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Weekly Recreation Report: Willamette Zone

June 30, 2015

 Willamette Zone Fishing

Boys bank fishing
Fishing
-Photo by Bob Swingle-

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Fishing conditions are challenging on the Clackamas River, Molalla, Sandy and Santiam rivers but spring Chinook and summer steelhead are moving into these systems and being caught.
  • Due to warm water temperatures (over 65 F), adult Chinook salmon are dying in the Santiam River Basin and Willamette River above the Willamette Falls. If you see a dead adult salmon in the North Santiam, South Santiam, Little North Fork, mainstem Santiam River, or the Willamette River between Salem and Eugene, please call the ODFW Corvallis District Office at 541-757-4186. District staff are monitoring river conditions and tracking the locations of dead salmon.
  • Trout fishing remains good in cooler, higher elevation waters. Several of these locations are scheduled to be stocked this week in time for the upcoming holiday weekend. See reports below to find what’s on the list.

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.

2015 trout stocking

The 2015 trout stocking schedules for the North Willamette Watershed (pdf) District and the South Willamette Watershed (pdf) District are now posted on the ODFW trout stocking page.

Check out the new trout stocking map

Find the location and details about the many lakes ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on the new Google-based stocking map.

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

Alton Baker Canoe Canal will be stocked this week with a total of 965 rainbow trout, including 150 larger trout. Fish are released at multiple locations along the length of the Canal, which will be stocked near weekly through early November.

The canal is located within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene. A 4-acre pond at the midpoint of the canal is a good spot but it can be fished all along its 2-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield. The Canal is open to angling all year.

BENSON LAKE: rainbow trout, white crappie, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Stocked the week of June 1 with 4,000 rainbow trout. A Free Fishing Weekend event will take place at this location from 9 a.m. until noon.

BLUE LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, black crappie, bluegill

This is a 64-acre lake located in Blue Lake Park 3 miles west of Troutdale. This family-friendly park as picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Multnomah County.

BLUE RIVER: trout, steelhead

Blue River is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Highway 126. Due to low water conditions and warmer water temperatures, Blue River upstream of the reservoir will be stocked this week with 250 rainbow trout, released near the upper extent of stocking near Quentin Creek. The remaining 800 fish that would normally be released into Blue River will instead be released into Blue River Reservoir. This is the last scheduled stocking for Blue River above the reservoir this year. Only the river upstream of the reservoir is stocked with trout during trout season. Wild and hatchery trout are available for harvest upstream of the Reservoir. All wild trout caught in Blue River downstream of the reservoir must be released unharmed.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Highway 126 and is open to year-round fishing. The reservoir will be stocked this week with approximately 3,800 fish, including an additional 800 fish that normally would be released into Blue River above the reservoir. Due to low water conditions and higher than normal water temperatures, only 250 fish will be released into Blue River above the reservoir this week. Only Saddle Dam boat ramp is accessible at current reservoir levels.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

This fishery is currently open for trout. The river will be stocked this week with 1,800 legal size rainbow trout. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day. It is closed to salmon fishing year-round.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Carmen Reservoir is accessed via FS Road 750 off Hwy 126, about 2 miles south of Clear Lake, and is open to fishing all year. Motor boats are prohibited on Carmen Reservoir. Carmen Reservoir will be stocked this week with 2,375 rainbow trout, including 375 larger trout.

Chinook Salmon
Evan Jones with his first salmon, a Clackamas spring Chinook.
-Photo by Jon Bowers-

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Absolutely nothing has changed for the Clackamas in the past week as hot, dry weather dominates the Pacific NW with river flows low and the water temperature hovering around 65°. That temperature is up near Estacada so it’s considerably warmer the further downstream you go. Even though the calendar says differently it looks like August or September out there, making travel by sled impossible and limiting the few anglers to drift boats or bank fishing.

Fishing conditions are very challenging and will hold this way for the foreseeable future. Try fishing early or late in the day when the sun is off the water for increased chances of success. Now that summer is in full swing you should expect the recreational rafting folks to be on the river so consider the crowds when planning your fishing trip.

A scattering of summer steelhead are around while anglers are picking up an occasional springer from the lower river on up to Rivermill Dam. If you’re interested in catching steelhead concentrate below Barton Park. Spring Chinook are now spread from Carver on up to the dam. Of note is the hatchery at McIver Park has already seen over 2,100 spring Chinook show up in their trap, much earlier than normal for that number of Chinook. Anglers should make note that an angling deadline is clearly marked up near Rivermill Dam and the fishway; it is illegal to fish or even cast above this deadline.

