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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - August 19, 2014

Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

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Ocean and Buoy 10 fishing

Ocean salmon fishing off the Columbia River has been hot with better than 1.5 salmon per angler last week. As those fish move into the river, the good fishing continues as Buoy 10. More information on Buoy 10 and Columbia fisheries.

Bird hunting regulations online - Apply now for bird hunts

The complete regulations are online and print versions should be in stores by Aug. 20. Some bird hunting application deadlines are coming up in August and early September including sage-grouse (deadline Aug. 25), Eastern Oregon fall turkey (deadline Sept. 16), Klamath & Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (deadline Sept. 13). Apply online, at a license sales agent, by mail or fax order.

Free youth pheasant hunts around the state in September – Register now!

Special free pheasant hunts for hunter education certified youth (age 17 and under) at locations around the state (Baker City, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon/Umatilla, John Day, K-Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland, The Dalles/Wamic).

Adults, families: Learn to Hunt at August and September events

New to hunting or out of practice? ODFW’s “Learn to Hunt” events can help you be ready for hunting season. No firearm? No problem, we provide all necessary equipment and instruction at these events.

It’s fire season – Check for restrictions

See ODF’s webpage or check with the land manager where you are headed; http://firerestrictions.us/ is a source for fire restrictions on BLM, USFS lands.

Corrections to page 79-80 of 2014 Big Game Regulations – Elk Bow hunting:

Hunts 248R, 249R, 258R1, 258R2 and 259R should be on the list of those that will receive one tag valid for the general elk bow season and the controlled bow season (so with other hunts in blue text at top of page 79). Also the entire Trask Unit is open to elk bow hunting, not just NF lands within the Trask Unit. These corrections have been made to this online PDF of pages 79-80.

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NORTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement.

See a map of the Basin and get more information.

2014 Coastal coho and fall Chinook seasons

Now available on the ODFW Web site.

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.

2014 trout stocking

The 2014 trout stocking schedule for the North Coast Watershed District is now posted on-line on along with other districts on the ODFW trout stocking page.

NORTH COAST LAKES

Trophy trout stocking is scheduled for mid-September in some lakes. Check the stocking schedule to see which lakes will be stocked. Construction of the new outlet structure at Town Lake is ongoing. The angling dock has been moved and is not accessible until further notice. Fall stocking may not occur on schedule.

Fishing for warm water species should be good in some areas. Cape Meares, Lytle, Coffenbury, Cullaby, and Sunset lakes, and Vernonia Pond should provide reasonable opportunity, especially for largemouth bass. Water quality is an issue in some lakes, as weed growth and algal blooms make fishing difficult.

MID COAST LAKES

Trout fishing tends to be slow during the summer months as warm water temperatures can put trout off the bite. Look to fish early in the morning or near cool water zones until water temperatures start to cool off in the fall.

This time of year can offer anglers a variety of warm water species to go after. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that have warm water fish species such as bass, blue gill, perch and brown bullhead. Areas to consider are Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, Sutton, Mercer, Munsel and Woahink lakes. Angling out of a boat is typically the most productive in these lakes but there is some bank / dock access to consider.

ALSEA RIVER: cutthroat trout, crayfish

A small number of Chinook salmon are starting to enter the river. Trolling spinners of herring in the lower portion of the bay will produce the best results early in the season.

Sea run cutthroat trout can be found in tidewater and in the lower to mid section of the mainstem. Resident cutthroat trout are spread out through the basin. The Alsea has many opportunities for bank fishing along Hwy 34 as well as some good riverside camping options.

Use of bait is not allowed above the head of tide until Sept. 1. However, using small lures such as spinners, spoons, jigs or crank baits can be very effective. Fly-fishing dry flies, nymphs, or streamers can also produce well. Crayfish are also abundant in the Alsea and can provide added adventure during the summer months.

KILCHIS RIVER: cutthroat

Fishing for cutthroat should be fair to good. Sea-run cutthroat are making their way through tidal areas and into the river. Use light gear in the clear water. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above tidewater through Aug. 31.

NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook, cutthroat

Chinook fishing is fair to good. Fish should be available through the bay and into tidewater areas. Troll herring near the bottom in the lower bay. Trolling spinners further up the bay or bobber and bait in tidewater areas can be effective. A few hatchery coho have been reported caught also.

Fishing for cutthroat is fair to good, with fresh sea-run cutthroat increasing in numbers this month. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above tidewater through Aug. 31 and that fishing for Chinook is closed upstream of the Foss Rd. bridge.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Fall Chinook season in the bay opened Aug. 1. Angling will likely be slow for a few weeks. Check with ODFW for recently adopted fall salmon regulations (similar to 2013).

Summer steelhead angling is fair. Nearly 300 summer steelhead have been recycled from Cedar Creek Hatchery in the last couple of weeks. Spinners or small baits like crawdad tails are good options. Cutthroat trout fishing should be fair to good. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above Blaine, and the angling deadline is Elk Creek.

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat trout, Chinook

Cutthroat trout fishing is fair to good from tidewater through the mainstem with sea run cutthroat trout found in the lower portion of the river. Use of bait is not allow above the head of tide but small spinners, spoons or fly fishing can be very productive. Some fall Chinook are starting to move in on the high tides with the best success this time of year coming from the lower bay up to the Hwy 101 bridge.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat trout, Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing is starting to pick up in the lower to mid sections of tidewater. Trolling spinners of herring seem to be producing the best results at this time. Look to fish early in the morning and during the incoming tide through high slack.

Steelhead fishing is slow to fair. The best chance to hook into a summer steelhead is in the early mornings from Moonshine Park up to the deadline. Using small spinners, jigs, or pieces of bait can be effective during low clear flows.

The cutthroat trout fishery is fair to good with sea run cutthroat being found through tidewater and into the mid to lower section of the river. Using small presentations such as spinners, jigs under a bobber, or fly fishing can produce good results.

SIUSLAW RIVER: Chinook, cutthroat trout

The fall Chinook run is getting started with some fish being caught from the jaws up to around the Cushman area in tidewater. Trolling herring behind a flasher seems to be the most productive tactic early in the season.

Cutthroat trout fishing is fair to good in many areas on the mainstem river with sea run cutthroat trout showing up in tidewater. Use of bait is restricted above the head of tide through August but small lures such as spinners, spoons, jigs, crank baits or fly fishing can all be very productive. Trolling for sea run cutthroat in tidewater can also be very productive.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, coho

Fishing for salmon is slow. The fishery will improve later in August as fall Chinook and coho start entering the bay. Fish near the jetties for the best chance of finding an early arriving salmon.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

An occasional summer steelhead is being caught. Fishing for cutthroat trout should be fair to good. Sea-run cutthroat should be making their way upstream in increasing numbers.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Summer steelhead are in the river in decent numbers. Fishing is fair, especially in upriver holes. Cutthroat fishing should be fair, with sea-run fish making their way upstream.

YAQUINA RIVER: Chinook, cutthroat trout

Most river basins are starting to see some early returning fall Chinook. The Yaquina is producing some catch between River Bend and the Toledo Airport boat ramp. Trolling herring or large spinners on the incoming tide can be productive.

The Yaquina River Basin and many tributaries can produce good cutthroat trout fishing with the sea run cutthroat trout fishery picking up in the upper tide water reach. Using small lures or fly fishing can be very productive as well as trolling near the head of tide. Use of bait is not allowed above the head of tide until Sept. 1.

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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

Black Bears should be in good numbers in the northern Oregon coast range, especially in the southern portion of the Trask WMU. With warm weather during the day, bears are most active in forest openings in the early morning and late evening hours. Predator calling, especially during the middle of the day, can be very productive. Consider fawn deer or calf elk distress calls earlier in the season. In general, when scouting for bears look for areas with lots of wild berry crops, such as huckleberries, as they are very opportunistic foragers.

