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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - July 18, 2017

Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

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Discover ocean fishing at its best off the Oregon coast

What could be better than a finding a beautiful place where you could catch tuna, halibut, salmon, and crab – all on the same day? Look no farther than the Oregon Coast, which is generating a lot of good fishing news lately for people who want to try ocean fishing. Halibut season is open, albacore tuna are showing up, recreational coho and Chinook salmon seasons are open and fish are being caught, and crabbing has been excellent in several locations. So if you want to experience ocean fishing at its best, now’s the time!

Plenty of places to catch ‘trophy trout’ this summer

Thousands of extra-large rainbow trout are being released at locations around the state this season as the as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife enters the second year of its “Trophy Trout” program. These 15-inch-and-larger trout are adding excitement to what is already one of Oregon’s most popular outdoor activities — trout fishing. See the news release or trout stocking schedule for details.
As temperatures rise, think warmwater fishing

As temperatures rise moving into summer, warmwater fish such as bass, crappie, and bluegill get more active, making them a good option this time of year. To learn more about this fun fishing activity, check out our Warmwater Fishing Page for ideas on when, where, and how to catch these fish.

Learn to hunt and shoot

Shotgun skills classes are coming up in August following by hunting workshops in September; see www.odfwcalendar.com.

Take a Friend Hunting – Win a Prize

Experienced hunters who take a new or lapsed person out hunting can enter to win prizes. Both must be adults (18 years and older). More info

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NORTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Thousands of 15-inch and larger “trophy trout” are available in waters through Oregon and these coastal lakes and reservoirs: Alder Lake, Cleawox Lake, Dune Lake, Munsel Lake, Siltcoos Lagoon, Olalla Creek Reservoir, Big Creek Reservoirs #1 & #2, Thissell Pond, Eckman Lake, Cape Meares Lake, Coffenbury Lake, Lost Lake, Sunset Lake, and Town Lake.
  • Trout season is open on some rivers and streams with a two fish per day limit.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experiences. 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.

NORTH COAST LAKES

Most North Coast lakes have been stocked with trout throughout the spring. Trout stocking is over until the fall but there still should be fish around to catch. Water temps are warming but are not too warm yet and fish should be hungry and willing to bite. Lakes like Coffenbury, Cullaby, Lytle, Cape Meares, and Vernonia offer opportunity for warmwater species, particularly largemouth bass. Fishing should be good as the water warms up.

MID COAST LAKES

Olalla Reservoir has been stocked with over 50 surplus summer steelhead from the Siletz Falls trap, so far this season. These fish get fairly active in the lake and offer a unique fishing experience. Once in the lake they are considered “trout” and do not require a Combined Angling Tag. Anglers are reminded, however, that only one trout per day over 20 inches may be retained, and these fish will almost all be in that size range.

Mid Coast lakes been stocked with trout throughout the spring. Trout stocking is over until the fall but there still should be fish around to catch. Water temps are great and fish should be hungry, so go catch them!

ALSEA RIVER: trout

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

KILCHIS RIVER: trout

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Sea-run cutthroat should be entering the lower river now, too. Remember, the limit is two per day over 8-inches, and no bait is allowed through Aug. 31.

NEHALEM: trout, Chinook

There are a few summer Chinook being caught on Nehalem bay but the action has been fairly slow and sporadic thus far.

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, spring Chinook, trout

Spring Chinook fishing has been fair on the Nestucca, and a few late Springers are being caught. The water is getting low and clear, so fish stealthy. Bobber fishing bait, back bouncing, pulling divers and bait or plugs are all good techniques.

Spring Chinook fishing on Three Rivers has picked up a bit, but is still only fair. There are some fish being caught, but the action is sporadic. Anglers are reminded that “Anti-Snagging Gear Restrictions” (page 16 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations) are in effect from May 1 to July 15, and from the Cedar Creek Hatchery deadline to the marker downstream of Gauldy Mtn. Road Bridge is youth fishing only (ages 17 and under) from June 1 to July 15.

Summer steelhead fishing has been fair on the Nestucca and in Three Rivers, with fish throughout the system Target riffles and the top of pools during first and last light, and concentrate on deeper holding pools once the sun is on the water. Fishing stealthy, with light gear, and targeting first and last light is often the key to success with these fish.

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

Notice: Farmer Creek Wayside and boat ramp will be closed this coming weekend and into the following week while ODOT makes repairs.

SALMON RIVER: trout

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, trout

The Siletz River opened for wild Chinook on April 1 (1 per day and 2 per season). Spring Chinook and summer steelhead are being caught, and fishing should continue to improve. Recycling hatchery summer steelhead from the Siletz Falls trap has ended for the season. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

SIUSLAW RIVER: trout

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

TILLAMOOK BAY: spring Chinook

Spring Chinook fishing on the bay has been slow and sporadic, and will probably start to wind down. Trolling herring in the lower bay, and spinners in the upper, are usually the go to techniques.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook, trout

Spring Chinook fishing on the Trask has been fair to slow. There are fish throughout the system. Anglers are reminded that, 200 feet upstream and 900 feet downstream of Gold Creek at Trask Hatchery (which includes the Hatchery hole) is closed to angling July 16 – Oct. 15.

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

The Trask doesn’t have much of a summer steelhead run but there may be some Wilson River fish around.

Anglers are reminded that from Cedar Creek boat slide (River Mile 10.9) downstream to marker at Loren’s drift (River Mile 9.0) from May 1 – July 31, angling is restricted to fly-fishing or salmon bobber fishing (see diagram on page 16 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Spring Chinook, trout

Spring Chinook fishing has been slow on the Wilson.

Summer steelhead fishing has picked up a bit on the Wilson River and is fair. There are fish throughout the system, and fresh fish are still coming in. Target riffles and the top of pools during first and last light, and concentrate on deeper holding pools once the sun is on the water. Fishing stealthy, with light gear, and targeting first and last light is often the key to success with these fish.

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember, the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8 inches.

YAQUINA RIVER: trout

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember, the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

Cougar are most effectively taken by using predator calls. However, cougar densities are relatively low on the north coast. Successful hunters, remember you must check in cougar (hide and skull) at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest and bring them in unfrozen. It’s also a good idea to prop their mouths open with a stick after harvest for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST WILDLIFE VIEWING

The many hiking trails on State Forest land on the north coast (Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests) offer the chance to traverse a variety of forest stand types and ages from young open stands to mature timber ranging in elevation from near sea level to over 3,000 feet. Birds of the Coast Range include pileated woodpecker, brown creeper, pygmy owl, varied thrush, winter wren and an assemblage of warblers, among others.

Young birds of many species are fledging right now and attentive parents are very active in foraging to speed nestlings’ growth or potentially bring off a second brood if conditions warrant. One excellent place to see a large number of species is the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge due to the variety of habitats present on the site.

Birds aren’t the only wildlife with young to attend to this time of year. Many mammals will have offspring with them as they forage in early summer. Mammal viewing can be challenging – the best times are very early morning and late evening near forest edges and water features and most mammals are far less numerous than birds at any location. Pre-scouting will pay off for the hopeful photographer to help find tracks, scat and other sign along trails and areas of higher activity to help focus effort.

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

Nesting colonies for various sea birds are in full swing along nearly every rocky outcrop along the coast. Pelagic cormorants and pigeon guillemots are commonly seen along cliffs and near-shore rocks while murres, puffins and auklets typically nest a bit further offshore. One interaction that occurs at many of these colonies is predation from bald eagles and peregrine falcons. A good spotting scope is a must in order to view this predator/prey relationship at someplace like Three Arch Rocks but apparently eagles have been seen hunting the steep cliff faces where cormorants typically nest onshore.

CLATSOP COUNTY

The interpretive trail through the wetlands near Cullaby Lake is an easy 1.5 mile loop. The trail passes along lakefront and forested areas and should provide opportunities for viewing osprey and bald eagle (there are nests nearby and fish in the lake) as well as killdeer, swallows and marsh nesters such as red-winged blackbird. Cullaby Lake Lane is between mileposts 13 and 14 on Hwy 101.

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. With the warm weather, viewing has been restricted to early mornings and late evenings. Good places to look are the Fishhawk Tract along Hwy 202 and the Beneke Tract along the first 1.5 miles of Beneke Creek Road. Elk calves and their mothers have joined back into the larger herds. Watch for vegetation movement behind adults as calves follow their mothers through the tall grass. As fields are mowed elk should be more visible when they are out. Several black-tailed deer with fawns have been observed in and around the main viewing area. Tree and violate green swallows can be seen gliding over fields and nesting in boxes along view area fence lines. Band-tailed pigeons have been seen near viewing areas along Hwy 202. A variety of song birds are visible throughout the area, especially near the bird feeders at most viewing areas.

Visitors are reminded that areas posted as Wildlife Refuge are closed to public access. Posted portions of the Beneke Tract are open to the public starting March 16 and remain open until August 1.

Wildlife Area Parking Permits are required on the wildlife area. (Updated 6/30/17)


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Trout fishing has been good at most of the high lakes in the Umpqua District.
  • Anglers are starting to catch tuna and salmon off the south Oregon coast.
  • Howard Prairie Reservoir is another good bet for Rogue Valley trout anglers who want to fish standing water. The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir offers additional trout fishing opportunity for anglers who want to fish flowing water and escape the heat of the valley.
  • Spring Chinook and summer steelhead are now available for middle and upper Rogue anglers.
  • Spring Chinook fishing is closed on the North Umpqua but there have been reports of summer steelhead being caught around Swiftwater Park.
  • Pink-fin surf perch fishing in the lower Umpqua has been good. Fishing in the outgoing low-tide is the key.
  • Fishing for trout in Diamond Lake continues to be excellent.
  • Largemouth bass fishing in the Tenmile Basin has been good and should continue.

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, black crappie, bluegill, bullheads

The lake is 71 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk. Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, and other warmwater fish should be good. With the warm, sunny weather, fishing will be best early and late in the day.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Applegate Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout. With warm weather anglers will probable want to fish deep or near the inlet. Early or late in the day will be best for all fishing at the reservoir. Surface temperatures have warmed with the hot weather to 75oF. Fishing for smallmouth bass should be good.

APPLEGATE RIVER: winter steelhead, trout

The Applegate River is open for trout fishing. Two hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Releases from the reservoir are at 375 cfs while the river temperature at release is 56oF.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

The pond level is being lowered to help control aquatic vegetation.

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

Ben Irving has been stocked several times with legal-size trout. There are still opportunities to catch carryover fish, but trout fishing should be slowing with warmer water temperatures. Warmwater fishing should be good.

CHETCO RIVER: cutthroat trout, Chinook

There has been lots a baitfish in the estuary which is attracting a few feeder Chinook into the bay. Cutthroat fishing has remained good in tributaries and estuary.

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Cooper Creek has been stocked with several hundred trophy-size trout and has received several deliveries of legal-size trout, but warmer temperatures should cause trout fishing to slow. Fishing for bass and bluegill should be good.

COOS COUNTY LAKES/PONDS: trout, warmwater fish
Largemouth bass fishing has been good in many of the area smaller lakes. Bluegills can be found in area lakes right along the weed lines.
A few anglers are still catching a few trout in both Lower and Upper Empire Lakes using PowerBait or trolling a spinner in the deeper water.

ODFW is implementing a tag reward trout study on Empire Lakes for 2017 in which anglers will be asked to report tagged trout that are caught. Anglers can report tags on the ODFW website. Some of the tags will be worth a $50 gift card. This study is an effort by ODFW to compare stocking of “larger” trout to last year’s stocking of “legal” size trout.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, rockfish

Streams and rivers are now open to trout fishing until Oct. 31. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater. Anglers may harvest 2 trout per day that are a minimum of 8 inches long.

Fishing for rockfish inside the Coos Bay estuary has been good one day and slow the next. Anglers are having the most success fishing along the jetties and submerged rock piles. The marine fish daily bag limit for bottom fish (rockfish) is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). The 7 fish marine bag limit will remain in place, with these adjustments for 2017: Create a sub-bag limit of 6 black rockfish, Remove the sub-bag limit for canary rockfish, Add China/quillback/ copper rockfishes to the sub-bag limit with blue/Deacon rockfish and change the limit from 3 to 4. Finally remove the 10-inch minimum size for kelp greenling. Retention of cabezon is now allowed.

Crabbing was good this past week for those crabbing from a boat and from the docks in Charleston. There was a mixture of hard and soft shelled legal Dungeness crab.

Recreational harvest of bay clams remains open along the entire Oregon coast. 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 remains closed from the entire Oregon coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Recreational harvesting of mussels is open along the entire Oregon coast, except from Tillamook Head south to Cascade Head. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: crab, trout, smallmouth bass,

Streams and rivers are now open to trout fishing until Oct. 31. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater, except the South Fork Coquille where bait is allowed. Anglers may harvest 2 trout per day that are a minimum of 8 inches long.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good throughout the Coquille and South Fork Coquille rivers. Anglers are having success catching smallmouth bass on small spinners, crankbaits, jigs, and worms.

Recreational crabbing is open in the Coquille estuary. Crabbing has started to pick up in the lower Coquille estuary especially for those crabbing from a boat.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Trout fishing continues to be excellent. A significant portion of fish caught have been larger than 12-inches. Trolling lures and bottom fishing with PowerBait across all depths continue to be productive angling methods. Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. Tiger trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught.

As part of the 2016 regulation simplification process, Diamond Lake is now back to the Southwest Zone regulation of 5 rainbow trout per day. Anglers that are planning on taking a trip to Diamond Lake should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on seasonal camp and ramp closures. Anglers can check fishing and water 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. Diamond Lake is open year-round.

ELK RIVER: cutthroat trout

Trout fishing has been picking up as flows drop and water warms up. Early morning or late evening is usually the best time to fish.

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

Fishing for bass, crappie, and other warmwater species should be good. With the warm, sunny weather, fishing will be best early and late in the day. Smallmouth bass will be primarily found along the rocky banks; while largemouth bass and panfish will congregate around the flooded willows. The lake is currently 85 percent full.

EXPO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie

Anglers can once again fish the pond just to the north of the arena, which is now within a RV Park developed by Jackson County. Stocked rainbow trout are still available, but anglers will have the best success fishing for bass and panfish. With the warm, sunny weather, fishing will be best early and late in the day. Parking is available to the right as you drive in Gate 5. A day use fee to park here is $4. An annual parking permit can be purchased from Jackson County Parks Department for $30.

A short walk from the day use parking area provides access is the southernmost pond which was stocked earlier this year with rainbow trout and offers good fishing for warmwater fish. Three parking spots are available at Gate 1.5, but parking is not allowed on Penninger Road.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake is scheduled to be stocked this week with rainbow trout. Trout fishing has been fair to good. A portion of the rainbow trout have external parasites called copepods that can be scraped off the fish prior to cooking. Fish parasites do not pose a threat to people when cooked properly.

Brook trout, tiger trout, and stocked Chinook salmon are also available. With the lake warming up, look for fish to move toward the springs on the east end of the lake or to deeper areas. Still fishing with bait is generally one of the more productive methods, especially if water clarity is poor. The reservoir is holding fairly steady at 82 percent full.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bass

The lake is best fished by boat. 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.

FORD”S POND: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Ford’s Pond (just west of Sutherlin) was purchased by the city of Sutherlin in 2016. The pond is open to public access and has a lot of bank access. Ford’s is restricted to non-motorized boat and does not have a good access point for larger boats. The pond is shallow and therefore only supports populations of warmwater fish.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville has been stocked several times in 2017 with legal-size trout and with over 50 trophy-size trout. In addition to trout, the reservoir has been stocked with coho smolts and there have been reports of them being caught in good numbers. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be 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.

Fishing for bass and other panfish should be good. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bass

Slow. Anglers will want to watch the weather and fish when the lake is not too windy.

ODFW is implementing a tag reward trout study for 2017. Anglers will be asked to report tagged trout that are caught. Some of the tags will be worth money. Anglers can report the tag number to the ODFW Gold Beach office (541) 247-7605 or on ODFW’s website. Tags can be cut off or pulled out of fish being released. The study is an effort by ODFW to see what size of trout contribute to the fishery the best. Garrison is always an excellent trout fishery, and this study will only help improve it.

HEMLOCK LAKE & LAKE IN THE WOODS: trout

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions.

Anglers at Hemlock have been consistently catching trout. Lake in the Woods has been stocked several times in 2017. There are opportunities to catch holdover rainbow trout that were stocked in previous years. Remember only trout over 8-inches may be harvested, and only one trout over 20-inches may be kept per day.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Last fall Howard Prairie was stocked with over 150,000 six-inch trout, followed by 10,000 legal-sized trout this spring. These fish are 10 to 14 inches now, and are growing quickly on the abundant food available. In addition, some holdover trout up to 20-inches are still being caught.

Still fishing with bait is the best bet for trout anglers at Howard Prairie right now, and Powerbait is the bait of choice. Boat anglers caught trout on Saturday still fishing at Red Rock, Hoxie Creek, and in/around Fawn and Doe Island. Two of the trout measured over 18 inches in length.

Trolling will produce some fish but is generally slow to fair. One boat with two anglers wind-drifted nightcrawlers around Fawn Island and caught four trout in two hours Saturday morning.

Many of the trout show evidence of copepods or copepod scars. This is a natural parasite that lives on the outside of the fish and can simply be scraped off.

The lake is 92 percent full. The surface temperature is expected to be in the low 70oF range, while at depth near the outlet the lake is 58oF.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Trout anglers report slow fishing at Hyatt right now. Water temperatures are very warm even with depth at Hyatt right now due to the relatively low water level during construction. The best bet would be still fishing with Powerbait or trolling slowly with a lure or wedding ring/worm combination behind a sinker. Fishing for largemouth bass should be good.

The reservoir is 55 percent full and the Mountain View boat ramp is still open. Anglers should note that the parking are near the dam has been closed by the Bureau of Reclamation this season as the agency begins repairs on the dam.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois River is now open for trout fishing. Since only hatchery trout may be retained, and hatchery trout are not likely to be to be found in the Illinois River at this time of year, fishing will be primarily catch-and-release for the native cutthroat trout.

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout, yellow perch

Lake Marie has been stocked several times this year with legal-size trout. Anglers are reporting good catch rates. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms to catch trout and yellow perch.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Rainbow trout are available and fishing for bass and panfish should be good. Remember that it is easy to cast too far for bass and panfish at Selmac. Many of these fish can be caught (and even seen) fairly close in. With the warm, sunny weather, fishing will be best early and late in the day.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

The reservoir has been stocked with 6,000 legal size trout. There are also excellent opportunities to catch large brown trout and kokanee. With increasing surface temperatures, brown trout and kokanee has moved to lower depths. Kokanee in Lemolo are considered trout and therefore fall under the daily limit for trout of five per day with only one of those measuring over 20-inches. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Loon Lake has been stocked several times in 2017 with legal-size trout. Fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass will improve with increasing temperatures. Slower presentations such as jigging can be a good technique. Visit the BLM and Loon Lake Resort websites for information on opening dates and camping.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Lost Creek Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout and fishing should be very good. Many more large trout are being stocked in Lost Creek than in past years. Good bets in summer include trolling a wedding ring/worm combination behind an oval egg sinker in the main body of the lake. Upstream of the Highway 62 bridge Lost Creek is generally good for trout in summer using a variety of techniques, plus anglers avoid the speedboaters. Bank anglers can catch fish near the Takelma Ramp, marina, and spillway using spinners, PowerBait, or a nightcrawler below a bobber.

Fishing for smallmouth bass should be good and the largemouth bass population is improving with recent projects by ODFW, local bass clubs and volunteers. The reservoir is 76 percent full, and the surface temperature is 73oF.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond is stocked with rainbow trout, and fishing for bass and panfish should be good. Anglers are reminded that Medco Pond is privately owned. Gas engines are not allowed on the pond, and bank access is restricted to the west shore.