Good bank access for can be found in many locations along the river from Gladstone, Cross Park, Riverside Park, along Clackamas River Road, Carver, Barton, and McIver parks. Clackamas River Drive closely follows the river below Carver Park, but be sure to not trespass on landowners properties. If you have a boat you can put in at Riverside Park, Carver Park, Barton Park, Feldheimer’s off Springwater Road, and at both lower and upper McIver Park ramps.

Monday, June 29 hydrological data shows river flows at 842 cfs, a gauge reading of 10.69 feet and the water temperature holding near 65°. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near McIver Park.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year and was stocked in mid-June with 3,625 rainbow trout, including 1,125 larger trout. In addition to seasonally stocked hatchery rainbow trout, naturally reproducing brook trout are also available. The lake is accessed from Highway 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Cabins and row boats are available for rent from Clear Lake Resort.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River was last stocked for the season in mid-May. Fish are released from approximately Harrison Avenue Bridge to Bennett Creek Road. Both native and hatchery trout are available for harvest from April 25 through Oct. 31. Bait use is allowed during the same period.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

This is a three-acre lake within the Commonwelah Lake Park in Beaverton, the park is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include ADA accessible trail, picnic tables, playground and restrooms.

COTTAGE GROVE POND (ROW RIVER NATURE PARK POND): trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Pond in the Row River Nature Park was last stocked for the season in early April. Warmwater fish will continue to be available to anglers. To access this family-friendly fishery, travel east from Cottage Grove on Row River Road.

The pond is located behind the truck scales and may be accessed via an asphalt pathway. Only the pond with the dock is seasonally stocked with hatchery trout. This pond also offers wildlife viewing opportunities and is open to fishing all year.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Reservoir was last stocked for the season in mid-April. The reservoir will be stocked again in October. The reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to fishing all year. Lakeside Park and Wilson Creek boat ramps should be accessible at the current reservoir elevation.

NOTICE: The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory updating information about eating fish caught in Cottage Grove Reservoir. Under the advisory issued June 5, 2012 people can safely consume up to nine meals per month of hatchery-grown rainbow trout month that are 12 inches in length or less. People can distinguish hatchery-grown rainbow trout by the absence of the adipose fin, which is clipped before hatchery fish are released into streams and reservoirs. Despite the new exception for rainbow trout, mercury contamination for resident warm-water fish, including bass, bluegill, crappie and bullhead continues to be a concern. Women of childbearing age, particularly pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under six years of age and persons having liver or kidney ailments should avoid eating any fish from this reservoir other than rainbow trout. Healthy women beyond childbearing age, other healthy adults and healthy children six years of age and older should eat no more than one 8-ounce meal of fish other than rainbow trout per month.

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout
-Washington Fish & Wildlife -

CRESWELL POND (GARDEN LAKE): trout, warmwater species

Garden Lake (Creswell Pond) was stocked for the last time this season in early April. Warmwater fish should continue to be available, although aquatic vegetation can be a challenge for anglers. This family-friendly fishing pond is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell and is open to fishing all year. The pond and park offer additional wildlife viewing opportunities.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

This reservoir receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. It will receive 6,000 legal-size rainbow trout this week. There are plenty of holdover trout from last year as well as kokanee, mostly in the 10-13 inch range. Currently the reservoir is about 63 feet below full pool. Only Mongold State Park boat ramp is available. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit for fishing conditions.

Currently the reservoir is about 63 feet below full pool. Only Mongold State Park boat ramp is available. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit for fishing conditions.

NOTICE: The health advisory issued on May 5, 2015 for Detroit Reservoir for blue green algae has been lifted. However, anyone using the reservoir, including dogs and other pets, should avoid swallowing or inhaling water. Skin contact may cause a rash for those with skin sensitivities. Be alert to unusual concentrations of algae or discoloration of the water, as this may be a sign of high concentrations of toxic algae. Visit the OHA website for more information.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Dexter Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late April. It will be stocked again in late September. Boat and bank access is available from state and county parks. Parking and bank access are also available from the causeway near Lowell. The reservoir near Lowell is visible from Highway 58.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir was last stocked for the season in late April. It will be stocked again in mid-October. The reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to fishing all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available. Both Baker Bay and Harms Park boat ramps are accessible at current reservoir levels.

DORMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of April 27 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is an eight-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6.

EAGLE CREEK: spring Chinook

Eagle Creek is extremely low and clear, looking like it would in late summer right now. It’s that time of year when spring Chinook would be moving into the creek as fish return from acclimation releases of two years ago. Unfortunately the low water conditions will make entry into the creek very tough for these springers.

Long stretches of Eagle Creek run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down past Bonnie Lure to the mouth. Anglers are advised to pay close attention to where you fish and we encourage you to ask permission prior to accessing or crossing private lands on your way to your favorite fishing hole.

See Page 15 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation pamphlet for more information on “Your Rights to Use the Surface, Bed, and Banks of Oregon’s Rivers and Lakes.”

EE WILSON POND: warmwater, trout

Due to warm summer water temperatures, trout will not be stocked until next winter. This pond is located at EE Wilson Wildlife Area, about a ¼ mile hike from the main parking lot. A valid wildlife area parking permit is required.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 29 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout.

Estacada Lake is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. There is a boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at the lower end of the reservoir. A fishing dock next to the boat ramp provides non-boating access to the lake.

FALL CREEK: trout

Fall Creek upstream of Fall Creek Reservoir (northeast of Lowell) was stocked in mid-June with 1,750 rainbow trout for the last time this season. Fish are released at multiple locations on the stream above the reservoir up to Gold Creek. Native trout are legal to harvest in Fall Creek upstream and downstream of the dam through October.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir is open to fishing all year, but boat access is limited due to low flows this spring. The North Shore boat ramp near the dam is unlocked from approximately 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is accessible to boaters.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 29 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant.

FERN RIDGE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead

This 9,000 acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. This reservoir is just shy of full pool and all four boat ramps are available at this time.

For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000. This lake is mostly shallow with a band of deep water from the original channel of the Long Tom River.

The reservoir produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years. Best time of year for crappie is April to June, after the water temperature reaches the mid-50s, but fish can still be found in deeper water year round. July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure.

Fishing
Fishing in Oregon
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. It was last stocked the week of May 18 with 4,000 legal-size and 300 larger rainbow trout. Water released from Green Peter has filled up this reservoir to about 6 feet below full pool. All boat ramps are currently available.

Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept and there are no limits on size or number of bass. From I-5 take US 20 east from Albany to the town of Sweet Home. The reservoir is 3 miles past the town on the left.

FREEWAY LAKE, EAST: bass bluegill crappie

Trout stocking season is over for Freeway Lake this year, although there could be some holdovers. This water-body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake, and there is good bank access around Middle Freeway Lake.

Fishing for warmwater gamefish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish should be improving at Freeway Lakes as the water warms and the fish become more active.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

This large reservoir east of Sweet Home is a premier kokanee fishery with a bag limit of 25 fish per day. It also supports stocked rainbow trout and a good population of smallmouth bass. It was stocked again the first week of May with 6,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

Kokanee fishing has returned and with the warming temperatures the fish are becoming active. Most fish, including holdover trout, are being caught 50 feet below the surface.

Smallmouth bass can be found near underwater structure and at drop-offs. The reservoir level is currently about 40 ft. below full pool – both Thistle Creek and Whitcomb Island boat ramps are currently available, but the latter will most likely be unusable by the end of June as water levels continue to drop through the summer.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

This is a stocked 2-acre pond on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area that offers good bank access. Ideal for kids. A parking permit is required while on the wildlife area. Permits are available from all ODFW license vendors.

HARRIET LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 29 with 333 trophy trout. This is a 23-acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River in the Mount Hood National Forest. Boat ramp is just past campground.

HARTMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of June 1 with 1,250 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a year-round warmwater and spring trout fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge. Excellent for non-boating anglers.

From I-84, take the Benson State Park exit. The pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Recreation Area.

Trout Fishing on Henry Hagg Lake
Trout Fishing on Henry Hagg Lake
-Photo by Jessica Sall-

HENRY HAGG LAKE: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, native cutthroat trout

Stocked the week of June 1 with 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This popular lake has been stocked several times this year. This is a 1,110-acre lake and premier fishery located seven miles southwest of Forest Grove.

Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

HIGH MOUNTAIN LAKES: trout (rainbow, brook, cutthroat)

There are several mountain lakes available in the area for day use or overnight camping that require only a short hike into them. Many are easy day hikes, perfect for packing in a lunch and doing some fishing then heading home in early evening.

Some of these waters get very little use, and anglers will often find the solitude incredible. If you plan to camp keep in mind that overnight temperatures at the higher elevations can be quite chilly, even in mid-summer. Given the current high fire danger you should check on restrictions regarding open campfires. Be prepared for mosquitoes!

Maps should be available from the local U.S. Forest Service office. Lists of stocked Willamette basin high cascade lakes are available on-line – see Willamette Zone, North and South Willamette High Lakes.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

This reservoir is located about four miles southeast of Oakridge and is open to year round angling. Hills Creek Reservoir was stocked in mid-April with 6,767 legal-sized rainbow trout. These legal-sized trout are in addition to the 60,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings and 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon fingerlings released annually to reach harvestable size the following year.

Adipose fin-clipped fingerlings get to good size and fight well! Trout and salmon must be adipose-fin clipped to be harvested. Warmwater fish are also available for harvest. Large native trout are available for catch-and-release fishing.

At current water levels, all three boat ramps are watered.

HILLS CREEK above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Hills Creek above Hills Creek Reservoir is not stocked, but native fish are available for harvest. Use of bait is allowed April 25 through Oct. 31.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bluegill

Stocked the week of June 1 with 125 trout ranging in size from a half pound to two pounds each. Huddleston is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, it contains woody debris that provides habitat for bass and bluegill. It reaches a maximum depth of about 10 feet, with shallow "kid-friendly" edges. It is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby. There is paved parking lot and small ramp for people who want to launch small, non-motorized boats.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

Junction City is a popular stocked trout fishing pond located about 2 miles south of Junction City on 99W on the west side of the highway. There is excellent access around the entire 8-acre pond. It was stocked for the last time this spring with 1,000 legal size rainbow trout in early June. Stocking will resume in November or December with the onset of cooler weather. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20-inches.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake will be stocked this week with 1,700 rainbow trout. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be retained; all wild trout must be released unharmed. Leaburg Lake will be stocked weekly through July, and then every other week through Labor Day. This waterbody also benefits from upriver stockings. Use of bait is allowed during trout season (through October).

There are currently no scheduled closures for Leaburg Dam. Check EWEB’s website for current information and updates.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from the Leaburg Town Landing downstream to Hendricks Bridge. The lower McKenzie River was boat stocked in mid-June with a total of 5,900 fish, including 1,700 larger trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed.

This river reach is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie. Gear is restricted to flies and lures, except bait use is allowed upstream of Hendricks Bridge through the end of the year.

There are currently no scheduled closures for Leaburg Dam. Check EWEB’s website for current information and updates.

Fishing
Fly Fishing
-Royalty Free Image-

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from the Goodpasture Bridge boat landing upstream to Finn Rock (through mid-June) or Forest Glen boat landing near the town of Blue River (beginning in late June). The upper McKenzie River was recently boat stocked from Forest Glen boat landing near Blue River downstream to Goodpasture Bridge with a total of 8,450 hatchery trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed.

The river is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length up to Trail Bridge Dam. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie.

Bait use is allowed up to Forest Glen boat ramp, which coincides with the portion of the river stocked with hatchery trout.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above Hills Creek Reservoir: trout

The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir is open to catch-and-release fishing for trout through Oct. 31. This reach of river is not stocked, although there may be some adipose fin-clipped trout originating from the reservoir available for harvest in the lower river reach. Gear use is limited to flies and lures.

MOLALLA RIVER: spring Chinook

The Molalla River is running extremely low, clear, and warm making for some tough fishing conditions. For increased success, try early and late in the day when the sun is off the water. Reliable reports indicate a few springers have been caught from down in the lower reaches all the way up well past the Glen Avon Bridge. These fish would be returning adults from the 100,000 smolts released upstream at the Trout Creek acclimation site a couple years ago.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Stocked recently for a Free Fishing Weekend event on June 6. This is a 5-acre pond on the campus of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. Angling is restricted to youths age 17 and under and holders of ODFW's Disabled Anglers permits from April 1 - Aug. 31.

