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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - September 12, 2017

Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

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Check for fire restrictions

With all the fires currently burning, hunters and others will face restrictions on public and private land. Check the Forest Service website for latest information on national forests. Department of Forestry has a helpful map of current fire restrictions. Oregon Department of Forestry and OFIC keep an updated list of closures (pdf) on their web site. The chart also contains phone numbers to get the latest access information from timberland owners.

Band-tailed pigeon opens Sept. 15

Hunting is open statewide from Sept. 15-23. High numbers of these native pigeons have been seen in forested areas of the coast range, especially where cascara trees are abundant.

Fee pheasant hunts at western Oregon wildlife areas

This great western Oregon hunting opportunity is available at following wildlife areas: Fern Ridge Sept. 11-Oct. 8, Denman Sept. 18-Oct. 1, Sauvie Island Sept. 11-oct. 8 and EE Wilson Oct. 1-31. See page 16 of the Game Bird Regs for details.

Hunting forecasts now available

Biologists from around the state weigh in on what to expect this fall. See the Big Game and Bird Hunting forecasts online.

Free pheasant hunts for youth hunters – Sign up now
Free hunts are being held in Baker City, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland, The Dalles (Tygh Valley). These events are only open to youth who have passed hunter education. (ODFW has many hunter education classes and field days available before the events.) An adult 21 years of age or older must accompany the youth to supervise but may not hunt. More info.

Recreational bottomfish closed as of Monday, after excellent summer season

As of Monday morning Sept. 18, anglers may no longer catch or retain lingcod, any species of rockfish, greenling or other bottomfish. Several other ocean fishing opportunities remain, incl. crabbing, flatfish, nearshore halibut between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt, halibut south of Humbug Mt, tuna and ocean salmon from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt except coho. More info

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NORTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Steelhead fishing has been slow to fair on the Nestucca, Wilson. Trask and Siletz rivers, and there should also be some nice cutthroat around.
  • Chinook fishing is picking up in the bays and estuaries. Anglers are reminded the two-rod validation is only valid while angling in standing water bodies excluding coastal lakes with wild coho seasons. Two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

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, Town, 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 about 100 surplus summer steelhead from the Siletz Falls trap, 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: Chinook, trout

Fall Chinook opened Aug. 1 and fishing is starting to pick up in the bay. 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.

Anglers are reminded the two-rod validation is only valid while angling in standing water bodies excluding coastal lakes with wild coho seasons. Two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

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. The Kilchis River opened for Fall Chinook on Aug. 1, but realistically it will be a couple of months before they start showing up in the river.

NEHALEM: trout, Chinook

There are fall Chinook being caught on Nehalem bay but the action has been sporadic thus far. The Nehalem River is open for Chinook, but there are very few fish above tidewater. Anglers are reminded that though Sept. 15 only one wild Chinook may be retained per day.

Notice: In water construction activities on the Miami Foley Road bridge at Foss, will be restricting boat access on the Nehalem River. Boaters going downstream from Roy Creek should use caution.

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, trout

Summer steelhead fishing has been moderate to slow, but there are fish throughout the system. Late August and September can be a great time to target these fish as cooler nights lower water temps, and fish that have been holding get more active. Fish are 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 is open, and recent surveys by ODFW found good numbers of cutthroat in the basin, and sea run cutthroat are entering the lower River now, too. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

Three Rivers is closed to all angling downstream of the hatchery through Sept. 30.

Nestucca Bay opened for fall Chinook on Aug. 1, and there are a few fish being caught. That said, it is still pretty early for this fishery. Anglers are reminded that the Nestucca River upstream of the Cloverdale Bridge is closed to Chinook angling through Sept. 15.

Anglers are reminded that there is NO wild coho retention in the rivers and bays this year, and that two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

SALMON RIVER: Chinook, trout

Fall Chinook opened Aug. 1 and fishing is starting to pick up in the estuary. 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.

Anglers are reminded the two-rod validation is only valid while angling in standing water bodies excluding coastal lakes with wild coho seasons. Two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, trout

The Siletz River opened for fall Chinook on Aug. 1 and fishing is starting to pick up in the bay. 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.

Anglers are reminded the two-rod validation is only valid while angling in standing water bodies excluding coastal lakes with wild coho seasons. Two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

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: Chinook, trout

Fall Chinook opened Aug. 1 and fishing is starting to pick up in the bay. 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: Chinook

There are a handful of fall Chinook being caught in the bay, but it’s still early and the action is sporadic. A few have been caught on the upper bay, but the lower bay is going to be the best bet during this early part of the season. Trolling herring out by the jetties is the best bet this time of year.

Anglers are reminded that there is NO wild coho retention in the rivers and bays this year, and that two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, trout

Trout season opened May 22, and recent surveys by ODFW found good numbers of cutthroat in the basin. Sea run cutthroat are throughout the system. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed in the North, South, and East forks of the Trask through Aug. 31.

Summer steelhead angling is slow, with relatively small numbers of fish available.

The Trask River doesn’t open above tidewater (Hwy. 101 Bridge) until Sept. 16, and anglers need to remember that the dam hole (MP 7 on Trask River Rd up to Blue Ridge Creek) is closed to angling Sept. 1 - Nov. 30.

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.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, trout

Summer steelhead fishing on the Wilson has been moderate to slow, but there are good numbers of fish throughout the system. Late August and September can be a great time to target these fish as cooler nights lower water temps, and fish that have been holding get more active. 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.

The Wilson doesn’t open for fall Chinook above tide water (Hwy 101 Bridge) until Sept 16.

Trout season opened May 22, and there are some cutthroat around, but fishing for them in the Wilson’s clear summer flows can be tough. Remember, the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8 inches.

YAQUINA RIVER: Chinook, 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.

Anglers are reminded the two-rod validation is only valid while angling in standing water bodies excluding coastal lakes with wild coho seasons. Two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK, FOREST GROUSE & QUAIL, SEPT CANADA GOOSE (Sept. 9-17 in NW Permit Zone), BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Sept. 15-23)

Hunting forecasts now available

Biologists from around the state weigh in on what to expect this fall. See the Big Game and Bird Hunting forecasts online.

Hunting and fire danger in Oregon
ODFW does not close hunting seasons due to fire danger. However, hunters may face restrictions due to fires burning on public land and reduced access to private lands during fire season. More info including list of private land closures

Stimson Lands in Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District Regulated Use Area NW-1 are back open to walk in access as of Sept. 12, more info

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.

Fall Black Bear season goes through Dec. 31 on the north coast. Bears early in the season may be widely distributed as they forage for berry crops wherever they occur. Scout seldom-travelled or grown-in roads for fresh sign to key in on areas bears are frequenting. Successful hunters, remember you must check in bear (skull at a minimum) 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.

Archery Deer and Elk seasons continue. Scout early and be sure to check for restricted access on some private lands due to fire danger (see link above). Early season hunting has been tough during hot days. Elk are likely to be in cool shaded areas near water and be visible in clear cuts for only a short time in the morning and evenings. The breeding period, or rut, has started and will go on through the end of the season later this month.

September goose season closes after Sept. 17. There should be good numbers of local geese in all of the larger north coast estuaries, including the lower Columbia River.

Forest grouse and mountain quail season is ongoing through January 31, 2018. Decent numbers of birds have been seen during the late summer period, so prospects should be good. Look for ruffed grouse on cool mid-slope and creek bottom areas. Blue or sooty grouse are generally found higher in elevation on ridge tops. Mountain quail are most frequently spotted near older, brushy clearcuts, especially on west of south-facing slopes.

Band-tailed pigeon season stars on Sept. 15 and goes through the 23rd. High numbers of these native pigeons have been seen in forested areas of the coast range, especially where cascara trees are abundant.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: 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.

Early southward migrants have been reported for a number of shorebird species on north coast estuaries and beaches. The very first of breeding shorebirds and waterfowl have been spotted recently migrating south. Green-winged teal, wandering tattlers and dunlins among others have been spotted locally.

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

Bayocean Spit on Tillamook Bay is a popular stopover for migrating shorebirds. Migrating waterfowl will be found out on the bay near the spit. A gravel path is closed to motorized access, but is a good hike to catch glimpses of birds along the bay. The first green winged teal were spotted here last week.

CLATSOP COUNTY

The Astoria Mitigation Bank Wetlands are along the west bank of the Lewis and Clark River on the north side of Alternate HWY 101. The freshwater and tidal wetlands attract many species of migrating ducks and shorebirds. Virginia rail, sora and American bittern are resident species.

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. Best viewing has been in the evenings until dark on warm sunny days. Elk tend to be in the open areas a little longer in the mornings and evenings on cool cloudy days. Most of the meadows have been mowed so elk should be easier to spot. 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.

The elk breeding season or “rut” will start at the end of August and continue until the first part of October with the peak about mid-September. This is a good time to visit the wildlife area to see breeding activity including bulls bugling and battling for dominance. Tree and violate green swallows can still be seen gliding over fields and resting on fence lines near viewing areas. Band-tailed pigeons have been observed near area bird feeders and frequenting the many cascara trees throughout the wildlife area. Many other song bird species can be seen in and around viewing areas. Check out the new white board at the Kiosk for daily updates on viewing opportunities.

Visitors are reminded that areas posted as Wildlife Refuge are closed to public access. Additionally, posted portions of the Beneke Tract are closed to public entry during any Saddle Mt. unit elk season including Archery season. Closure dates are Aug. 1 through March 15 (see big game regulations for exceptions).

Wildlife Area Parking Permits are required on the Wildlife Area. (Updated 8/22/17)


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Anglers are reporting that smallmouth and perch fishing has been good using hardbaits at Ford’s Pond.
  • Recreational crabbing is open along the entire Oregon coast and has been good both in the ocean and in the bays.
  • Summer steelhead are providing some fair to good action on the middle and upper Rogue. Fishing for Spring Chinook is now closed upstream of Dodge Bridge.
  • Water temperatures are jumping with the scorching heat this week. Anglers must practice good stewardship. Fish early in the day. When trout fishing in lakes, avoid catching and releasing large numbers of fish especially when using Powerbait. It’s better to keep a limit and not stress numerous trout.
  • Anglers are catching tuna and salmon off the south Oregon coast.
  • The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir offers trout fishing opportunity for anglers who want to escape the heat of the valley, enjoy beautiful scenery and catch some fish.
  • Fishing for trout in Diamond Lake continues to be good despite smoky conditions.
  • Largemouth bass fishing in the Tenmile Basin has been good and should continue.
  • Smoke in the air from ongoing wildfires are causing reduced air quality at a number of destinations within Southern Oregon. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, you may be able to get out of the smoke. Checking the Oregon Smoke Forecast may be worthwhile before venturing out.

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 40 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 cooled to 70 oF. Fishing for smallmouth bass should be good. The reservoir is at 50 percent capacity and all boat ramps are currently open. For the most current Applegate Reservoir information, call 1-800-472-2434.

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. For the most current information on releases of water out of Applegate Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434.

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 and was recently stocked with “Labor Day Lunkers.” There are still opportunities to catch carryover fish, but trout fishing should pick up with cooler temperatures predicted in the short-term forecast. Warmwater fishing should be good.

CHETCO RIVER: cutthroat trout, Chinook

Anglers will want to check current conditions of the Chetco Bar fire prior to fishing the Chetco River. Road closures are in effect for the majority of the watershed. Anglers may want to start trolling the bay as Chinook salmon start to nose into the estuary in September and early October.

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. The reservoir was stocked recently with “Labor Day Lunkers.” Trout fishing has been good. Fishing for bass and bluegill should continue be productive into the fall.

COOS COUNTY LAKES/PONDS: warmwater fish, trout

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.