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

Recreational crabbing is open along the entire Oregon coast.

The nearshore halibut season (inside 40 fathoms) is now open seven days a week except when there are All Depth Halibut days. The next All Depth Halibut days are August 4-5. As of July 9, there is 43 percent of the Nearshore quota remaining.

Recreational Chinook salmon fishing is open from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain. Anglers may have two salmon per day but is closed to retention of coho except during the selective and non-selective coho seasons. The selective coho season is open and will remain open until July 31 or until the 18,000 marked coho quota has been met. Anglers have reported catching both Chinook salmon and hatchery coho in the Charleston area early last week. As of July 9, there is 94% of the selective coho salmon quota remaining.

Recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED on the entire Oregon coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The recreational harvesting of mussels is OPEN along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border, except from Tillamook Head south to Cascade Head which currently closed. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

Surf perch fishing has been good when ocean swells are small. Surf perch anglers will do the best fishing with sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp sand worms. Fishing is typically best on the incoming tide.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Plat I has been stocked several this year with legal-size trout. Trout fishing will be slow with high temperatures. In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bass fishing. Anglers may have success catching trout and bass with bait such as PowerBait and nightcrawlers where access is available.

Some of the trout may 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.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: Chinook, summer steelhead, surf perch

Chinook fishing slowed over the weekend. This is only the beginning of the fall Chinook run and anglers can expect the bay fishery to steadily improve thru the month. The majority of salmon are being caught downstream of Hwy 101. Anglers are mainly using anchovies or anchovies rigged with a spinner blade.

Summer steelhead are spread through the lower river, but very few anglers are fishing for them. Early mornings or late evenings tend to be the best.

Surf perch continues to be good in the estuary. Boat and bank anglers are picking up perch on a regular basis.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout

Spring Chinook and Summer Steelhead are available. Summer steelhead caught recently between Grants Pass and Gold Hill were taken on pink rubber worms, roe, yarn balls, and K-9 Kwikfish.

The river is open for trout fishing. Five hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed.

As of Monday, the flow at Grants Pass was 2,660 cfs, and the water temperature averaged 62oF. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, Chinook

Summer Steelhead and Spring Chinook salmon are available for upper river anglers. Above Dodge Bridge, only hatchery Chinook may be retained. Between Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp and Dodge Bridge anglers may retain wild and hatchery Chinook. Trout are also available and fishing can be very good for trout in the summer months. Only hatchery rainbow trout can be kept, while all cutthroat and wild trout must be released unharmed.

As of July 12, a total of 426 summer steelhead (208 new fish last week) and 2,338 spring Chinook (562 new last week) have returned to Cole Rivers Hatchery. (Track the hatchery returns at fish returns to Cole Rivers). The outflow from Lost Creek is scheduled to drop again on July 21st from 2,850 to 2,750 cfs. The water temperature in the river at release is 54oF. The flow at Gold Ray is 2,980 cfs with a temperature averaging 60oF.

Up-to-date flow and temp information

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

The weekly stocking of rainbow trout in the Rogue River above the reservoir has begun and will continue through the summer. This should make this section of the river a great place to catch some fish, and a great place to go to avoid the heat in the valley. In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: trout

Opened to fishing on May 22.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: closed

Soda Springs remains CLOSED. The reservoir is closed to evaluate its use by salmon and steelhead.

TENMILE BASIN: trout, bass

Streams and rivers are now open to trout fishing until Oct. 31. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater. Anglers may harvest 2 trout per day that are a minimum of 8 inches long. Trout fishing in Tenmile Lakes, Eel Lake, Saunders Lake are open all year. Anglers have been catching trout in Eel Lake trolling wedding ring spinners tipped with a worm.

Largemouth bass fishing has been very good with anglers catching lots of bass on Senkos and other plastics. Bass will be spreading out and found in deeper water during the day. Fishing for bass will be best early mornings and evenings.

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing is open in Toketee year-round. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Reports from some of the high lakes have been excellent with folks catching their limits.

Lakes accessible from hiking trails and that were stocked last year: Calamut, Connie, Bullpup, Fuller, Cliff, Buckeye, Maidu, Twin “b”, Pitt, and Skookum lakes.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions as lakes may be difficult to access due to snow.

Red Top Pond, which offers excellent bank fishing opportunities, has been stocked several times. In addition, there should be plenty of holdover legal-size trout from previous stockings in these waterbodies. Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, bass, shad, Pink-fin or Redtail surf perch

Pink-fin fishing has been great in the lower river with folks picking up their limits of 15 in a couple hours. Pink fin will likely slow as the spawning females are almost done.

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, anglers 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.

The traditional season for shad is from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. Shad fishing is essentially done but bass fishing should be good throughout the Umpqua River.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead

The North Umpqua Spring Chinook season closed July 1.

Anglers are catching summer steelhead throughout the North with reports of hatchery fish being caught around Swiftwater Park.

The Anti-snagging rule continues to be in effect through July 31 in the area below the fly boundary to the Lone Rock slide put-in. This rule includes hook restrictions (one single-point hook with less than ¾” gap) and a leader length of no more than 36 inches. Please refer to the fishing regulations for more information.

Note that from July 1 through Sept 30 fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, unweighted, barbless artificial fly.

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: trout, bass

The South opened on May 22 to trout and warmwater fishing.

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

Trout fishing is slow at Willow. With the warm weather, the trout will likely be found in the deeper areas of the lake. Fishing for bass and other warmwater species should be good, especially early and late in the day.

WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch

Fishing for bottom fish in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful.

WINCHUCK RIVER: cutthroat trout

Anglers are picking cutthroat in the estuary. Early morning or evening tends to be the best time.


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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

Hunters need to be aware that ownership of several timber land parcels in Coos County has recently changed. In some cases the new owners have different access policies than their predecessors. Make sure you know what the policy is before accessing private land and don’t assume the policy is the same as prior years.

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 - 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. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and license is needed to hunt as of Jan. 1.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

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.

Eurasian collared-doves – These non-natives are expanding throughout Douglas County. These birds have no protections in Oregon, so there are no closed seasons for these invasives and no limits to their harvest. Target Eurasian collared-doves around agricultural areas and forest openings where food sources are abundant. Be sure of your identification before you hunt these abundant invasive birds.

Great information about identifying this species and its habitat

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. Reminder, starting April 1 bird dog training will be restricted to within the “dog training area” along Touvelle road except for organized permitted events. Remember to place your parking permit on the dash of your vehicle.

Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met (see zone quota page). Cougars travel many miles a day and often use major ridge lines to find prey, these ridge lines are location for predator calls. Unlike other predators, cougars will usually take longer to come in to predators calls so be prepared to sit for 1 hour or more. It is a good idea to use specific cougar sounds in conjunction with a general prey distress sound, cougar whistles can be one of these very useful sound while calling. Unlike other species cougars will come in slowly and spend lots of time looking for the source of the sound. So be sure to remain very still and keep your eyes open for the cougars head only, as they will often peer around an obstacle to get a better view while remaining hidden.

There is a mandatory check in of all cougars harvested within 10 days of the after harvest; the unfrozen skull, hide, and proof of sex must be taken to an ODFW office during normal business hours. If a female cougar is harvested it is also mandatory to bring in the reproductive tract in order to gain valuable population data. For more information refer to page 34 of the 2017 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations.

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

COOS COUNTY

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. Presently, large numbers of Steller and California sea lions are using the haul out. Also, large numbers of harbor seals are present. It is likely that Northern elephant seals are there too. All of these animals are visible from the look out at Simpson Reef located along Cape Arago Hwy. Do not approach seals and sea lions you may find on Oregon beaches.

California grey whales, humpback whales and others tend to migrate through Oregon waters in spring as they head back to the North Pacific and the Bearing Sea. At times several whales can be seen at once from one vantage point. California grey whales will often come very close to shore feeding. It is not uncommon to see these huge animals next to jetties and nearshore rocks or just outside of the furthest breaking waves on beaches.

Cape Arago is a wonderful place to see these animals, for those wanting to see them. Occasionally these whales will even enter Coos Bay. Generally, the best time is at or near high tide, when the water next to shore is deepest.

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.

Birds of Prey

Many birds of prey, including bald eagles, osprey, and peregrine falcons, can be viewed along the coast and up the various rivers and inlets around Coos Bay. Both bald eagles and osprey build large nests and are most visible in the early mornings and late afternoons. Ospreys are known for their elaborate hunting behaviors which include diving into the water from high distances and lifting fish out of the water. Their feet are specially adapted with rough pads and long, sharp talons, making the task of grabbing fish easier. Once out of the water, fish are turned to face forward, reducing drag and making flight easier.

Band-tailed Pigeons

High numbers of band-tailed pigeons will be migrating through the area over the next several weeks. High concentrations can be found adjacent to mineral sites utilized by the birds. These sites are commonly along river or inlet edges and can be found by looking for large movements of birds in the early morning. These birds can travel upwards of 32 miles per day to feed and drink. While the Pacific Coast band-tailed pigeon has experienced long term declines in numbers, the past 5- and 10-year intervals were less conclusive, perhaps signifying a halt in that decline. 7/10/2017

Shorebirds-Those interested in seeing these birds can find good viewing opportunities on the beach at Bullards Beach State Park near Bandon, Bandon National Wildlife Refuge and the North Spit, near Coos Bay. Please keep in mind that some portions of beach are closed to access this time of year to protect nesting Western snowy plovers. Closed beaches will have clear signage to this effect. However for more information visit the Oregon State Parks office or Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office which are both located in Charleston. Phone numbers are (541) 888-3778 for Oregon State Parks and (541) 888-5515. 7/18/2017

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Turkey Vultures - Watch for roosted turkey vultures with wings wide open, warming in the morning sun. Watch out for turkey vultures as you drive the local roads. Many vultures are hit and killed by vehicles as they forage on road struck animals.

Waterfowl – Ducks and geese are nesting around ponds, lakes, wetlands and rivers throughout Douglas County. Watch for nestlings following adult waterfowl in the following weeks as they learn to forage.

Turkeys – Turkeys are abundant on the Umpqua Valley floor. Watch for toms strutting and gathering hens for spring breeding. Look for these birds within the oak savannah habitat and surrounding oak woodlands where food and roosting resources are available. ODFW does not recommend feeding turkeys as these concentrated birds do a significant amount of damage to properties and buildings when concentrated around baited sites within residential and agricultural areas.

Common nighthawk –The nighthawk is a darkish colored bird 9.5-inches 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. This migratory bird is one of the last birds to migrate to North America for nesting. It can be seen and heard in Western Oregon from cities and towns to woodlands and forests.

Killdeer – Most of the local shorebirds are nesting at this time. Shorebirds include oystercatchers, plovers, turnstones, sandpipers and phalaropes. One of the most common shorebirds and plovers in our area is the killdeer. The killdeer is a brown, white and black medium sized shore bird 10.5 inch long with two black neck bands and orange on the upper tail and lower back plus a long tail. Killdeer are commonly seen in pastures, fields, meadows, airports and soccer fields often far from water emitting a killdeer call when startled. This migratory bird has variable nests but commonly makes an unlined depression nest in the gravel. Killdeer are famous for feigning injury near its nest to distract intruders.

Gamebirds – The young chicks of California 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.

Amphibians - The frogs and salamanders are out. Start to watch for frog and salamander egg masses and tadpoles to show up in ponds, puddles, creeks, and ditches. This can be a fun experience for kids and their parents to watch the development and metamorphosis processes of these critters.

Reptiles – As we get warmer, longer days, watch for local lizard, snake and turtle populations to become more active. Lizards and snakes will be taking advantage of morning and evening sun and southern exposed rock formations (and roads) to warm themselves. Turtles will be seen basking on logs and banks of local ponds, streams and reservoirs.

Turtles – It’s the time of 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. If you do find turtles crossing the road, safely remove them to the side they were moving towards.

Osprey - Ospreys can be seen flying above rivers or lakes looking for fish in the water. This time of the year look for male ospreys diving into the water capturing fish, and taking the captured fish back to the female on the nest.

Purple Martin – Purple Martins have arrived so look for them around Plat I Reservoir, Cooper Creek Reservoir and Ten Mile Lake. Purple Martin is our largest swallow in North America and is uncommon & mainly found in Western Oregon communally nesting usually near a large water body.

Young Wildlife – As spring births occur, the occasion to notice and watch young wildlife makes for a great learning experience for children and families. Be careful not to get too close however, and don’t take any wildlife from their habitat. If orphans are noticed, if safe or unharmed, leave animal where it is found and contact ODFW or Umpqua Wildlife Rescue (541-440-1196) in Douglas County. Most baby wildlife that is found, believed to be abandoned or orphaned, are simply waiting for mothers to return from foraging. If baby birds are found outside of nests, either return to nest if possible or leave on ground or limb below nest. Mother birds will likely be watching and waiting from a distance for people or predators to leave the area.

Hummingbirds – It time to hang up your feeders for our summer hummers. Avoid the commercial hummingbird mixture you can buy in the store since the red dye can produce digestive problems for these small birds. Remember that you can make your own hummingbird food utilizing 4 parts water to 1 part sugar ratio but always make sure the sugar goes completely into solution before hanging up for use.

Deer – Fawns are starting to be seen on the valley floor. Fawns found hiding in the grass are not abandoned by their mothers or orphaned. Please don’t remove them, as their mothers will return after foraging, usually under the cover of darkness. Please control domestic dogs around deer this time of year. Many fawns are injured or killed each year when found by dogs.

JACKSON and JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

Now that summer is here hiking trails at this time of year can be very hot and rather unpleasant walks. Try areas of higher elevation and early morning short walks when temperatures are lower and wildlife are more active. Traveling trails in early morning of the Sky lakes Wilderness and Crater Lake national parks provide slightly cooler temps and various wildlife. Animals that can be seen are ground squirrels, chipmunks, humming birds, stellar Jays, deer and perhaps a bear.

Table Rocks

The two Table Rocks of southern Oregon provide excellent nearby hiking opportunities. Upper Table Rock is located off of Modoc Rd and is slightly shorter of the two, whereas Lower Table Rock is located off of Table Rock Rd it is longer yet slightly less of a steep climb. Both of these trails provide a good opportunity to see a variety of wildlife that the Rogue Valley has to offer. Once you reach the top you have great views of the surrounding Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges. These hikes are lower elevation so it will get hot, because of this hiking in the early morning and late evening should provide the most enjoyable experience.

Mt. McLoughlin

Mt. Mcloughlin is the tallest peak in Southern Oregon reaching an elevation of 9,495 feet. This mountain can be hiked almost year round depending on your skill level; however starting in mid-July through September is the peak of the climbing season. During this time of year there is no snow, decreasing amounts of bugs, and a clearly marked trail. This is a 10 mile round trip hike that gains over 4000 feet of elevation and is a great opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. During the first part of the hike you will be in the tree-line where you can see many different small mammals running around. Towards the top you have great views of the surrounding lakes and many birds flying across the sky.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

First Wednesday of the month bird counts at Agate Lake. On the first Wednesday of every month the Rogue Valley Audubon Society gathers at Agate Lake outside of White City to conduct a bird count. The event is open to the public and starts at 8:30 a.m.

Denman Wildlife Area

Take one of two trails off Touvelle Road and enjoy birdwatching and sightseeing. This is the time of year when the wildlife area greens up with variety of flowers and wildlife. Below the fourth pond and to the north, you will find the Denman horse trail (2.5 mile) that provides great views of the Upper Table Rock and opportunities to see birds that live in oak trees, wedge leaf ceanothus and areas of riparian vegetation along the Little Butte Creek. The trail to the south that runs along the forth pond dike is our interpretive trail, come in to the office and pick up and interpretive trail guide. You will learn of some of the history of the wildlife area and the different environment unique to our area. A wide variety of wildlife can be found along this 1 ½ mile trail.

A covered viewing station on the Denman Wildlife Area provides a good opportunity to view waterfowl, egrets, raptors and songbirds. The structure was built by the Oregon Hunters Association and is accessed by a paved, ADA-accessible pathway. Two additional fishing dikes have been created on Whetstone pond to provide more fishing access, it is possible to catch bass, bluegill, bullhead catfish, black crappie, and carp. Warm water fishing should become more productive as the weather improves. The pond is located just north of the ODFW Rogue Watershed Field Office in Central Point.

We are done planting the grain fields on the wildlife area, as these begin to grow they can be excellent areas to view all types of birds that feed on the seeds. People coming to the wildlife area to search for agates in these recently plowed fields need to remember that all “Rock Hounding” on the wildlife area requires a permit that can be obtained at our main office on E. Gregory.

Song Birds

Several types of swallows are beginning to nest in our bird boxes around the Denman Wildlife area office.

Mourning Doves

Mourning doves are found across the Rogue Valley wherever there are open grain fields and areas with roosting trees that have plenty of water. They are currently found nesting in trees or other shaded structures. They can have multiple nests throughout the early summer. 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 slightly larger is the Eurasian collared dove. Unlike the Mourning Doves, Eurasian Collared Doves are a non-native species. They are seen around residential areas and have known to visit bird feeders. Unlike the pointed tail of the Mourning dove their tail will be square shaped.

Canada geese

Canada Geese mate for life and pairs are breaking off from their flocks to find nesting sites. We are now starting to see goslings running around the wildlife area with many more to come. They will soon be everywhere in the fields and ponds for people to watch.

Snipe

Snipe are small, fast and erratic low-flying birds that can be hard to identify. They can be easily confused with killdeer and other shorebirds. Snipe are found in muddy or shallow water areas feeding on insects. Snipe almost always emit a call when they take off in flight. Denman Wildlife Area has decent numbers of snipe.

Turkeys

The turkey breeding season is now over, however there are still viewing opportunities for these birds. If you spot a hen look closely in the area for her group of young, there is usually around 10 young per hen. There are turkeys throughout southern Oregon, including on the Denman Wildlife 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.

Local Lakes

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

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.

For a great birding trail along the southern coast, visit Oregon Birding Trails. (6/20/2017)


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • The following lakes have been or will be stocked with trout this week: Estacada Lake (2,000), Faraday Lake (2,000), Harriet Lake (3,000), North Fork Reservoir (3,000), Alton Baker Canal (815), Breitenbush River (1,800), Detroit Reservoir (4,500), Leaburg Lake (1,400), and the North Fork Santiam River above Detroit Reservoir (3,000).
  • Anglers can still win a $50 gift certificate by reeling in a trout marked with floy tags as part of the ODFW’s tag reward program in Clear Lake, Cottage Grove Reservoir, Dexter, and Dorena reservoirs. Between the four lakes there are 930 tagged fish … and 90 winners!
  • Chinook salmon season is open seven days a week on the Willamette River.

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.

Updated 2017 Trout Stocking Schedules

High Lakes stocking

ODFW takes very small fish to Oregon’s high lakes by helicopter, mule and river boats. Take a look at where these fish were released in the past and where you might even encounter some of them on your next backpacking trek. It typically takes only a year after stocking for fish to reach catchable size.

Check out our interactive 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 our Google-based stocking map. Click on the fish icons to bring up all the pertinent information about the state’s trout fishing locations.

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

Will be stocked this week with 815 rainbow trout, including 150 larger trout.

The canoe 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 two-mile length from Day Island Road in Eugene to Aspen Street in Springfield. The canal is open to fishing all year.

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

Stocked in the spring with 4,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84; the park is located on the south side of the freeway about 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

BETHANY POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead

Stocked in May with 1,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a 10-acre pond located at Bethany west of Portland. The pond is maintained by Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved, ADA accessible trail.

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

Stocked in May with 1,500 trout. Try fishing from the docks or along the bank near the boat ramp. From October to April private boats are also allowed if under 14 ft. with motors of less than 3.0 horsepower.