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout

Stocked the week of with June 29 with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This popular fishing reservoir near Estacada has already been stocked several times earlier this year. North Fork is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada, Ore.

Fishermen are reminded that the boat ramp and marina at Promitory Park will be closed to all public access until the summer of 2016 while PGE constructs a surface collector to improve the downstream passage of native salmon and steelhead juveniles at North Fork Dam. All other access points to North Fork Reservoir are open, and ODFW will stock the lake with hatchery trout as in the past. For more information about the closure, visit PGE’s website (pdf).

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
- Photo by Kevin Clawson-

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 29 with 2,800 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area. Located on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest it is a popular summer recreational destination for people from Portland and Salem, Ore.

There are three campgrounds and a rustic cabin resort on this lake as well as a hiking trail that encircles the perimeter. Yurts, cabins, and boat rentals are available at Olallie Lake Resort. There is a boat ramp at Peninsula Campground on the southwest shore of the lake. Camping is also available at Olallie Meadows Campground and Paul Dennis Campground. Olallie Lake is also a popular jumping off point for backpackers who want to fish the surrounding high lakes or access the Pacific Crest Trail.

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

This is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton, Oregon. The pond is an old rock pit and has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is a sidewalk, fishing platform and viewing platform on one side of the lake. Boating and swimming are not allowed.

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

This beautiful stream is located above Green Peter Reservoir and provides excellent opportunities to fish for trout. There is good bank access along most of its length. Trout season is currently open.

The river was stocked last week with 2,000 rainbow trout. There are opportunities to catch some nice wild cutthroat trout as well. Light gear works best and fly fishing can be very good, but bait is also allowed.

There are two BLM campgrounds as well as numerous designated campsites along the road. To get there, follow the directions to Green Peter Reservoir and continue around the lake until the river begins.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge and is open to trout harvest through October. Salmon Creek will be stocked this week at multiple locations up to the Black Creek Road bridge crossing with a total of 850 hatchery rainbow trout. Bait use is allowed through Oct. 31. Both native and hatchery trout are available for harvest.

SALT CREEK: trout

Salt Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge and is open to trout harvest through October. This stream is not stocked, but native trout are available for harvest and bait use is allowed during trout season (April 25 through Oct. 31).

SANDY RIVER: spring Chinook, summer steelhead

Sandy River water levels have remained fairly steady but in this case that means extremely low. The glacial melt is also setting in with hot weather turning the river a sandy, milky color resulting in very limited visibility. Angler effort has been light due to the poor fishing conditions, with only a scattering of folks out in the early morning hours.

A few fresh summer steelhead should be in the river from Cedar Creek downstream with the best areas for hooking steelhead near Cedar Creek, Dodge Park, and Revenue. There’s also been an occasional spring Chinook caught in the lower river.

If spring Chinook are your target species, concentrate your efforts in the lower river below Dodge Park. Springers are acclimated near the mouth of the Bull Run River and dropping flows should cause fish to begin to hold below Dodge Park. Several of these fish have shown up in the ODFW trap on the Bull Run River so there are Chinook around.

Hydrological data for the Sandy River on June 29 shows flows constant at 492 cfs, a gauge reading of 8.03 feet, and the water temperature now around 64°. The temperature does tend to go up during the day in warm weather.
North Santiam
North Santiam
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

Due to warm water temperatures (over 65 F), adult Chinook salmon are dying in the Santiam River Basin. If you see a dead adult salmon in the North Santiam, South Santiam, Little North Fork, or mainstem Santiam River, please call the ODFW Corvallis District Office at 541 757 4186. District staff are monitoring river conditions and tracking the locations of dead salmon.

River conditions are very good at the moment and should remain so for the next week. Chinook are entering the basin in good numbers, but summer steelhead numbers are still relatively low. About 429 summer steelhead and 5,861 spring Chinook plus 79 jacks have navigated Bennett dam as of June 13. Best bets for these fish are in the lower river from Stayton to Shelburn, from Packsaddle to Fishermen’s Bend, and from Mehama down to Stayton.

When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below Packsaddle Park (near the Minto Fish Facility) is open year-round to adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Trout fishing opened Saturday May 23, 2015. Anglers are allowed to keep up to 5 fin-clipped trout per day through Oct. 31.