Rainbow trout are scheduled to be stocked in Powers Pond, Bradley

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

Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing until Oct. 31. Anglers are allowed to use bait in streams above tidewater starting Sept. 1. Anglers may harvest two trout per day that are a minimum of 8 inches long.

Anglers were catching Chinook salmon from the railroad bridge up to Coos River over the weekend. The bite was best a couple hours before the slack tides. A few wild coho have been caught lately. There is not a wild coho season inside Coos Bay this year so all wild coho must be released but anglers may keep an adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho. Salmon anglers are having the best luck.

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. Crabbing has been best near Charleston but legal crab can be caught all the way up the bay to the BLM boat ramp off of the North Spit. 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.

The recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED from Cascade Head to the California Border for 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, salmon

Streams and rivers are now open to trout fishing until Oct. 31. Anglers are allowed to use bait in streams above tidewater starting Sept. 1. Anglers may harvest 2 trout per day that are a minimum of 8 inches long.

Chinook salmon fishing has been decent this past week with anglers catching salmon in the lower Coquille River from the Highway 101 Bridge upstream to Bear Creek. Salmon anglers are having the best luck trolling cut plug herring behind a flasher. There is no wild coho season in the Coquille River this year so all wild coho must be released but anglers may keep an adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho.

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 is still producing good catches despite smoky conditions. Check air quality information before heading out on the water. 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. Fly-anglers are having good luck on the south end of the lake as well. 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

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 45 percent full.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake is stocked with rainbow trout, tiger trout and Chinook salmon and fishing has been good. Still fishing on the bottom with Powerbait continues to be one of the best options for shore based anglers, especially if water clarity is poor. 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 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. The reservoir is holding fairly steady at 60 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, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, crappie

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

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

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 and fire information. Anglers at Hemlock have been consistently catching trout and was stocked recently with “Labor Day Lunkers.” Lake in the Woods has been stocked several times in 2017 and was recently stocked with about 100 Lunkers. 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

Still fishing with bait is the best bet for trout anglers at Howard Prairie right now, and Powerbait continues to be the bait of choice. Trolling worms continues to produce some fish but is generally slow to fair.

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 prior to cooking.

The lake is 82 percent full. The temperature at Howard Prairie Lake and Dam outflow which is near the bottom of the reservoir was averaging 60oF this past week. Reports of surface temperature were at the 71oF mark.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

The reservoir is 40 percent full, with a current surface temperature averaging 71oF. Boat anglers probably should check with the BLM to make sure the ramp is still usable before heading to Hyatt. Reports from the past weekend indicate that trailers wheels from larger boats would have been off the ramp at the Mountain View boat ramp, but the dock still useable.

Fishing for largemouth bass is probably the best with the very warm water temperatures. The parking area 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. The lake was stocked recently with “Labor Day Lunkers.” 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. With the warm weather, the trout will likely be found in the deeper areas of the lake.

Lake Selmac has a lot of aquatic vegetation this time of the year around the shores. Road construction at the dam requires a detour via Deer Creek road in order to access Lake Selmac Resort on Lake Shore Drive and the Trout Loop. The South Shore boat ramps can still be accessed via Lakeshore Drive. More information

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

The reservoir has been stocked with 6,000 legal size and was recently stocked with “Labor Day Lunkers”. There are also excellent opportunities to catch large brown trout and kokanee. 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 should continue to be productive as we move into the cooler fall months. 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 try the Takelma day use area. Additionally, Chinook stocked into Lost Creek are available in the deeper parts of the lake and can be fished for like kokanee.

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 surface temperature is 70 oF and the reservoir is 47 percent full. All boat ramps are still open. For the most current Lost Creek Reservoir information, call 1-800-472-2434.

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 and has been good both in the ocean and in the bays.

The Central Oregon Coast nearshore halibut season (inside 40 fathoms) reopened on Sunday, Sept. 3 and will be open seven days a week. There is 12% of the quota left for the nearshore halibut season. The next All Depth Halibut days for the Central Coast Subarea will be Sept. 15-16. Halibut is open seven days a week for the Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mountain to OR/CA border) with 51 percent of the 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. The non-selective coho seasons closed on September 8.

The recreational harvest of razor clams is OPEN from Tillamook Head (south of Seaside) to Cascade Head (north of Lincoln City). The recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED from Cascade Head to the California Border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays.

Clatsop Beaches are CLOSED for the annual razor clam conservation closure. This area includes beaches from the Columbia River south to Tillamook Head. The conservational closure will be lifted on Oct. 1 if domoic acid levels are below the closure limit at that time.

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 though cooler temperatures are predicted in the next week. 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, half pounder steelhead, coho

Chinook are spread throughout the lower river and estuary. The Chinook fishery has been one of the best is recent years and should continue into October. Anglers are picking up a few coho trolling the bay. Coho numbers should continue to build through September. Boat and bank anglers are picking up Chinook side-drifting eggs in some of the deeper runs downstream of Agness.

Rogue flows are dropping this week and should really improve fishing conditions for summer steelhead and half pounders. The half pounder steelhead run is also doing very well. Anglers are picking up fish all through the lower river. Spinners or flies fished in the tail outs and head of pools is a good method to catch these fish.

ODFW has started seining the lower Rogue River at Huntley Park (river mile 8) to monitor escapement of steelhead, Chinook, and coho. The project runs from mid-July to the end of October. Anglers interested in what is being caught can visit ODFW’s website and look under Fish Counts for two week updates. The seine counts at Huntley Park.

Rogue River, middle: Chinook, steelhead, trout

Anglers are reminded that Chinook angling is now closed from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp, upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery through Dec. 31. Anglers can still fish for Chinook below Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp, downstream to Hog Creek boat Ramp through Sept. 30, but will remain open below Hog Creek.

Chinook and summer steelhead are available. In the Grants Pass area, Chinook anglers should find success using back trolled plugs, back bounced roe and/or sand shrimp, or bobbers with roe. Plugs wrapped with a sardine fillet or a wobbler in deep holes have had the best luck. The best bet for summer steelhead would be on plugs or drifted night crawlers.

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

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

Anglers are reminded that Chinook angling is closed from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Cole Rivers Hatchery through Dec. 31. Summer steelhead angling is still open and is providing an excellent opportunity in the upper river and should only get better as the season progresses. Trout are also available and fishing can be very good for trout in the summer months. Only hatchery rainbow trout and steelhead can be kept, while all cutthroat and wild trout and wild steelhead must be released unharmed.

As of Aug. 23, a total of 1,613 Summer Steelhead (99 new fish last week) and 4,029 spring Chinook (119 new last week) have returned to Cole Rivers Hatchery. (Track the current return counts of fish to Cole Rivers Hatchery). For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800472-2434.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

The weekly stocking of rainbow trout in the Rogue River above the reservoir will continue through the week of Sept. 4. Travelers should be advised that smoke could be heavy at times along highway 62 and should watch for fire vehicles. 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, Chinook

Trout fishing closes Sept. 15 in the mainstem and tributaries. Chinook fishing in the lower Smith should be decent as more fish move into the system but reports have indicated pretty slow fishing thus far. There is no Chinook fishing allowed above the confluence with Spencer Creek in the mainstem Smith nor above Johnson Creek in the North Fork Smith.

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. Anglers are allowed to use bait in streams Sept. 1. In streams, 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.

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 but make sure to check fire conditions and road closures before heading out. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Reports from early in the season indicated a good catch rates. 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 fire, and check air quality conditions before heading out as well.

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

Red Top Pond, which offers excellent bank fishing opportunities, has been stocked several times and was stocked recently with “Labor Day Lunkers.” 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: Chinook, bass

Chinook fishing in the estuary is steady, but slow. Bank anglers in Half Moon Bay are consistently catching Chinook and a good number of hatchery coho. There have been reports of folks catching fish throughout the main. From July 1– Dec. 31, anglers can harvest two 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. Trout fishing on the mainstem Umpqua tributaries closes Sept. 15.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead

Check with the US Forest Service regarding potential fishing closures on the North Umpqua above Susan Creek. The North Umpqua Spring Chinook season closed July 1. The North Umpqua is closed to Chinook fishing till February. Trout fishing in North Umpqua tributaries from the mouth to the fly area boundary at Deadline Falls is closes Sept. 15.

Summer steelhead fishing below deadline falls has been spotty but may pick-up with cooler temperatures.

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 Umpqua mainstem and tributaries close to all angling starting Sept. 16 to protect fall chinook. Bass fishing has been good around the Roseburg area.

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. The lake is 74 percent full.

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. Anglers will want to check current conditions of the Chetco Bar fire prior to fishing the Winchuck River. Road closures are in effect for some of the watershed.


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK, FOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE, QUAIL, BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Sept. 15-23)

Free pheasant hunt for youth Sept. 16 and 17 in Central Point– Sign up now

Hunting forecasts now available

Biologists from around the state weigh in on what to expect this fall. See the Big Game and Bird Hunting forecasts online.

Hunting and fire danger in Oregon

ODFW does not close hunting seasons due to fire danger. However, hunters may face restrictions due to fires burning on public land and reduced access to private lands during fire season. More info including list of private land closures

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

Fire Season Closures on Private Forestland

The Coquille Valley Wildlife Area will be closed through at least Oct. 1. Construction and restoration work has begun on the Wildlife Area which is part of a larger effort to restore tidal influence and wetland function to the Coquille Valley. These projects will provide a multitude of benefits for our native fish and wildlife species and infrastructure improvements will facilitate hunter access to previously closed portions of the Area. Current fire concerns may have an impact on the completion date of this project which may affect when public access can be allowed. Any questions or comments, please contact the Charleston Field Office, 63538 Boat Basin Drive, Charleston, OR (541-888-5515).

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.

Elk – Bow season continues. Elk populations are slightly down from previous years but hunters can still expect to find animals distributed across the county. Hunters are best served focusing on clear-cuts and open slopes in the morning and evening hours. Riparian drainages and meadows can also be productive for bugling bulls. Dry warm conditions will make elk move to north facing slopes in the day to escape the heat in the shade. Also, grass will be most nutritious on those slopes due to higher moisture content. Fire precautions are in place and hunters should check with local land managers to ensure access rules and regulations.

Deer - Bow season continues. Deer numbers are in line with long term trends and hunters can expect to find animals across the county. Riparian areas, clear-cuts, and agricultural lands can all be productive. In the mornings and evenings, when conditions are have cooled deer will move onto brushy hill slopes and grassy meadows to feed. Fire precautions are in place and hunters should check with local land managers to ensure access rules and regulations.

Bear – Fall bear season continues. Bears are numerous in the county and can be found along riparian areas. As the berry crop continues to progress, hunters should focus their efforts on blackberry patches, particularly along abandoned/closed roads, where bears will be concentrated. Focusing on patches that have been trampled and/or where berries are missing should be productive. Hunting these areas from tree stands or ground blinds can be very productive under the present conditions. Most opportunities will come in the early morning or late evening hours.

Grouse & Quail – hunters can expect average harvest this year. Both grouse and quail occur in low densities along the Coast Range. Ruffed grouse can be found at lower elevations around riparian areas. Sooty grouse can be found at higher elevations, along timbered ridges. Mountain quail most often occur in young reprod and can be hunted any time of day but mornings are when birds are most active and can be found foraging along closed forest roadways.

Mourning Doves - Hunters can expect an average year. The dove season opens up on Sept. 1. In addition, keep in mind the non-migratory Eurasian collared doves numbers are on the increase throughout the state and our county, and they are NOT part of the mourning dove bag limit.

Band-tailed Pigeons – Final reports are not yet available but survey numbers in the county were far below average. Hunter success may be limited if these results were part of a larger trend. Hunters can expect to find pigeons along the banks of coastal waterways and in lower densities along open ridges at higher elevations.