This 64-acre lake is located in Blue Lake Regional Park three miles west of Troutdale. Amenities include picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Metro. The cost to enter is $5/car and there is ample parking once inside the park. The park is open from 8 a.m. until legal sunset. For further information call 503-661-6087.

BLUE RIVER: trout

Upstream of Blue River Reservoir was stocked the week of June 26 with 750 hatchery trout, including 150 larger trout. Two wild trout may be harvested per day above Blue River Reservoir only. Otherwise, anglers may keep five hatchery trout per day. Anglers may only use lures and artificial flies.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Stocked the week of June 26 with 2,000 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout including 100 larger trout. Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Hwy. 126 and is open to year-round fishing. The boat ramps are not accessible at current reservoir elevations.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

This river flows through mostly U.S. Forest Service land into Detroit Lake and is open year-round (however salmon fishing is prohibited). During the summer it is stocked fairly regularly with hatchery trout. It will be stocked again this week with 1,800 legal-size hatchery trout. Anglers may keep up to five trout per day.

CANBY POND: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill

Stocked the week of May 1 with 800 rainbow trout. Canby Pond is a one-acre pond located on the south end of Canby, in Canby City Park. This pond is open only to youth 17 years old and under, as well as persons who possess ODFW's Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permits.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Carmen Reservoir was stocked the week of July 10th with 2,000 rainbow trout, including 375 larger trout. The reservoir is accessed via USFS Road 750 off Hwy. 126, about two miles south of Clear Lake. It is open to fishing all year. Use of bait is allowed. Motor boats are prohibited on this reservoir.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

The Clackamas flows dropped even further now that it’s been over a month since the area has seen any measurable rainfall, with still no change in sight for the coming days. As a result fishing effort remained light while the summer rafting crowd holds center stage. For the anglers out giving it a go last week there were still some decent summer steelhead catch numbers and a rare springer landed.

As mentioned, now that we’re in mid-summer season it’s time for the recreational river users to make their annual appearance on the water. The warm sunny days will bring several hundred folks out daily rafting, swimming, etc., so anglers should be aware and perhaps plan on fishing in the early morning or late evening before sundown.

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 private property. If you have a drift 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.

USGS hydrological data for July 17 shows river flows down to 1,320 cfs, with a gauge reading of 11.19 feet and the water temperature steady at 63°. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year, and was stocked the week of July 10 with 3,431 hatchery trout of various sizes. In Clear Lake, you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card as part of ODFW’s tag reward program. Clear Lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Linn County’s Clear Lake Resort rents cabins and boats.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River was stocked the week of June 12 with 1,100 hatchery trout, and is open to fishing all year. Bait use is allowed Apr. 22- Oct. 31, but as of Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. In addition to five hatchery trout, two wild trout may be kept daily.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Stocked the week of May 1 with 1,000 hatchery trout. This is a three-acre stocked lake within the Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, Oregon. Commonwealth 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

Stocked the week of April 3 with 1,900 trout. Cottage Grove Ponds are open to year-round fishing and are accessed via an asphalt pathway behind the truck scales on Row River Road. The pond was stocked with a total of 3,250 legal-size hatchery trout the past two weeks. In addition to fishing, these ponds also offer wildlife viewing opportunities. A fishing dock is available on-site.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Was stocked the week of April 24 with 4,250 legal-size hatchery trout. From this release, 200 fish were marked with floy tags as part of the ODFW’s tag reward program, including 20 tags that can be redeemed for a $50 gift card. Cottage Grove Reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to fishing all year.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

The reservoir is now completely full and all boat ramps are in the water. The reservoir will be stocked again this week with 4,500 hatchery rainbow trout. Mongold boat ramp, among others, is available for launching boats.

NOTICE: Anglers are encouraged to report their catch on forms available at signs and kiosks which are being installed at key locations around the lake. Simply fill out the form and return in the designated drop boxes. There is also an on-line form.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Stocked in April with 2,800 legal-size rainbow trout. Dexter Reservoir is a location where ODFW released tag reward fish, so you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card. Dexter Reservoir near Lowell is visible from Hwy. 58. Boat and bank access is available from state and county parks. Parking and bank access are also available from the causeway near Lowell. Largemouth bass and some smallmouth are also available to anglers in this reservoir.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Stocked the week of April 24 with 6,000 legal-size rainbow trout. Dorena Reservoir is a location where ODFW released tag reward fish, so you could catch a fish with a tag that could win you a $50 gift card.

Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to fishing all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available. It was also stocked the week of March 27 with 6,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

DORMAN POND - trout

Stocked the week of May 1 with 1,000 legal-size hatchery trout. This is an 8-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6

EAGLE CREEK: spring Chinook

Eagle Creek water levels continue to fall along with the onset of the summer doldrums, despite the mountain snowmelt that had helped keep deeper stretches of the creek fishable. Back in early June there were unconfirmed reports of a few spring Chinook landed on the creek, which is entirely possible since the flows had been high enough to allow fish to swim into the creek from the Clackamas. There are also several Chinook holding in the creek just below the hatchery. These springers would be returns from the releases done a couple of years ago up at Eagle Creek Hatchery.

Keep in mind that 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 species, trout

FUEL SPILL SITUATION AS OF JULY 18: The wildlife area is open as usual but expect traffic delays due to clean up efforts for a fuel spill on Hwy 99 adjacent to the area. While the spill has contaminated some soil, there is no known loss of wildlife at this time. ODFW and DEQ will be working together to restore any area contaminated by the spill.

NOTICE: The water level of EE Wilson pond has dropped considerably due to a leak and is no longer fishable. In order to come at the leak staff will be lowering the water elevation even further. A good fishing alternative is Adair Pond just 2-3 miles to the south off of Hwy 99W in Adair Village. Follow the signs to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Office. The pond is 200 yards past the parking lot. Adair Pond offers good bass and panfish angling, as well as a few channel catfish.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout, steelhead

Will be stocked again the week of July 17 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This site has been stocked several times previously this fishing season.

This is a 150-acres reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. Fishing dock and ADA-accessible fishing platform provide the only non-boating access. Boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at lower end of reservoir, picnic areas, restrooms. Park fee.

FALL CREEK: trout

Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir was stocked the week of June 19 with 1,750 hatchery trout including 250 larger trout. Open all year for trout. Bait use is allowed Apr 22- Oct 31, but as of Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Below Fall Creek Dam the creek is open all year for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead greater than 24-inches. Five hatchery trout and an additional two wild trout may be harvested daily in the river.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Will be stocked again the week of July 17 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This site has been stocked several times previously this fishing season.

This is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant. No boats, walk-in only.

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. For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000.

There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. Reservoir is pretty much filled up and the boat ramps at Orchard Point, Perkins, and Richardson Park are currently available.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

Foster Reservoir was stocked on May 22 with 4,000 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout. 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. At the moment, all boat ramps including Calkins Park are available to launch boats.

Look for smallmouth bass and yellow perch near underwater structure and drop-offs. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept as part of the trout bag limit, but there are no limits on size or number of bass. Retention of warmwater fish species such as bluegill, catfish, crappie, and yellow perch is also allowed; no limit on size or number. This reservoir receives hatchery trout in the spring and fall.

FREEWAY LAKE, EAST: trout, bass bluegill crappie

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 in the spring for warmwater gamefish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish can be very good, especially early and late in the day. It was stocked in May with 900 hatchery rainbow trout.

GOLD LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Gold Lake is a 100-acre lake located north of the Willamette Pass summit off Hwy. 58 approximately 23 miles southeast of Oakridge. Gold Lake has special fishing regulations in place which include no retention of rainbow trout, no limit on brook trout, no motorboats, fly-fishing only (has to be a fly rod, no spinning rigs) and barbless hooks. Fishing is currently good for both rainbow and brook trout in the lake. The lake re-opens to anglers each year around May 22.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

Trout as well as bass are good options for anglers this time of year. Look for them near ledges and drop-offs as well as near underwater structure. Anglers report good success with kokanee below 40 feet. Reservoir water levels are in very good shape for this time of year. Currently the reservoir is completely full.

Both Thistle Creek and Whitcomb Island boat ramps are currently available for boaters. It was stocked on May 8 with 5,750 hatchery rainbow trout.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of April 24 with 2,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a stocked two-acre pond on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area that offers good bank access. This site is ideal for kids. A parking permit is required while on the wildlife area. Permits are available from all ODFW license vendors.

HARTMAN POND: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

This is a year-round warmwater and spring trout fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge, with easy access for non-boating anglers just off Interstate 84. It was stocked with legal- and trophy-size trout in the spring and also supports year-round populations of crappie, bass and catfish. It will be stocked again this week with 1,250 legal-size rainbow trout. From I-84, take the Benson State Park exit. The pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Recreation Area.

HARRIETT LAKE: trout

Will be stocked again this week with 3,000 rainbow trout. The lake was stocked earlier this year with an additional 5,000+ trout, including more than 100 “trophies.”

Harriet 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.

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

Stocked the week of May 29 with 10,000 legal-size rainbow trout. The lake has been stocked several other times this spring as well.

Hagg Lake, located near Forest Grove, is one of Oregon’s premier warmwater fishing locations, with populations of record-class largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, and bullhead. It also supports a resident population of native cutthroat trout and is frequently stocked with hatchery trout.

The lake is now open year-round and is stocked regularly throughout the spring and fall. This is a 1,110-acre lake waterbody 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 to reach. Many are easy day hikes, perfect for packing in a lunch and doing some fishing then heading home in early evening. Others require a bit more planning and prep as the distance and terrain dictates so a good topographical map should be considered. When hiking into any of the high lakes be prepared for the unexpected from weather, to mosquitos, to accidents. And please pack out what you pack in!

With the high lakes season just getting underway there’s still a good chance of encountering snow or ice at higher elevations. The cold winter and considerable snowpack has left a few spots inaccessible or at the very least with areas of remnant snow on roads, trails and around lakes. It’s best to contact the U.S. Forest Service for up-to-date information if you’re considering a venture into areas you’re unsure of.

Some of these high lakes 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. And as the fire season gets in full swing you should check on restrictions regarding open campfires.

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

Was stocked the week of May 1 with 3,000 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout. This reservoir is located about four miles southeast of Oakridge and is open to year round fishing. It is stocked with 60,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings and 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon fingerlings annually to provide a harvest fishery the following year.

Trout and salmon must be adipose-fin clipped to be harvested. Large native trout are available for catch-and-release fishing.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked recently with 1,350 trout, including 50 trophies weighing two pounds or more. This is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, this venue has "kid-friendly" edges, is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

Junction City Pond was stocked in early June with 1,000 legal-size hatchery trout. Holdover trout may still be found in the deepest parts of the pond, and there are crappie and other pan-fish available as well. Best times to fish are early and late in the day.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake will be stocked with 1,400 hatchery trout the week of July 17. Leaburg Lake is open to fishing all year. Bait use is allowed Apr. 22- Oct. 31, but as of Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released. Only hatchery fish may be kept. Leaburg Dam closures have ended and the dam should be open as usual.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake was stocked the week of July 3 with 1,250 hatchery trout from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Landing. An additional 8,250 fish was stocked by boat the week of July 10. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. As of Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout, salmon, steelhead

The Middle Fork Willamette River is open to bait below Dexter Dam only. Reminder: Restrictions from Dexter Dam to appoximately 700 ft downstream to the markers: No angling from the north shore, from a floating device, or while wading (pg 44 in regulations). 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 Middle Fork Willamette below Dexter Dam.

The Middle Fork Willamette above Lookout Point and Hills Creek reservoirs is open to fishing using lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released upstream of Lookout Point Reservoir. The Middle Fork Willamette River is not stocked with hatchery trout.

MOLALLA RIVER: spring Chinook

River flows have dropped even more recently on the Molalla making for some very tough fishing conditions as anglers go out chasing spring Chinook. These fish are returning adults from the annual 100,000 smolt acclimation pond releases of two or three years ago.

The Willamette Falls spring Chinook passage began improving considerably in late May and has held on steady day after day so there are certainly a number of these fish headed back to the Molalla River as acclimation pond returns. Through July 8 the number of springers passing upstream at the falls in Oregon City stood at 32,189 adults and 2,197 jacks, while the winter steelhead counts ended May 31 at a very low 822 total.

USGS hydrological data for July 17 has river flows down at 121 cfs and a gauge reading of 9.84 feet. All of the readings come from the Canby gauge.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Mt. Hood Pond is located on the Mt. Hood Community College campus in Gresham, at 26000 SE Stark St.

Fishing at this location is restricted to youths age 17 and under and Disabled Angler licensees from April 1 - Aug. 31.

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout, steelhead, salmon

Stocked last week with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. The lake has been stocked several times this spring, with releases of up to 10,000 fish.

This is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada, Ore. This reservoir has two boat ramps, boat moorage, 50 campsites, picnic areas, boat rentals, grocery story, fueling station, and ADA-accessible fishing platforms.

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Stocked last week with 125 trophy trout and 2,800 legal-sized rainbows. It was stocked the previous two weeks with 6,800 trout, and some of those fish should still be available.

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 – rainbow trout, brown bullhead

Stocked in May with 1,000 legal-size rainbow trout. This is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton. 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.

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

Hatchery trout are stocked in late spring and summer. In winter and early spring there are resident trout and very few anglers. It was stocked in late June with 2,000 hatchery trout. Stream flows continue to drop and are in excellent shape for fishing, currently around 52 cfs (conditions best for fishing are below 300 cfs). Anglers may keep up to five trout per day all year.

SALISH POND: trout, warm water species

West Salish Pond was stocked in May with 500 hatchery trout as efforts get underway to bring the pond back into the regular ODFW stocking rotation. Most local anglers know it’s been quite some time since the pond was stocked with hatchery trout and both The City of Fairview and ODFW are very happy to bring trout fishing back to West Salish Pond. Parking is available at the school after 5 p.m. weekdays and all weekend. Parking is no longer available adjacent to the pond along Glisan St. Informational signs regarding use of the area have been posted by the City of Fairview around the pond’s shoreline.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek near Oakridge was stocked the week of July 10 with 850 hatchery trout, including 150 larger trout. Salmon Creek is open to fishing all year. Bait is allowed Apr. 22 – Oct .31, but as of Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Trout are released at multiple locations upstream to Black Creek. Two wild trout per day, 8-inch minimum length, may be kept in addition to five hatchery trout.

SALMONBERRY LAKE: trout, sunfish

Stocked with trout in the early spring. Salmonberry Lake is owned by the city of St. Helens and is about three acres in size. It is a former municipal water supply secluded in the woods off of Pittsburgh Road. The road to the pond is gated and anglers must walk about 1/3 mile to access this pond.

SALT CREEK: trout

Salt Creek is an unstocked tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge. Salt Creek and its tributaries are open to angling all year. As of Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Two wild trout may be kept per day, 8-inch minimum length.

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

River conditions are holding up well on the Sandy for anglers in pursuit of summer steelhead or spring Chinook, and reports from the hatchery say that steady numbers of both summers and springers are coming out daily in the Cedar Creek area fishery. There are reportedly fish in the Sandy River system above the hatchery as well now that it’s mid-July, perhaps as far up as the mouth of the Salmon River. There had been a small number of summer steelhead swim into the hatchery this spring but that number remains fairly low. Keep in mind moving further into July that the glacial melt will begin affecting Sandy River leaving the river silted up and a chalky gray/white color. Many experienced Sandy River anglers say that the fish actually seem to bite better when these off-color conditions show up since it provides a bit more “cover”.

Anglers can find bank access to the Sandy River in several areas from Troutdale up to Brightwood. Lewis and Clark Park, Dabney Park, Oxbow Park, and Dodge Park all offer good spots for bank fishing as well as having boat ramps if you have a driftboat or sled.

USGS hydrological data for July 11 shows the Sandy flows falling a bit more at 692 cfs, with a gauge reading of 8.30 feet and the water temperature dropping back down to about 56°F.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

As of July 18, flows are around 1,500 cfs at the Mehama gauge, but the water is clear. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs.

There has been a dramatic improvement in the run of Willamette spring Chinook with counts at Willamette falls now well above 34,000 fish. Summer steelhead numbers remain low, around 1,800 fish as of July 8. So far, 453 summer steelhead and 3,746 hatchery Chinook salmon have migrated upstream of Stayton, as of July 15.

When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred fishing 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 hatchery steelhead.

As of May 22, the river has reopened for the harvest of hatchery trout. All wild trout must be released.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

This section of the river is open year-round for trout. It will be stocked again this week with 3,000 legal-size hatchery trout. The river is running clear and is in great shape. Anglers may keep up to five trout per day. This section of river is closed to salmon fishing.

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

Flow levels have dropped to summer low flows, currently around 850 cfs (as of July 18) and numbers of salmon and steelhead entering the basin are rebounding after a slow start. About 320 300 summer steelhead and over 3,500 Chinook have already entered the ladder at Foster dam through the month of June. The river is now open for trout angling as well. Anglers may keep up to five hatchery trout per day – wild trout need to be released. Best times for catching trout are early and late in the day.

Current conditions

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked the first week of June with 1,000 legal-size rainbow trout.

To get to Sheridan Pond, 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.

SHORTY’S POND: trout

Shorty’s is a 4-acre pond located within Ivor Davies Nature Park in the city of Molalla. It can be accessed by the Fifth St. Trailhead across from Heckard Football Stadium. Aquatic vegetation can make for challenging conditions during warmer weather.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

Stocked in June with 5,650 trout. This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.

SMALL FRY LAKE: trout

Last stocked with trout in June. This is a small youth-only fishing pond located next to Promontory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Estacada.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

The Eugene Water & Electric Board has begun a five-year construction project to retrofit, refurbish and upgrade capital equipment at its Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project. The work is being conducted in anticipation of a new federal operating license for the project.

The capital construction projects planned for the 2017-2021 time frame will create significant public access constraints due primarily to safety concerns. In order to keep the public and construction personnel safe during the five-year project, EWEB and the Forest Service agreed to close access to Forest Road 730 at the Powerhouse. The closure will deny public access to Trail Bridge Campground, Smith Reservoir and Lake’s End Campground. The closure of the road to the public will begin in March 2017 and continue through 2021.

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

Stocked twice in April with rainbows of various sizes.

St. Louis Ponds is a 240-acre fishing complex of seven ponds owned and managed jointly by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Marion County Parks Department. The site has a 2,300-foot paved ADA footpath with turnouts, fishing platforms, restrooms and picnic tables. It is stocked throughout the year with hatchery trout and has many other species of warmwater fish.

A gate providing access to the last mile of dirt road to the complex is open March 1-Sept. 30, although anglers are still permitted to walk in to fish during the seasonal gate closure. March/April hours are 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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, about a mile to the main parking lot.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located two miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. It was stocked early June with 340 hatchery trout. The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round. 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 I-5, 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.

TIMBER LINN LAKE: rainbow trout

This is a family-friendly fishing pond located within Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. It was stocked in late May with 180 legal-size and larger hatchery rainbow trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be taken per day.

Timber-Linn Lake 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.

TIMOTHY LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, eastern brook, cutthroat trout, crayfish

Stocked recently with 3,000 legal-sized rainbows and 500 trophy trout.

Timothy Lake is located within the Mt. Hood National Forest approximately 75 miles southeast of Portland via Hwy. 26. Designated in 2015 as one of ODFW’s “trophy trout” lakes, it is one of the most popular family camping and fishing destinations in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The lake's south shore features four developed campgrounds and boat ramps. Three smaller, less developed campgrounds are found in the north. A trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians circles the lake. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail also traverses the area along the east side of the lake. Motorboats are allowed on Timothy Lake, although a 10 mph speed limit is in place.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

The Eugene Water & Electric Board has begun a five-year construction project to retrofit, refurbish and upgrade capital equipment at its Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project. The work is being conducted in anticipation of a new federal operating license for the project.