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. See regulations for details.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST VIEWING

The website for the Oregon Coast Birding Trail (pdf) for the north coast area offers over 40 different trails to find birds on the north coast. The trails include coastal, river and interior routes, so the variety of birds you can see on them is nearly endless. The website also has directions to the trails, tips on birding and lists facilities available along or near the trail.

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

Steller sea lions are present in good numbers (as usual) at the Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge near Oceanside with some larger bulls being seen prominently displaying their bulk. This larger cousin to the common California sea lion has been recently delisted along the Pacific Coast, and is locally abundant in some areas of the Oregon coast. Although more numerous on the southern Oregon coast, this haul-out is the most easily viewed one for these sea lions on the north coast.

Common murres and other nesting seabirds have been seen lately on the tops of nearshore rocks such as Three Arch Rocks. Although subject to disturbances from bald eagles, they still seem to try to nest in larger colonies when they can. The birds that choose to nest in smaller groups in more protected areas seem to have higher nesting success.

CLATSOP COUNTY

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. Elk have been visible along Hwy 202 and Beneke Road. Now that it’s summer, best viewing times are early morning and late evening hours. Bulls have generally fully grown their new antlers and some have likely rubbed off the velvet covering. Elk calves should be visible as the meadows have been cut for hay in all areas. Migrant song birds have nested in the wildlife area, but a few males might still be vocal in declaring their nesting territories. Look for violate-green and tree swallows near view area fence lines and gliding over open meadows. Band-tailed pigeons have been seen near bird feeders. Please remember that areas posted as wildlife refuge are closed to public access. Wildlife Area Parking Permits are now required on the wildlife area (as of Jan. 1, 2014).

Pelicans

Both brown and white pelicans can be seen this time of year on the lower Columbia River. The more common brown pelican is seen most frequently at the mouth of the river, up to Astoria. A great place to view them is from the South Jetty viewing platform at Ft. Stevens State Park. The larger white pelicans are a relative newcomer, and spend most of their time above Tongue Point on Miller Sands Island and other nearby ones. The white pelicans have traditionally been associated with far inland areas, but drought, particularly southeastern Oregon, may have encouraged them to nest on the river in recent years.

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • On the lower Rogue, half-pounders have really started to move this week and anglers fishing with flies and spinners are reporting excellent success.
  • Coho fishing has been good in the ocean just outside of Coos Bay.
  • Summer trout anglers can have success fishing the deeper waters of Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs, fishing Lost Creek upstream of the Highway 62 bridge, or fishing the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress. Anglers who keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos are leaders in stewardship of the resource.
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
  • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.

2014 Coastal coho and fall Chinook seasons

Now available on the ODFW Web site.

2014 trout stocking

The 2014 trout stocking schedule for the SW Zone is available on-line.

Send us your fishing report

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

AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullhead

The water level is getting low at Agate, and the weather continues to be hot. Anglers targeting bass and panfish will have the best success early and late in the day, but should be aware that the gate to the boat ramp closes at dusk. Agate Lake is 18 percent full.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Reports continue to trickle in of rainbow trout being caught at Applegate, including some limits caught on nightcrawlers recently. Trout anglers will want to fish deep. Fishing for bass should be good. Applegate Reservoir is 48 percent full and all boat ramps are accessible.

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

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, winter steelhead

The Applegate River is open for trout fishing with a bag limit of two adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released. The river is currently closed to fishing for steelhead and salmon.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Weedy. Early mornings or evenings when the sun is off the water is usually the best time to fish the lake. Bobber fishing with worms or casting flies or spinners all work well. The pond is managed by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and is open only to youth 17 and under.

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

The reservoir was stocked with about 3,500 trout during March and another 500 trout were stocked in April. Warmwater fishing for bass and crappie will be best around the edges where there is some structure. Jigging with crappie tubes in the electric motor section has been successful recently.

CHETCO RIVER: cutthroat trout, chinook

Temporary regulations have been adopted for the Chetco River starting Sept. 1, 2014. Anglers should check these regulation changes prior to fishing the river.

Chetco River flows near Brookings

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

Cooper Creek has been stocked with about 9,000 trout so far this spring. Trout fishing has slowed with the warmer temperatures. Early morning is the best time to try for trout. Some of the trout do have copepods which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked.

COOS COUNTY Lakes/Ponds: warmwater fish

Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegills will be best during the mornings and late evenings. Look to find bass and bluegills near cover like weedlines or submerged logs. Summer time is a good time to catch largemouth bass on topwater lures. Small jigs or a worm fished under a bobber are good ways to catch bluegills.

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

Trout season is open in the Coos Basin rivers. Anglers should fish the smaller streams which should have cooler water temperatures. Small spinners, small jigs, and flies all work well to catch trout. In streams and rivers above the head of tide, anglers are restricted to use artificial flies and lures until Sept. 1. The daily limit of trout in streams is 2 fish over 8 inches.

Salmon anglers have been picking up a few Chinook salmon from the “chip pile” near the BLM Boat ramp up to Marshfield Channel. Anglers are having the best success trolling cut plug herring around slack tides. Remember only Chinook and fin clipped coho can be kept right now inside Coos Bay.

Crabbing in Coos Bay has been good with boat crabbers picking up limits. The best crabbing has been near the jetties but crabbers are getting legal size crab all the way up to the BLM Boat Ramp.

In a cooperative effort including ODFW and OSU researchers, hundreds of red rock crabs have been tagged with a small blue “floy tag” in Charleston to gain an understanding of their growth, age, movement, population size, and fishery. Red rock crabs are native to Oregon and are found in only a few Oregon estuaries. If you catch a tagged red rock crab please contact the ODFW Charleston office at 541-888-5515.

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. For more information on shellfish in Coos Bay click on the following link: Shellfish Assessment of Coastal Oregon. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: trout, smallmouth bass, salmon, crabbing

Trout season is open in the Coquille Basin rivers. Anglers are having good success fishing the large to medium-size streams for cutthroat trout. Small spinners, small jigs and flies all work well to catch trout. In streams and rivers above the head of tide, anglers are restricted to use artificial flies and lures until Sept. 1. The daily limit of trout in streams is 2 fish over 8 inches.

A few more Chinook salmon were caught over the weekend in the lower Coquille River by anglers trolling cut plug herring near Rocky Point Boat Ramp and near Bandon.

Anglers are catching a few smallmouth bass in the mainstem and South Fork Coquille rivers. Small spinners or jigs have been working well to catch smallmouth bass. There is no size limit or bag limit on the number of smallmouth bass you can keep in the Coquille River Basin.

Crabbing has been good in the lower Coquille estuary. Dock crabbers are picking up a few legal-sized Dungeness crab at Weber’s Pier along the waterfront in Bandon.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Over 25,000 legal and trophy-sized trout were stocked recently to improve the summer fishery. Catch rates improved this week, particularly near the mouths of Short Cr. and Silent Cr. Most of the fish are 12-inches or larger with a nice 19-inch fish harvested this weekend. Fishing will continue to improve as the water temperatures drop.

In 2013, Diamond Lake was stocked with about 206,000 trout -- 170,000 fingerlings in spring, 16,000 legals in July and 20,000 sub-legals in the fall -- compared to 166,000 in 2012. For 2014, ODFW has moved to a stabilized stocking of 275,000 fingerlings that were stocked in June. These fish will start reaching legal-size in late August, early September and should have a really positive impact on fishing in 2015.

The algae bloom subsided at Diamond Lake and water clarity improved. General cautions signs are still in place as a reminder to anglers should another bloom occur. The blooms have been benign.

For campground information call the Forest Service at 541-498-2531.

Anglers can check fishing conditions at Diamond Lake on their website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 236 or 238 for updates.