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.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Fire Season Closures on private land (pdf)

Elk - A few controlled elk hunts opened Aug. 1. Bow season is open now. Elk populations are similar to last year so this hunting year will be average. During the early part of the archery season, hunters should find elk on the northerly slopes and in dense conifer stands. Elk numbers are highest in the Tioga with lower levels in the Dixon, S. Indigo and Melrose units.

Deer - Bow season continues. Deer populations are similar to last year, with low levels at upper elevations and high population levels on the Umpqua Valley floor. Most low elevation lands are privately owned so hunters are reminded to obtain permission before hunting on those lands. During the early part of the archery season, hunters should find deer on the northerly slopes and near water and green up areas.

Black Bear – General bear season is open. Hunters can expect an average year. The dry weather conditions will concentrate bears near streams where foraging will be better. Glass clear cuts and meadows early mornings and late evenings to find bears taking advantage of food sources. Bear numbers are good with the highest numbers in the coast range, and with smaller populations in the Cascades.

Western Gray Squirrel – Squirrel season is open. Hunters can expect an average year. Squirrels are widely distributed throughout the county with good numbers in areas of oaks and conifers. Many areas of high squirrel populations are on private lands so hunters are reminded to ask for permission on these lands before hunting.

Grouse & Quail - Hunters can expect an average hunt year. Hunting availability and success for forest grouse should be good this year. Blue grouse success is best in mid to high elevations of the Cascades in partly open conifer stands. Ruffed grouse can be found near creeks mostly at mid elevations of both the Cascades and Coast Range. For quail, success is best in the lower elevation agricultural lands for California quail and mid-elevations of the Cascades and Coast Range near brushy clear cuts on secondary forest roads for Mountain quail. Hunters that kill grouse and Mountain quail are asked to drop off in a paper bag the frozen wing and tail of each grouse at the local ODFW office. Please use one bird per bag with each frozen bag of grouse parts including the species, sex, age, unit and general area of harvest for proper analysis.

Mourning Doves - Hunters can expect an average year. In addition, keep in mind the non-migratory Eurasian collared doves numbers are on the increase throughout the state and our county, and they are NOT part of the mourning dove bag limit.

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. Identify this species and its habitat

JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES

Deer: Archery deer season continues. 2016 hunter success remained the same as it was in 2015. This upcoming 2017 season should be good as well. Remember that deer in the Dixon, Rogue, and Evans Creek unit typically are at high elevations during the summer and as fall approaches they migrate down to lower elevations; however there are resident deer on the valley floor year round. In the Applegate and Chetco units deer that are present at higher elevations usually only move when pushed out by severe weather. Remember when heading out this archery season that many areas here in Southwest Oregon are at a fire danger level of Extreme which imposes restrictions based on the land you are hunting on. Visit the US Forest Service or Oregon Department of Forestry websites for more information.

Elk: General Archery Elk season continues for any elk in the Applegate unit and lands outside of the US Forest Service’s National Forest boundaries in the Rogue, Dixon, and Evans Creek units. Within the National Forest boundaries in the Rogue, Dixon, and Evans Creek unit as well as the entire Chetco and Sixes units hunting is restricted to bull elk only. Always refer to the 2017 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulation before heading out to hunt. This is expected to be an average harvest year with a slight decrease in hunter success in 2016 compared to the previous season. During the first part of the season when the weather is warmer look for elk in the cooler drainages as well as on north facing slopes. Finding and sitting on active wallows and other water sources can be very productive in hot weather. Remember when heading out this archery season that many areas here in Southwest Oregon are at a fire danger level of Extreme which imposes restrictions based on the land you are hunting on. Visit the US Forest Service or Oregon Department of Forestry websites for more information.

Fall Black Bear season continues. Hunters can expect another good year. The Applegate unit has historically had some of the highest harvest in the state so focus your efforts there; however the Rogue and Evans Creek can also be very productive. Huckleberry patches at high elevations and blackberries at low elevations seem to be a good place to start your search for bears feeding in early morning and late evening. Fawn calls can also be a useful tool when trying to harvest a bear. Here in Southern Oregon you are allowed two fall bears by purchasing your SW Additional Fall Black Bear tag, this tag is good for all of units 20-30. Remember that there is a mandatory check in of your bear skull at an ODFW office or designated collection site within 10 days of harvest, the skull must be unfrozen. In addition if you harvest a female bear you must turn in the entire reproductive tract to ODFW. See page 30 in the big game hunting regulations for more information.

Youth Antlerless Elk seasons are currently open for units in our area; these are controlled draw hunts that provide a limited number of youth to harvest an elk in our area. This is a great opportunity for the youth to harvest an elk. These hunts are designed to provide young hunters with a safe, well supervised, low-stress setting where they can enjoy the hunt while building fundamental skills. A reminder that youth are required to wear hunter orange.

Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met (see zone quota page). With the upcoming elk and deer seasons remember to purchase your cougar tag since majority of the cougars are harvest while in pursuit of other species. 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.

Fee Pheasant hunt on the Denman Wildlife area begins on Sept. 18; in order to hunt you must purchase a $17.00 tag which allows you to harvest two pheasants, you can purchase additional tags if you would like. You must also have the proper licenses and validations. We will be releasing 160 pheasants a week until the end of the fee hunt on Oct. 6. For more information refer to the 2017-2018 Oregon Game Bird Regulations.


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

COOS COUNTY

The Coquille Valley Wildlife Area will be closed through Oct. 1. Construction and restoration work has begun on the Wildlife Area which is part of a larger effort to restore tidal influence and wetland function to the Coquille Valley. These projects will provide a multitude of benefits for our native fish and wildlife species and infrastructure improvements will facilitate hunter access to previously closed portions of the Area. Any questions or comments, please contact the Charleston Field Office, 63538 Boat Basin Drive, Charleston, OR (541-888-5515).

Shorebirds- Numerous shorebirds have been spotted out at Bullards Beach State Park near Bandon, as well as flocks out in the mudflats of the Coquille River which are visible at the Bandon National Wildlife Refuge. Another viewing spot for these birds is out at 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

Marine Mammals

PLEASE, remember that feeding any marine mammal is illegal! Feeding can cause of host of problems including a loss of natural wariness towards humans, which may lead to confrontations with humans, both wildlife watchers and recreational users. Seals and sea lions can become aggressive and can weigh in excess of 350 and 1,000 pounds, respectively. These animals should be viewed, and enjoyed, from a distance.

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

The fall migration should be ramping up in the coming weeks. Viewers can expect to see increased hawk activity in the coming weeks and months. Many birds of prey, including bald eagles, osprey, and peregrine falcons, can be viewed locally 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 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.

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.

Reptiles –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.

Bats –Look for bats at dawn and dusk. Watch street lights and water bodies, where insects concentrate, bats may show up to eat up to 1000 insects per hour. 8/22/2017

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.

Quail

We have two species of quail here in Southwest Oregon, the first being the Mountain Quail. This species typically lives at higher elevations and is characterized by its long straight head plume and chestnut colored throat and flanks. California quail or sometimes referred to as Valley Quail is the second quail species in our area. As the name suggests this species of quail is typically found in the valleys with lower level elevation. Unlike the mountain quail, California quail have a curved head plume and the feathers on their chest give them a scaled appearance. Both of these species recently finished nesting and are now caring for their young. If you happen to see an adult look closely because there may be a large amount of young quail following nearby.

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

  • Hundreds of “trophy trout” were released into Harriet and Trillium lakes on the Mt. Hood National Forest in advance of the Labor Day holiday. Several other waterbodies are also getting trout this week, including Estacada Lake, Faraday Lake, North Fork Reservoir, and Small Fry Lake.
  • Sandy River flows are getting lower every week but still holding up well enough for anglers to pursue summer steelhead and spring Chinook.
  • Spring Chinook are still available in the Santiam River system but the season closes at the end of the month so the fish can spawn unmolested. A few springers could also be holed up in the Molalla, below Trout Creek.
  • Late summer is a good time to consider a trip to the high mountain lakes, many of which are stocked with rainbow, cutthroat or eastern brook trout.
  • August is an excellent time to try warmwater fishing, and there are plenty of locations around the Willamette Valley to find them, including the Willamette Slough, St. Louis Ponds, and Wilsonville Pond.

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

Stocked the week of Aug. 28 with 865 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 in June 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 was stocked for the last time last week with 1,800 legal-size hatchery trout. Anglers may keep up to five trout per day.

CANBY POND: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill

Stocked in May 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

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.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

The little amount of precipitation we saw last week did nothing to improve conditions on the Clackamas River with the gauge in Estacada still reading below 1,000 cfs and forecast to stay that way for several more days. Fishing effort has been difficult to find although the rafting crowd has certainly dwindled in numbers as the weather has gotten somewhat cooler and schools are back in session. For the anglers out giving it a try last week action remained very slow for both summer steelhead and spring Chinook.

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 Sept. 11 shows river flows at 916 cfs, with a gauge reading of 10.85 feet and the water temperature down some at 60°. 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 will be stocked 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 in May 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 in the spring 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

Stocked in the spring 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 still mostly full and all boat ramps are in the water. The reservoir was stocked mid-July with 4,500 hatchery rainbow trout. Mongold boat ramp, among others, is available for launching boats. Anglers report good catches of both trout and kokanee in the 12 to 14 inch range.

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 the spring 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 in the spring 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 in May 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 with the onset of the late summer doldrums, despite the mountain snowmelt that had been helping 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. The creek is now too low for Chinook to make it in from the Clackamas River but there could be fish holding in the deep pools in the upper creek above Eagle Fern Park. 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

NOTICE: The pond is now dry and is no longer fishable. 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

Stocked again this week with another 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. The lake was also stocked last week with 3,000 trout. This lake was stocked several times earlier in this fishing season.

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

Stocked again this week with another 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. The lake was also stocked last week with 2,500 trout.

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 with rainbow trout in the spring. 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 28 feet below full pool with both boat ramps available.

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.

HARRIET LAKE: trout

Stocked on Aug. 28 with 2,000 eight-inch trout and 667 trophies, weighing two pounds or more apiece. Get in and get them soon because Harriet is scheduled to close to public access from Sept. 11 through mid-October for campground and parking upgrades.

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

Stocked several times in the spring.

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)

Fire danger is extreme this time of year, so check ahead for conditions before venturing into the woods for restrictions and safety advisories.

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!

Although the high lakes season is at its peak right now 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. Hikers may also encounter a few trails with downed trees or boulders across them as a result of the heavy snowfall this past winter. 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 with the wildfire season now 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

Stocked the week of Aug. 28 withy 1,400 hatchery trout. 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 below Leburg Lake: trout salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake will be stocked this week with 2,750 hatchery trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. As of Nov. 1, anglers may only use lures and artificial flies.

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

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 recently with 1,250 hatchery trout from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Landing. 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

Molalla River flows have remained at extremely low levels, no surprise given the dry weather here in Oregon. These late summer conditions are presenting ever challenging fishing opportunities as anglers go out chasing late spring Chinook. There have been reliable reports that springers are holding up in the area below Trout Creek; these fish are surely returning adults from the annual 100,000 smolt acclimation pond releases of two or three years ago. At this late date the quality of any spring Chinook caught will surely be marginal at best as spawning season approaches.

The Willamette Falls spring Chinook passage began improving considerably in late May, then showed some steady numbers through early July but as of Aug. 15 springer counts have ended for the 2017 season. However, with the surprising spring Chinook passage counts there are certainly a number of these fish headed back to the Molalla River as acclimation pond returns. Through the final count date of Aug. 15 the number of springers passing upstream at the falls in Oregon City stood at 34,186 adults and 2,442 jacks, while the winter steelhead counts ended May 31 at a very low 822 total.