The capital construction projects planned for the 2017-2021 time frame will create significant public access constraints due primarily to safety concerns. In order to keep the public and construction personnel safe during the five-year project, EWEB and the Forest Service agreed to close access to Forest Road 730 at the Powerhouse. The closure will deny public access to Trail Bridge Campground, Smith Reservoir and Lake’s End Campground. The closure of the road to the public started in March 2017 and will continue through 2021.Trail Bridge Reservoir will remain accessible to anglers from Highway 126 during the construction period, although few hatchery fish will be available. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used.

TRILLIUM LAKE – trout

The lake is now accessible and was stocked in June with 6,000 legal-size fish and a few hundred trophies.

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 POND – trout, panfish

Stocked in the spring with 500 trophy trout weighing approximately two pounds each. 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.

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

Stocked in May with 300 hatchery trout. This is an eight-acre privately owned pond located in Salem at the northeast corner of McGilchrist and 16th Streets, S.E.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

Stocked in the spring with 1,850 hatchery rainbow trout, including 150 of those being larger-size. As a reminder, the bag limit is five trout per day, but only one over 20 inches.

Walter Wirth is a 20-acre lake located within the City of Salem’s Cascades Gateway Park. Good fishing opportunities remain for warm water species.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: spring Chinook, summer steelhead, sturgeon, shad

The springer fishing for those working the water in the lower Willamette area at the head of Multnomah Channel has begun to tail off a bit more, but there were still a few anglers finding some limited success last week. Some of these Chinook are late Willamette or Clackamas River fish and a small number could also be summer Columbia River fish swinging into the Willamette for a rest before heading further up the Columbia.

Winter steelhead passage counts ended May 31st with a very low season total of 822 fish passing at Willamette Falls while ongoing cumulative counts through July 8 for summer steelhead stand at a very low 1,814 whereas the spring Chinook count is now all the way up to 32,189.

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.

Two-rod validations are again allowed through July, and the use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls (including Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River) and in lower Clackamas River upstream to Highway 99E Bridge. Barbless hooks are still required when fishing for sturgeon.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on July 17 has flows dropping way down to 7,630 cfs, the water temperature up near 74°F, and visibility still very good at 7.2 ft.

YAMHILL RIVER and tributaries: trout

The river was stocked in May with 1,900 legal- and larger-size rainbow trout. The Yamhill and its tributaries are now open year-round for trout under the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Fishing shifts to catch-and-release for trout from Nov. 1 to May 21. Fishing and harvest of warmwater fish is also allowed during this period.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: HUNTING

EVENTS:

Shotgun skills classes throughout August, see www.odfwcalendar.com

OPEN: COUGAR

Please remember to check with the landowner for access restrictions prior to entering private lands. Private timberlands access policy. Hunters are reminded to have permission to hunt or make sure hunting is allowed before accessing private lands.

In addition, 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.

BIG GAME

The 2017 COUGAR season is open until Dec. 31 or the zone quota is met. Remember to purchase a 2017 Hunting License and 2017 Cougar Tag if you are planning to hunt for cougar this year. A productive hunting technique is to use predator calls to mimic a distressed prey species. Approaching cougars 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. Please review the 2016 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements. See 2016 Cougar Regulations for details

COYOTES 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. Use predator calls to lure coyotes in close can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cool. Hunters need a valid hunting license to hunt coyotes on public property.

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. 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.

LEAVE YOUNG WILDLIFE IN THE WILD!

May and June are the months when newborn animals are getting their start in the wild. Help them out by giving them space and leaving them alone. ODFW and Oregon State Police (OSP) remind everyone that taking young animals out of the wild isn’t just against the law—it’s also bad for the animal. These animals miss the chance to learn important survival skills from their parents like where to feed, what to eat, how to behave as part of a group and how to escape from predators.

Unfortunately, every year about this time, ODFW offices across Oregon get calls from people concerned about orphaned deer fawns, elk calves, bear cubs, seal pups and other animals they find alone. But the mother animal is usually just off feeding not far away. She will return soon, so don’t interfere. “People often pick up animals they find alone out of good intentions, without realizing they may be sentencing the animal to an early death by removing it from its natural environment and its parents,” said Julia Burco, ODFW Wildlife Veterinarian.

Never assume one of a young animal is orphaned unless you saw the parent killed. In almost all cases, the parent will return once it is safe to do so, like when people and dogs aren’t around. Removing or capturing an animal from the wild and keeping it in captivity without a permit is against state law (OAR 635-044-0015), as is transporting animals. Last year, seven people were cited for such offenses (No wildlife holding permit/Take-hold young game mammal).
Be safe, be responsible and be legal.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

Valley Wide

Western Painted and Western Pond Turtles

On warm, sunny days Oregon’s two native species of turtles can be seen on basking on logs in ponds, lakes, and side channels of rivers and large streams. Basking is critical to a turtle’s shell health and aids in food digestion.

This is also the time of the year when turtles are often spotted on land, searching for places to lay their eggs. If you see a native turtle that seems to be headed somewhere, remove any hazards in its way and let it continue.

Unfortunately, it is also the time of the year when two non-native turtles can be by observed. Red-eared sliders with characteristic red markings “ears” can be seen basking on logs and coming to land to nest. If you see a very large turtle with a big head, long tail and alligator-like appearance, you’ve found a snapping turtle. Both of these turtles are considered invasive and should not be released into the wild. Please report sightings of non-native turtles to ODFW. Report a turtle sighting and see turtle photos

Corvallis Area

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.

Eugene Area

Delta Ponds’ Turtles

This time of year viewers can observe native western pond turtles as they soak up the sun basking on logs. The best time to observe turtles is mid-mornings on sunny days. The turtles will retreat back into the water if the temperature is too hot. Please try to observe the turtles from a distance to avoid disturbing them. Unfortunately, viewers will likely see Red-eared Sliders in addition to the Western Pond Turtles. The sliders are a non-native invasive species that compete with our native turtles for habitat and food.

For more information, visit the City of Eugene Parks Web site.

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.)

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 this summer. 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.

Portland: Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

The Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is now open. However, some access areas closed due to high water, including the road to Big Eddy and Rentenaar Road at the levee.

Bird watching is excellent with spring migrants and summer resident arriving. White pelicans and cliff swallows are showing up in larger numbers. Purple martins are now nesting and active around their colonies. The bald eagles chicks are getting ready to fledge and osprey are still nesting and may be viewed from various observation points. Baby ducks are starting to be seen as well as a lot of song birds. 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. ODFW actively manages the area to provide food and cover.

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 agents, ODFW offices, or online.

For more information, call (503) 621-3488.


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CENTRAL ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Anglers are reporting much better rainbow trout fishing than the last few years at Prineville Reservoir, with fish averaging 16 inches
  • The entire lower Deschutes River is now open for trout fishing.
  • Bull trout and kokanee fishing has been picking up on Lake Billy Chinook.
  • Reports of good trout fishing on Crane Prairie.
  • Recent sampling of Antelope Flat Reservoir and Walton Lake showed excellent winter survival with most trout in the 12 to 14-inch range.
  • Lost and Clear lakes are now accessible: Both have been stocked and each has received an extra load of trophy-size fish.

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.

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Anglers are reporting good catches of both stocked and carryover rainbow trout from 12-18 inches. Anglers should target the deeper water near the dam.

BEND PINE NURSERY: rainbow trout, bluegill, bass

Anglers may keep two fish per day.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

The pond has warmed past best fishing opportunities for trout. Good opportunity will return in late summer or early fall as temperatures cool.

CENTURY POND: rainbow trout

Pond will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. The pond is located ¼ mile west of the junction of USFS Rd 46 (Century Drive) and USFS Rd 4635.

CLEAR LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake was stocked late this year, and should be in perfect shape for the weekend.
CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, kokanee

Anglers report good fishing for trout. Wild rainbow trout must be released. Only 1 trout over 20-inches per day.

CRESCENT LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee

Open to fishing all year. One lake trout per day, 24-inch minimum length.

CROOKED RIVER: redband trout, mountain whitefish

Angling opportunities for redband trout and whitefish are improving. Recent surveys indicate the trout population has rebounded considerably from 2016. Most fish are in the 8-12 inch range, with the occasional larger trout. We are excited to see this popular fishery coming back.

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

Recently stocked with rainbow trout. Open to fishing all year.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch-and-release for trout. No limits on warmwater fish.

DESCHUTES RIVER, MOUTH TO THE PELTON REGULATING DAM: redband trout, summer steelhead, whitefish

Special regulations are in effect for the Deschutes from Moody Rapids downstream to the Columbia River. For the period from June 16- August 31, 2017, only one hatchery steelhead is allowed in the adult salmonid daily bag limit. Unfortunately, due to expected low returns of spring Chinook in the Deschutes basin, spring Chinook fishing will remain closed in 2017. By permanent rule, Chinook fishing will re-open on Aug. 1.

Steelhead are numbers are low to date, but a few should be available in the lower river.

Anglers who catch a tagged hatchery steelhead with an orange anchor tag, are encouraged to report catch information to ODFW at 541-296-4628. Anglers catching a tagged wild fish should release it immediately without recording any information.

Counts at the Sherars Falls salmon and steelhead trap. The trap is only in operation from July to the end of October. Trapping has ended at Sherars Falls for the season.

Lake Billy Chinook to Benham Falls: rainbow trout, brown trout

Open for trout all year. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures. No size or limits on brown trout and no harvest of bull trout.

Benham Falls upstream to Little Lava Lake:

Wild rainbow trout must be released. 2 trout per day (including brook and brown trout, kokanee, and hatchery rainbow trout.

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

Recently stocked with rainbow trout. Open to fishing all year.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Lake will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. Angler report good fishing for trout. Open to fishing all year. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

Open to fishing all year. 25 kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

River will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill

Fishing should be good this year. The reservoir was stocked with 9,500 legal-size trout and 75 brood fish. Warmwater fish are plentiful but tend to be on the smaller side.

HOOD RIVER: Summer steelhead

Anglers are reminded that spring Chinook angling closed on the Hood River on June 30, 2017. Anglers will find a few summer steelhead available in the river. Water temperatures may limit fishing opportunity, as glacial melt will limit water clarity.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout

Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch-and-release for all species.

KINGSLEY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked and should be good fishing. Bank anglers are having success along the dam.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: bull, brown and rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass

Opportunities for 10-13 inch kokanee are excellent. Best success has been reported in the Metolius Arm. Bull trout are beginning to move toward the upper end of the Metolius Arm prior to spawning. Harvest limited to one fish over 24 inches. Tribal permit required for Metolius Arm.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

Opportunities for 12-16 inch rainbow trout are good. The reservoir has been recently stocked. Tribal permit required.

LAVA LAKE (BIG): rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing for trout. Open to fishing all year.

LAVA LAKE (SMALL): rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked and should be good fishing at one of Oregon’s most famous lakes. Additionally, Lost Lake received an extra stocking of trophy trout!

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Fishing is restricted to fly fishing only upstream of Bridge 99. Catch-and-release for trout including bull trout.

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

There are usually some nice-size trout in the creek during the spring.

Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only; two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Trout 20-inches and greater must be released unharmed.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

Opportunities for both wild and hatchery rainbow trout continue to be very good. Average size is 12-16 inches. Trout will be moving into the deeper water with the warm weather. Black crappie and smallmouth bass are also available.

ODELL CREEK: rainbow trout

Catch-and-release for trout including bull trout.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing. All bull trout must be released unharmed.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Lake will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. Anglers report good fishing for brown trout and kokanee. Open to fishing all year. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The lake has been stocked and fishing has been good, especially for trophies.

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

Anglers are reporting much better rainbow trout fishing than the last few years with fish averaging 16 inches. Despite a die-off earlier this year, opportunities for black crappie continue to be excellent. The reduction in numbers will increase growth and size of remaining fish.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Fishing should be good for the recently stocked trout.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports. Lake levels are likely dropping from irrigation withdrawals.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Recently stocked with rainbow trout. Open to youth only (17 years and under) and disabled anglers. Limit is two fish per day.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Recently stocked with rainbow trout. Open to fishing all year.

SPARKS LAKE: cutthroat trout

Open to fishing all year. Fly fishing only, barbless hooks required.

SPRAGUE POND: rainbow trout

Pond will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. Turn at Cow Meadow sign off USFS Rd 40. Take first left at first dirt road and follow road to pond.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year. 25 kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee.

TAYLOR LAKE (Wasco County): rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Recent warm temperatures will limit success on rainbow trout, the lake should continue to offer good bass opportunity.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Recently stocked with rainbow trout. Open to fishing all year.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Angling for rainbow trout is excellent with both boat and bank anglers reporting good catches of 12-18 inch rainbow trout. All gear types are producing good results. Anglers are reminded no boat motors are allowed on Walton.

WICKIUP RESERVOIR: kokanee, brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Twenty-five kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee.


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CENTRAL ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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.

PRINEVILLE/OCHOCO WILDLIFE DISTRICT

Cougar are present throughout the Maury, Ochoco, and Grizzly units. The Maury and Ochoco units are recommended because of their greater amounts of public lands and better accessibility. Cougars must be checked in at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. Please consult the synopsis for all required parts and be sure to call first to make an appointment.

Coyotes can offer an exciting challenge. Both the Maury and Ochoco have sizeable areas of public lands that provide hunting opportunities. Hunters should use caution, be properly equipped and prepared for whatever the weather might bring.

THE DALLES DISTRICT

Coyotes: Try calling for them from open fields, meadows, and pastures. The best areas to find them will be near farm grounds on the eastern boundary. Look for them in early morning or evening and pay close attention to wind direction.

Cougar: Cougars can be found in the same areas as deer and elk as they follow them through their migration routes.

Hunters are required to check-in the unfrozen hide and skull, with proof of sex attached to an ODFW office within 10 days. Hunters are also required to provide the reproductive tract of harvested female cougars. See pg. 42 of the regulations for details. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and hunting license is needed to hunt as of Jan. 1.

White River Wildlife Area

A parking permit is now required to use/park on the White River Wildlife Area along with other ODFW wildlife areas. Camping is allowed only in designated areas.

Cougar: Cougar season is open Jan. 1- Dec. 31 or until Zone Mortality Quotas have been met. Calling with distress calls or cougar vocalizations can be effective. However, locating a fresh, naturally made kill has the best chance of success.

Coyotes: Populations are good throughout the wildlife area. Coyote vocalization calls still work best until the pups start to disperse, which will be mid to late August Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.


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CENTRAL ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

CROOK COUNTY

Red-tailed, rough-legged and ferruginous hawks, northern harriers, American kestrels, prairie falcons and golden eagles can be found throughout Crook County and are usually associated more closely with open/agricultural areas. Bald eagles and osprey can be found associated with water bodies. Northern goshawks can be located throughout the Ochoco National Forest.

Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Area: The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Area offers access to view a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office, at Prineville Reservoir State Park office and the ODFW website. Note: The exterior gates are now open, after being closed all winter to protect wintering mule deer. Vehicles must remain on open roads, designated by a green dot, and cross-country motorized travel is prohibited.

Deschutes County

At this time of year the hot weather conditions can make viewing wildlife challenging. Birds are more active in the early morning hours and many mammals will find a shady bush, hollow tree, burrow, or safe rocky area to escape the heat of the day. Even reptiles, that require the sun to bring their bodies up to “working temperature,” have to seek shade during the hottest hours, as they are unable to sweat or pant to shed heat. That said; if you are out and about during the heat of the day, the best places to see wildlife are wetlands, lakes, and rivers with robust riparian and emergent vegetation. This is generally true at any time of the year, but especially so when the thermometer rises and wildlife change their activity patterns to avoid temperature extremes. Like us, wildlife will look for a shady spot to gain refuge from the heat, and being flushed from their shelter to avoid contact with curious humans can cause them unnecessary stress; therefore, it is best to provide wildlife space and enjoy them from a distance with the aid of binoculars or a spotting scope.

Deschutes County is home to an impressive array of reptiles that includes 7 lizard and 8 snake species. Be careful if you come across a rattlesnake. Never try to pick one up and if you hear the warning rattle, but cannot see the snake, locate the sound and move in an opposite direction. At this time of year reptiles are more active in the early morning and late evening hours.

Excellent places to visit and increase your chance of seeing wildlife include any of the Cascade lakes and reservoirs, such as Wickiup, Davis, Elk, and Crane Prairie. Lower elevation sites include Smith Rock State Park at Terrebonne and Hatfield Lakes (just northeast of the Bend airport) where you can expect to see a variety of waterfowl, shorebirds and multiple gull species, along with deer, rabbits, and a diversity of other mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Long toed salamander’s larvae and tadpoles of western toad and Pacific tree frog are growing fast and most will metamorphose in July.

Bird watching is not just limited to wild places. Residents and visitors to Bend can watch an osprey pair nesting adjacent to the Parkway that runs through the city. Vaux’s swifts can be seen flying over the former Bend library (at 507 NW Wall St.) and disappearing into the chimney at dusk, and productive birding opportunities can be found along the trails that follow the Deschutes River within Bend City limits.

Whether you’re interested in song birds, water birds, or raptors and prefer remote or urban birding experiences, directions to a long list of great birding locations can be found at East Cascades Audubon Society web site 07/10/17

The Lower Deschutes River provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities. California bighorn sheep are frequently observed in the canyon and can provide fantastic viewing all times of the year. The best spot to view sheep is from the BLM access road just downstream and across the river from Sherars Falls (along Hwy 216). Focus your efforts near large cliff complexes for best viewing. Sheep can also be viewed from The Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area access trail on the east side of the river by hiking up from the mouth of the river. Sheep can be seen about as low as river mile 7 or 8.

Many different raptor species can be seen in the Deschutes River Canyon this time of year including Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, American Kestrels, Prairie Falcons, Peregrine Falcons, Golden Eagles, and Osprey.

Great wildlife viewing opportunities also exist on The Woosley Tract of Lower Deschutes Wildlife area. Many unique bird species can be found throughout the area. Bighorn sheep also can be found using the area. It can be accessed through BLM lands at the mouth of Oak, Ferry, or Ward canyons. You will need a boat to access the area, which provides a very remote experience, with usually very few other people around, if any. Please call The Dalles district office at 541 296 4628 with any questions about accessing the area.

White River Wildlife Area

Deer can be observed commonly throughout the wildlife area, providing ample photo opportunities. Bucks antlers are in velvet and can be seen in different stages of growth for the next few months. Does will be giving birth to fawns soon, if you see fawns make sure that you leave them where you see them, mom is usually not too far away. Many of the deer have moved to higher elevations especially the larger bucks but there is still plenty of viewing opportunities.

Elk can be found throughout White River Wildlife Area roaming around looking for food. Spring weather has produced plenty of grasses, mushrooms, and other forage making the elk harder to find. Elk can still occasionally be found grazing in meadows early in the mornings or late in the evenings.

Turkeys can be found throughout the Wildlife Area. Look for them early in the morning or late in the evening in open fields. You can also look for them in or near oak savannahs foraging for bugs and acorns. Don’t forget to listen for the gobble of the tom turkey telling you they are in the area.

Bald and golden eagles and various other raptors, such as northern harriers, American kestrels, red-tailed and rough-legged hawks, are commonly observed. Other birds to keep an eye out for are Lewis’s Woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, western bluebirds, horned larks, western meadowlarks, Townsend’s solitaire, Flickers, and lots of robins.

Other animals that can occasionally be seen are coyotes, badgers, bobcats, bears and cougars. Some of these animals are very secretive and are hard to find. You might get to see a coyote wondering around but the other animals are a lot harder to find. Consider yourself lucky if you get to see one of them.

The wildlife area is a vehicle regulated use area. People using motorcycles and ATVs are reminded that all vehicles are to stay on roads; cross-country travel is prohibited. For more information and directions to the wildlife area, visit ODFW’s website.