ELK RIVER: cutthroat trout

Cutthroat are scattered throughout the river with the estuary or upper river the best. Access to the river is limited in the lower river; the whole upper river runs through Forest Service land.

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

Dropping water levels and increasing temperatures are slowing fishing success and effort. Some anglers are having success on bass at Emigrant recently. A variety of lures and soft-plastic baits have been effective for the bass. The reservoir is currently 27 percent full and the boat ramp at the county campground is still in use.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

the Forest Service boat ramp is no longer usable, but smaller boats can still launch at the resort. In addition to stocked rainbow trout, anglers can catch land-locked chinook salmon, brook trout and tiger trout.

Fish Lake is 18 percent full.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Trout fishing is hit or miss depending on the wind. The best method for catching trout is slow trolling flies or wedding ring spinners from a boat. Bank access is limited. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. The lake can be very windy, so anglers will want to check the weather prior to heading out.

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

GALESVILLE RESERVIOR: rainbow trout, bass

Galesville Reservoir is open to fishing year-round. In addition to trout, the reservoir has also been stocked with coho smolts for the last couple of years. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. All of the coho smolts are adipose fin-clipped, remember to release the ones less than 8-inches long. In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest. Galesville has been stocked with about 8,000 trout this spring. The lake also received some smolts so a few fish may be just shy of legal size for harvest. Fishing with worms in brushy areas has been good for bass and some trout recently.

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

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat

The lake is pretty weedy, but anglers fishing the deeper parts of the lake are finding some good trout. Early morning or late afternoon is the most productive. Boat anglers will want to keep an eye on the weather and fish the lake when there is no wind. Access for bank anglers is best at the 12th Street boat ramp, Arizona Street, or along the foredune accessed through Tseriadun State Park. Garrison Lake is located in the middle of Port Orford.

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

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

Hemlock has received over 6,000 trout. PowerBait has been effective. Lake in the Woods also has been stocked. The campground and restrooms are open at both areas.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports to greg.f.huchko@state.or.us.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Anglers wanting to launch a boat at Howard Prairie can try using an area of rocky shoreline at campsite 11 at Willow Point Campground.

Howard Prairie is 35 percent full.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The lake is only 14 percent full, and there is no ramp available for trailered boats. Fishing for largemouth bass has been very good near the dam. Try plastic worms in paler pumpkin seed colors or dark plastic crawdads. Anglers are encouraged to keep largemouth in the 7 to 12-inch range. These fish are part of a stunted group of bass, and are good option to take home to eat.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois River is open to fishing for trout and steelhead. Anglers are restricted to artificial flies and lures only, and only adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout may be retained. Since anglers are unlikely to catch steelhead or fin-clipped trout this time of year, the Illinois currently offers catch-and-release fishing for cutthroat trout. Illinois River flows at Kerby

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked with about 5,000 trout. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and other warmwater species should be good early and late in the day. Anglers can catch many of the warmwater species by suspending a worm below a bobber. Crappie can be targeted with crappie jigs or small soft-plastic baits.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

The daily trout limit is 5 per day. Brown trout can now be retained as part of the daily trout limit through Oct. 31. In addition to brown trout, Lemolo has rainbow trout and kokanee. People targeting kokanee have been successful recently. Lemolo was stocked with 5,000 trout this year.

The Forest Service campgrounds are now open. Lemolo Lake Resort is also open and can provide information on the latest conditions and fish tips. View their Web site or call 541-957-8354.

The algae bloom subsided at Lemolo and water clarity improved. General cautions signs are still in place as a reminder to anglers should another bloom occur. The blooms have been benign.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Loon Lake was stocked with about 7,500 trout this spring. The lake can also provide good fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass as the water warms up. For information about camping call the Loon Lake resort at 541-599-2244 or BLM at 541-599-2254.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, spring Chinook, bass

During hot weather, the area upstream of the Highway 62 bridge should provide excellent success, although trout should also be available in deeper water throughout the reservoir. Bass and panfish are also available. Fishing for largemouth bass has improved in recent years due to habitat projects and fish transfers conducted cooperatively by the Oregon Black Bass Action Committee, local bass clubs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Lost Creek Reservoir is 61 percent full and the surface temperature is 76oF.
All boat ramps are accessible.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Fishing for bluegill and bass should be good early and late in the day.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: bottomfish, Dungeness crab, salmon, halibut,

Crabbing has been good in the ocean from Bandon to Winchester Bay.

Fishing for bottom fish including rockfish, and lingcod is now closed outside of the 30-fathom curve until the end of September. Fishing for bottom fish continues to be a little slow near Coos Bay. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Retention of cabezon is now allowed but only one cabezon per day per angler.

Coho fishing is closed until August 30. The “Non-selective” coho salmon season starts on August 30 through the earlier of September 30 or the 35,000 fish quota.  The quota is a combination of fin-clipped and un-clipped fish. During this time there is no fin-clip restriction on retained coho salmon. Chinook retention remains open in the ocean until October 31 and continues to improve in the freshwater fisheries (see Winchester.)

The summer all-depth halibut fishery opens on Aug. 1 and 2. The nearshore halibut season started on July 1 and will be open 7 days a week inside the 40 fathom line through the earlier of the quota being met or Oct. 31. There is still 65 percent of the nearshore halibut quota remaining as of July 20.

Anglers are still catching surf perch along the steep ocean beaches. Sand shrimp has been the best bait to use.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, warmwater fish

In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bullhead fishing. Bass can be harvested from March 1 to Oct. 31 and are catch-and-release only from Nov. 1-Feb. 29. The reservoir received about 4,500 trout this year. Some of the trout do 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: half-pounders, steelhead, Chinook

Anglers have continued to pick up Chinook at a fairly regular pace in the estuary. Good numbers of Chinook are in the bay as this is only the beginning of the salmon fishery which will continue into October. A few chinook have been moving upriver, but warm water will make it hard to get them to bite.

Half-pounders have really started to move this week and anglers fishing with flies and spinners are reporting excellent success. Half-pounders are immature steelhead that move back into freshwater after spending 3 to 4 months in the ocean. These fish will return to the ocean in the spring to continue feeding until maturing as adult steelhead. The best time to fish is in the morning or evening.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, fall Chinook

With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

Early season catches of summer steelhead at ODFW’s Huntley Park seining project on the lower river remain very good, and hint at a good steelhead season for anglers this year. Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black body and gold blades. Some fall Chinook have been reported in the middle Rogue this week, and fishing should improve over the next several weeks. Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir are increasing slightly Monday and Tuesday of this week to minimize prespawning loss in adult fall chinook. The flow at Grants Pass was 1860 cfs on August 19. The water temperature was averaging 68F, with a peak of 72F.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Casting flies or spinners like a Panther Martin should work well for anglers.

Trout fishing should be very good on the upper Rogue. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.
Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir are increasing slightly Monday and Tuesday of this week to minimize prespawning loss in adult fall chinook. The release was 1850 cfs and the water temperature was 56°F the morning of Aug. 19. The water temperature at Dodge Bridge was averaging about 60F with a peak of 64F. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 65F with a peak of 68F. As of Aug. 12, 894 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery (65 new for the week), and over 300 had been returned to the fishery downstream at the Gold Hill boat ramp.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout each week. Fishing has been good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

SIXES RIVER: cutthroat trout

Cutthroat fishing has been good in the estuary when the weather has cooperated. Best access is at Cape Blanco State Park, but it can be very windy so anglers should check the weather and try to fish early morning.

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

The mainstem Smith from the mouth to Spencer Creek and the North Fork to Johnson Creek opens for Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead and trout on May 24. Trout is catch-and-release only in the mainstem Smith. Check regulations for harvest and gear restrictions.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR:

Closed to fishing.