USGS hydrological data for Sept. 11 has river flows at 43 cfs and a gauge reading of 9.42 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 again this week with 3,500 eight-inch trout. The reservoir was also stocked just prior to the Labor Day holiday with 18,500 trout.

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 in mid-July 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 last stocked in late June with 2,000 hatchery trout. Stream flows continue to drop and are in excellent shape for fishing, currently around 19 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 will be stocked this week 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

Sandy River flows fell even more in the past week despite some light rainfall over the weekend, yet conditions seem to be holding up well enough for anglers in pursuit of summer steelhead or spring Chinook, and reports say there are fish spread throughout the Sandy River system with springers landed as far up as the mouth of the Salmon River.

The ODFW broodstock collection trap on the Bull Run River has continued to catch decent numbers of springers on a daily basis since early July as these fish return from acclimation releases done two or three years ago. As a result the Sandy River around Dodge Park has been putting out fair catch numbers, and anglers fishing the Garbage Hole and the Pipeline have been finding some success as well. This late into the season expect a few of these fish to be turning dark and their quailty deteriorating but there’s still a few nice springers being landed.

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 Sept. 11 shows the Sandy flows at 338 cfs, with a gauge reading of 7.73 feet and the water temperature down some at 57°F.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

As of Sept. 12, flows are around 1,700 cfs at the Mehama gauge. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs.

The river is now closed to angling for chinook salmon, but anglers may still target hatchery steelhead and hatchery trout. In addition there will be small numbers of wild coho returning over the next few months. While out on the rive,r please take care to avoid harassing spawning adult chinook or walking through their egg deposits called “redds” that the adult fish have constructed, usually found at the tail-outs of pools.

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 was stocked the last time in late July 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

Extra water is being released out of Green Peter Reservoir so that chinook have access to more spawning habitat. Flows in the river at Waterloo are currently around 1,600 cfs. Fishing for chinook is now closed until October 15 in order to protect spawning adults. If you see spawning fish, please keep your distance in order not to disturb them. The river is still open for hatchery steelhead and hatchery trout. Anglers may also target wild coho salmon below Lebanon.

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

Stocked again this week with another 200 trout. It was previously stocked with 400 trout the week of Aug. 18.

Small Fry Lake 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 the week of Aug. 28 with 500 8-inch trout, and 200 13-inch trout.

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 timeframe 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.

ODFW has discontinued stocking of Trail Bridge reservoir for the duration of the closure – hatchery fish allocated to the reservoir are being redistributed to other stocked waterbodies. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used.

TRILLIUM LAKE – trout

Stock with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 333 trophy-sized trout on Aug. 28.

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: coho, spring Chinook, sturgeon, warm water species

It’s still a bit early for coho angling on the Willamette with spring Chinook and steelhead fishing done, leaving anglers waiting until coho and winter steelhead begin to show up in good numbers. Warm water fish and sturgeon are still an option.

The last day of spring Chinook passage counts was Aug. 15 at Willamette Falls while the very slow summer steelhead movement goes on. Through Sept. 11 numbers for summer steelhead stood at a very low 2,054 and the unofficial final spring Chinook count ended up at 34,186. Although it’s early the coho passage number at the Willamette Falls fish ladder stands at 20 through Sept. 11.

Anglers will 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.

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 Sept. 11 has flows down some at 8,100 cfs, the water temperature at 69°F, and visibility excellent at 8.8 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

COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK, FOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE, QUAIL, BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Sept. 15-23)

SEPT CANADA GOOSE OPEN IN NW PERMIT ZONE SEPT. 9-17

EVENTS:

Deer butchery with Eugene Meat Collective and Scott Haugen, Sept. 24 in Eugene

Hunting forecasts now available

Biologists from around the state weigh in on what to expect this fall. See the Big Game and Bird Hunting forecasts online.

Family Friendly pheasant hunting workshops, shotgun skills classes coming up

ODFW will host two family-friendly pheasant hunting workshops on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 at EE Wilson Wildlife Area near Corvallis.

Participants are also required to take a shotgun skills class prior to the workshop so hunters, dogs and handlers can hunt in the morning and be finished before it gets too hot.

Free pheasant hunts for youth hunters – Sign up now

Free hunts are being held in Corvallis, Eugene, and Portland, The Dalles (Tygh Valley). These events are only open to youth who have passed hunter education. (ODFW has many hunter education classes and field days available before the events.) An adult 21 years of age or older must accompany the youth to supervise but may not hunt. More info.

Hunting and fire danger in Oregon

ODFW does not close hunting seasons due to fire danger. However, hunters may face restrictions due to fires burning on public land and reduced access to private lands during fire season. More info including list of private land closures

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

ARCHERY DEER AND ELK season continues. As usual for this time of year, temperature plays a major factor in deer and elk activity levels. The animals can be expected to spend most of their time feeding in the late evenings and early mornings. During the heat of the day, they will typically bed in shady, cool locations such as north slopes of timber stands. Hunters using tree stands or ground blinds could have the advantage early in the season. Hunters should use binoculars to glass for animals in the early morning hours and hunt bedding areas during the heat of the day. As the temperatures begin to cool, animal activity during the day will begin to increase. Elk rutting activity should begin to pick up a little as the weather begins to cool. Hunters can expect to find bulls with or near the cow and calf groups as the rut develops. Please remember to check with landowners for current access restriction before hunting on private lands.

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 2017 COUGAR REGULATIONS FOR DETAILS

BEARS The Western Oregon General Black Bear season opened on August 1, 2017 and will close on December 31, 2017. With the coming of the summer/fall berry crops, hunters should key on areas that support ripe berries such as raspberries, trailing blackberries, Armenian blackberries, cascara trees, and huckleberries. Also pay attention to bee and hornet nests, as well as, rotten logs and stumps with ant colonies. Remember it is unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old. This year’s cubs will learn denning behavior from sows this winter, which is critical to their survival. Cubs will also stray further away from sows at this time of year compared to spring. Some cubs can be separated from sows up to 100 meters for short durations. If hunters suspect a bear is a sow, than watch the sow and surrounding area for several minutes to make sure she does not have a cub(s).

All harvested bears need to be checked in at an ODFW office. Only the skull is required for check in. Please call your local ODFW office and schedule a check in appointment prior to bringing the unfrozen skull in to ensure a Wildlife Biologist will be available to check in your bear. ODFW staff will remove a small premolar tooth to obtain the bear’s age and check for a special staining related to our long term “mark-recapture” study to generate a population estimate. Both the age and stain marks are used to manage bear populations and continue to support bear hunting seasons with biological data. Your participation is critical in this effort. Hunters should try to collect the female reproductive tracts to add to our biological information. Female bear reproductive tract collection is voluntary, but very much appreciated.

Upland Game Bird

New This Year - “Edible Portions” of game birds means, at minimum, the meat of the breast associate with the sternum.

Quail, Mountain / California – Open season from Sept. 1 to Jan 31. These brush loving birds are often found running between hiding and feeding areas in both brush land and riparian zones. Please remember that the daily bag limit is 10 birds and the possession limit is 30 birds singly or in aggregate when both California and mountain quail seasons are concurrent. Remember that wildlife laws state that the head or one fully feathered wing must be left attached to all game birds in the field or while in transit to the place of permanent residence of the possessor.

Forest Grouse– Open season from Sept. 1 to Jan 31. The forest grouse group collectively includes the Ruffled and Blue (dusky/sooty) grouse species. Look for grouse along the edges of timber patches during morning and evening times. Remember that the daily bag limit is 3 of each species and possession limit is 9 of each species. Remember that wildlife laws state that the head or one fully feathered wing must be left attached to all game birds in the field or while in transit to the place of permanent residence of the possessor.

Your participation is greatly needed

ODFW would appreciate your help in obtaining important information about the health of grouse and mountain quail populations. To do so we would like the tail (including the rump feathers) and one whole wing off of any grouse or mountain quail you harvest. Look in the 2017/18 Oregon Game Bird Regulations on page 25 for specific instructions for removing wings. Below is a list and location of individual wing collection barrels to help locate the one closest to you. The barrels are blue with highly visible yellow signs and are mounted horizontally on wooden stands. They read (Attention Grouse Hunters) on them.

  1. Clackamas Office - 17330 SE Evelyn St. Clackamas, OR 97015.
  2. Hillockburn Rd. - 28122-29134 S. Hillockburn Rd. Estacada, OR.
  3. Glen Avon - Intersection of S. Dickie Prairie Rd. & S. Molalla Forest Rd.
  4. Rhododendron - Mt. Hood Foods: 73265 U.S. Hwy. 26, Rhododendron, OR 97049.
  5. Ripplebrook - Near the Ripplebrook Camp Store: 59870-61498 Clackamas Hwy., Estacada, OR 97023.
  6. Estacada Ranger Station – 595 NW Industrial Way Estacada, Or 97023.

Migratory Game Birds

New this year – Legal shooting hours for geese in the Northwest Permit Zone are listed in the shooting time table on page 23 of the Oregon Game Bird Regulations.
(Sunrise to Sunset)

Mourning Dove – Open season from Sept. 1 to Oct. 30. Remember the daily bag limit is 15 birds and possession limit is 45. Scout for habitat with plenty of perch locations near open areas. Many doves leave Oregon once fall weather starts approaching so hunting is best early in the season. Remember that wildlife laws state that the head or one fully feathered wing must be left attached while you are in the field or transporting the bird(s) home.

September Canada Goose – Open season from Sept. 9-17 in the Northwest Permit Zone. Remember that the daily bag limit is five Canada geese and possession limit is 15 Canada geese. The Dusky Canada goose season is closed. It is a wildlife violation to shoot a Dusky Canada goose. Remember geese mist be intact and fully feathered in the field and while in transit to the place of permanent residence or the possessor.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

Valleywide Wildlife Viewing

OSPREY are fledging their young at this time of year. These fish-eating birds build large twiggy nests on the top of tall trees. In urban areas, they can be found on the top of human-made structures such as cell phone towers and telephone poles. A concentration of sticks on the tops of these structures is indicative of an osprey nest. Osprey are a protected species under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so be careful not to disturb a nest.

NEWTS, a type of salamander common in the Pacific Northwest, may be observed in their migration from terrestrial environs such as rotten logs and moist soil to their breeding grounds in ponds, small lakes and the edges of streams. These small amphibians may be found if you are hiking in forests during or just after it rains.

HARLEQUIN DUCKS are Oregon’s only “anadromous” duck. This seaduck winters in the churning rocky intertidal zone at the coast and then moves inland to breed on turbulent mountain streams that mimic the crashing waters of their coastal environment. This bird has adapted to a unique way of life geared to taking advantage of the abundance of food that occurs where water flows fast and frothy. Harlequin ducks can be viewed in the spring and early summer along the middle and upper McKenzie River at Cooks Rapid or Bear Creek Rapid and the Middle Fork Willamette River around the town of Oakridge. They can also be found on the North Santiam River from Mill City upstream to above Marion Forks.

Corvallis Area

EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

Trapper education for youth this Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

Bird watching is excellent as summer residents have arrived and are initiating a lot of activity. An abundance of white pelicans and shore birds have moved onto the wildlife area. Recently a Marbled Godwit was viewed on the eastside at Racetrack Lake. Young ospreys are visible flying in and out of nests this time of year. Pied-billed grebe broods are present along with other waterfowl. Northern harriers, red-tailed hawks and American kestrel may be seen on the wildlife area and other points on the island.

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

Sauvie Island is a main stopping point for migratory birds as they travel along the Pacific Flyway. 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:

  • North and South Twin Lakes each were stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout, making this a great fishing opportunity.
  • 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

The pond is located ¼ mile west of the junction of USFS Rd 46 (Century Drive) and USFS Rd 4635.