With the warmer weather be mindful that wildlife are trying to escape the heat in the middle of the day, so if you see something hiding in the shade please don’t bother it. Also, rattle snakes are out, so be aware. 6/27/2017


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Campbell and Deadhorse Lakes will be heavily stocked this weekend.
  • The fire has been put out near Ana River and Ana Reservoir. Both waterbodies offer great opportunities for fishing this weekend.
  • Fourmile Lake will be stocked this week and is one of your best bets for fishing the Klamath Basin.
  • This weekend anglers were catching trout up to 18-inches long at Yellowjacket Lake.
  • Keep on the lookout for radio tagged redband trout in Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes, Williamson, Sprague and Wood Rivers. Please release these fish unharmed.
  • The Hexagenia limbata mayfly hatch is occurring in the evenings on the Lower and Upper Williamson Rivers.
  • Fishing should be excellent for rainbow trout in Miller Lake.

Regional resources

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

This reservoir was stocked with 1,600 larger rainbow trout this past week. Desert Springs Fish Hatchery has donated these extra rainbow trout once again. Thank you Desert Springs!

There is currently a fire near the reservoir. It is unknown if you can access the reservoir this weekend.

This lake is open year round, providing a great opportunity to catch hybrid bass and rainbow trout. A 16-pound hybrid bass was caught earlier this season and hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon. Hybrid bass are targeted successfully using crank baits and fishing bait along the bottom.

A new state record hybrid bass (white and striped bass cross) was caught in Ana Reservoir on Dec. 10, 2014. The fish was caught using a Rapala crankbait on 10 lb. test line and measured 31½ inches with a girth of 24 inches. The fish weighed 19 lbs. 12 oz. The new state record is 1 ½ inches longer and more than 1 lb. heavier than the previous record of 18 lbs. 9 oz. caught in 2009.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout

This river was stocked again this week with another 1,200 larger rainbow trout donated by Desert Springs Fish Hatchery. Thank you Desert Springs!

There is currently a fire near the reservoir. It is unknown if you can access the reservoir this weekend.

Fishing should be great for stocked rainbow trout. Ana River is open year-round and was stocked in November with larger rainbow trout 10- to 13-inches. Fingerlings were also released in 2016 and should be approximately 8- to 12-inches. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a float tube or by walking the banks. Bait is allowed.

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

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Fishing in Annie Creek not recommended at this time due to high flows. Annie Creek turns turbid quickly due to the large watershed and snow in the upper elevations. Access is available off Hwy. 62 at the USFS snow park. There is plenty of public property on USFS, State Forest and Crater Lake National Park -- fishing is regulated by the National Park (541-594-3000).

Several waterfalls occur on the creek inside Crater Lake National Park offering exceptional views. Fishing is very slow due to very cold and low productivity water. Fishing with bait allowed. Open year-round.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with approximately 3,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing is good.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is completely full of water. Fall fish sampling by ODFW indicated that the fingerlings planted last spring have survived and grown well and should provide for good fishing this spring. In addition, 500 legal-size rainbows were stocked the week of May 15.

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

No recent fishing reports.

The reservoir is currently at 86 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website. With the reservoir being full, look for fish near the shallow water at the upper end of the reservoir. This is where a lot of the smaller “baitfish” congregate and you may find larger fish feeding on them. During the heat of summer, fishing is often better during the mornings and evenings and this is when trout will be actively feeding.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

People have been catching a few rainbow trout 8 to 12-inches recently. Most trout probably perished last year due to low water levels. Fingerlings will be released in May this year and be 8-to 10-inches come fall.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The Blitzen River is currently flowing around 87 cfs with water temperatures fluctuating around 66oF. The current conditions for the Blitzen can be checked here.

The adult redband trout should be on or around the spawning grounds and anglers should avoid walking in and around tailouts and areas where spawning may have occurred. Anglers should also avoid long fights with hooked fish as they may have depleted energy reserves and will require extra time to recuperate following being caught. Using heavier leaders and fishing line will help to land the fish quicker and get them back in the water. The Blitzen redband trout are not known to be leader shy so fishing success should not be affected by switching to larger line.

With the elevated stream and air temperatures, it is important to avoid over-playing any hooked fish. This is a tough time for these adult redbands because they have been on the spawning grounds and have depleted energy reserves and they will take a long time to recover. This is especially true when the water is warm.

Large streamers and other nypmhs work well on the Blitzen throughout the summer. There are also various hatches that occur that anglers can take advantage of so keep a selection of dry flies handy. Fishing should be most productive in and around deep water and in the mornings and evenings.

The South Loop and the North Loop Steens Road is currently open all the way through. This opens up a lot of fishing in the upper portions of the drainage and opens up the Little Blitzen and Big Indian gorges. There are healthy populations of redband trout in both the Little Bltizen and Big Indian Rivers but they tend to be smaller than the mainstem fish.

BLUE LAKE (Gearhart Wilderness): Hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing from float tubes was good this past weekend for trout 10- to 15-inches. A short 2.6 mile hike in with a float tube can be amazing at this time of year. The trail has recently been cleared of all blow downs by the Forest Service. Damsel and dragonfly hatches will continue throughout the month and water boatmen are also very abundant. Bait fishing from shore in deeper water can be good, but if you can get out in the water it can be extremely productive.

Fingerlings were planted once again this summer. Thank you High Desert Trail Riders Back Country Horsemen for packing in fish to this beautiful wilderness lake.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good recently at the Burns Ponds. Trophy-size rainbow trout were stocked at the beginning of June and not very many were caught during the free fishing weekend so there are still plenty available for anglers. There have been consistent catches of 8- to 10-inch fish and they are biting on PowerBait and worms throughout the day. Small curly tailed jigs have also been productive. The pond is starting to fill with algae and this is expected to continue throughout the summer.

The fishery in the pond suffered from some fish loss this spring. This often occurs when there is a prolonged drought followed by a high water year. The rainbow trout fishery has since recovered but there have not been any reports of bass being caught so it may take some time before the bass fishery recovers.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

The South Fork of the Burnt River was be stocked with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 15.

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

Open all year. Bait allowed. Brook trout are extremely abundant but very small with an eight-inch brook trout a trophy. Most of the stream is on Green Diamond Property. Green Diamond currently allows access. There are several road crossings on the creek. The lowermost crossing at the 400-00 road provides the best fishing.

CAMPBELL LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

This lake was stocked again this week with 2,250 legal and 300 larger rainbow trout. Desert Springs Fish Hatchery has also donated an extra 700 14-16” larger rainbow trout this week. Thank you Desert Springs!

Fishing has been great the past two weeks! There should also be rainbow and brook trout that have overwintered providing a good opportunity at some big trout. Fishing from the bank and a boat are good options for this lake. If you are not catching fish at Campbell Lake you might try your luck at Deadhorse Lake; a very short drive away.

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

Fishing is currently slow for crappie and bass. Some 12 to 13-inch crappie have been caught last month. There are no boat ramps on the reservoir. The southeastern part of the reservoir is on BLM property. The reservoir is fed by water from Deming Creek. Access is available off the FS 34 (Dairy Creek road) and 335 roads near Bly. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please respect this area.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

The entire river is open all year and fly-fishing for redband trout has been very good. Flows have decreased upstream of Paisley and is becoming easier to wade in the river and catch trout. Both dry flies and nymphs are typically productive. Casting small spinners work really well to. Dairy and Elder Creeks are also great fishing opportunities in the watershed. ODFW encourages people to retain all brook trout encountered.

Largemouth bass and brown bullhead are available to anglers at the first Hwy. 31 crossing just north of Valley Falls. Small boats are being launched quite frequently this time of year. This stretch has been productive recently, but anglers can also travel downstream to River’s End Reservoir, just make sure you have enough power to make it back up the river.

Bait is allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley, however the use of bait is prohibited upstream of highway 31. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing has been fair at Chickahominy this spring/summer with bank and boat anglers reporting catches of 10 to 14-inch rainbow trout. Anglers are catching healthy trout throughout the reservoir and especially in the inlet and south arm. Some anglers have reported catching holdover trout that made it through the winter and are putting on weight this spring so hopefully this is an indication that the fishery is on the rebound following the prolonged drought in the region.

Chickahominy has already been stocked with fingerling and legal-size rainbow trout this spring and anglers have already reported catching some of the newly planted fish.

The boat ramp is currently useable with all but three sections of the boat ramp floating and the water clarity is good for the reservoir, which is known for being really murky. The algae is starting to accumulate in the reservoir and this is expected to continue throughout the summer. Chickahominy is currently fuller than it has been since 2013/2014 so hopefully this will sustain the fishery through the summer and into next year.

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

Fishing is likely very good for brook trout. Bait is allowed. There is a campground at the confluence with South Fork Sprague. Mosquitoes have thinned out but will likely be back. Most brook trout in the stream are less than eight inches.

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

No recent fishing reports but it is expected that fishing is slow at the Cow Lakes. Fishing reports and sampling data indicate that there is an overabundance of brown bullheads in the lakes. White crappie, bluegill, and large scale suckers were also found during sampling in 2016 with a few of the crappie being very large. ODFW will continue to monitor conditions in the Cow Lakes to hopefully improve the fishery.

CROOKED CREEK (Klamath Co): redband trout, brook trout and brown trout

Opened to fishing on May 22 but fishing is currently slow. The creek has limited access. The access at the Highway 62 crossing is typically very slow.

CRYSTAL CREEK redband trout and yellow perch

Crystal Creek opened May 22. Fishing is slow due to very hot weather and extensive vegetation growth in the Crystal Creek channel. Water clarity is also crystal clear creating challenging fishing conditions.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake was stocked again this week with 2,250 legal and 300 larger rainbow trout. Desert Springs Fish Hatchery has also donated an extra 700 14-16” larger rainbow trout this week. Thank you Desert Springs!

Fishing has been great the past two weeks! There should also be rainbow trout that have overwintered providing a good opportunity at some big trout. Fishing from the bank and a boat are good options for this lake. If you are not catching fish at Deadhorse Lake you might try your luck at Campbell Lake; a very short drive away.

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

Fishing upstream of the falls along highway 140 was extremely productive this past week. The section above Drake Creek is typically best during low flows due to the cooler and more oxygenated water it provides native trout.

Dry fly fishing can be excellent, although nymphing is always productive throughout the day in this cascading stream. This is a great stream to target redband trout, but please use good catch and release techniques.

Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information.

Fishing on Forest Service land can also be good at this time of year in the Warner Mountains south of highway 140 near the California border. Smaller redband trout and brook trout can be caught in this beautiful forest with plenty of camping options available. ODFW encourages the retention of all brook trout captured in this fishery.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports. Delintment Lake has already been stocked for the year and these fish should be readily available to anglers.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

Open to fishing but closed to fishing for bull trout. Any bull trout captured should not be removed from the water.

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

Fishing is slow. The reservoir is very full. The reservoir is turbid and visibility is 4 to 6-inches. Access is available along the Fishhole Creek road. Much of the reservoir is on private property so please clean up and respect this property. Small boats without trailers can be launched at several locations. The reservoir on the east side nearest to the Fishhole Creek road is on private property.

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

There have been no recent fishing reports. Yellow perch and largemouth bass are the best species to target on this lake, but crappie, brown bullhead and redband trout are present. Only one rainbow trout per day, 15-inch minimum length may be harvested.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout and brown bullhead catfish

There have been no recent fishing reports for this reservoir. Fishing can be slow during the middle of the summer, but fish can always be caught. Trolling damsel and dragonfly patterns are good options. Productive patterns for this reservoir include: damsels, midges, leeches and water boatman. Bait fishermen can do very well near the dam as well.

A recent illegal introduction of brown bullhead will negatively impact the trout fishery in the future. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

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

The North Loop Steens Road is currently open all the way to the top and the South Loop Steens Road is open the rest of the way so you can drive the full loop. Fish Lake was recently stocked with half pound and trophy-sized rainbow trout so these fish are available to anglers. The brook trout fishery should also be doing well and early summer is a great time to target these fish. There are no motors allowed on Fish Lake so please respect the regulations.

FISH LAKE (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with both legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

FORT CREEK: brown, redband and brook trout

Fort Creek opened to fishing beginning May 22. Expect slow fishing due to low fish densities. Some nice size brown trout occur in the creek.

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

Access is available off Westside Road at Fourmile Springs. A small car topper boat or canoe can improve fishing access at this area. Anglers should be aware of private property around this area and can check Klamath County Land Ownership for information. Bait is allowed.

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

The Lake is accessible. Fishing will be excellent this week for rainbow trout. Fourmile will be stocked with 1,000 trophies and 2,000 larger rainbow trout this week. Fishing can also be good for brook trout. Good hatches of the traveling sedge occur in morning and evenings resulting in good dry fly action.

The lake provides campgrounds and all the facilities. There is no improved boat ramp and boats need to be launched from the sandy shoreline. Fourmile is 69 percent full. Fourmile is also a good location to catch your first lake trout. Kokanee are extremely rare in the catch.

GRANDE RONDE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The Lake has been stocked with approximately 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

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

The reservoir is 84 percent full. Access is good as BLM maintains campgrounds at the reservoir. Fishing is slow. Best fishing is for yellow perch. Fish numbers are very low due to four years of consecutive drought. Crappie fishing will be very slow. Two boat ramps occur at the reservoir. The reservoir is always turbid.

HEART LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, brown bullhead catfish

Fishermen are picking up some trout here and there, but nothing has been red hot. This is a great small lake that does not receive much fishing pressure. Trolling flies is a great strategy as well as casting flies from a bobber.

Illegal introductions of brown bullhead catfish have been negatively impacting overwinter survival and the rainbow trout fishery. People have been catching brown bullhead over 15 inches with worms. ODFW encourages the retention of all brown bullhead captured in this fishery.

HIGHWAY 203 POND: rainbow trout, panfish, bass

The pond was stocked in April with trophy- and legal-size rainbow trout. The pond was stocked again the first week of June. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked at Hwy 203 Pond, ODFW marked approximately 240 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Fly fishermen have been doing well in float tubes recently catching trout from 8-20 inches! I have not heard any fishing reports from bait anglers, but they should be doing just as good. The reservoir is currently full and is a great place to camp and fish. Bait fishing, fly fishing and trolling can be productive at this time of year. Holbrook Reservoir is near Lofton Reservoir and typically does not get as much fishing pressure.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Fishing is open and bait allowed. This stream is very small with a large brook trout being 8 inches. There is a campground on the creek.

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

Water levels generally remain very similar and drop as the day progresses as water is released for power generation. There are numerous points of access on the reservoir as most property surrounding the reservoir is BLM or PacifiCorp property. There are three boat ramps on the reservoir.

Fishing should improve this week as water temperatures increase. Water temperature is currently peaking at 80 degrees. The reservoir is turbid,therefore anglers should try scent and highly visible lures. Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is likely your best bet and catch rates are currently fair. Catch rates for crappie and pumpkinseed should decline this month as water temperatures become stressful.

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

Surface water temperature in Agency Lake is very stressful and have reached 84 degrees where fish are holding near the Wood River delta. ODFW recommends fishing very early and quitting around noon. Please land and release fish quickly. Do not hold fish at the surface. It is better to immediately push them down to cold water near the bottom. Anglers can also move into the Wood River where water temperatures are near optimum when water temperature increases during the day.

There is very little bank access for fishing in Agency Lake. Anglers can fish from the Wood River Wetland Area.

ODFW and OSU radio tagged 33 redband trout April 14-15 at the Eagle Ridge Park boat ramp and an additional nine in Agency Lake and nine off the Skillet Handle on May 5. Tagged Redband trout will have a long antennae protruding from the side of the abdomen. The antenna looks like very heavy fishing line. Please report the capture of any of these fish. Please do not remove these fish from the water. It is unlawful to retain radio tagged fish (Page 15 under number 14 of Sport Fishing Regulations).

Catch rates have slowed from fishing from boats. The lake is two feet below full pool. Water temperature is peaking at 80 degrees on the surface. Most, if not all, redband trout have moved into colder water of the Williamson, Pelican Bay and Wood River mouth areas. The algae bloom along Eagle Ridge has crashed and dissolved oxygen has declined below levels trout can survive. As water warms rapidly the temperature at the surface can be very stressful. Radio-tagged redband in Pelican Bay are typically holding in water 20 degrees colder than the surface temperature. Redband trout that are going to be released should not be handled or removed from the water. If you need to take a picture of a trophy fish please limit the time out of water to less than ten seconds. The less handling the better.

All methods are catching fish. Currently best fishing is from boat trolling lures. Anglers typically use spoons or plugs that mimic bait fish in the lake such as blue chub, tui chub, fat head minnows or sculpin species.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

The section from the top end of J.C. Boyle Reservoir to Keno Dam is closed to fishing until October 1. ODFW/OSU have radio-tagged 14 redband trout below Keno Dam. Radio-tagged redband must be released.

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

Fishing on the Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse is very good. Flows are stable below JC Boyle Dam and currently 117 cfs. Most fish in this section are very small and average 10-inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow and water temperatures are cooler in this section in the summer.

Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately one mile below J.C. Boyle Dam. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Fishing is excellent for small redband for those willing to hike. Nymphs and leech patterns work well during this time of year. Lots of caddis activity going on. Casting black spinners upstream into the pools is also a great technique. Open all year.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Fishing is slow during the high flows of 1,800 cfs but fishing is excellent when flows are lower during the early mornings and late evenings. Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed 16 inches. Most fish are in the 6- to 8-inch range. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Flow release estimates are available. Flows are planned to be low near the Frain Ranch or BLM Campground in the mornings until around 9 am and in the late evenings. Check the USGS real time website for flow information.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Recent reports indicate that rainbow trout fishing was good on Krumbo last month with a few anglers catching larger trout nearing 20-inches. Krumbo can be a great spring/summer fishery and often produces rainbow trout up to 18-inches long. The reservoir has already been stocked with a total of 13,000 legal-size rainbow trout so there are plenty of fish available.

Recently, bass fishing has picked up and there have been reports of larger bass being caught. Smaller bass are being caught around the boat dock in and around the weeds.

Please note that only manual or electric powered boats are allowed on Krumbo so please do not use gas powered motors on the reservoir.

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

The lake was stocked three weeks ago with 200 trophy and 1,500 legal rainbow trout. Fishing should be fair for rainbow trout. Water temperatures are very warm which sends trout to deeper water. Best fishing is from a boat.

Fishing should be excellent for small yellow perch and brown bullhead and an occasional brown trout. Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

People have been catching holdover trout from 10 to 17-inches and a lot of hatchery rainbow trout up to 21” planted this year. Worms under a bobber and PowerBait have been producing trout, but fish were loaded with dragonfly nymphs, water boatman and midge larvae. Trolling flies has always been a great producer.

This is a great lake to put a small boat or float tube in and fish in open water.

Fly-fishers should use leech patterns, damsel/dragon nymph patterns and water boatman.

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

Most fish are feeding on terrestrial insects such as beetles and grasshoppers. Dry fly fishing is good in some areas. The riparian area can be quite lush and thick in certain areas making fishing difficult. The canyon and meadow area provide the best fishing. Most of Long Creek is on Green Diamond property and open to fishing. The road crossing at the 27 Road is on The Nature Conservancy land and closed to fishing both upstream and downstream.

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

Fishing for brown bullhead catfish is slow. Access is available off Crystal Springs Road.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

PowerBait has been picking up a few trout around mid-day in the 11- to 13-inch range, but there have been no fishing reports early or late in the day (which is typically more productive). Plenty of insects were observed at this reservoir, which will provide good opportunities for fishermen this month.

Fingerlings released in 2016 have overwintered and are currently 12-13 inches. Fingerlings were released again in May 2017 and should be 8- to 10-inches come fall.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing is slow at Malheur Reservoir this spring/summer but the reservoir has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout so hopefully fishing will improve.

