. They protect their nest by leading predators away by acting like they have a broken wing. Be aware of their nest which are often found in gravel driveways. Found throughout Oregon.

Mourning Doves

Mourning doves are found throughout the valley where ever there are open grain fields, neighbor hoods with roosting trees and plenty of water. They are currently found nesting in trees or other shaded structures. They can have multiple nests throughout the spring time. They are a fast flying, graceful, wing whistling birds. They feed on small seeds of weeds and various grains. A species that is similar but larger and is not a native of our area is the Eurasian collared dove. They are seen around residential areas and have known to visit bird feeders. They have similar behavior habits. Unlike the pointed tail of the Mourning dove their tail will be square shaped.

Denman Wildlife Area

Swallows have returned to Denman Wildlife Area to inhabit our song bird boxes, come watch them soar around the Wildlife Area. They are a very beneficial bird to have around because of their food diet of eating fly insects such as mosquitoes.

Many people are visiting the area for fishing opportunities where bass, blue gills and bull head cat fish are caught. School and scout groups are scheduling appointments where Area staff has provided presentations and tours of the area.

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