TENMILE BASIN: yellow perch, largemouth bass, trout

Yellow perch are biting on nightcrawlers or jigs tipped with a worm in Tenmile Lakes. The best fishing will be in over 10 feet of water and along weedlines. Sometimes anglers need to try several spots before finding the bigger fish. There are lots of smaller yellow perch that anglers have to sort through to catch enough keepers for a meal. Some of the keeper yellow perch are over 12 inches long.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good. Most of the bass are being caught in deep water associated with cover like submerged logs or vegetation. Crankbaits and plastics like senkos or brushhogs have been working to catch bass. Early mornings and late evenings are a good time to throw topwater lures for bass.

Trout fishing in Tenmile Lakes has slowed down but anglers can still catch trout in the deeper water. Fishing is typically best in the early mornings and evenings. Trout anglers are having the best success trolling wedding rings or other types of spinners tipped with bait. One hundred hatchery rainbow trout were tagged next to the dorsal fin with a 2 inch blue numbered tag. These fish were tagged as part of a tagged fish contest sponsored by Ringo’s Lakeside Marina. If you catch a tagged trout stop by or contact the marina at 541-759-3312.

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing is open in Toketee year-round. Fishing for brown trout has been good with the recent warmer tempertures. Water levels are currently too low to allow launching boats at the boat ramp. This condition may persist for several weeks. Contact the Forest Service at 541-498-2531 for additional information.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Clearwater Forebay #2 was recently stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout so far this year.

For brook trout anglers should try Cliff, Buckeye, Skookum (North Umpqua), Maidu, Twin and Wolf lakes. Linda, Pitt Lake, and Calamut have been stocked with a native rainbow stock for the last couple of years. Bullpup and Fuller still have brook trout, but were also recently stocked with some fingerling native rainbows. Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, smallmouth bass, trout

The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. This fishery is primarily catch-and-release since the number of hatchery fish is relatively low compared to the number of wild fish. People interested in harvesting a steelhead should fish the North Umpqua for summer steelhead.

Smallmouth bass fishing is good, but the river level is low. Boaters will want to check flows or consider using rubber crafts. River Forks boat ramp will be closed for repairs until about Aug. 14. The mainstem Umpqua opens for catch and release trout on May 24. Tributaries are also open. Check regulations for harvest and gear restrictions.

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

Umpqua River flows near Elkton

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring Chinook

Rock Creek Hatchery is once again open for visitors. The hatchery is open to visitors from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The new RockEd facility is lacking displays, but can be opened on request by calling the hatchery at 541-496-3484.

Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Anglers are getting some summer steelhead as the chinook season winds down. The Chinook season closes Aug. 1. Steelhead are also up in the fly waters and anglers are fishing the area more.

Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30, angling in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless artificial fly which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material. Remember that from March 1 through July 31 the anti-snag gear restrictions apply on the North from the Lone Rock boat ramp upstream to the fly area boundary above Rock Creek. The Mainstem from Soda Springs Dam, including Soda Springs Reservoir, up to Slide Creek Dam is closed year-round to fishing.

North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: trout, smallmouth bass

The South Umpqua opens for trout and smallmouth bass fishing May 24. Check the regulations for gear and harvest restrictions. Water levels are low, so boaters will want to check the flows or consider using rubber rafts. The South Umpqua will be closed for all fishing from Sept. 16 through Nov. 30.

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

At 74 percent of capacity, Willow Lake has the most water among all irrigation reservoirs in the Rogue watershed to date. Anglers are picking up some bass and panfish. Some trout are even being caught in the coves with some tributary inflow. Bait fished on or near the bottom will do best. Small yellow perch can be caught from the shoreline at the campground in big numbers. Fishing for all species will be best early and late in the day.

WINCHESTER BAY: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch, tuna

Fishing the Triangle and South Jetty has been good for rockfish. Ocean fishing out of Winchester Bay has improved as tuna and more salmon have moved inshore. The ocean is now open for Chinook. Some Chinook have already entered Winchester Bay and fishing will continue to improve in the bay area. This will provide some bank fishing opportunity from Halfmoon Bay through Osprey Point. Crabbing is also improving in Winchester Bay.

WINCHUCK RIVER: closed

The river is closed to all fishing Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. The river was closed due a forecasted low return of fall Chinook salmon.


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR

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. ODFW appreciates hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; 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

Black Bear- General Bear season opened August 1. Bear populations are robust in much of Coos County and offer opportunities for hunting. Due to mild weather conditions this spring berry production is very good this summer. Bears will be taking advantage of that food source. Hunters should look for isolated berry stands where vehicle traffic from other people will not disturb bears from feeding on berries. Places like the ends on closed forest roads where berries are growing provide some of the best places to hunt bears that are feeding on them. Walking through these areas in the early morning or late evening or setting up tree stands near these areas are great ways to hunt bears on the Oregon coast.

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY

GAME:

Deer - Bow season opens up August 30. 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. Check local fire restrictions for current fire danger before going hunting.

Elk - Bow season opens up August 30. Elk populations are similar to last year so this hunting year will be average. This prediction is a result of ratio increases, good escapement from last hunting season and another mild winter. 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. Hunters are encouraged to contact private timberland owners regarding access restrictions before hunting.

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.

Bear – General bear season is currently open. Hunters can expect an average year. The dry weather conditions will concentrate bears near streams where foraging will be better. Hunters should concentrate their efforts in the berry patches in early morning and late afternoon. Bear numbers are good with the highest numbers in the coast range, and with smaller populations in the Cascades. Successful bear hunters are reminded there is a mandatory check-in for all harvested bear within 10 days of harvest (see regulations for details).

Western Gray Squirrel – Squirrel season opens August 30. 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.

UPLAND GAMEBIRDS

Grouse & Quail - Hunters can expect a slightly lower than average hunt year with the season opening Sept. 1. The overall 2014 brood/chick counts indicate average production so hunters should find good numbers of game birds out in the field.

Hunting availability and success for forest grouse should be good this year even though production was down. 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. Hunters that kill grouse 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.

Nesting season production was below average for California quail and Mountain quail, but hunting opportunity should still be good. 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 are also asked if they kill a mountain quail to drop off in a paper bag the frozen wing and tail of each mountain quail at the local ODFW office. Please use one bird per bag with each frozen bag of mountain quail parts including the species, sex, age, unit and general area of harvest for proper analysis.

MIGRATORY GAMEBIRDS

Mourning Doves - Hunters can expect an above average year. The dove season opens up on Sept. 1. Most mourning doves have not migrated south since no rains have occurred in the last few weeks so their numbers are currently high. 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. Check the 2014 game bird regulations for details. Also, don’t forget to ask for permission from local landowners before hunting doves on private land.

JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES

Wildlife pre-scouting

Now is the time for archers to begin their annual pre-scouting trips to the woods. August 30 is not far away, hunters should be spending this next month locating the elk and deer herds. Much of the animals found now will be in that general locations come opening season. High elevations are the place to look. Besides, it’s a great time to be in the woods to avoid most of the heat found in the valleys.

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

Bear general season opened August 1. Hunters can expect another average year. Bear numbers continue to be abundant. The Applegate unit has one of the highest harvests for the fall season in the state for the past several years. With hot dry weather which is typical for this time of year, bears will be found around cooler wet drainages. As the berry crops become ripe hunters should locate these areas to find bears. The best times to look for bears are in the early morning and late evenings. Successful bear hunters are reminded there is a mandatory check-in for all harvested bear within 10 days of harvest (see regulations for details).

Youth Elk season started August 1 for units 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. Remember youth must wear hunter orange.

Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met. Hunters are encouraged to carry a cougar tag while hunting other animals; you never know when an opportunity will come available. Most cougar hunters’ success comes from predator calls.

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

Coyotes are abundant in our area. Remember to ask for permission to hunt on private lands. This is the time of years rancher will welcome hunters to come onto their property to take coyotes that are cause problems with live stock.