The reservoir dam was repaired and started holding water again in November of 2015.

The reservoir was stocked with legal-size and fingerling rainbow trout in the spring of 2016 to jump start the fishery following prolonged drought conditions in the region. It is not currently known how many of these fish survived the winter but ODFW will be sampling it this summer to evaluate the fishery. The reservoir is completely full so that could will help restore the fishery.

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

No recent fishing reports.

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

No recent fishing reports.

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

No recent fishing reports.

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing is very slow right now at Mann Lake. Reports indicate that there is still snow in the watershed and we are expecting conditions to improve as we move into the summer and more water enters the lake. Reports from earlier this winter indicated that the water was very low and there was only a foot of water below the ice in most places. The delayed filling of Mann Lake may be partially due to the depleted groundwater storage following prolonged drought conditions in the region. Hopefully this winter was enough to recharge things and restore the lake and provide better conditions for the fishery.

Currently, there are only two different age classes of cutthroat trout in Mann Lake. It was stocked in 2012 following the removal of invasive goldfish and it was slated to be stocked again in 2014 but a disease outbreak at the hatchery prevented these fish from being stocked. It was stocked with fingerling cutthroat trout in the spring of 2016 so these fish should be available to anglers this spring. ODFW will continue to monitor the lake this spring to determine how the fishery has responded to the less than ideal conditions.

Fathead minnows were found in Mann Lake this past summer and have been giving fisherman concern. At the moment, it does not appear that the population of fathead minnows is negatively affecting the fishery but ODFW will continue to monitor the lake.

MILL FLAT POND: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

There have been no recent fishing reports, but fishing early and late in the day should produce results. Bass have been illegally introduced and are negatively impacting the hatchery rainbow trout. Bass up to 6-pounds have been caught in 2016 and crawdads are a major food source. ODFW encourages fishermen to keep limits of largemouth bass if they desire a quality trout fishery.

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

Fishing should be excellent for rainbow trout. The campground and boat ramp are accessible. Mosquitoes are vicious. The lake will be stocked this week with 2000 legals and 400 trophies. Desert Springs Trout Farm has donated an additional 400 larger trout to the lake.

Fishing should be good for brown trout. There is ample room to fish from the bank but best fishing is from a boat. Fishing can be good in Miller Creek at the outlet of Miller Lake. Bait is allowed in Miller Creek.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is full. It is likely no fish survived from 2016, but in May the reservoir was stocked with fingerlings that will reach 8- to 11-inches by this fall.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, panfish, catfish

The pond was stocked in April with pounder- and legal-size rainbow trout. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked at North Powder Pond, ODFW marked approximately 200 of these with an orange colored tag just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports. Fingerlings were stocked recently and should be 8- to 10-inches come fall. Rainbow trout should have overwintered again in this small reservoir and create some good fishing opportunities this year.

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

The Owyhee Reservoir is currently at 95 percent of capacity and irrigation season has commenced so managers have lowered the flows below the dam and there is not another influx of water anticipated. Crappie fishing has been great these past weeks with anglers catching them throughout the reservoir and especially around the state park and day use area.

Look for bass and crappie around submerged rocks and other structures. In the past, when there has been a prolonged drought followed by the reservoir filling up, the bass fishery has often been stunted and some bass have experienced die-offs. This may be attributed to the burning of energy reserves during spawning activities followed by a lack of forage available caused by the inundation of water.

The Owyhee Dam boat ramp is permanently closed due to safety concerns. The day use and Indian Creek boat ramps are both currently useable and people have also been launching at Leslie Gulch.

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

Water releases below the dam have been around 306 cfs according to the USGS stream data. Irrigation season has started and with the decreasing flows following the spring runoff, the river should be fairly stable from now on.

Fishing has been good for brown trout and rainbow trout in the area below the dam and throughout the typical fishing areas within a few miles of the dam. There has been lots of fishing on the Owyhee and anglers have been catching healthy-looking brown trout and also some very skinny brown trout. There have been some hatches occurring throughout the day so dry-fly anglers have been catching fish as well.

The area between the concrete bridge and the dam has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout so anglers can expect to start seeing these fish in the river. The river is running colder this year so fish are expected to stay close to where they were stocked as opposed to them crowding up toward the dam. By spreading the stockings out in the river, this should help to provide rainbow trout fishing in a larger area and may help to spread the anglers out as well.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

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

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

The reservoir was stocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout three times over the spring. Reservoir storage is at 89 percent of capacity and declining.

Trophy-size trout stocked in the reservoir spring 2016 are still present. To measure the catch rate of these trophy’s, ODFW marked approximately 400 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

Recent fish sampling by ODFW indicates that good numbers of hold over trout are available and range in the 12- to 18-inch size range.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is full to the point that access to the high water boat launch is flooded. Fishing should be good for rainbow trout from 10- to 16-inches.

PINE CREEK and tributaries (Snake River tributary): rainbow trout, brook trout

Pine Creek and tributaries are open to trout fishing year-round, with a five-rainbow trout bag limit.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but the reservoir is full. Over winter survival was very low due to water levels this winter. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked in May and will become 8 to 11-inches this fall.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be picking up following the stocking of 200 trophy-size rainbow trout earlier this spring.

Fishing in the summer of 2016 on Poison Creek Reservoir was slow but anglers did report catching large rainbow trout. The reservoir is unique in that it has a very robust population of large macroinvertebrates and this helps the trout to grow big rather quickly. The abundance of food for these trout may also be the reason that fishing is slow because the fish do not need to go far to find food so they move around less.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, crappie

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow following the complete draw down of the reservoir this past winter. Pole Creek is filling up and the conditions are expected to be better this year than the last two years.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

The Powder River has been stocked with rainbow trout immediately downstream of Mason Dam. Flows are relatively high at this time.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports from this reservoir. Slowly stripping nymphs and leeches were producing trout 12- to 16-inches a month ago. Trophy rainbow trout were stocked the first week of April. Legal-size and fingerling rainbow trout stocked in 2016 should have overwintered and create a good fishery this year. Try fishing close to shore whether you are bait or fly fishing as rainbow trout cruise the shoreline looking for food. Water boatman and leech patterns are good patterns to try.

Priday Reservoir is on some BLM property, but the majority of the reservoir is on private property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property by staying on the main roads and cleaning up trash from others.

ROGGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fly-fishing and bait fishing for rainbow trout has been fair, recently. Most fish caught were 9-inches or smaller, but it is a great opportunity for fly anglers to hone their casting skills to rising trout. Fly-fishing out of a small float tube would be beneficial but there is plenty of bank access. Casting small lures, worms under a bobber and PowerBait are all productive.

This old borrow pit is located along the Twin springs road (FS 3910) in the South Warner mountains. This is a very scenic location and a good place to take children to fish near Lakeview.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

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

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Fishing is fair for 6- to 8-inch brook trout. Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Flows are high and water temperatures are cold. Fishing is best in the beaver dam pools above Nicholson Road. The bridge crossing Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road is closed. Open all year.

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

Access is available to most lakes. The best lakes for fishing are Como, Harriett, Echo, South Pass and Weston in the Mountain Lake Wilderness and Margurette, Sonya, Isherwood and Badger Lake in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Best and easiest access to the Sky Lakes is the Cold Creek Trailhead. Mosquitoes are horrible in most locations. Best gear is panther martin spinners. Flies under bubble can work as well.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no fishing reports this year, but fish have been observed feeding on the surface. Fingerling rainbow trout were stocked in 2016 and should be 12- to 14-inches this summer.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports but the reservoir is full and fish have been rising. It was stocked with 4- to 6-inch rainbow trout that should be legal size by now. There should be plenty of fish that overwintered providing a good fishery.

Crayfish patterns, leeches, damsels and water boatman work well in this reservoir. There are a lot of crayfish present so you may want to bring your crayfish traps.

SPAULDING RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and 2016. The reservoir is full and was stocked with fingerling rainbow trout in May and will reach 8- to 11-inches this fall.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Spencer Creek is open to fishing beginning May 22. Fish may be taken on spinners, as well as leech patterns. Small mayfly and caddis hatches have been recently observed. Small redband trout under 8-inches are abundant.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Spring Creek is open to fishing beginning May 22. Expect slow fishing due to low fish densities.

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

Sprague River opened April 22. Flows have dropped rapidly to 215 cfs. Water temperatures are peaking at 76 degrees. ODFW encourages the release of large spawned out redband trout (kelts). Best fishing is near areas of springs especially near the town of Beatty.

Bass can be found in the backwater areas especially below the town of Sprague River. Yellow perch also be found in the mainstem in deeper, slower pools below the town of Sprague River. Bank access is available at the bridge crossing near the town of Sprague River. During the summer typically only brown bullhead, yellow perch and bass are captured here.

Keep on the lookout for radio-tagged redband trout. Radio tagged redband must be released unharmed.

All tributaries to the Sprague River including Trout Creek, Sycan River, NF Sprague, Fivemile Creek, and SF Sprague remain open to fishing all year.

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

Fishing through the canyon is fair. Some golden stoneflies are beginning to hatch. Very little insect activity is occurring. One brook trout captured was feeding on various iridescent adult beetles and caddis with rock cases.

Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Open all year. Flow is still a little high for great dry fly action at 68 cfs. Larger brown trout and redband trout occur in this section. Fishing near Sandhill and Lee Thomas Campground is much easier as this section is easily accessible and bank access is easy. Fish are smaller and less abundant at these locations and the fish assemblage is dominated by brook trout.

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

The South Fork Sprague River is open to fishing all year. Fishing is very slow in most areas due to low fish densities. Flow is dropping fast (17 cfs) at the USFS day use park east of Bly. Fishing for brook trout can be good below the Camp Creek confluence.

SUMMIT PRAIRIE POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Fly-fishing for rainbow trout has been fair, recently. Most fish caught were 11-inches or smaller, but it is a great opportunity for fly anglers to hone their casting skills to rising trout. Small flies, lures and worms can entice these trout to bite. This old borrow pit is in an open meadow located along the Twin Springs road in the South Warner Mountains. This is a good place near Lakeview to take children to fish.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Sun Creek is closed to fishing for bull trout. Only bull trout occur in upper Sun Creek just above the Sun Pass Forest bridge crossing. Fishing is not recommended at this time as flows are high (32 cfs) and water temperature is very cold and the new Sun Creek channel is under construction.

Redband trout were reintroduced to Sun Creek. These redband trout were small, most less than four inches, and salvaged from the Wood River irrigation system. The Sun Creek channel has been rerouted into the historic channel and is connected to the Wood River below Kimball Park.

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

Access is very challenging to the lower river Fishing is fair below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows have dropped to 25 cfs. The best area to fish is in the Canyon near the Coyote Bucket area on USFS property.

Above the Sycan Marsh, angling should be excellent for brook trout and few redband near Rock Creek campground. Fishing near Pikes Crossing will be fair for mostly redband with a few brook trout especially in and near Paradise Creek. Fish are bigger as you head downstream toward the Marsh and in the canyon section. Most redband trout are in the 6-12” range

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass

This reservoir was stocked recently with 850 larger rainbow trout. Fishing was reported as being slow recently, although anglers reported catching trout from 11 to 21 inches. Best luck was last couple of hours in the evening trolling Triple Teasers and Rapala’s in 20-foot depths toward the dam end of the lake.

Bank fisherman have also been taking some fish. There have been a lot of additions this year to the rainbow trout stocking program and fingerlings from last year’s plant should be getting into the 8-10” range this summer. Although the reservoir got fairly low last year there should be plenty of trout and bass that overwintered. The reservoir is full, so trout may be spread out in this reservoir. Try moving around as much as you can to find biting trout. Insect production should be fantastic so trout will be putting on a lot of weight this year.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is full and has been stocked with both trophy and legal-size rainbow trout. The new boat dock is in place and functioning properly. A batch of 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout was stocked the week of May 15.

TWIN LAKES: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Angler s are reminded that regulations have changed. The daily bag limit is one trout, 15 inch minimum length.

UNITY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, crappie

No recent reports. Reservoir storage is at 87 percent of capacity.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing has been okay for overwintered and stocked rainbow trout up to 21-inches. This lake has been stocked with legal and trophy trout. Fishing from a boat, or from the dam is usually productive early and late in the day. The scenery near this lake is spectacular.

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

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow. The reservoir is currently at 86 percent of capacity.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fly-fishers have been catching fish 10 to 14-inches this spring in this small pond at the base of Hart Mountain. Typically trout are observed rising throughout the day chasing water boatmen, damsel nymphs and midges. The most effective way to fish is in a float tube or small john boat. This pond is very productive and should be fished earlier in the season before vegetation takes over.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

The Upper Williamson River opened to fishing April 2. River flows are low at 14 cfs. Waders are recommended. Mosquitoes are horrendous. Redband trout and brook trout are numerous and are freely rising in the shade or during overcast days. Look for the giant Hex mayfly hatch. These very large mayflies hatch at dark.

Access is available near Old Rocky Ford on the USFS property or near the confluence of Deep Creek. Brook trout are more common as you head upstream towards Deep Creek. Anglers are required to release all redband trout captured and ODFW encourages harvest of brook trout. Brook trout appear to be more abundant farther downstream this year.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

The Hex (Hexagenia limbata) mayfly hatch has started. These huge mayflies hatch at dark around 915 pm. Huge redband can be caught on dry flies. The hatch fishes best from below Chiloquin to River bend below Modoc Point Road. The Hex typically like slow water and burrow into the sediment. Most fish rise near the shoreline along the edge of emergent vegetation. Swinging Hex nymphs can be very productive prior to the hatch. The lower Williamson below Kirk Bridge opened to fishing beginning May 22. Flows below the Sprague River confluence are 592 cfs. Dark colored water from the Upper Williamson Klamath Marsh is 0 cfs. Water clarity is excellent creating very challenging fishing conditions.

Hatches of caddis and small stoneflies have been observed recently. Fish can be taken on leech and hex bugger patterns. Really hot weather has pushed the rest of the redband from the lake into the river.

There are numerous hatches of insects above Chiloquin. Brown trout and redband trout are rising but extremely difficult to catch. Fishing will be fair on the Williamson River. Brown trout have been more common in the catch above Chiloquin this year.

Drift boats can be launched near Chiloquin and can drift down to the Waterwheel at Hwy 97. The Waterwheel offers a shuttle service. Boat ramp fee is $10 at Waterwheel Campground. ODFW recommends hiring a guide to fish this section. Boats can also be launched for a small fee at the boat ramps just above and below Modoc Point Bridge.

ODFW encourages the use of barbless hooks due to the number of small, juvenile redband in the river. The entire river is catch and release for redband trout. If a trout is hooked deep the hook should be cut from the lure and left in the fish to improve survival.

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

There have been no recent fishing reports. Best fishing is from a boat. Launching a boat might be problematic due to high reservoir levels. Bring waders or rubber boots to launch. Crappie are rare in the reservoir but can be found suspended near the large wood placement and spider block structures. Bluegill are abundant in the shallows but typically small and difficult to capture. Lahontan cutthroat are very rare. Yellow perch can be the most dominant fish in the reservoir but tend to stunt resulting in very small adult size (6-inches). The reservoir is turbid.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is full and boat dock is in place. Fishing is expected to be good for rainbow trout 10 to 14-inches.

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

The Wood River opened to fishing on April 22. Expect slow fishing due to low fish densities. Flows above Crooked Creek have dropped to 298 cfs. Flows have remained high and flow levels are marginally fishable. Brown trout numbers continue to be low. Redd counts for redband trout and brown trout in the Wood River and Fort Creek were low this year.

Grasshoppers are beginning to show up. The best section for dry fly fishing is from Loosley Road to Weed Road. Lures that mimic baitfish can work well. Brown trout typically feed on sculpins, crayfish, annelids (worms) and mice this time of year. Please be on the lookout for radio tagged redband trout in the river. Radio tagged redband trout are required to be released.

Drift boats can be launched at Petric Park and motor to the river. Drift boats can also launch at Weed road and float down to Petric Park. Drift boats cannot float the upper sections unless they are low profile (low bough). Bridges are challenging to get under. There are also areas where you need to portage the boat around dams and obstacles in the river. Small boats can be launched at Kimball State Park, the USFS day use area, Hwy. 62 and Loosley Road.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been good at Yellowjacket Lake and fish are being caught in the 8 to 18-inch size range. Yellowjacket has already been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout so these fish and some holdovers are available to fisherman.

The Hines ODFW District Office is conducting a study on growth of rainbow trout at Yellowjacket Lake this summer. Fish have been marked with a powdery substance called “grit” that is sprayed on using high pressure. Some of the grit will imbed in the scales and will be visible when viewed under a black light. Some of this grit is currently still visible on the trout but it will not cause any health hazards to human and wildlife that consume these fish and the grit is expected to wash off within a few weeks. This method allows fishery managers to evaluate growth, survival, and exploitation rates of various stocks and different sizes of fish to fine tune the fishery.

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SOUTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR

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

Fall BEAR season opens Aug. 1. Bear populations in Harney County are generally low. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations appear to be stable. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.

Youth antlerless ELK hunts also open August 1. Elk populations are stable in Harney County.

Coyote populations are good throughout Harney County. Pups are starting to leave the dens, however adults are still very territorial. Coyote vocalization calls still work best until the pups start to disperse, which will be mid to late August Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and there are separate licensing and season limitations for these species.

Cougar hunting is open year around. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Don’t forget successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open so that field staff can quickly process the animal and get you on your way.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Ground Squirrels – Belding’s ground squirrels have emerged and are active on warmer days. Be sure to obtain permission before entering private lands.

Cougar - Hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Use of predator calls is a great hunting technique during the spring period. 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. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and hunting license is needed to hunt.

COYOTE hunting opportunities are improving. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and open season limitations exist for these species. Please consult the annual hunting synopsis for further information.

Shed Hunting. Shed hunters are reminded that once an antler falls off it legally becomes the property of the landowner. Therefore shed hunters need to get permission from private landowners to access their property and pick up sheds.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated July 3, 2017

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

Dogs are prohibited off leash except during authorized game bird seasons, in the posted dog training area, or by permit.

Miller Island Unit

The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls. Miller Island Unit is closed to all access from 10:00pm until 4:00am.

Posted safety zones are closed to all hunting.

Gorr Island Unit

Gorr Island is located four miles south of the Miller Island Unit in the Klamath River, accessible only by boat. Gorr Island is open daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

Shoalwater Bay Unit and Sesti Tgawaals Unit

Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals are both located on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake approximately 10 miles to the north and west of Klamath Falls. Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals Units are both open for hunting daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

Waterfowl and Upland Hunting Information

Weekly and summarized harvest statistics for past seasons can be found at: ODFW Klamath Wildlife Area Harvest Summaries

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is now required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $10 daily or $30 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) 883-5732.

LAKE COUNTY

Cougar populations are healthy throughout the District. Deer and elk have moved up in elevation as the snows have receded and dispersed to fawning and calving areas. Fawn in distress calls can be an effective cougar hunting method at this time of year, though bears may also be particularly interested in those calls as well and hunters should be prepared for predators other than cougar to respond.

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

Updated July 3, 2017

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

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

Fall Bear season opens Aug. 1. Most bear hunting within the district occurs on the Malheur National Forest. 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.

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

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. Reproduction this year appears to be good which should enhance calling opportunities. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

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


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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 grebe species. Forester’s terns, black terns, franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.

Spring passerine migrants continue to increase in diversity and number as the season progresses. Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is the summer home to some unique passerines and is an excellent place for birding.

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

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! 6/5/17

Klamath Falls Area

Most Canada geese have completed nesting and goose broods can be found on edges of agricultural fields next to waterbodies all around the Klamath Basin.

Nesting shorebirds such as American avocet, white faced ibis, snipe, and greater yellow legs can be found in wetland areas and flooded pastures at this time of year.