CLEAR LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports, the lake is likely getting low due to irrigation withdrawals.

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, kokanee

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

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

Fall salmon fishing in the Deschutes should be good. The pre-season forecast for fall salmon returning to the Deschutes is about 17,000 adults. September and early October will be the best time to fish. The fall salmon season closes on Oct. 31, 2017.

Steelhead numbers are low to date, but a few should be available in the lower river, anglers should watch The Dalles Dam daily counts, if counts get above 1,000 fish per day fishing should improve.

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

Open to fishing all year.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Anglers report good fishing. 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

Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout. 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 will find a few summer steelhead available in the river. Water temperatures may limit fishing opportunity, as glacial melt will limit water clarity.

Angling for fall Chinook in the Hood River is prohibited.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout

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

KINGSLEY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

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

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

Anglers report good fishing for 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

Lake stocked with rainbow trout last week. 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

Open to fishing all year. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Lake levels are low but fishing has continued to be fairly good.

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

Open to youth only (17 years and under) and disabled anglers. Limit is two fish per day.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake stocked with rainbow trout last week. Open to fishing all year.

SPARKS LAKE: cutthroat trout

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

SPRAGUE POND: rainbow trout

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

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, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK PLUS FOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE, CALIF QUAIL, MTN QUAIL IN HOOD RIVER, WASCO COS, BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Sept. 15-23)

Hunting forecasts now available

Biologists from around the state weigh in on what to expect this fall. See the Big Game and Bird Hunting forecasts online.

Free pheasant hunts for youth hunters – Sign up now

Free hunts are being held in Madras and The Dalles (Tygh Valley). These events are only open to youth who have passed hunter education. (ODFW has many hunter education classes and field days available before the events.) An adult 21 years of age or older must accompany the youth to supervise but may not hunt. More info.

Hunting and fire danger in Oregon

ODFW does not close hunting seasons due to fire danger. However, hunters may face restrictions due to fires burning on public land and reduced access to private lands during fire season. More info including list of private land closures

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.

Fall Black Bear: Bear season started August 1 and runs through November 30 in Eastern Oregon. Bear populations are healthy in the White River and Hood units, with populations more heavily concentrated in the Hood unit. Focus on fall berry patches and glassing open areas for your best shot at finding bears.

The bag limit is one bear per tag, except that it is unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old.

Please refer to page 28 of the 2017 Big Game Hunting Regulations for information on specific season restrictions.

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 and bears. See pg. 42 of the regulations for details.

White River Wildlife Area

Archery Deer: General season runs from Aug. 26 thru Sept. 24. One buck with a visible antler may be harvested in the White River Unit. Most of the larger migratory bucks are summering at higher elevations but some resident bucks can still be found scattered throughout the wildlife area and bordering private lands. The cool wet spring produced and abundance of feed but the summer heat wave that we are experiencing has dried much of it up. The extremely dry conditions will make stalking bucks a little more challenging than normal.

Archery Elk: General season runs from Aug. 26 thru Sept. 24. The bag limit for elk is one elk. Elk can be found throughout the Wildlife Area. Look for areas with good food, cover, and water sources to help find tracks, scat, and other sign that elk are using the area.

BEARS can be found throughout WRWA but you may be more successful locating food sources in the higher elevations within Mt. Hood National Forest. Locate chokecherry, bittercherry, and elderberries, search for tracks and scat on roads and trails. Scan canyon slopes and open areas to try and spot them feeding in early morning and evenings.

Mourning Dove: September 1st – October 30; Daily bag limit – 15. Good numbers of doves can be found throughout the wildlife area. White River Wildlife Area has standing wheat, sunflowers, barley, and oats that will concentrate doves. Once you’ve located a good feeding, watering, or traveling route, sit and wait for the doves to come to you. Early season hunting has better odds of success as doves will begin migrating with a change in the weather.

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. 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 many reptiles are more active in the early morning and late evening hours.

Western fence lizards and sagebrush lizards can be seen through much of the day, but as previously mentioned, they will seek shade during the hottest hours. They can be found in many areas of Deschutes County, but good places to find them include sagebrush habitats with rocky outcrops. If you find yourself in open areas with volcanic soils or in pine woodlands, look for the diminutive short-horned lizards as they sit motionless near active ant mounts ready to enjoy a meal of their favorite six legged food.

Vegetated margins of ponds and lakes are great places to find treefrogs, western toads, and long-toed salamanders. Late summer is the time when most amphibian species change from tadpoles and larvae into mini frogs and salamanders. One site that usually has an abundance of newly changed tree frogs and western toads is Sparks Lake on the Cascade Lakes Highway, but be careful where you step as they can sometimes be found carpeting areas in the hundreds or thousands.

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.

Bird watching is not just limited to wild places. Residents and visitors to Bend can see a wide variety of birds along the trails that follow the Deschutes River in Bend or watch Vaux’s swifts flying over the former Bend library (at 507 NW Wall St.) and disappearing into the chimney at dusk.

Whether you’re interested in song birds, water birds, or raptors and prefer remote or urban birding experiences, directions to a list of great birding locations can be found at East Cascades Audubon Society web site. 8/1/2017

THE DALLES DISTRICT

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

Elk can be found throughout White River Wildlife Area, often seen traveling back and forth from bedding to feeding areas. Large herd bulls will soon be moving in to gather cows for the rut and can be heard bugling in the early morning and late evening. This year’s spring weather has produced healthy stands of grasses, forbs, and other browse making the elk more dispersed.

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 be seen on the area are coyotes, badgers, bobcats, bears and cougars. These animals are very secretive and are hard to locate. You may get to see a coyote scavenging for mice in open pastures and fields but the other animals are much harder to find. Consider yourself lucky if you get to see one of these cautious animals.

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 observe from a distance. 9/5/2017


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • With cooling temperatures leading into this weekend fishing should get better in your local waterbodies!
  • Due to fire the allotment of rainbow trout scheduled for Campbell and Deadhorse Lakes were stocked into Fourmile Lake last week.
  • Fishing is excellent for yellow perch in Upper Klamath Lake near Recreation and Crystal Creeks.
  • Delintment Lake has been fishing well recently with consistent catches of 8-10 inch rainbow trout.
  • 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.

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

People have been doing good fishing this cold-water lake for the past month. Rainbow trout have been caught recently trolling and bait fishing from the bank. 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

Fishing should be great for rainbow trout right now. There has been a lot of rainbow trout stocked in this river a couple of months ago. Ana River is open year-round and was stocked in July with larger rainbow trout 11- to 15-inches. Fingerlings were also released in 2017 and should be approximately 8 inches this fall. 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 and fly fishing can be great.

Caddis flies are the dominant invertebrate, but small blue winged olive (size 18) mayflies are always a good bet. Ana River is a great match the hatch fly fishing river with good hatches throughout the year. Hatches typically occur during the afternoon from 12-3 p.m. the best time. Small mayfly hatches are typically best on overcast days with light rain or snow. Tui chub and pit roach are abundant in the river therefore casting large flies or lures can be effective for catching larger fish. Ana River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Fishing in Annie Creek is slow due to high flows and cold water temperatures. 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

Reservoir water level remains very good as fall approaches. With good reservoir conditions throughout the summer, rainbow trout stocked as fingerlings should be doing quite well. Expect some good fishing as water temperatures cool this fall.

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

Bank fishing has been slow but anglers have been catching a few rainbow trout near the dam. Look for fish in and around submerged vegetation and rocky structures.

The reservoir is currently at 24 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is not useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website, although it may be possible to launch smaller boats still. Use caution though when attempting to launch at Beulah because the gravel below the boat ramp can be loose and may cause you to get stuck.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any fishing reports recently. Fish from last year overwintered and created a good spring fishery. Fingerlings were released in May this year and should be 8-to 10-inches. This is a small reservoir with plenty of bank access, but a float tube or small john boat might be preferred.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The Blitzen River is currently flowing around 36 cfs with water temperatures fluctuating around 66oF. The current conditions for the Blitzen can be checked here.

This is the summer low-flow period on the Blitzen so look for trout in and around cover including deep water. Fish will be most active in the mornings and evenings and will try to find adequate cover to reside in during mid-day. Fishing in some of the tributaries can be productive during mid-summer as trout are seeking out colder water.

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 this is when they are most constrained by environmental variables. The water is low and warm and it can be very hard for an overplayed fish to recover. These fish are not known to be leader shy so using a heavier leader can help to catch and release fish quickly.

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 has been good for rainbow trout 10- to 15-inches this past month. A short 2.6 mile hike in with a float tube can be amazing at this time of year. The trail was cleared of all blow downs by the Forest Service in June. Water boatmen and damsel nymphs are 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. 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 water level has been dropping some recently and the algae is getting thick around the edges.

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 has not been 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. Note that flash flooding occurred in the area on Sept. 8 and roads may not be passable. Contact the Wallowa Whitman National Forest for details.

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

There have not been any recent fishing reports but fishing was good this past month. A lot of hatchery rainbow trout have been stocked in this lake and 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. 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 fair. Flows have decreased and the water has warmed up in the lower reaches. It is very important fishermen are using good catch and release techniques at this time. Both dry flies and nymphs are typically productive. Casting small spinners work really well to. Dairy and Elder Creeks are also great fishing opportunities, providing ample amounts of cold, clean water. 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

The reservoir is still fairly full with 4 sections of the boat ramp floating. This is an improvement compared to the last few years of drought so hopefully this water will carry us into the winter.

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing has been fair at Chickahominy this 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 the narrows. Some anglers have reported catching holdover trout that made it through the winter and are putting on weight this summer so hopefully this is an indication that the fishery is on the rebound following the prolonged drought in the region.

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. The campground might be closed due the fire nearby. 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. Fishing for yellow perch can be excellent this time of year. Best perch fishing is near the mouth. Cover lots of water until you find the schools.

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but people have been catching limits of rainbow trout a few weeks ago. A lot of hatchery trout were stocked in this lake and there should 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

There have not been any recent fishing reports on this creek for the past month. Fish can be caught all year on flies and lures.

Dry fly fishing can be good, 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 as water temperatures rise this summer.

The creek is low at this time of year. 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

Delintment Lake has been fishing well recently with consistent catches of 8-10 inch rainbow trout. The vegetation in the lake is getting pretty thick but the fish appear to be spread throughout the lake and anglers have been successful fishing from the dock and from floating devices. Fishing has been the most productive in the mornings and evenings and there have been some hatches occurring so fly fisherman have had success.

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, but the Forest Service road has been repaired. 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 early in the morning and towards the evening. 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 stocked earlier this year with half pound and trophy-sized rainbow trout so these fish are available to anglers. The brook trout fishery should be winding down for the summer as they are most aggressive with the bite early on in the year but anglers have still been catching them throughout the lake. 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

Fishing will be excellent this week for rainbow trout. Fourmile will be stocked this week with 2,000 12-14 inch rainbow trout. Fishing can also be good for brook trout.

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 27 percent full in regards to the 15,600 feet of water that can be taken for irrigation. 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 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

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

The reservoir is 70 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. Please report any trout captured at the reservoir to Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732.

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

No recent fishing reports, but fishing should be fair. 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 last stocked the first week of June with both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. 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

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fly fishermen were doing well in float tubes a couple months ago catching trout from 8-20 inches! Bait fishermen were also doing well in the deeper sections of the reservoir. The reservoir 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.

A recent fish die off suggests water quality in the reservoir is poor and fish are stressed. Fishing is very slow for all species. 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 very slow.

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

All of Upper Klamath Lake has been listed for the toxic algae, Microcystis. For more information see http://www.healthoregon.org/hab.

Fishing for yellow perch in Pelican Bay near Rocky Point can be excellent if you can find the schools of fish. Best fishing is from a boat. If you are staying at Rocky Point Resort some perch can be caught off their docks.