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: VIEWING

COOS COUNTY

Sea Birds

Sea bird numbers are high along the Oregon coast this time of year. Many of these birds are here to nest and brood young, others are here to feed on fish and other forage that moves close to shore in the summer months. Examples of birds that are here for nesting are common murres and cormorants (three species). The best place to see the birds that are here for nesting are near rocky headlands and offshore islands. Coquille Point in Bandon is a great place to find both of these habitats. The number of common murres, pigeon guillemots, cormorants and other nesting sea birds is impressive.

Birds that are here for foraging include California brown pelicans, cormorants and Western grebes. Great places to watch these birds and their activities are Coos Bay, near Charleston and the Coquille Bay near the harbor in Bandon. Feeding birds can be seen diving on bait fish in the bay and sometimes working in unison to corral fish near shore. Occasionally other animals get in on the action when foraging birds have located bait fish. Seals, sea lions, porpoise, and even whales will go after these fish as birds are mounting attacks from above.

Marine Mammals

Seal and sea lion abundance in coastal waters around Coos County is high at this time of year, especially south of Coos Bay. At Simpson Reef, a heavily used haul out exists. From the lookout, viewers can see California sea lions, Steller sea lions, harbor seals and elephant seals.

Do not approach seals and sea lions you may find on Oregon beaches. If you think an animal you find is in trouble, contact your local ODFW office to report the animal or contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Network an (800) 452-7888.

Shore Birds

Early migrating shore birds are already beginning to show up on local beaches and mud flats in the bays. Numbers will increase as fall approaches and species composition of flocks will change. For the birder who wants to maximize the number of species seen in a season now is a good time to start checking areas where shore birds congregate to see the species involved with the early migration. Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is probably the best place in Coos County to see these birds. The Bandon Marsh Unit is located immediately north of Bandon and is probably the best part of the refuge to visit for shore bird observation. Otherwise mud flats in Coos Bay, Winchester Bay (Douglas County) and the Coquille Bay are great places to check.

Baby Birds

Many species of song birds are beginning to fledge now, which means they are learning to fly and will soon be leaving the nest. When these birds are starting to fly they often fly out of the nest and are not able to fly back in. When you couple this fact with the strong north winds that are common this time of year young birds are commonly encountered on the ground or in vegetation apparently stranded. The fact is, this is a normal situation for them and the parent birds continue to feed them while they work out the details of fledging. If you find birds like this in your yard of on a nature hike the best thing to do is leave them alone so they do not become stressed by human attention. If the birds are in your yard keeping cats and dogs away from them is really important. 7/14/14.

CURRY, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

Mourning Doves

Mourning doves are found throughout the valley where ever there are open grain fields and roosting trees with plenty of water. They are a fast flying, graceful, wing whistling birds. They feed on small seeds of weeds and various grains. A species that is similar but larger and is not a native of our area is the Eurasian collared dove. They are seen around residential areas and have known to visit bird feeders. They have similar behavior habits.

Upper and Lower Table Rocks

Two great hikes take you through habitats that range from oak savanna and chaparral to woodland. On the summit, a diversity of wildflowers and wildlife can be found along the trails. Spring can provide some of the best viewing times. More information

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. During spring and early summer months, deer with their young may be seen early in the mornings 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.

Turkeys and grouse

Young turkeys and grouse are now being seen throughout the area. Hens are often seen near roadways in low elevation for turkeys and higher timber areas for grouse. Look carefully when around the adults for movement or grass moving which indicates young.

Denman Wildlife area

Many people are visiting the area for fishing opportunities where bass, blue gills and bullhead catfish are caught.

California brown pelicans are showing up on Whetstone Pond.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Gamebirds

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

Acorn Woodpecker – Is a colorful medium-sized black and white clown faced woodpecker with a red crown sought after by birders for their lifetime bird list. This highly social woodpecker is commonly seen with young this time of the year in the lower elevations of Douglas County in pine-oak woodlands where oak trees are abundant. Look for this loud and vocal woodpecker in Roseburg at River Forks Park, N. Bank Mgt. area and Whistlers Park. Since this woodpecker is a hoarder look for signs of a granary in the bark of large pine trees that are used to store insects and acorns in cracks and crevices.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing opportunities:

  • Trout stocking resumes at North Fork Reservoir, Faraday Lake, and Estacada Lake.
  • The kokanee fishery in Green Peter Reservoir is heating up as fish become more active with the warming temperatures. This is a premiere kokanee fishery with a bag limit of 25 fish per day.
  • The bag limit on trout has increased to five adipose fin-clipped fish in the Santiam River basin, and there is no restriction on the size of fish kept.
  • The bag limit on fin-clipped steelhead has increased by one fish on the lower Santiam.
  • Mosquitoes should be declining in the mountains, making fishing Oregon’s cascade lakes a good option as part of a day trip or overnight excursion. See a list of Willamette Zone stocked mountain lakes for possible destinations.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
  • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries are now required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

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.

2014 trout stocking

The 2014 trout stocking schedules for the North Willamette Watershed (pdf) District and the South Willamette Watershed (pdf) District are now posted on-line on the ODFW trout stocking page.

Check out the new trout stocking map

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

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

The Alton Baker Canoe Canal will be stocked at weekly intervals through the summer and will be stocked at multiple locations with a total of 965 fish this week, including 150 larger fish. Summer steelhead are occasionally caught in this system and anglers are reminded they will need a combined angling tag and a Columbia River Basin Endorsement to legally target or harvest a steelhead. It is legal to fish with two rods in the Alton Baker Canoe Canal, provided the Two-Rod Validation has been purchased.

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

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

Stocked the week of June 2 with 4,000 legal-sized 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, park is located on the south side of the freeway approx. 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

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

Stocked the week of May 5 with 2,000 legal sized 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 the week of April 14 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 64-acre lake located in Blue Lake Park 3 miles west of Troutdale. This family-friendly park as picnic areas, restrooms, walking trail, and ramp for small boats. Park is maintained by Multnomah County.

The lake was also stock with approximately 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout raised by Mount Hood Community College Fisheries program students. Please be aware that some of the fish may be smaller than 8” due to challenges growing the fish this year in very cold water. Angling regulations require that any trout under 8-inches be released unharmed.

BLUE RIVER: trout, steelhead

Blue River above Blue River Reservoir was stocked for the last time this season the week of June 30 with a total of 1,050 rainbow trout. Fish are released at several locations from the bridge above Mona Campground to the mouth of Quentin Creek. Steelhead are only available below the reservoir.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir was stocked for the last time this season the week of June 30 with 3,000 legal sized rainbow trout. Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Highway 126 and is open to year-round fishing.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

This scenic river flows for approximately 30 miles into Detroit Reservoir. It is open from April 26 to Oct. 31. Along with cutthroat trout this river has been stocked fairly regularly this season with legal rainbows, up to the last scheduled stocking made on July 28. Because the water runs cold throughout the year there are usually good numbers of fish throughout the summer.

Forest Road 46 runs along most of its length so access is very good despite some steep and brushy sections. Daily limit is five trout over 8 inches, no limit on brook trout and the use of bait is allowed. The river is closed to salmon fishing but remains open for trout harvest until Oct. 31.

CANBY POND: rainbow trout

Stocked the week of April 28 with 1,400 legal-sized and 250 larger rainbow trout.

Canby Pond is a 1-acre pond located on the south end of Canby in Canby City Park. The park is south of Hwy 99E and adjacent to the Molalla River. Angling restricted to youth age 17 and under or holders of one of the Disabled Anglers permits.