Dedicated birders and astute observers will find a variety of neotropical migrant passerine species migrating through the basin over the next several weeks. Warblers, finches, grosbeaks, hummingbirds, and flycatchers will be among the diversity of species returning to nest in the area or passing through to nesting habitats further north. Listen carefully in the early morning and evening hours to both identify and locate these summer occupants.

The Link River Trail offers great viewing opportunities for aquatic birds including great blue-heron, common goldeneye, Canada geese, bufflehead, and common merganser.

Mule deer and other large mammals are beginning to return to their summer home ranges. Some key migration corridors and wintering areas are under restricted motorized access to protect the integrity of those areas during this critical time of year. Use caution driving near wintering areas, and please respect seasonal road closures. 5/15/2017

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated June 12, 2017

Dogs are prohibited off leash except during authorized game bird seasons, in the posted dog training area, or by permit.

Waterfowl

Western Canada Geese can be found scattered across the area. Canada goose broods are a common site on the area, many are already flighted or are close to being flighted now. Dabbling ducks are now at breeding/nesting numbers. Mallard, gadwall, Cinnamon teal and northern shovelers can be seen scattered across the area. Most duck species have already initiated nesting. Mallard, cinnamon teal and gadwall broods are now a common site. Diver species such as: canvasback, redhead, ruddy duck, scaup, and ring-necked duck can be observed on the area with canvasback, redhead and ruddy duck broods visible if you look hard enough. Common and hooded mergansers can be observed using the Klamath River.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Killdeer, American avocets and black-necked stilts are abundant around the area, but can be hard to spot as most have already started nesting or have young and are not as visible. Willets, Long-billed curlew, Wilson’s phalaropes and spotted sandpipers may still be observed. Wilson’s snipe are secretive, but can sometimes be heard in the morning and evenings.

Great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, great egrets and American bitterns can be seen scattered around the area. Double crested cormorants are now a common site. White-faced ibis have been observed using flooded pasture areas. American white pelicans are around in good numbers. Sandhill cranes are a common site with approximately seven pairs that nest on Miller Island. Crane colts may be observed with some of the pairs.

Ring-billed gulls continue to be a common site on the area. Franklin’s gulls may still be occasionally spotted flying over Miller Island. Caspian and Forster’s terns are abundant along with the occasional black tern along the Klamath River and on Miller Island.

Pied billed, eared and western grebes have all been observed on Klamath WA Miller Island Unit.

Virginia rails and sora heard more often than seen can also be located.

Raptors

Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, cooper hawks, sharp-shinned, American kestrels, prairie falcons can all be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area. Peregrine falcons can also be observed using old power poles overlooking the wetlands. Common ravens are quite numerous at this time. Eagle species can still be observed using the wildlife area. Osprey have been recently observed using Miller Island. Turkey vultures are common site.

Upland Game Birds

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

Passerines

Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. Large numbers of mourning dove reside on Miller Island and have initiated nesting.

American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, American robins, brewers, yellow-headed and red-winged black birds, brown-headed cowbirds, spotted towhees, white-breasted nuthatches, black-billed magpies, western meadow larks and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area. Tree and barn swallows are numerous. Cliff swallow numbers are now abundant as nest building has been initiated on just about every building on Miller Island. Western Kingbirds and the occasional Says phoebe can be spotted fly catching from fences and shrubs. Yellow-rumped warblers and common yellowthroats can be observed using trees and shrubs around the area. Bullock’s orioles can be located at old home site areas dominated by trees and shrubs on Miller Island. The occasional horned lark can be spotted on the wildlife areas agricultural fields. Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hard stem bulrush and broad-leaf cattail. Savanah sparrows are common throughout the uplands dominated by perennial bunch and salt grasses.

Shrike can sometimes be found using the shrub dominated uplands of the Southern part of Miller Island.

Rufous hummingbirds have been recently spotted using the Klamath Wildlife Area headquarters.

Reptiles

Western pond turtles have become active. They can be observed basking on logs during warm sunny days.

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is now required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $10 daily or $30 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) 883-5732.

LAKE COUNTY

The migration period is over. Birding opportunities are for summer residents. Waterfowl and water birds are abundant in irrigated hay meadows. Passerine diversity is best in riparian areas. There are a variety of raptor species distributed throughout all vegetation types.

Canada geese nests are hatching and goslings can be observed traveling with their adult parents.

As the snows recede, mule deer are moving to higher elevations and their fawning grounds. DO NOT PICK UP DEER FAWNS. Female deer become isolated and solitary near the time of birthing, so while you may not see them, they are near the fawn waiting for you to leave so they can return. Even if you think the fawn is abandoned, DO NOT PICK IT UP! (5/30/2017)

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on July 3, 2017.

2017 Wildlife Area Parking permits are required for all users of Summer Lake Wildlife Area. Parking permits can be purchased at any ODFW license agent (pdf) or through the ODFW website. The cost is $10.00 daily or $30.00 annually and is valid on all ODFW Wildlife Areas. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) closed on March 15, 2017, but the Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open. Viewers should be aware of oncoming traffic since portions of the Wildlife Viewing Loop are narrow. Numerous parking areas and pullouts are found along the loop.

Wildlife viewing is good for a wide variety of breeding species. ”Fall” migrants are beginning to return to the wildlife area. These birds are probably unsuccessful and/or failed breeders.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl migration is largely over but fair populations of breeding species remain. Drakes and unsuccessful hens are beginning to flock together in preparation for the molt. Most drakes are beginning to lose their bright and colorful nuptial plumage.

Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the wildlife area, most are well into brood rearing. Resident breeders are entering the molt that renders them flightless and difficult to observe at this time. They will be completing their molt soon and will regain flight, coinciding with goslings making their first flights. Groups of molting geese can sometimes be observed in North Bullgate Refuge and North Levee Impoundment.

Duck numbers are at breeding season population levels. Major breeding species such as mallard, cinnamon teal and gadwall are abundant. Many hens, especially late nesting species such as gadwall remain on nests and flocks of drakes are becoming numerous. Broods are becoming fairly numerous at this time.
A few resident and non-breeding trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. They are molting now and become very secretive since they are flightless. Some of these birds are part of restoration efforts and will be neck-banded with green collars and white alphanumeric symbols. Viewers are encouraged to “read” the collars and report them to wildlife area personnel. Collars will have the Greek letter Theta (Ѳ) or the symbol “@” and two numerals that are read from the body toward the head.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Nesting continues for the wildlife area’s nine (9) breeding species and chicks are often observed. Unsuccessful breeders are beginning to form post-breeding season flocks. “Fall” migrants are beginning to appear.

Shorebird diversity continues to be good, with American avocets, black-necked stilts, killdeer, long-billed curlew, snowy plover, Wilson’s phalarope, Western willet, Wilson’s snipe and spotted sandpipers observed over the last week. The number of shorebirds is somewhat stable now and viewing opportunities will remain good for the next few weeks.
“Fall” migrants, usually non-breeders or unsuccessful breeders have begun their southward migration. Over the past week, greater yellowlegs, western and least sandpipers and marbled godwits were observed. Other rarities sometimes appear during the time period as well.

American coot numbers remain good and they are found across the entire area, nesting is underway and chicks have been observed. Observations and calling of sora and Virginia rails and sometimes broods are frequent now.

Yellow rails can be heard calling at night near traditional nesting locations in the Foster Place.
Sandhill crane breeding pairs remain on traditional nesting territories and brood rearing continues. Colts should become more apparent with their parents as they approach fledging.

Gulls are numerous and widespread across the wildlife area. Ring-billed gulls are the predominant species, but California gulls are common. Franklin’s gulls continue to be observed, sometimes in good numbers. Caspian and Forster’s tern numbers are somewhat stable now due to the onset of breeding season and foraging adults can be found throughout the wildlife area. The tern nesting island in East Link unit and Schoolhouse Lake, on the east side of the viewing loop is a good spot to view a concentration of breeding gulls (>1,000 ring-billed and 50-75 California pairs) and Caspian tern (15-20 pairs) where they are nesting.

American white pelicans are present in good numbers and small flocks are being observed in several locations across the wildlife area. Double crested cormorants are fairly numerous and a small number of pairs are nesting on the East Link unit nesting island.

Breeding grebe numbers are fairly good. The four breeding species (Clark’s, eared, pied-billed and western) have been observed recently and are best viewed in large open bodies of water such as Ana Reservoir, Dutchy Lake, N. Bullgate Refuge, North Levee Impoundment, Link Marsh and from the Schoolhouse Lake Viewing Blind. Nesting colonies of eared (along with a few Clark’s and Western) grebes can be found at Dutchy Lake, Gold Dike Impoundment and North Levee Impoundments. Grebe chicks can sometimes be seen, in close attendance by their adults.

Great blue and black-crowned night herons are present in average but generally low numbers. Great egrets continue to be observed occasionally. White-faced ibis numbers are low at this time and nesting colonies have not been detected this year.

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are common this time of the year. Swainson’s hawks are fairly common in the basin now and are frequently observed at Headquarters. Bald and golden eagles, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons can occasionally be found.

Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds. Brooding rearing is nearly over for great-horned owls and nearly full grown chicks are still attended by parents. Common barn and sometimes short-eared owls can occasionally be observed near dusk.

Upland game birds

Good numbers of California quail can be found and a few pheasants can sometimes be observed, especially around old homesteads on the north end of the wildlife area. Pheasant and quail broods are becoming more obvious now.

Passerines

A few early “fall” migrants and sometimes vagrants can be found.

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous and vocal at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are found in low numbers and are scattered across the wildlife area.

American and lesser goldfinches are present in low numbers at Headquarters.

Common yellowthroat and yellow warbler are very vocal and abundant at this time.

Tree swallows are widely distributed across the wildlife area and pairs are actively attending nest boxes. Cliff swallow are very abundant, and they are becoming active in exploring old and building new “mud gourd” nest structures. Swallow chicks are very numerous at this time. Barn, bank and northern rough-winged swallows are present as well. Vaux’s swifts continue to be observed.

Bullock’s orioles are very common now as well as black-headed grosbeaks, both are heard singing or calling throughout the day.

Say’s phoebes continue to be observed, as well as Western kingbirds who are very vocal in the early morning hours. Western wood-pewees were observed last week.

American robins, loggerhead shrikes, Stellar’s and sometimes scrub jays, and occasionally cedar waxwings are being observed in varied numbers across the wildlife area. Sage thrashers can be found at north end locations and are actively singing. Upland dwelling sparrows such as Brewer’s and Sagebrush are present in the sagebrush and greasewood uplands at the north end of the wildlife area. Lark and vesper sparrows can sometimes be found.

Red-breasted and sometimes red-naped sapsuckers as well as other woodpeckers can be found in the trees around Headquarters. Northern flickers remain common across most of the area.

Hummingbirds can be found in increasing numbers visiting the feeders at Headquarters. Over the weekend, Anna’s, calliope and rufous were observed. House wrens are actively singing at Headquarters through most of the day.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in fair numbers in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands. Savannah sparrows are fairly abundant along dikes and levees.

Brewer’s, red-winged and yellow-headed blackbird nesting is underway. Observations of a pair of great-tailed grackles at Headquarters continued over the past weekend.

European starlings are numerous and chicks are leaving nests.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2017 parking permits are required beginning on January 1, 2017!

Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a $10 daily parking permit or a $30 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any Point of Sale Agent or through the ODFW website. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate and Windbreak) is closed, but the Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open. Roads closed to motor vehicles are open for hiking or biking and sometimes afford excellent viewing opportunities.

Please be aware of oncoming traffic on sometimes narrow portions of roads. Numerous pullouts are available along the Wildlife Viewing Loop to accommodate passing vehicles when encountered. Roads leading to campgrounds are in good condition.

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.

NESTING IS WELL UNDERWAY FOR MANY GROUND NESTING SPECIES. PETS NEED TO BE KEPT IN VERY CLOSE CONTROL AND NOT ALLOWED TO RUN AT LARGE.

Habitat

Most of the Area’s wetland units are very well flooded at this time. Water in seasonal marsh areas is beginning to recede providing excellent foraging opportunities for a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds.

Irrigation season is slowing down in Summer Lake area as hayfields are being dried for cutting. Irrigated pastures along the west side of the valley remain well flooded. Vegetation is actively growing at this time. These areas are receiving substantial water birds use.

Flows down Ana River are at low levels and some wetland units will continue to recede due to increased evapotranspiration associated with higher temperatures and robust plant growth. Summer Lake proper is slowly declining in size due to decreased inflow and increased evaporation rates, but remains much larger than in recent years.

Wetland plants are showing very robust growth and insects, esp. Chironomids (midges), are very numerous on sunny days providing abundant food resources to many species of birds. Biting insects are just beginning to emerge and are expected to increase as warm weather prevails. They too will provide excellent food resources to many species.

Upland habitat remains in very good condition. Growth of grass and forb species is well underway and most are flowing and setting seed. Planted tree and shrubs in plots and the orchard are providing excellent sheltered sites and food resources for wildlife. Trees and shrubs are leafed-out and berries and fruit is abundant due to the warm temperatures and longer days.

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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NORTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Warmwater fishing is good in most locations that hold these species.
  • With warmer weather, fish early and late for cold water species such as trout, kokanee and steelhead.
  • Walleye fishing has been good in and around the mouth of the Umatilla River.
  • Kokanee fishing at Wallowa Lake continues to be good.
  • Kinney Lake in Wallowa County has been consistently producing trout.
  • Bass and crappie fishing has been picking up in McKay and Willow Creek reservoirs.

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ALDRICH PONDS (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

Access is now open to Aldrich Ponds and fishing is good for carry-over trout.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing is good for stocked and carry-over trout. Trophy-size trout were stocked in September but no reports have been received.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass, steelhead

Steelhead season is closed on the Grande Ronde River. The river is currently high and will be difficult to fish throughout the spring as runoff keeps the river high and off color. Look for bass fishing to pick up in July when flows drop. Trout fishing can also be good during the spring if flows allow.

HATROCK POND: trout

The pond has been stocked with both legal- and trophy-size trout and should provide good fishing.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

Holliday Park Pond has been stocked and fishing is good. An ADA fishing dock for anglers with disabilities is available.

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead, trout, bass

Steelhead season is closed on the Imnaha River. The river is currently high and will be difficult to fish throughout the spring as runoff keeps the river high and off color. Look for bass fishing to pick up in July when flows drop. Trout fishing can also be good during the spring if flows allow.

Managers will be monitoring the spring Chinook run as they make their way up the Columbia and Snake rivers. As the run progresses the biologists will assess spring Chinook opportunities on the Imnaha River.

JOHN DAY RIVER: bass, steelhead

Small mouth bass fishing has been very good since river flows have dropped. Steelhead fishing is now closed in the upper river above Kimberly.

Check river levels.

JUBILEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Access to Jubilee Lake is open and the main campground is now open. The lake has been stocked with legal and trophy trout, there should also be good numbers of carry over trout.

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Both ponds have been stocked with trout. Largemouth bass are available in Cavender pond.

LUGER POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked at Luger Pond, ODFW marked approximately 50 of these with an orange colored tag just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

Take the Palmer Junction Road north out of Elgin about 10 miles to USFS 63. Follow USFS 63 for about 9 miles, then left on USFS 6306. Luger Pond is 2.5 miles on the right, near Luger Springs campground.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

The lake was recently stocked with rainbow trout and fishing is good.

McKAY RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead

Fishing for warmwater species is good as the water temperature has warmed and fish are moving into the shallows to spawn. Look for crappie around the submerged willows and emergent aquatic vegetation at the upper end of the reservoir. The reservoir is at full pool.

McNARY PONDS: trout

The ponds have been stocked with both legal- and trophy-size trout and should provide good fishing.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with pounder and legal-size rainbow trout.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with pounder and legal-size rainbow trout.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Trout fishing is fair on carry over trout

TATONE POND: trout

The pond has been stocked with legal- and trophy-size trout and should provide good fishing.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with legal-size rainbow trout the week of May 29. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked at this pond, ODFW marked approximately 25 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

From Hwy 203 at Union, turn left staying on Hwy 203 towards Medical Springs. At the summit between Union and Medical Springs, turn left onto USFS Road 7700 (opposite Snowpark area). Proceed East on 7700 road for about 9 miles to USFS Road 7740 on the right. There is a popular camping area just beyond the 7740 road on the right. Proceed on the 7740 road for about 1/4 mile. The rock pit and pond are on the right.

UMAPINE POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout.

From I-84 take Hwy 244 towards Ukiah. At the Blue Mtns. summit, turn left onto USFS Rd 5160. Proceed for approximately 7.9 miles to the Umapine OHV Campground. The pond is within the Campground.

UMATILLA RIVER: trout

The upper river should provide fair angling for rainbow trout.

Anglers can access fish counts at Threemile Dam fish counts. Find flow data.

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

The forest ponds have been stocked and should provide good fishing for rainbow trout.

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

All ponds except Salt Creek Summit and McGraw ponds (snow) have been stocked. Fishing has been good and should continue into summer. Kinney Lake has consistently produced fish throughout the spring and fishing should continue to be good into the summer

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Kokanee fishing has picked up at Wallowa Lake with anglers catching some larger fish ranging up to 17-inches. As warmer conditions approach, catch rates will improve and anglers can expect good fishing on into the summer.

Some holdover trout are also available that have grown to good sizes. These fish take a little more time to find but can be worth the effort.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

Steelhead season is closed on the Wallowa River. However, trout fishing is open due to rule changes two years ago. Anglers have found good success for rainbow trout ranging to 19-inches.

Whitefish are also plentiful and on the bite. At these higher flows fish tend to be holding close to the banks in water where they can conserve energy.

Spring is a great time to fish the Wallowa River with good hatches of caddis, salmonfly, and golden stoneflies into early summer. Recently, fly anglers have found success on hare’s ears and woolly buggers fished under an indicator.

WALLA WALLA SOUTH FOREST PONDS: rainbow trout

The ponds have been stocked and should provide good fishing.

WESTON POND: trout

The pond has been stocked and fishing for rainbow trout should be good.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir has been stocked with trophy trout. To monitor the success of this stocking, fish have been tagged with floy tags, some of which carry a $50 dollar reward. Anglers have been finding good success fishing for trout.

Crappie and bass fishing have been good.

Please report a caught tagged fish to the ODFW Pendleton office 541-276-2344.


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NORTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

Wolves in Northeast Oregon

Wolves are protected by state law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters in northeastern Oregon 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 La Grande office (541) 963-2138 or online with the Wolf Reporting Form.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

BAKER COUNTY

Cougars can be found throughout Baker County but hunters should target areas with high concentrations of deer and elk. Setting up on a fresh kill or using distress calls can all be productive techniques. Hunters are required to check in the hide of any cougar taken, with skull and proof of sex attached. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and hunting license is needed to hunt as of Jan. 1.

Coyote numbers are good throughout the district. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Remember to ask for permission before hunting on private properties.

GRANT COUNTY

Scouting in the Murderers Creek Unit? Most of the visitors to Rainbow Gathering have likely left Malheur NF by now.

Ground Squirrels are starting to emerge. There are some good hunting opportunities on private land along the John Day Valley, Fox Valley, and Bear Valley. Most hunting areas on private land so remember to get permission before you hunt.

Cougar hunting remains open. Successful hunters should remember that check-in of the hide with skull and proof of sex attached is mandatory; see the regulations for details. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and hunting license is needed to hunt as of Jan. 1.

Coyote numbers are good in most of the district. Coyotes may respond to distress calls. Try calling in the early morning and late evening.

MORROW, GILLIAM AND WHEELER COUNTIES

Cougar hunting is open. Cougar are well distributed in our forested areas. Calling with distress calls or cougar vocalizations can be effective. However, locating a fresh, naturally made kill has the best chance of success. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and hunting license is needed to hunt as of Jan. 1.