River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (currently the Mehama gauge is around 1,260 cfs as of June 8. Current conditions

CAUTION: The section between Shelburn and Green’s Bridge remains hazardous for boaters because of downed trees and multiple side channels. Better bets are the floats below Green’s Bridge and above Stayton.

NEW CAUTION: There is a large tree across the entire river between Green’s Bridge and the confluence with the South Santiam above Jefferson making this stretch of river extremely hazardous for boaters. Oregon State Marine Board is aware of this and are working on removing it. Better sections for boaters are below Jefferson and from Stayton to Shelburn.

NOTE: The gate at Green’s Bridge near Jefferson is scheduled to be closed on June 20, 2015. Boaters with valid angling licenses who wish to launch or retrieve at Green’s Bridge will need to obtain a key after this date. Contact the district office (541-757-4186) to learn how.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

This section of the river is currently open to trout fishing. The river will be stocked again this week with 3,000 legal size rainbow trout. Holdover and resident trout can be found throughout the river. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day.

Closed to salmon fishing.

SANTIAM RIVER (SOUTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook , bass

Due to warm water temperatures (over 65 F), adult Chinook salmon are dying in the Santiam River Basin. If you see a dead adult salmon in the North Santiam, South Santiam, Little North Fork, or mainstem Santiam River, please call the ODFW Corvallis District Office at 541 757 4186. District staff are monitoring river conditions and tracking the locations of dead salmon.

New summer steelhead and spring Chinook are arriving every day at Willamette Falls and many of these are bound for the South Santiam. Spring Chinook and a few summer steelhead are in the basin now and can be found throughout the river. Over 2,000 Chinook arriving at the Foster Trap have been “recycled” downriver.

Best sections to fish are from Wiley Creek to Pleasant Valley boat ramps, around Waterloo County Park, and from Lebanon down to the confluence with the North Santiam. Flows have already reached summer flow conditions, currently 900 cfs at Waterloo. They should remain low for the foreseeable future.

Opened to trout fishing May 23, 2015.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of June 8 with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 125 trophy trout. Sheridan Pond is a 2 ½-acre pond located on the edge of town. An old mill pond, it has plenty of bank access, parking, and a restroom. To get there take Hwy. 18 to Exit 33 onto Balston Rd. Go south on Balston Rd. approximately half a mile and turn left onto a gravel road leading about a quarter mile to the pond.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

Stocked the week of June 15 with 2,850 legal- and larger-sized rainbow trout. This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

Smith Reservoir was recently stocked with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following FS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around fishing. Both native and hatchery trout are available for harvest.

SOUTH FORK YAMHILL RIVER: trout

Stocked the week of June 1 with 2,000 rainbow trout. The South Fork Yamhill from its confluence with the North Yamhill near McMinnville, upstream about 20 miles to Rock Creek near Grand Ronde is stocked with rainbow trout. Trout are released in multiple locations between Gold Creek Road Bridge and Willamina.

Yamhill River Road runs parallel to much of this section and provides adequate turnouts and parking at several locations near the river. The remaining 15 miles of river open to trout fishing has some public access but also meanders across private lands.

ODFW reminds anglers to be aware of and respectful toward private property rights along the river.

St. Louis Pond
St. Louis Pond
- Photo by Rick Swart-

ST. LOUIS PONDS: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish

Stocked recently for a Free Fishing Weekend on June 6. St. Louis Ponds is located 13 miles north of Salem and west of I-5. To get to there from the north, take the Woodburn exit off I-5. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to the town of Gervais. At the light, go west on Gervais Rd. through Gervais. Gervais Rd. changes to St Louis Rd. Continue west on St Louis Rd. as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Lane, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Lane and follow the signs to the ponds.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. Trout stocking season has ended for Sunnyside Pond although a few holdovers may remain. The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. Fishing for bass and bluegill should be improving as the water warms and fish become more active.

The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. To get there from I5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

TIMOTHY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 1 with 5,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This stocking is in addition to an additional 5,500 the previous week. Timothy is a 1,400-acre lake about 80 miles east of Portland past Mt. Hood. From Hwy 26 turn onto Forest Rd 42 (Skyline Rd), and then west to Forest Rd 57.