Surface water temperature in Agency Lake remains stressful and is reaching 75 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. When water temperature increases during the day anglers can also move into the Wood River where water temperatures are near optimum. Redband trout appear to be under stress and holding in very cold water and many are infected with large numbers of external parasites called copepods. Please take extra precautions with redband trout at this time.

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 9 in Agency Lake and 9 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 four feet below full pool. Water temperature is peaking at 75 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. 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 a.m. and 6 p.m. Check the USGS real time website for current flow information.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Recent reports indicate that rainbow trout fishing is good on Krumbo this month with a few anglers catching larger trout nearing 20-inches. Some large trout have been caught near the inlet and anglers have also had good success near the dam. Krumbo can be a great 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 with most being around 7-10 inches. 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 last week with 12-14 inch rainbow trout 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

Recent fishing reports have been good. Bait is always a producer, but remember you need to increase your leader length due to increasing vegetation heights. Trolling flies early in the morning was productive last week. 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. Anything with a bit of flash will attract the rainbow trout.

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.

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

There have not been any recent fishing reports on this reservoir. People have reported catching 11-13 inch rainbow trout last month and fish will continue to get bigger throughout the year. This turbid reservoir is very productive and is a good choice to fish early and late in the day. Bait fishing can produce trout as well as stripping water boatmen and leech patterns.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing is slow at Malheur Reservoir this summer but the reservoir has been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout this past spring 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. Although the region had at least an average winter this past year, it still wasn’t enough to fill the lake and recharge the groundwater. Hopefully the region will have another good winter and the lake and the fishery can be allowed to recover.

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 but it possible that some of these fingerlings didn’t survive the winter and early summer conditions. ODFW will continue to monitor the lake to determine how the fishery has responded to the less than ideal conditions. If conditions improve, fingerling cutthroat trout will be planted in the spring of 2018.

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 is good for rainbow trout. Mosquitoes have really thinned out. The lake was stocked last week with 2,400 rainbow trout. There is ample room to fish from the bank and anglers are doing well still fishing with powerbait or worms for rainbow trout. The lake has a boat ramp, campground and sandy swim beaches. The road into the lake is 12 miles of rough, gravel, washboard.

Fishing should be good for brown trout from boat. 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. Rainbow, brown and brook trout are at extremely high densities at the outlet. Most are less than 10 inches. Flyfishing and lure fishing can be good. 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 10-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 this spring 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 65 percent of capacity. 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.

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 257 cfs according to the USGS stream data.

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.

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 53 percent of capacity and declining. The Union Creek boat launch is operational.

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.

Spring fish sampling by ODFW indicates that good numbers of hold over trout are available and range in the 12- to 18-inch size range. The reservoir was stocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout three times over the spring. Reservoir storage is at 48 percent of capacity and declining. The Union Creek boat launch is operational.

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.

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

Cooling temperatures should improve trout fishing.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is being drawn down. The low water boat launch is operational. Fishing for rainbow trout has slow, but should improve with cooling temperatures.

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 10-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.

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.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

The Powder River was stocked in May and June with rainbow trout immediately downstream of Mason Dam.

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 couple months 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

This pond was stocked recently with larger rainbow trout. People have been doing well bait fishing this past weekend. Most fish caught last month were 9-inches or smaller, but it is a great opportunity for fly anglers to hone their casting skills to rising trout early and late in the day. 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 can all produce trout.

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

There is a fire in the Sky Lakes Wilderness near Pelican Butte. Many trails are closed. Contac the Klamath Falls USFS office for more information. 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 not been any recent fishing reports, but fish have still been observed this summer rising for flies. Fingerling rainbow trout stocked in 2016 and should be 10- to 14-inches this summer and fingerlings stocked this spring should be 8-10 inches come fall. Fly fishermen should try water boatmen and leech patterns.

SID LUCE RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

There have been no recent fishing reports but the reservoir was full this spring. It was stocked with 4- to 6-inch rainbow trout this spring and 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 to 205 cfs. Water temperatures are peaking at 72 degrees. 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. Yellow perch fishing is excellent if you can find the schools.

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 good. Some golden stoneflies are hatching. Very little insect activity is occurring but fish are willing to take flies on the surface. One brook trout captured was feeding on various iridescent adult beetles and caddisflies with rock cases.

Access to this area is challenging as is wading through the high gradient areas. Open all year. Flows are holding steadily at 54 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 remaining steady (14 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

This pond was stocked recently with larger rainbow trout. There have been no recent fishing reports. Most fish caught a month ago were 10-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 early or late in the day.

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 fish density is low. Flows are dropping but still high (18 cfs). The new Sun Creek channel is finished and is now connected to the Wood River.

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 14 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 with 3,000 larger rainbow trout a month ago. There have been no recent fishing reports.

Fishing was reported as being slow a couple months ago, but with the addition of trout and cooling temperatures it should be good this weekend. Anglers have reported catching trout from 11 to 21 inches last month. 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 has been drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District.

TWIN LAKES: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked in early July 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 25 percent of capacity.

VEE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

This lake was recently stocked with larger-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be good while water temperatures remain moderate. 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 53 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is currently still useable.

WARNER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

There have not been any recent fishing reports, but fly-fishers were 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. Although there is a lot of vegetation present during this time of the year dry fly fishing can be quite good on overcast days.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brook trout

The Upper Williamson River opened to fishing April 22. River flows are 52 cfs. Waders are recommended. Mosquitoes have thinned out. Redband trout and brook trout are numerous and are freely rising in the shade or during overcast days. Best fly patterns this time of year are grasshopper and beetles.

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 lower Williamson below Kirk Bridge opened to fishing beginning May 22. Flows below the Sprague River confluence are 579 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. Many redband trout captured are showing signs of stress and a high load of external parasitic copepods. Please take extra precaution when releasing these fish.

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 water level is at the bottom of the concrete boat launch. Launching of trailered boats is not recommended.

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 are 302 cfs. Flows have increased creating challenging fishing conditions. 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.

Fly fisherman should use grasshoppers patterns when targeting brown trout. The best section for dry fly fishing is from Loosley Road to Weed Road. Lures that mimic baitfish can work well. Brown trout also feed on sculpins, crayfish, annelids (worms) and mice. Please be on the lookout for radio tagged redband trout in the river. Radio tagged redband trout are required to be released. When fishing for redband trout anglers should fish with sinking fly lines or lures.

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.

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, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK, FOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE, BAND TAILED PIGEON (Sept. 15-23)

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Hunting forecasts now available

Biologists from around the state weigh in on what to expect this fall. See the Big Game and Bird Hunting forecasts online.

Hunting and fire danger in Oregon
ODFW does not close hunting seasons due to fire danger. However, hunters may face restrictions due to fires burning on public land and reduced access to private lands during fire season. More info including list of private land closures

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

Archery season for ELK and MULE DEER continues. Be sure to check the area you plan to hunt for any fire restrictions.

MOURNING DOVE season opened September 1st and best prospects will be around agricultural areas or near water sources. Hunters are reminded that Eurasian-collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year round. As a reminder Mourning Dove season has been extended until October 30th statewide.

Forest GROUSE season opened September 1st. Grouse can be found in the forested portions of the Silvies and Malheur Units, but population numbers are low.

SAGE GROUSE seasons opened Sept 9th – 17th.

BIGHORN SHEEP first season closed Aug. 27. Second season opened Sept. 5. Sheep hunters should contact district biologist for specifics about their hunt areas.

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

Youth antlerless ELK hunts also opened Aug. 1. Additional antlerless ELK hunts opened Aug. 15. 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. The deadline to purchase a general season tag for the 2017 calendar year is Sep 29th. If you have already purchased the general season tag you may purchase an additional cougar tag at any time. 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

General Deer & Elk Bow Seasons run through Sept. 24. Weather conditions have been hot and dry. Best prospects will be near available water sources. Look for fresh sign on roads and trails going between bedding and feeding areas to increase chance of success. Hunters should check with land management agencies as several areas closures are in effect. Be sure to secure permission before hunting on 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 summer 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 Big Game hunting regulations for further information.

BEAR – General Fall Bear Season continues. Hunters have until Sept. 30 to purchase a fall bear tag. Best bear prospects are in the Cascades or in the Interstate Unit. Hunters are reminded to check-in harvested bears at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. Please bring in skull thawed with mouth propped open. Be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Mourning Dove season opens Sept. 1 and continues through Oct.30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water.

Forest Grouse season opened September 1 and continues through Jan. 31. Best prospects are in the Cascade Mountains for both blue and ruffed grouse, although fair numbers of blue grouse can be found in forested habitat in eastern Klamath County

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Sept. 11, 2017

Dove season continues through the end of October. The September Canada Goose season opened over the weekend and runs through September 13. Hunter pressure and success have been very low for both.

This coming weekend (Sept. 16-17) is reserved for the youth upland hunt. Hunters can make a reservation online or at a license sales agent. There is no cost to register. Hunting begins at 8:00 am.

Hunters must obtain a self-serve permit available at the check station on Miller Island Road if hunting on the Miller Island Unit. The “B” half of the permit must be filled out completely and returned when done hunting for the day.

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

Second season ANTELOPE began Aug 23. Good snow/water equivalent last winter and fortuitously timed spring rains have most water holes continuing to hold water late in the summer. Expect pronghorn to be more widely dispersed than in previous years, but expect good horn growth as a result of good forage value on the landscape.

BIGHORN SHEEP second season opens Sept. 2. Sheep hunters should contact the district biologists in either Lakeview or Summer Lake for specifics about their hunt areas.

Mourning Dove season opens Sept. 1 and continues through Oct.30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water.

Forest Grouse season opens September 1 and continues through Jan. 31. Best prospects for blue grouse are in the forested portions of the Gearhart and Warner Mountains along ridge lines with adequate roost trees and low ground forage. Very few ruffed grouse exist in the county.

Archery Deer and Elk – General seasons open Aug. 26 and run through Sept. 24. Plant growing conditions have been favorable this year, so hunters should expect tall grasses and noisy stalking conditions. Those same factors have also led to good horn growth this year and good body condition across most of the County. Expect fewer 1-2 year old bucks on the landscape this year as a result of poor fawn recruitment in the last 2 years.

Fall BEAR season is now open. Bear populations in Lake County are generally low, though populations in the eastern portion of the Interstate WMU have been increasing over the last several years. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations across the District appear to be stable or slightly increasing. 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 ELK seasons begin Aug. 1. Elk populations in the District are generally low when compared to other areas of the state, but stable at those levels.

SAGE GROUSE seasons were approved by the Commission. Please note that there was a reduction in permits for the Juniper unit (last year there were 70, this year there will only be 50). Permit results available Sept. 1.

Cougar populations are healthy throughout the District. Deer and elk are on summer range. 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 September 12, 2017

Archery deer season continues, but hunter activity is very light. Two hunters checked-in over the past week, and reported no buck harvest.

Buck mule deer can be found scattered across the wildlife area, especially around agricultural areas and homestead sites on the north end.

Archery hunters are required to obtain a daily hunting permit and check out at the end of the day. Free daily hunt permits are available self-serve in the lobby at Headquarters.

Posted Refuges are closed to hunting.

Mourning dove hunting season continues, but hunter participation is very light. Six hunters checked-in over the past week and reported the harvest of 1 mourning and 3 Eurasian-collared doves in 10 hours of hunting effort.

Doves are found in very low numbers this year. Typically they are found around agricultural areas and homestead sites on the north end of the wildlife area.

All hunters will need to obtain and have a daily hunting permit in their possession while in the field. Free daily hunting permits are available self-serve in the lobby at Headquarters.

Check out is mandatory and can be accomplished by filling out and dropping the “B” portion of the permit off in check-out boxes found at major access areas.