The Coyote population is healthy with good numbers of coyotes available for those who wish to pursue them. Watch wind direction to help prevent giving away your location. Calling with game distress calls can be very successful.

UMATILLA COUNTY

Cougar are well distributed in forested areas of the Walla Walla, Mt. Emily, and Ukiah units. Hunters will have best success by finding a fresh naturally made kill and sitting on it, or by using predator calls. Some success has come from following tracks until the cougar is located. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and hunting license is needed to hunt as of Jan. 1.

Coyote are numerous throughout the County and hunters should have good success calling. Remember to ask permission before hunting on private lands.

UNION COUNTY

Cougars are common in Union County. Focus on game rich areas with long ridgelines or saddles that cats typically travel. Setting up downwind of a deer or elk killed by a cougar can be productive. Nonresident hunters can include a cougar tag with others tags for only $14.50. All cougars taken must be checked in within 10 days of harvest; call for an appointment before check in. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and hunting license is needed to hunt as of Jan. 1.

Coyote numbers are high throughout the district. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Remember to ask for permission before hunting on private properties.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Hunting on all lands North and East of Foothill Rd are closed.
The Glass Hill portion of the wildlife area is open to hunting during authorized seasons only. Please refer to the ODFW big game and game bird regulations for season dates.

WALLOWA COUNTY

Cougar: Populations are moderate throughout Wallowa County. Most lions are taken incidental to other hunting; however, calling with fawn bleat, or locating a cougar kill and waiting for a cat to return are often successful techniques.

Coyote: Good numbers of coyotes can be found throughout Wallowa County. Calling coyotes with rabbit distress type calls has been effective for hunters. It is important to choose areas with abundant coyote sign and little human activity.


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NORTHEAST ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

Baker County

Bighorn sheep can be seen in the Burnt River Canyon west of Durkee or along the Snake River Road south of Richland. The best viewing is in the early morning and late in the evening.

Bald and golden eagles can be seen along the Snake River. Take the Snake River Road between Richland and Huntington.

Early in the morning and late in the afternoon are good times to view wildlife.

Elkhorn Wildlife Area

Elkhorn Wildlife Area is known for the Rocky Mountain elk and mule deer herds that frequent the area during the winter. There are two good viewing sites. The Anthony Creek site is located about eight miles west of I-84 on North Powder River Lane. From I-84 take the North Powder Exit (Exit 285). About 150 elk can be seen here on any given day. From the overlook on Auburn Road, watch hundreds of elk and mule deer. It is on the south side of Old Auburn Road, which branches off Highway 7 about six miles south of Baker City.

Grant County

Bighorn sheep may be viewed from the South Fork near the Murderers Creek road. Early mornings are your best chances for catching them out on the rocky outcrops.

Song Birds are starting to return to the John Day Valley. There are good birding opportunities along Hwy 26 and the South Fork John Day.

Sandhill Cranes are migrating through the county and can be found stopping to rest in Fox and Bear Valleys.

UNION COUNTY

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Note: All visitors must have in their possession a free daily permit to access the wildlife area. Permits are available at several self-check-in stations at entry points and parking lots. Wildlife viewers and anglers also need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area. The $10 daily or $30 annual permit can be purchased online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent. Learn more about ODFW’s Wildlife Area Parking Permit Program.

The Tule Lake Unit and Glass Hill are open to the public. Vehicles are not permitted except on the Tule Lake Auto Route. Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult the wildlife area administrative rules. Rules that apply to all areas are at the top (at the link), and then scroll down to page 8, #635-008-120, for additional rules specific to Ladd Marsh. Dogs are not permitted within the Wildlife Area, including the Glass Hill Unit, on or off leash except during authorized game bird hunting seasons.

There are numerous quality viewing opportunities from county roads that pass through the area. Binoculars or a spotting scope will help as many animals are best viewed from a distance.

Great horned owls have hatched. Watch for the fuzzy young in the nest. These owls often nest very low in trees – do not approach closely as you may cause the adults to abandon the nest. Red-tailed hawks are nesting and Swainson’s hawks have returned to the area. Swainson’s are already busy nest-building. Northern Harriers can be seen displaying as they, too, get ready to lay eggs.

Canada goose goslings are visible in ponds and wetlands. Mallards and other ducks have hatched and can been seen in nearly every pond.

Most local sandhill crane chicks have fledged. Please report any sandhill cranes wearing leg bands to the Ladd Marsh staff (541-963-4954). If possible, note the color and order of bands on each of the bird’s legs (e.g., pink above white on left leg; silver above black on right leg). The specific combination and order can identify individual birds.

As always, do not approach wildlife that is nesting or with young. Disturbance may cause them to be more vulnerable to predators. 7/3/2017

UMATILLA COUNTY

Columbia Basin Wildlife Areas

Willow Creek and Coyote Springs Wildlife Areas are both found next to interstate 84 and the Columbia River and have excellent viewing for wetland and riparian obligate bird species. The upland areas are also available for savanna and shrub steppe species of birds. Willow Creek has an ample deer herd and the evidence of beaver activity can be seen on the Willow Creek delta area of the wildlife area.

The Irrigon Wildlife Area holds riparian and wetland habitat and hosts a number of species of birds associated with each habitat. One can see a number of waterfowl and wading bird species in the pothole pond areas. Painted turtles are also common in the pond areas. White pelicans can be commonly found along the Columbia River as well. Geese and ducks are beginning to build along the Columbia River and will be commonly trading back and forth along the river.

Umatilla County Uplands

Upland and forested riparian areas will have a number of wintering birds using those areas.

ELK will be more common in the early morning and late afternoon in mid and elevation areas. Roads moving upslope from the valley floor to the mountain areas would be best to see these animals.

WHITE-TAILED DEER are common along the foothills of the Blue Mountains and can be seen either early morning or evening in those areas. Mule deer are found in better numbers in the desert and mountain areas.

Common raptors in the open areas of the county are red-tailed hawks, rough-legged hawks, prairie falcons, and golden eagles. Look for bald eagles perched in the larger trees along Wallowa Lake shore or along the Grande Ronde River in the Troy area.

WALLOWA COUNTY

A good place to observe mule deer is along the Wallowa Lake highway between Joseph and the south end of Wallowa Lake. Drive slowly and watch along the moraine on the east side of the lake around dawn and dusk. Be careful to use the turnouts when stopping to watch these animals, as there will be other traffic on the road. White-tailed deer can be found throughout the Wallowa Valley on or near agricultural lands.

Many elk are back on the Zumwalt Prairie now. Try driving the Zumwalt Prairie Road and looking carefully on ridge tops. Elk can also be observed regularly along the Powwatka Ridge Road between 18 and 27 miles north of the town of Wallowa. These areas are county roads that run through private property, so please respect the landowner’s privacy and remain on the county road and park out of the traffic lanes while watching the elk. Once you find a herd, use binoculars or a spotting scope to observe the animals.

Canada geese and several species of ducks can be seen feeding in agricultural fields and along streams around the county. Most of our summer resident birds are now in the area. A number of Lewis’s woodpeckers were seen this week along the Grande Ronde River near Troy, OR. 6/20/17


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SNAKE RIVER ZONE: FISHING

BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout

Crappie fishing has been fair, with the average size being 8 to 10-inches.

Call the Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites. | Reservoir level information

OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Bank fishing has been good for crappie and yellow perch averaging 10 inches. Trout fishing has not picked up yet. Fishing for channel cats has been good.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Bank fishing has been good for crappie and yellow perch averaging 10-inches. Trout fishing has not picked up yet. Fishing for channel cats has been good.

SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, steelhead, salmon, bass

The Snake River will open for spring Chinook salmon fishing on Saturday, April 22. Fishing will be open from the Dug Bar Boat Ramp upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam. The bag limit is four adipose fin-clipped Chinook per day with no more than two over 24 inches. Anglers mush cease fishing for salmon when four salmon or two over 24-inches are retained in a single day. All other sport fishing regulations apply.

While fishing for spring Chinook is open, these fish will likely not be available in catchable numbers in the near future. Additionally, the river is currently running at extreme flows and will be difficult to fish.

Only barbless hooks may be used on this stretch of the Snake River while fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, and anglers should consult the current Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other rules that may apply.

Updated information on flow levels

SNAKE RIVER (above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass

No recent reports.


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COLUMBIA RIVER ZONE: FISHING

  • Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and steelhead is open from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and steelhead is open from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA Border.
  • Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the OR/WA Border.
  • The McNary Pool is open to the retention of legal white sturgeon through July 31.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details).
  • Walleye fishing has been outstanding in the John Day Pool.

Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update page.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (7/15) flight, 162 salmonid boats and 49 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook kept, and two adult Chinook and four summer steelhead released for 61 salmon anglers; and 153 shad kept for 29 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekly checking showed seven adult Chinook and one Chinook jack kept, plus six adult Chinook, one Chinook jack and eight steelhead released for 18 salmon boats (61 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed two adult Chinook kept and three adult Chinook released for 57 salmon boats (99 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook and three summer steelhead kept, plus one steelhead released for 96 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: Weekly checking showed four adult Chinook, one sockeye and nine summer steelhead kept, plus two adult Chinook and six steelhead released for 69 boats (150 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Power lines): Weekly checking showed no catch for one angler.

Estuary Boats (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Power lines): Weekly checking showed no catch for two salmon boats (four anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

STURGEON

Gorge boats: Catch and release only. No report.

Troutdale boats: Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed two sublegal and eight legal white sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

Portland to Wauna Power lines boats: Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed 11 sublegal and 10 legal white sturgeon released for two boats (four anglers).

Portland to Wauna Power lines bank: Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon released for one bank angler.

Estuary Boats (Buoy 10 to Wauna Power lines): Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed one green sturgeon, and 39 sublegal, 50 legal and 73 oversize white sturgeon released for eight boats (27 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool: Catch and release only. No report.

John Day Pool: Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

WALLEYE

Troutdale boats: Weekly checking showed 18 walleye kept and eight walleye released for nine boats (18 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed four walleye kept for two boats (six anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 167 walleye kept and 47 walleye released for 29 boats (57 anglers).

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MARINE ZONE FISHING

Weekend Opportunities

  • The Central Oregon Coast Pacific halibut nearshore (inside 40 fathoms) fishery opened June 1, seven days per week.
  • Cabezon opened July 1, with a 1 fish sub-bag limit, minimum size 16 inches

Closures

  • Razor clams remain closed along the entire Oregon coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and bays.
  • The Central Oregon Coast Pacific halibut spring all-depth fishery is now closed.
  • Mussels are closed from Tillamook Head (just north of Cannon Beach) to Cascade Head (just north of Lincoln City).

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OCEAN SALMON

Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR

The ocean salmon season from Leadbetter Pt., WA to Cape Falcon, OR opened on June 24, 2017. The bag limit is two salmon per day, but no more than one Chinook, and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip. This season will run through the earlier of Sept. 4 or a 21,000 marked coho quota (Chinook guideline of 13,200).

During the past week, anglers were averaging slightly more than 1 salmon per angler. Coho salmon made up the majority of the catch. Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain

The Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Chinook salmon recreational fishing season opened March 15, 2017 and is scheduled to go until Oct. 31, 2017. This season is open for all salmon except coho salmon, with a bag limit of two salmon per day, and minimum sizes for Chinook at 24 inches or larger, and steelhead at 20 inches or larger.

Ocean Chinook fishing effort and catch have been slow so far this season; however, some ocean Chinook were landed in Garibaldi, Pacific City, Florence, and Winchester Bay last week.

The Selective Coho (fin-clipped) season between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain opened on June 24 and will run through the earlier of July 31 or an 18,000 marked coho quota. The bag limit is two salmon per day, and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.

Salmon fishing has started to pick up in ports from Garibaldi to Bandon. With an average of one salmon landed for each two anglers. Best success was observed for anglers fishing out of Florence, Winchester Bay, and Charleston. Most salmon being encountered are coho at all ports. Indications are that coho salmon will be moving up the coast in the next few weeks with expectations for better catches in more northerly ports from Newport to Garibaldi.

Ocean salmon catch and effort estimates can be found here.

Just a reminder: Anglers are restricted to no more than two single point barbless hooks when fishing for salmon, and when fishing for any other species if a salmon is on board the vessel.

Anglers fishing in ocean waters adjacent to Tillamook Bay between Twin Rocks and Pyramid Rock and within the 15 fathom depth contour are reminded that only adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon may be retained or on board while fishing prior to Aug. 1.

Details, including regulations, and more information on ocean salmon seasons.

BOTTOM FISHING

Bottomfish fishing continues to be good out of most ports along the coast. Anglers were averaging close to one lingcod and four rockfish per trip. Remember to know and understand the new bag limits (see below).

New bag and sub-bag limits for 2017: To stay within Federal allocations, and try to provide for year-round fishing opportunities, there are some changes to daily bag limits. Canary rockfish has been declared rebuilt and is now part of the 7 fish marine bag limit (no sub-bag limit). Black rockfish have a sub-bag limit of 6 fish (out of the 7 fish daily bag, no more than 6 may be black rockfish). There is a 4 fish sub-bag limit for blue/deacon, China, copper, and quillback rockfish combined (out of the 7 fish marine bag, no more than 4 may be these species combined). The daily bag limit for lingcod remains at 2 fish and flatfish species, other than Pacific halibut, remains at 25 fish. Several handouts, including “What Can I Keep, and How Many?” (Updated for 2017) and species identification tips, are available on the ODFW sport bottomfish webpage.

Reminders:

  • Bottomfish is restricted to shoreward of the 30-fathom line (defined by waypoints) as of April 1.
  • Cabezon season opened July 1, 2017, 1 fish sub-bag limit and 16 inch minimum size limit.
  • Yelloweye Rockfish are closed to retention.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017 vessels fishing for or retaining bottomfish are required (1) to have onboard a functioning rockfish descending device, and (2) use it to descend any rockfish released when fishing outside of the 30 fathom regulatory line. For more information and videos, please see the rockfish recompression webpage.

In addition to the new descending device rule, ODFW continues to encourage anglers to use a descending device when releasing any rockfish with signs of barotrauma. Signs of barotrauma, such as bulging eyes and a gut protruding from the mouth, are reversible when fish are returned to depth with a descending device. Use a descending device to safely return fish to a depth of 60 feet or more. Even fish that are severely bloated can survive after being released at depth.

The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, is closed to bottomfish (a.k.a. groundfish) and halibut fishing year round.

ALBACORE TUNA

Tuna are still well offshore (generally 45-60 miles or further). Success rates improved greatly at Charleston this last week with average catches of 6 albacore per angler. Albacore were also landed in most other ports, but angler success at locating fish was much more sporadic than at Charleston. Anglers are reminded that trips offshore for albacore are challenging and proper safety equipment and awareness of weather forecasts and changing conditions are critical to have a safe trip. Albacore are typically found where surface water temperatures are at least 59oF and chlorophyll concentrations are below 0.25 mg/m3 (clear “blue” water).

PACIFIC HALIBUT

In 2017 vessels fishing for or retaining halibut are required (1) to have onboard a functioning rockfish descending device, and (2) use it to descend any rockfish released when fishing outside of the 30-fathom regulatory line. For more information and videos, please see the rockfish recompression webpage.

The 2017 halibut quota is up 16.7 percent from 2016, which should allow for some additional fishing days, depending on weather and catch rates. Season map (pdf).

Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR): The all-depth fishery and nearshore fishery are closed for the remainder of 2017.

Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.): The spring all-depth fishery is closed.

The nearshore fishery opened June 1, 2017, seven days per week until the quota is caught or Oct. 31. In addition, petrale sole and sand sole have been landed by some fortunate anglers. Newport and Pacific City have been the most popular ports for nearshore halibut anglers.

The summer all-depth fishery is scheduled to open Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, and every other Friday-Saturday until the quota is caught or Oct. 31.

Note that when both the nearshore and all-depth halibut fisheries are open on the same day (e.g. Aug 4-5), groundfish retention regulations for the all-depth fishery apply to all halibut anglers, regardless of where fishing occurs. Only Pacific cod, sablefish, and other species of flatfish (flounders, soles, sanddabs, and halibut other than Pacific; does not include skates and rays) may be retained when halibut are onboard the vessel.

Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border): Opened May 1, seven days per week until the quota is caught or Oct 31.

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

When jigging for herring in Yaquina Bay, anglers sometimes inadvertently catch juvenile coho salmon, or smolts. Although they look a bit like herring, smolts cannot be legally kept. Smolt ID tips (pdf).

There are many fishing opportunities from shore and inside the bays and estuaries of the Oregon coast. Public piers provide opportunities to catch surfperch, baitfish and bottomfish (see section above on bottomfish for new bag and sub-bag limits for 2017). Rocky ocean coastline and jetties provide the ideal habitat for greenling, rockfish, cabezon (which opened July 1, 2017), and lingcod. These areas are often fished by boat and from shore, and can be targeted with rod and reel or spear gun.

When fishing from shore or inside estuaries and bays, it is important to check the tide. Many fish that swim into estuaries and bays, including salmon, surfperch, and Pacific herring, tend to come in with the tide. Rockfish, greenling and lingcod generally take cover during strong incoming and outgoing tides. Catch of these species is more likely to occur closer to slack tide. Additionally, the accessibility of some areas can be completely dependent on the tide. Do not allow the incoming tide to become a safety hazard.

Surfperch

Surfperch are a diverse group of fish that provide a variety of angling opportunities. Striped seaperch are found year-round in rocky areas like jetties; and ocean surf is the place to find redtail surfperch and silver perch. Surfperch Fishing (pdf).

The bag limit for surfperch is generous at 15 per day. However, a lot remains unknown about the status of surfperch populations off the Oregon Coast, so, as usual, take only what you will use.

SHELLFISH

Call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures. Additional information is available from ODA’s Food Safety Program at (503) 986-4720 or the ODA shellfish closures website. Openings and closures listed below were accurate on July 14.

For everything you need to know about identifying and harvesting Oregon’s shellfish, including maps of individual estuaries that show where to crab and clam, see the recreational shellfish pages on the ODFW website.

Mussels

Mussels were closed last Friday due to high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Toxin in mussels collected from Arcadia Beach. The closure extends from Tillamook Head (just north of Cannon Beach) to Cascade Head (just north of Lincoln City). Rock jetty structures at nearly every port in Oregon support harvestable populations of mussels.

Razor Clams

NOTICE: Razor clams remain closed along the entire Oregon coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and bays.

Bay Clams

Bay clamming is open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Check the ODFW Shellfish website for where and when to harvest your favorite bivalves. Updated maps on where to clam.

Crabs

Ocean and bay crabbing is open coastwide. Typically this time of year we start seeing some soft male crabs that have recently molted. Recent reports are that crabbing has been getting better in the ocean, and the best results are seen in water deeper than 100 feet.


MARINE WILDLIFE VIEWING

Gray whales are always a treat to see and can often be spotted off the central and south coasts. It is common for gray whales to migrate to and from summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, passing by the Oregon coast.

Look for whales as they surface to blow, a spout 6-12 feet high, depending on sex. Gray whales usually surface to breath 3-5 times, then make a deep feeding dive, often with tail flukes visible, lasting 3-5 minutes. The best time to view whales is on calm days when whale spouts cannot be confused with whitecaps. Look for whales as they surface to blow air and occasionally flip their tails above the water. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!

Bird viewing tips are available from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Another great source for birders is the Oregon Coast Birding Trail website, which includes self-guided itineraries for any area of the Oregon Coast and a species checklist.

All kinds of wonderful creatures – gumboot chitons and ribbed limpets, for example – can be viewed along the shoreline. The Oregon State Parks tidepools website has information on where and when to explore, what you can expect to see, and safety tips.

Additional coastal viewing ideas for marine wildlife are found on the ODFW wildlife viewing map.


Questions? Contact odfw.info@state.or.us or 503-947-6000 | ODFW Website

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