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Carmen Reservoir was stocked in late July for the last time this season with 2,250 rainbow trout. The reservoir is accessed via FS Road 750 off Hwy 126, about 2 miles south of Clear Lake, and is open all year. Motor boats are prohibited on Carmen Reservoir.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

It appears the flows will keep dropping as the Clackamas fell further over the past week and should be even lower by the coming weekend while the warm, dry weather continues. There have been very few boat anglers out on the river and it’s mainly a drift boat or pontoon boat fishery; those that try could need to push their boats through the thin spots. With summer in full swing the recreational rafters have been out in big numbers so fishing should be done at first light in the morning or late evening around dusk.

Summer steelhead and spring Chinook are the primary target in August; summers can be found throughout the river, particularly in the reach from Carver up to McIver Park where acclimation ponds are found and recycled fish are available. Folks fishing up around McIver Park have been hooking an occasional summer or springer, mainly near Dog Creek and just below the dam; the small number of boat anglers out have had some limited success working the water from McIver to Barton. The warm water and low flows make it very challenging this time of year and it’s become mostly a hardware fishery with spoons or spinners producing results. Bank anglers working around Cazadero and above Faraday are also landing a few fish. Anglers should make note that an angling deadline is clearly marked up near Rivermill Dam and the fishway; it is illegal to fish or even cast above this deadline.

Of note for anglers is that recycled fish were captured at the North Fork fish trap or Clackamas Hatchery, taken downstream and released at Riverside and Carver parks, typically, every week through July. There have been several reports come in of these recycled summers being caught since these fish are typically marked with “floy” tags near their dorsal fin and have an ODFW phone number and the point of origin of the fish. Anglers who catch these fish are asked to call the information in; though it is not required, it is appreciated.

Monday hydrological data shows flows down to 848 cfs, a gauge reading in Estacada of 10.48 ft., and the water temperature still fairly warm at 63°.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year and was last stocked in late July with 3,625 rainbow trout, including 1,125 larger sized trout. Naturally reproducing brook trout are also available. The lake is accessed from Highway 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Cabins and row boats are available for rent from Clear Lake Resort.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork of the Willamette River was last stocked for the season in mid-May at several locations within Cottage Grove.

Coast Fork basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow 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, restrooms.

COTTAGE GROVE POND: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Pond was last stocked for the season in early-April. Warmwater fish continue to be available.

To access the pond, travel east from Cottage Grove on Row River Road. Cottage Grove Pond is located behind the truck scales and may be accessed via an asphalt pathway. Only the pond with the dock is stocked with hatchery trout. This pond also offers terrific bird-watching opportunities, with bald eagles, various ducks, red-winged blackbirds, and other migratory songbirds frequently observed in spring.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Reservoir was last stocked for the season in mid-April. The Reservoir will be stocked again in mid-October. Holdover trout are also available to anglers. The reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to angling all year.

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

CRESWELL POND (GARDEN LAKE): trout, warmwater species

Garden Lake was last stocked for the season in early April. The pond is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell and is open to fishing all year, although vegetation can become a problem as the weather warms up. The pond and park offer additional wildlife viewing opportunities.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

This reservoir receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. It was last stocked in mid-July with 4,500 legal size rainbow trout and is not scheduled for further stockings until late September when water temperatures come down. Anglers report good catches of kokanee below 35 feet as well as trout in the top 30 feet or so. Currently the reservoir is about 15 feet below full pool. All boat ramps including Mongold boat ramp are available, however the two state park ramps barely have their feet in the water. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit for fishing conditions.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Dexter Reservoir was last stocked in late April and will next be stocked in late September. In addition to trout, some warmwater fish are also available. The reservoir is adjacent to Highway 58 near Lowell and is open all year.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir was last stocked in late April and will be stocked next in mid-October. The reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available.
DORMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow 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 is running very low, clear and warm, considered the norm for mid-August. Spring Chinook fishing is likely done for the season with perhaps a scattering of springers to be found in deep, shaded pools from the middle ladder canyon up to the hatchery. Fish quality at this stage will be marginal at best if you can get them to bite. A few Eagle Creek springers have also been caught below the mouth of the creek in the Clackamas River. Anglers can identify an Eagle Creek acclimation released springer from its unique fin-clips; not only are they adipose fin-clipped but they are also missing a right maxillary fin.

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.”

ESTACADA LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Aug. 18 with 1,800 legal-sized rainbow trout. Estacada Lake is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. There is a boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at the lower end of the reservoir. A fishing dock next to the boat ramp provides non-boating access to the lake.

FALL CREEK above FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked for the season the week of June 16 with 1,750 rainbow trout at multiple locations up to Gold Creek. Wild trout continue to be available. Fall Creek and Reservoir are northeast of Lowell.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir north of Lowell was last stocked for the season in late April.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Aug. 18 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant.

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

This 9,000 acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. This reservoir is still completely full at this time, and all boat ramps should be available. For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000.

This lake is mostly shallow with a band of deep water from the original channel of the Long Tom River. The reservoir produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years. Best time of year for crappie is in spring after the water temperature reaches the mid-50s, but fish can still be found in deeper water year round. July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. The water level remains approximately 5 feet below full pool with all three boat ramps available at this time. It was last stocked in May with 4,000 rainbow trout and is not due for stocking again until mid-SEP when water temperatures are lower. Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept and there are no limits on size or number of bass. From I-5 take US 20 east from Albany to the town of Sweet Home. The reservoir is 3 miles past the town on the left.

FREEWAY LAKES: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

This water body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features some good size bass and a few very large crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake, and there is good bank access around Middle Freeway Lake. Now that it is summer, the bass, crappie and other warmwater fish are the prize for most anglers. To get there, take the State Police exit in Albany and follow the frontage road south (3 Lakes Road) for several miles.

GREEN PETER RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout, bass

This large reservoir east of Sweet Home is a premier kokanee fishery with a bag limit of 25 fish per day. It also supports stocked rainbow trout and a good population of smallmouth bass. It was last stocked in early May with 6,000 legal size rainbow trout and is not scheduled for further trout stocking until later in the year. The kokanee fishery is heating up as fish become more active with the warming temperatures. Plenty of kokanee are being caught between 40-60 feet down. Smallmouth bass can be found near underwater structure and at drop-offs. The reservoir level is currently approximately 30 feet below full pool. Both Thistle Creek and Whitcomb boat ramps are open, although the latter may not be available much longer as the water level drops below the toe slope of the ramp.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of May 5 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 2-acre pond located within the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. From the Sauvie Island bridge, take Sauvie Island Rd. to NW Reeder Rd, then Oak Island Rd.

HARRIET LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 14 with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 250 one-pounders.

Harriet Lake is located on Forest Road 56 up the Clackamas River drainage. Forest Road 56 is a left turn approximately 2 miles past the Ripplebrook Ranger Station. The lake scheduled to be stocked the week of May 12 with 500 one-pounders and 25 “trophy” trout which should provide for some exciting angling action.

HARTMAN POND: trout, bass, crappie, perch

Stocked the week of June 2 with 2,350 legal-sized rainbow trout. This pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Recreation Area.

HENRY HAGG LAKE: trout, bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill and brown bullhead

Stocked the week of June 2 with 6,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This popular fishery has been stocked several times this spring and there should be plenty of fish for anglers who are willing to get out and work for them. Hagg Lake is located within Scoggins Valley Park. 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.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

Hills Creek Reservoir is open to fishing all year and was stocked in mid-April with legal-sized rainbow trout. This release is in addition to annual fingerling releases into the reservoir. Additional legal-sized trout will be released in late September. This reservoir is also stocked annually with 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook fingerlings and 200,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings. These fish grow to catchable size within a year. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout and salmon must be released unharmed.

HILLS CREEK above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Native trout are available for harvest and bait may be used through Oct. 31 in Hills Creek. Hatchery fish released into Hills Creek in previous years will now be released into Hills Creek Reservoir.