TIMBER LINN POND: rainbow trout

This beautiful, family-friendly fishing pond is located within the 8-acre Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. Due to warm summer water temperatures, Timber-Linn Lake will not be stocked until next fall. The park can be reached by turning east off I-5 onto the Santiam Highway (Hwy. 20), then immediately turning north onto Price Road and proceeding to the park entrance.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

Trail Bridge Reservoir is open to year-round fishing and was recently stocked with 3,000 adipose fin-clipped hatchery trout. This waterbody is adjacent to Hwy 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used.

TRILLIUM LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 1 with 4,500 legal-sized rainbow trout and 333 trophy trout. Trillium is a 60-acre lake located approximately three miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy 26. This lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood.

Adjacent Trillium Lake Campground is administered by the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mount Hood National Forest. The large campground features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

TROJAN PONDS: trout

This is a 15-acre pond just east of Rainier on the north side of Hwy. 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility. The pond is located on the right side of the road as soon as you turn onto the Trojan Access Road.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: sturgeon, spring Chinook, shad

Due to warm water temperatures (over 65 F), adult Chinook salmon are dying in the Willamette River Basin. If you see a dead adult salmon in the Willamette River between Salem and Eugene, please call the ODFW Corvallis District Office at 541 757 4186. District staff are monitoring river conditions and tracking the locations of dead salmon.

The numbers of late season dedicated anglers still fishing spring Chinook in the lower Willamette has dropped sharply as very warm water impacts catch. A handful of fish were caught in the lower Multnomah Channel on up to St. Johns along with a fish or two hooked in the Oregon City area. Shad fishing in Gladstone and Oregon City had been good but in recent days catch has fallen off also as effort declines. The hot weather has put many recreational boaters on the Willamette, making for some difficult fishing conditions past early morning.

Anglers will also find there are plenty of warm water fishing opportunities on the Willamette for bass and small pan fish, working the rocky shorelines and around areas with structure, particularly near Cedar Island and Milwaukie.

Daily counts at the Willamette Falls fish ladder continue with the cumulative passage count for spring Chinook adults standing at 49,957 through June 27th. This Chinook number is well above preseason expectations. The relatively poor summer steelhead count sits at 2,573 fish passing, while the final winter steelhead counts wrapped up the end of May at 4,508.

For anglers interested in sturgeon fishing, the “catch-and-release” sturgeon fishery remains a decent bet for hooking into fish and finding steady action with the St. Johns area and Milwaukie offering the best chance for success.

Hydrological numbers for the Willamette on June 29 show flows getting even lower at 6,240 cfs, a water temperature in Oregon City up around 78° now, and visibility very good at 7.6 ft.

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  Willamette Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

EVENT:

Family Introduction to Hunting Dog Training

Join ODFW July 25 and 26 at Queener Ridge Pheasant Company, Scio. You will learn how to start training your dog or how to get the most out of the dog you have. In the end, you’ll have a dog that is eager to work with you. Register now

Except for cougar, big game hunting is closed during the summer months. This is a good time for hunters to scout for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. The antlers of buck deer and bull elk are in velvet and sensitive to being bumped. This contributes to bucks and bulls spending more time out in the open and visible. Hunters that spend some time hiking and scouting will not only stay in better hunting shape but may find an animal to target this fall. Try to avoid disturbing females with young when viewing animals. Also, be aware that many private landowners restrict access, particularly during fire season. Make sure you have permission before scouting on private lands. Hunters who drew a controlled tag in the controlled draw applications are reminded to purchase it no later than the day before the hunt begins.

The 2015 Cougar season is currently open in NW Oregon for those with a cougar tag. Opportunities to track cougars in the snow of the Cascade Mountains will be difficult due to the limited snowpack this winter. Hunters can use predator calls that mimic an animal in distress to draw cougar into the open. Hunters will have their best success calling cougars to them with predator calls that mimic a distressed deer fawn or elk calf. Approaching cougar can be difficult to see when you are predator calling so hunting with a partner is advised.

Successful cougar hunters will need to check-in any cougar taken at an ODFW office within 10 days of the kill. Hunters are reminded that biologists located in field offices may be out in the field handling other issues so call ahead to make arrangements to have your cougar checked-in. The hide and skull must be unfrozen and the skull and proof of sex must be attached to the hide. Cougar hunters are reminded that it is required to submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken. The reproductive tract provides valuable information on the number and frequency of kittens born annually in Oregon and is a critical part of ODFW’s cougar population models. Pick up the Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

Hunter orange required for youth

Don’t forget: hunters age 17 and under must wear a fluorescent orange upper garment OR hat when hunting upland game birds (except turkey) and game mammals (deer, elk, bear, cougar, pronghorn, goat, sheep, and western gray squirrel) with a firearm.