Non-toxic shot is required for all Game Bird hunting.

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

General archery season for ELK and MULE DEER continues. Check with land management agencies for up to date fire restrictions. Best opportunities are on the forest areas of the Beulah unit.

SAGE GROUSE seasons were approved by the Commission. The deadline for applications is Aug. 21 Season dates are Sept. 9-17.

Elk Bully Cr. Antlerless elk hunt begins Aug. 1. Youth hunts began Aug. 1 and continue through December.

Fall Bear season is now open. 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.

Forest Grouse season opened Sept. 1. Most grouse are found on the forested portions of the Beulah unit.


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SOUTHEAST ZONE WILDLIFE VIEWING

HARNEY COUNTY

Fall shorebird migration has started to slow. Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species are a few of what can be seen.

Fall migrating waterfowl continue to grow in numbers including Northern pintail, Northern shovelers, American wigeon, American green-winged teal, Canvasback and Redhead. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

Fall migrating passerine species continue to show up. White-crowned sparrows, American goldfinches, spotted towhees, Says phoebes and a variety of warbler species are a few that can be found in the basin. A large number of breeding passerine species and woodpeckers can be found in National Forest land throughout the county.

Raptors continue to be found throughout the area. You should be able to view osprey around lakes and reservoirs, golden eagles, a few bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, prairie falcons and ferruginous hawks. 9/11/17

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Updated Sept. 11, 2017

Water levels in most wetlands are remaining stable or slowly filling. Dry areas will slowly be filling with water over the next several weeks.

Waterfowl

Flocks of Western Canada Geese can be found scattered across the area. Southern migrating waterfowl should start to show up any day now on the area. Numbers of Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintail, Mallards, Gadwall, American Green-winged Teal and Cinnamon Teal should increase as the days and weeks go on. Diver species should start showing up in greater numbers in the coming weeks as well.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Sandhill cranes have started to move out of the area, but may still be found. Killdeer, common snipe, yellow legs, long-billed dowitchers, spotted, least and western sandpipers, American avocets and black-necked stilts along with different species of small shore birds can be found on mud flats and around the edges of receding ponds. Shorebird species and numbers should increase in the coming weeks with the fall migration.

Great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, great egrets and American bitterns can be seen scattered around the area. Double crested cormorants and American white pelicans can still be observed on the area. White-faced ibis have been observed in large numbers using flooded pasture areas.

Ring-billed gulls continue to be a common site on the area. Caspian and Forster’s terns are abundant 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. Eagle species can still be observed using the wildlife area. Osprey have been recently observed using Miller Island. Turkey vultures are a common site.

Upland Game Birds

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

Passerines

Mourning and Eurasian collared doves can be found scattered over the area.

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. Swallow numbers are starting to decline as they are starting to head south. Western Kingbirds 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.

Common ravens are quite numerous at this time.

Reptiles

Western pond turtles have become active. They can be observed basking on logs during warm sunny days. Gopher and garter snakes can be found throughout the area.

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

Hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds are stopping over in the Warner Valley, Goose Lake, Summer Lake and Abert Lake basins. Abert Lake is a particularly important closed basin, alkali lake system that provides important forage resources for a variety of migrating shore birds including various species of phalaropes, avocets, stilts, grebes, and dabbling ducks. Waterfowl broods are common in all wetland habitats. Passerine diversity is best in riparian areas. There are a variety of raptor species distributed throughout all vegetation types. All of the closed basin lakes have good water and shore bird viewing opportunity will be good through late September. Look for California quail and chukar broods at this time of year. Chicks have now developed flight feathers and large coveys of each species can be found in appropriate habitats throughout the county. 8/28/2017

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on September 12, 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) and Work Road opened on Aug. 15, but spur or lateral dikes/roads off the major dike roads remain closed to vehicle travel. Bullgate and Windbreak dikes may be temporarily closed due to research activities that are underway.

The Wildlife Viewing Loop is 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 and migrant species. Fall migrants are returning to the wildlife area in good numbers at this time. Thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds are present at this time.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl breeding season is essentially over, but a few late and flightless broods still remain. Fall staging is well underway with 10’s of thousands of waterfowl present. Molting continues, especially for late nesting hens and most drakes have lost their bright and colorful nuptial plumage.

Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the wildlife area, and small flocks are very visible and widely scattered across the wildlife area.
Greater white-fronted geese are increasing in number; over 200 were found on the weekly count. They should continue to increase in number throughout the month. Snow geese are not expected to arrive until the last week of September.

Duck numbers continue to increase at this time and large flocks are forming. Over 30,000 ducks of 12 species were found on the weekly count. Early local production appears good and many birds are now flighted. A few broods of late nesting species (gadwall) and re-nesting attempts by other species can still be found.

Fall migrants are beginning to flock-up and stage on the wildlife area in large numbers at this time. A major influx of northern pintail, Am. Green-winged teal and northern shoveler was noted over the past week. Cinnamon teal are forming flocks in preparation for departure to wintering areas in southern California and Central America.

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

Fall migrants are present in good numbers at this time.

Shorebird diversity is good, local nesting species have been joined by migrants from northern breeding areas with many species forming large flocks.

Early nesting species such as long-billed curlew and western willet have largely departed the area heading south towards wintering locations. A few stragglers can still be found.

Migrant peeps (Bairds, least and Western sandpipers), long-billed dowitchers, semi-palmated and snowy plovers, phalaropes (both red-necked and Wilson’s) and greater yellowlegs continue to increase in number now.

Other shorebird species will be arriving over the next several weeks. Now is the time to search for rarities and vagrants. The weekly count found at least 13 species. Of interest was a solitary sandpiper.

Large numbers and a wide variety of shorebirds are staging off Windbreak Campground flats, Bypass and East Link Units, North Bullgate Refuge, Swan Pond flats and along the eastside of the wildlife viewing loop.

American coot numbers remain good and they are found across the entire area, an increase in migrants has been recently observed, especially in North Bullgate Refuge. Over 9,200 coots were found on the weekly count.
Observations and sometimes calling of sora and Virginia rails are fairly frequent now.

Sandhill crane breeding is over, a few pairs remain on their nesting territories and occasionally nearly full grown colts have been observed. Cranes are beginning to stage in good number at the Foster Place grain fields that have been mowed recently.

Small numbers of Bonaparte’s, Franklin’s and ring-billed gulls continue to be observed on a fairly regular basis. A few Caspian, Forster’s and black can sometimes be found throughout the wildlife area, although many have departed.

American white pelicans are present in fair numbers and small flocks are being observed in several locations across the wildlife area. Double crested cormorants can sometimes be found as well.

Grebe numbers are fairly good although many have departed the area. 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.

Great blue and black-crowned night herons are present in average but generally low numbers. Great egrets continue to be observed is good numbers across the area’s wetlands. White-faced ibis numbers are good at this time and they are widespread across the entire wildlife area. American bitterns have been observed recently.

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.
Look for peregrine falcons near concentrations of migrant ducks and shorebirds, one of their preferred food sources, they are fairly common now.

Great horned owls are found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds.

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. Quail are forming large coveys at this time.

Passerines

Fall migrants are moving through the area now, 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.

Most swallows have departed the area, but few lingering individuals and late migrants can still be found. Barn swallows continue to be observed on a regular basis.

Fall migrants warbles are staging in good number and variety at this time. Now is a good time to search for migrants. Trees found at Bullgate, River and River Ranch campgrounds as well as at Headquarters are good locations for viewing. Vagrants typically occur at this time of the year.

American robins, loggerhead shrikes, Steller’s and sometimes scrub jays, and occasionally cedar waxwings are being observed in varied numbers across the wildlife area.

Sage thrashers as well as upland dwelling sparrows such as Brewer’s and Sagebrush are fairly abundant in sagebrush and greasewood uplands at the north end of the wildlife area. Fall migrant white-crowned sparrows have been observed recently.

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 fair numbers visiting the feeders at Headquarters, although numbers are beginning to decline. Over the weekend, black-chinned, calliope and rufous were observed.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in good 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 are beginning to flock up. Large groups can be found at the Headquarters feeder early in the day.
Observations of a pair of great-tailed grackles along with their chicks continue at Headquarters. This year was the first confirmed breeding of the species on the wildlife area.

Large flocks of European starlings are numerous at this time.

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) and Work Road opened on Aug. 15 but spur or lateral dikes/roads remain closed to motor vehicle travel. Bullgate and Windbreak dikes may be temporarily closed due to research activities that are underway.

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.

Habitat

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

Irrigation season continues in Summer Lake area, but is winding down.
Irrigated pastures along the west side of the valley remain fairly well flooded and regrowth of vegetation is substantial.

Flows down Ana River continue to increase as irrigation season begins to wind-down. Water levels in most units are being increased to coincide with waterbird migration. 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 where water remains and are drying out and browning in drier sites. Insects, esp. Chironomids (midges), remain very numerous on sunny days providing abundant food resources to many species of birds. Biting insects are very numerous at this time too, and are expected to continue as long as the warm weather prevails. While bothersome, they too provide excellent food resources to many wildlife species.

Upland habitat remains in very good condition. Growth of grass and forb species is very robust and seed set is excellent. Planted tree and shrubs in plots and the orchard are providing excellent sheltered sites and food resources for wildlife. Trees and shrubs have produced an abundant crop of berries and fruit that is being utilized by many wildlife species.

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:

  • Reduced steelhead bag limit in Grande Ronde Imnaha; catch and release only for mainstem Snake River – Season opens Sept. 1
  • Crappie are still biting at McKay Reservoir when you can find a school.
  • With warmer weather, fish early and late for cold water species such as trout, kokanee and steelhead. Look for fish in deeper water where the temperatures are cooler.
  • Walleye fishing continues to be good in and around the mouth of the Umatilla River.
  • Bass and crappie fishing has been picking up in McKay and Willow Creek reservoirs.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your 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.

ALDRICH PONDS (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

Access is 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

Reduced steelhead bag limit when season opens Sept. 1. Steelhead limits were reduced due to the underperforming runs. Managers will monitor these runs in hopes of reinstating the normal bag limit.

The Grande Ronde has reached base flow and will be easy to wade but difficult for boats other than small rafts. Fishing for smallmouth bass during the summer can be good with a lot of medium-sized bass and a few larger fish mixed in.

While steelhead season is open fish don’t normally show up in good numbers until the end of the month but there may be a few around. Cooler weather will improve trout fishing and a fantastic October caddis hatch is usually just around the corner.

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 limits were reduced to 1 fish due to the underperforming runs. Managers will monitor these runs in hopes of reinstating the normal bag limit. While steelhead season is open fish normally don’t show up in good numbers until the end of September and into October however a few fish may be around.

Fishing for bass on the Lower Imnaha can be good during the summer months as some fish move up out of the Snake River. Trout and whitefish can be found in the upper reaches using usual summer tactics. Remember, bull trout and salmon are present in the river and cannot be kept. Please release these fish quickly and carefully.

JOHN DAY RIVER: bass, steelhead

Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent from the mouth upstream to Kimberly. Anglers will have the most success fishing early and late in the day. Smallmouth fishing will also be productive in the North Fork John Day River from its mouth upstream to Camas Creek.

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. As water temperatures warm anglers should fish the deeper water near the dam and in the center of the lake.

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

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

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout is great, the lake was stocked with trout this spring and offers a nice change of pace for anglers or hunters in the Olive Lake/Desolation Creek area willing to make a short hike or bicycle ride up the road to the lake.

From Dale, take USFS 053 for about .6 miles to USFS 10. Stay on USFS 10 for about 20 miles. At USFS 045 turn right, travel for about .3 miles then turn left on USFS 030 and travel .5 miles to USFS 020. Access to the lake is walk in only, hike approximately two miles up USFS 020 to reach the lake.