HORSESHOE LAKE: trout

The planned release of 2,000 trout the week of June 30 has been cancelled due to a wash-out in the access road to the lake. Horseshoe is a 14-acre lake located in the Olallie Lake Basin on the Mt. Hood National Forest. There are a few campsites available at Horseshoe Lake Campground.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked the week of June 2 with with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is in addition to 750 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 one-pounders released the week of April 21. Huddleston is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, it contains woody debris that provides habitat for bass and bluegill. It reaches a maximum depth of about 10 feet, with shallow "kid-friendly" edges. It is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby. There is paved parking lot and small ramp for people who want to launch small, non-motorized boats.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake will be stocked this week for the last time this season with 1,500 hatchery trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. The use of bait is allowed.

The trout and sturgeon show pond at Leaburg Hatchery will be closed for renovations beginning July 14 until further notice. The goal of the project is to increase ADA accessibility and upgrade existing facilities. The renovations should take 4 to 6 weeks and during that time the show pond will be off limits to the public. However, the rest of the hatchery will be open as usual during daylight hours, as will the boat launch area below Leaburg Dam.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake will be boat stocked this week with 3,000 rainbow trout. Fish are released from Leaburg Town Landing down to Hendricks Bridge. Gear use is restricted to flies and lures below Hendricks Bridge. Use of bait is allowed from Hendricks Bridge upstream to Leaburg Dam through the end of the year. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie. Anglers should check salmon and steelhead counts over Willamette Falls and allow 10-14 days for fish to arrive in the Eugene-Springfield area.

See the EWEB website for possible Leaburg Dam closures.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River was recently boat stocked from Forest Glen Boat Landing near Blue River to Goodpasture Boat Ramp near Leaburg Lake with a total of 7,750 rainbow trout. The river will be truck stocked at boat landings this week with a total of 1,250 rainbow trout. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed.

McKenzie basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir is open to catch-and-release fishing. Angling is restricted to flies and lures. The Middle Fork above Hills Creek Reservoir will not be stocked this year. Those fish will instead be released into Hills Creek Reservoir for anglers.

Middle Fork basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MOLALLA RIVER: spring Chinook, summer steelhead

The Molalla is low yet fishable by drift boat or from the bank and with passage of spring Chinook continuing at the falls there should be some springers to be found in the Molalla. These Chinook are returning from direct releases of 100,000 smolts done every year above Feyrer Park; it’s also not unheard of for a few hatchery summer steelhead to poke their way into the lower river escaping the warmer waters of the Willamette.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, blugill

Stocked the week of May 26 with 1,625 trout, including 125 two-pounders. The pond also offers angling for several different species of warm water fish including crappie, bluegill, and catfish. Anglers are reminded that from April 1 through Aug. 31 fishing at Mt. Hood Pond is restricted to youths 17 and under as well as individuals who possess a valid Oregon Disabilities Fishing Permit.

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout

Stocked the week of July 14 with 3,500 rainbow trout. This is a 350-acre reservoir of the Clackamas River behind North Fork Dam approximately 5.2 miles east of Estacada.

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

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of July 7 with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is a 4-acre pond next to the Progress Ridge Town Center in Beaverton, Oregon. The pond is an old rock pit and has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is a sidewalk, fishing platform and viewing platform on one side of the lake.

The lake is owned by Tualatin Hills Parks and Rec. Boating and swimming are prohibited on this lake.

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

This beautiful stream is located above Green Peter Reservoir and provides excellent opportunities to fish for trout. There is good bank access along most of its length. Trout season opened April 28 and ends Oct. 31. The river was stocked several times through the summer with over 5,000 rainbow trout. It was stocked one last time for 2014 the last week of July with 2,000 rainbow trout. Wild cutthroat trout can be found here as well. Light gear works best and fly-fishing can be very good, but bait is also allowed. There are two BLM campgrounds as well as numerous designated campsites along the road. To get there, follow the directions to Green Peter Reservoir and continue around the lake until the river begins.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge. Salmon Creek will be stocked this week with 850 rainbow trout. Fish are released at several locations up to the Black Creek Road bridge. Bait use and both native and hatchery trout harvest are allowed through Oct. 31.

SALMONBERRY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of May 5 with 1,500 legal-sized rainbow trout. This lake is located approximately 9 miles northwest of St. Helens on Pittsburg Rd.

SALT CREEK: trout

Salt Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge and is open to harvest of native trout through October 31. Bait use is allowed during trout season. Salt Creek will not be stocked in 2014. Instead, these hatchery fished will be released into Hills Creek Reservoir.

SANDY RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook

Sandy River flows keep falling and will stay very low as warm summer conditions hold on for a few more weeks. Angler effort has been slow but those who try will find that there are some summer steelhead and spring Chinook in the river with an occasional fish being landed. The river has taken on the glacial melt milky-blue color that some experienced Sandy anglers actually find isn’t a deterrent to hooking fish.

The overall catch reports have been poor to fair, with morning fishing offering the best opportunity to possibly hook into a fish; the water is cooler and the swimmers haven’t shown up yet. The Oxbow to Dabney trip is a good choice by drift boat or pontoon and if you’re bank angling try Oxbow Park, Dodge Park, the Cedar Creek area at the hatchery, Revenue Bridge, up around the old Marmot dam site, or near the mouth of the Salmon River. This should be a decent year for spring Chinook on the Sandy with many fish already returning to the hatchery or showing up in ODFW traps working throughout the basin.

Please be aware the Lower Sandy River has changed recently with a new channel mouth flowing to the north/northwest about 0.75 miles downstream of I-84. The new channel is shallow and flows are irregular and controlled by the tide along with Columbia and Sandy river flows. Angling is currently allowed in this channel which is also accessible by foot from the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area parking lot on the Sandy Delta (downstream and east side of the I-84 Bridge crossing of the Sandy River).

Monday hydrological data shows the river flows below Bull Run lower yet at 479 cfs, a gauge reading of 8.01 ft. and the water temperature down a bit at 60°.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook, trout

Fish can be found throughout the river, but are more concentrated in the upper sections (Mehama to Packsaddle), where summer steelhead and spring Chinook can find cooler water. New fish passage at the Falls is slowing dramatically. Counts at Willamette Falls as of Aug. 15 show just over 31,500 spring Chinook and over 21,300 summer steelhead have entered the upper basin. Of those, over 6,600 spring Chinook and 3,350 summer steelhead have made it above Stayton on the North Santiam through Aug 16. As the number of fish passing the Falls slows, the number of fish passing Stayton is also declining. When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below the Minto Fish Facility is open to salmon and steelhead fishing and will remain open to Oct. 31.

River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (currently the gauge is around 1,090 cfs). Current conditions USACE is in the process of analyzing flow rates and may reduce the Detroit outflow to around 900 cfs through Sept. 1 and returning to normal in October.

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

UPDATE: The new boat slide at Upper Bennett Dam will be closed starting June 20 in order to perform routine maintenance on the dam. It is scheduled to re-open around Labor Day. Boaters can use the boat slide at Lower Bennett dam on the north channel around Geren Island in order to reach the Sayton boat ramp.

UPDATE: The new gate at the Green’s Bridge boat launch site is now closed for the summer through Labor Day. Boat anglers wishing to use the site will need to obtain a key from the ODFW district office in Adair Village. For further information, call 541-757-4186.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT: (trout)

This gorgeous section of the river is open to fishing April 26 to Oct. 31. It was stocked again for the last time this season on July 28 with 3,000 legal size rainbow trout. Up to five trout of 8 inches or larger are allowed per day, but please be aware that this section of river is closed to salmon fishing.

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

Flows in the South Santiam below Foster dam have dropped to around 973 cfs as of Aug. 11 but should remain fairly stable for the next few weeks. These are excellent conditions coinciding with the diminishing influx of new fish into the basin. Spring Chinook and summer steelhead numbers at Willamette Falls indicated an improved run this year, and so far fish have showed up in good numbers to the base of Foster dam.