Industrial forestland owners will usually have information regarding access to their property posted on their gates and usually have a “hotline” devoted to providing up-to-date access for hunters. In addition, many private timberlands use the following link to provide information regarding the access policy for their private lands.

Hunters need to have permission to hunt or make sure hunting is allowed before accessing private lands.

BE PREPARED

Hunters are reminded to be prepared for emergencies by keeping survival equipment such as food, water, signal mirror, whistle, sleeping bag and first aid kit with you and in your vehicle during your outdoor adventures. Don’t forget to wear the proper clothing; it is your first defense against the elements. Let someone know where you will be and when you expect to return just in case your vehicle becomes stuck or breaks down.

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 Willamette Zone Wildlife Viewing

Valleywide

If you’re out along the valley’s rivers you might see otters, beavers, and other creatures out doing their morning chores. With heavy fly hatches be on the lookout for swirling bats right at dusk.

Ducks will use the rivers as landing spots to cool off during the heat of the summer. Ospreys and eagles using trees as tall fishing platforms is common this time of year in the Willamette Valley. It’s a good time to start watching for big fish on the move toward the upper reaches to spawn.

Look toward briar patches and you might see a rabbit or a coyote hopping around.

Corvallis Area

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser
- Photo by Greg Gillson-

EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

There are lots of deer, shorebirds and waterfowl to see on the Wildlife Area—look for goose, mallard, hooded merganser and wood duck broods. Wildlife viewing remains good for waterfowl and shorebirds. Neotropical migrants in the area include yellow-breasted chat, American goldfinch, various swallows, warblers, thrush, kinglet and common yellowthroat.

Spring and summer are great times for birdwatching migrants as well as waterfowl including mallards, wood duck, hooded merganser, western Canada goose. Snipe and other shorebirds are periodically seen.

Note: Dogs are required to be on a leash inside the wildlife area boundary. Rifles and pistols are prohibited year round.

Find directions to EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

Sauvie Island

American Bald Eagle
American Bald Eagle
-Photo by Chuck Gardner-

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

Bird watching is excellent as summer residents have arrived and are initiating a lot of activity. Osprey are nesting and may be viewed from various observation points. Eagle nests are active as chicks are about ready to fledge. There’s a number of waterfowl broods around the wildlife area. Northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, and American kestrel may still be seen on the wildlife area and other points on the island.

The best opportunities for viewing are Coon Point, Eastside Viewing Platform and Rentenaar Road.

Sauvie Island is a main stopping point for migratory birds as they travel along the Pacific Flyway, and ODFW actively manages the Wildlife Area to provide food and cover for these creatures.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is located on Sauvie Island, only 10 miles north of Portland off Highway 30. A parking permit is required for the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area and can be purchased at ODFW License vendors or at the Sauvie Island ODFW office, Monday through Friday during office hours. For more information, call (503) 621-3488.

Springfield Area

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area is open daily for public use providing great wildlife viewing opportunities. (One section of levee in the western portion of the Fisher Butte unit is posted closed to provide wildlife sanctuary.)

NEW: Observant visitors may catch a glimpse of black tailed deer and furbearers including beaver and otter, mink, red fox and coyotes. Some of the unusual and special bird species to be on the lookout for include white pelicans, black terns, band-tailed pigeons, yellow-headed blackbirds, osprey and bald eagles. This is a great time of year to look for waterfowl, shore birds, wading birds, songbirds, raptors, reptiles, and amphibians. 

There is an elevated viewing platform in the Fisher Butte unit just south of Royal Avenue that is open year-round. A second viewing platform is under construction and scheduled for installation by the end of June. The new viewing platform will be located 1/4 mile north of the Fisher Butte unit parking lot on Hwy 126.

Visitors are reminded that dogs must be kept on leash at all times. Visitors are also cautioned that there have been recent vehicle break-ins at Fern Ridge and in local parks, so please secure your valuables before departing your vehicle. Parking areas are located along Highway 126, Nielson Road, Cantrell Road, Territorial Road, and Clear Lake Road. Contact the wildlife area headquarters, (541) 935-2591 if you have any questions.

Directions to Fern Ridge Wildlife Area.

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