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

Fishing should improve for bank anglers as temperatures begin to cool over the next month and trout begin to feed closer to shore.

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

Fishing for warmwater species is good, crappie will be suspended in deeper water during the day and come to near the surface in late evening/night. The reservoir is approximately half full.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

Access to the dam and surrounding area is currently restricted but fishing remains open throughout the rest of the lake.

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

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: salmon, steelhead, trout

Regulation update: Open for coho and fall Chinook salmon Sept. 1 – Nov. 30 from the Hwy. 730 Bridge upstream to CTUIR reservation boundary located upstream of Hwy. 11 Bridge.

Salmon and steelhead returns are off to a slow start, Columbia River counts are tracking behind schedule and Umatilla River flows are low and water temperatures are still high.

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

Stocking has ended for most ponds, however forest ponds will receive a small number of fish prior to rifle deer season. Many of the ponds in the Wallowa Valley become difficult to fish during late summer because of weed growth but fish are still available.

Marr Pond has experienced a draw down due to damaged water control structures and bag limits have been removed. Fish are however still available as biologists observed numerous fish last week

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Trout fishing has been very good at Wallowa Lake for stocked trout. Try baits that mimic natural food late in the summer and into the fall as stocked trout have been off of hatchery feed for some time and usually switch over.

Kokanee size is up this year with most fish between 8 and 12 inches with a few ranging over 16 inches. Kokanee fishing has slowed but fish are still available. Change tactics from the usual methods to find these summer fish.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

The Wallowa River is fishing well for small to medium rainbows and large whitefish. The river is no longer floatable for most craft unless you’re willing to do a lot of dragging. However, nearly the entire river is easily wadeable.

Steelhead season is open on the Wallowa but fish usually don’t show up until later in the fall and in larger numbers in the late winter and early spring.

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, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER AND ELK, FOREST GROUSE AND MOURNING DOVE, BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Sept. 15-23)

Hunting forecasts now available

Biologists from around the state weigh in on what to expect this fall. See the Big Game and Bird Hunting forecasts online.

Free pheasant hunts for youth hunters – Sign up now

Free hunts are being held in Baker City, Irrigon, John Day, and La Grande. These events are only open to youth who have passed hunter education. (ODFW has many hunter education classes and field days available before the events.) An adult 21 years of age or older must accompany the youth to supervise but may not hunt. More info

Hunting and fire danger in Oregon

ODFW does not close hunting seasons due to fire danger. However, hunters may face restrictions due to fires burning on public land and reduced access to private lands during fire season. More info including list of private land closures

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

Elk can be found in good numbers throughout the county. Good areas to look are on national forest lands that do not have open roads. Look for areas of at least one or two square mile or wilderness areas like the North Fork John Day or Strawberry. Elk should start responding to calls as rut beings over the next couple of weeks.

Deer populations are down a little because of harsh weather last winter but there are still some good hunting opportunities. Look for areas that have had recent wildfires such as Aldrich Mountain, Flagtail Mountain, Silver Butte, and Canyon Creek.

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.

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

Bear populations are good and provide a good late summer hunting opportunity. Look for areas around huckleberry patches, generally on higher elevation north slopes, or around wet meadows.

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

Black Bears are plentiful throughout the county. Bears can be concentrated along creeks and rivers in the late summer feeding on Hawthorn berries and other fruits. This year’s bumper berry crop should make for good early season bear hunting in Union County. Hunt in the early morning and evenings for the best chance of seeing bears. Bear skulls must be checked in within ten days of harvest, see regulations.

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

Starting Aug. 1, 2017, All lands North and East of Foothill road are open to hunting Weekends, Wednesdays and all federal holidays. Please refer to Big game and Game Bird regulations for season dates and additional regulations.
Hunting equipment is limited to short range (Shotgun, Archery, or muzzleloader) equipment only. Rifles and handguns are prohibited at all times.
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.
Please call the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area with any questions 541 963 4954.

WALLOWA COUNTY

Notice: Hancock Timber lands in the Sled Springs unit has been closed to overnight camping due to fire precaution measures. Day use only is allowed. You can check latest status at their Hotline 541 962 2184.

Forest Grouse: Forest grouse in Wallowa County did not fare well because of the severe winter and cold, wet weather in June that caused high chick mortality early on. Some grouse were successful with a second nesting attempt, so hunters may encounter younger birds this year. Ruffed grouse can still be found in draw bottoms with dense brush. Blue grouse are found higher on the slopes and on ridgetops near the edge of timber stands.

Archery: Bull elk hunting has been good for most units, although hunters have been dealing with dry hunting conditions. Buck hunters can expect only fair to poor success as mule deer numbers are still below management objective and dry conditions will make stalking difficult. Hunters are reminded to check USFS regulations on camp/cook fires.

Mountain Goat: The early goat hunts began this past weekend and we expect to be checking in several nice goats this week.

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep: Our bighorn sheep hunts also began this past weekend and we expect to be checking in several nice goats this week.

Black Bear: Bear hunting has been good early in the morning and late in the evening in draw bottoms and along streams where bears are feeding on hawthorn, service berry, elder berries, and other fruits. Huckleberries are ripe and bears are also moving up slope to take advantage of this favorite food.

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.

Mountain goats may be viewed in the steep cliffs around Strawberry, Slide, and High lakes in the Strawberry Mountains.

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 Glass Hill Unit remains open to the public. The Tule Lake Auto Route will close July 31 for the season. Beginning August 1, the Tule Lake Access Area, as well as the rest of the wildlife area, will be open to public access Sat., Sun., Wed. and holidays. 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.

Shorebirds are using areas with receding water including Schoolhouse Pond where a variety of sandpipers was seen recently. Raptors are on the wing, hunting to feed young and teach them to hunt themselves. Red-tailed hawks, Swainson’s hawks and northern harriers can be seen throughout the area.

Sandhill cranes will soon begin gathering in larger flocks as they prepare for migration south. 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.

As always, do not approach wildlife that is nesting or with young. Disturbance may cause them to be more vulnerable to predators. 7/25/2017

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. We counted a little under 1000 elk on the Prairie last week from the air. 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. 8/22/17


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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 fishes well for small mouth bass during the summer with anglers often catching more than 30 fish per day. Trout fishing will pick up as the summer progresses into fall. Steelhead season opened Sept. 1 but fish won’t be available in larger numbers until later in the season. Due to low returns the fishery will be catch and release only. However, manager will monitor the returns to determine if traditional bag limits will be reinstated.

Fall Chinook season is now open on the Snake River. The river will be open from the Oregon –Washington border to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam and will remain open until Oct. 31, or until a closure is announced. In addition, the reach from Cliff Mountain Rapid (at river mile 246.7) upstream to the deadline at Hells Canyon Dam will be open from Nov. 1-17.

The daily bag limit will be six adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon. Anglers can also keep an unlimited number of fin-clipped jack Chinook. Chinook jacks are salmon between 15 and 24-inches.

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). An estimated 613,800 fall Chinook and 319,300 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye angling is good 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 (9/9) flight, 991 salmonid boats and nine Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 221 Oregon boats counted at Buoy 10. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 5.24 coho and 0.45 Chinook caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 2.33 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.32 Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.85 Chinook and 0.01 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.07 Chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: No report.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed seven Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept for three boats (nine anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 30 Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept for 93 boats (215 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one Chinook adult and one Chinook jack released for 15 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 89 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks and one coho adult kept, plus 57 Chinook adults, two Chinook jacks and one coho adult released for 172 boats (430 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Above Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed six coho kept for six boats (18 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 510 coho kept, plus 381 coho, 77 Chinook and one steelhead released for 170 boats (498 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 25 Chinook adults, six Chinook jacks and one steelhead kept, plus eight Chinook adults released for 57 boats (130 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 14 Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for 25 boats (53 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for seven boats (18 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention.Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.Weekly checking showed 30 sublegal and six legal white sturgeon released for three boats (eight anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge: No report.

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed 13 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for eight boats (15 anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for five bank anglers; and 31 walleye kept, plus 35 walleye released for 19 boats (42 anglers).


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MARINE ZONE FISHING

Weekend Opportunities

  • The Central Oregon Coast nearshore halibut fishery is open seven days a week.
  • The Central Oregon Coast all-depth halibut fishery will be open on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sept. 16.
  • Flatfish fishing will open up to all depths starting Monday, Sept. 18 (this does not include Pacific halibut).

Closures

  • The Oregon recreational bottomfish fishery will close to all species except flatfish on Sept. 17, at 11:59 p.m. This includes all rockfish, lingcod, greenling, cabezon, skates, Pacific cod and sablefish.
  • The non-selective ocean coho fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain is closed.
  • Razor clams remain closed from the Columbia River South Jetty to Tillamook Head (south of Seaside) and from Cascade Head to the OR/CA border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and bays.
  • Within the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area (Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon), the 2017 ocean recreational ocean salmon fishing season closed effective 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22.

Saltwater News Bulletins

You can subscribe to receive e-mails and text message alerts for marine topics you are interested in. It’s easy to unsubscribe at any time. Your phone and e-mail information will remain confidential. Six different lists of interest to ocean enthusiasts are available: Bottomfish (recreational), Halibut (recreational), Ocean Salmon (recreational), Ocean Salmon (commercial troll), Commercial Nearshore Groundfish, and Marine Reserves.

OCEAN SALMON

Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain

The Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Chinook salmon recreational fishing season opened March 15, 2017 and is scheduled to run through 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.

Fishing for all salmon except coho remains open through Oct. 31. Note that during the month of October salmon angling will be limited to only inside of the 40 fathom regulatory line.

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.

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

BOTTOM FISHING

Due to high efforts and catch rates during the month of August, bottomfish will close to all species except flatfish as of Sunday, Sept. 17 at 11:59 p.m. Flatfish fishing opportunities will open to all depths starting Monday, Sept. 18, not including Pacific halibut. For more information, see the News Release

Reminders:

  • Bottomfish is restricted to shoreward of the 30-fathom line (defined by waypoints) as of April 1, though will be closed to all species except flatfish on Sept. 17 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Cabezon season opened July 1, 2017, 1 fish sub-bag limit and 16 inch minimum size limit and will close effective Sept. 17 at 11:59 p.m.
  • 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

Albacore have been tough to find for most of the season with only short periods when the conditions have come together. 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 all-depth halibut fishery will be open on Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday Sept. 16.

The nearshore fishery reopened on Sunday (9/3), seven days per week. 4,000 pounds of quota that is projected to be unharvested from other Oregon fisheries has been shifted to the nearshore fishery, to allow it to re-open. During days open to both all-depth and nearshore halibut fishing, all-depth regulations apply.

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. Last week (Aug 28-Sep 3) was the best week so far this season, with 1,000 pounds being brought in.

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 and baitfish.

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. 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 Sept. 8.

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 are open along the entire Oregon coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Rock jetty structures at nearly every port in Oregon support harvestable populations of mussels.

Razor Clams

NOTICE: Razor clams remain closed from the Columbia River South Jetty to Tillamook Head (south of Seaside) and from Cascade Head to the OR/CA border coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and bays.

Razor clam harvest is OPEN from Tillamook Head (south of Seaside) to Cascade Head (north of Lincoln City).

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. Newly molted, larger crab are being caught in the ocean and many bays. Some of these crab have hardened up a bit while others are fairly soft and have less meat in them. These crab will fill in and harden up through the summer and should be very high quality crab by September. Catches are increasing everywhere up and down the coast.

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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. In addition, there is a summer resident group that hangs out in the Depoe Bay area most of the summer. They are often visible from the sidewalk right in Depoe Bay, as well as just north of town from the Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint and to the south of town at Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint, Devil’s Punchbowl, and even as far as Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area just north of Newport.

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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