Best sections to fish are from Wiley Creek to Pleasant Valley boat ramps, around Waterloo County Park, and from Lebanon down to the confluence with the North Santiam. As of Aug. 7 just under 2,050 spring Chinook and just over 2,500 summer steelhead have entered the fish ladder, however the daily numbers are dropping rapidly. Many of those fish have been recycled downstream to allow anglers another shot at them.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of June 9 with 1,000 rainbow trout. Sheridan Pond is a 2 ½-acre pond located on the edge of town. An old mill pond, it has plenty of bank access, parking, and a restroom. To get there take Hwy. 18 to Exit 33 onto Balston Rd. Go south on Balston Rd. approximately half a mile and turn left onto a gravel road leading about a quarter mile to the pond.

SHORTY’S POND: trout

Stocked the week of April 7 with 1,000 rainbow trout ranging in size from 10 inches to over two pounds each. A family fishing event was held April 12 but some holdover fish should still be available.

This 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.

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

Stocked the week of June 23 with 2,600 legal-sized rainbow trout and 250 half-pounders. This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.

SMALL FRY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 16 with 300 rainbow trout. This is a small pond located next to Promontory Park and North Fork Reservoir near Estacada.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

Stocked for the last time this season in late June with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following FS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around fishing.

SOUTH FORK YAMHILL RIVER: trout

Stocked the week of June 9 with 2,000 rainbow trout. The South Fork Yamhill from its confluence with the North Yamhill near McMinnville, upstream about 20 miles to Rock Creek near Grand Ronde is stocked with rainbow trout. Trout are released in multiple locations between Gold Creek Road Bridge and Willamina.Yamhill River Road runs parallel to much of this section and provides adequate turnouts and parking at several locations near the river. The remaining 15 miles of river open to trout fishing has some public access but also meanders across private lands. ODFW reminds anglers to be aware of and respectful toward private property rights along the river.

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

Stocked the week of June 16 with 4,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. St. Louis Ponds is a 260-acre open space owned by ODFW and Marion County Parks. The central portion of this site is a fishing park that boasts seven ponds stocked with a variety of warm water.

The fishing park has a number of ADA-accessible fishing platforms and a paved trail that meanders around some of the ponds. Parking is very limited, so carpooling is encouraged, and when parking lots fill up participants may need to walk in a mile from the gate at the entrance of the complex.

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. More information: Jeff Fulop, (971) 673-6034.

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: trout, bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. It was stocked in early June with 334 legal-sized rainbow trout. Sunnyside 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 I5, take US 20 through the town of Sweet Home and continue around Foster Reservoir to Quartzville Creek road. Take a left and follow this road for two miles to the park.

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

Stocked the week of June 30 with with 2,000 legals-sized rainbow trout and 50 trophies (3-pounders). Timothy is a 1,400-acre lake about 80 miles east of Portland past Mt. Hood. From Hwy 26 turn onto Forest Rd 42 (Skyline Rd), and then west to Forest Rd 57. Timothy 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. Motorboats are allowed on Timothy Lake, although a 10 m.p.h. speed limit is in place. The lake is currently accessible via Highway 26 as well as Forest Road 56 up the Clackamas River.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

Trail Bridge Reservoir is open to year-round angling. It was stocked for the last time this season in late July. This waterbody is adjacent to Hwy 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Flies and lures only may be used.

TRILLIUM LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of June 30 with with 2,000 legals-sized rainbow trout and 50 trophies (3-pounders). 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. A large campground at the lake features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

TROJAN PONDS: trout, warmwater species

The pond was stocked with 8,000 trout during the month of April, so there should be lots of fish available. Trojan Pond is a 15-acre lake about 4.5 miles southeast of Rainier on the north side of Hwy 30 at the Trojan nuclear facility.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

This popular Salem lake in Cascade Gateway Park receives thousands of hatchery trout annually. It was stocked in early June with 2,000 legal and 250 larger size rainbow trout. As a reminder, only one fish over 20 inches may be kept. This wheelchair accessible lake is located just east of Salem within Cascade Gateway Park, west of I-5 at Hwy. 22. Take Airport Rd. or Turner Rd. to reach the lake.

WEST SALISH POND: panfish, trout

The Salish Ponds Wetlands Park restoration project is far enough along that anglers are able to go in and fish both the east and west ponds. A variety of resident warm water species can be found in both ponds, with the east offering the greatest opportunity.

The City of Fairview would like to give young plantings in the park another season to establish themselves before large numbers of anglers begin fishing there again; as a result ODFW likely won’t resume stocking West Salish Pond with trout until late 2014.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: sturgeon, Chinook salmon, summer steelhead

As is the norm for mid to late August you’ll find fishing activity on the lower Willamette decreases considerably while the warm weather brings out large numbers of recreational users. On any given summer day the Willamette River is crowded with boaters and jet skiers, so early morning fishing is the best bet.

Most of the serious salmon anglers have moved down to the lower Columbia and Buoy 10 but the few anglers on the water could pick up a rare late springer since fish are still passing through the ladder at Willamette Falls; the best bet being above the West Linn Bridge closer to the falls. Anglers will also find there are plenty of warmwater 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.

Spring Chinook passage at Willamette Falls saw a slight bounce back last week despite low flows and very warm water. The summer steelhead passage also saw a little bump after some zero passage days. Passage numbers for the season have been good however, showing a total of 30,071 adult spring Chinook have passed while the summer steelhead have reached 21,299 counted up through the Aug 15 date. The counts for spring Chinook officially end on August 15th so barring any corrections that will be the final count for 2014.

Monday hydrological data shows the Willamette flows at 7,970 cfs, the water temperature down slightly to 73°, and visibility at an amazingly clear 8.5 feet.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BEAR

Fire danger is a concern this time of year and hunters are asked to follow all Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire restrictions while hunting. See ODF’s webpage for the latest on restrictions (click Landowner/Corporate Closure Chart for private land closures)

Hunter orange required for youth

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

Industrial forestland owners will usually have information regarding access to their property posted on their gates and usually have a “hotline” devoted to providing up-to-date access for hunters. In addition, many private timberlands use the following link to provide information regarding the access policy for their private lands. Hunters need to have permission to hunt or make sure hunting is allowed before accessing private lands.

BE PREPARED

Hunters should be preparing now for upcoming big game hunting seasons. Sight-in and practice with your firearms or bows to ensure that when you do get the chance to harvest an animal you are confident in your shooting skills. Many of the local gun ranges will have public sight-in days where you can practice your shooting skills and there are 3-D archery shoots available in the Willamette Valley where you can practice. This is also a good time to ensure that your hunting and camping equipment is in good condition. If not, you will have plenty of time to purchase those items that you need.

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

Field Care of Harvested wildlife

The proper handling of harvested wildlife is the most important criteria to ensure its value as table fare. After properly tagging the animal, the hunter should remove the entrails and get the hide off to start the cool-down process. Wipe down the carcass with a dry cloth to remove any foreign material and keep the carcass clean by placing it into a cloth game bag. Warm weather conditions (greater than 50 degrees) can increase bacteria loads so hunters need to get the carcass cooled/refrigerated as soon as possible. Never place the carcass inside of a plastic bag, tarp or in water since wet or damp meat spoils more quickly. Talk to your local meat processor or butcher to get additional information concerning the proper care of wildlife or go online to find websites that cover this topic.

Cougar season is open in all zones beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. Hunters will need to purchase a 2014 hunting license and a 2014 cougar tag to hunt cougars. 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. Hunters are required to submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken.

Pick up the Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

Fall Bear season is open and now is the time to get out and scout your favorite bear hunting spots to see if the berries are ripe. Most successful fall bear hunters target natural food sources. To be successful, hunters will want to become familiar with a variety of berry producing plants such as black cap raspberry, Armenian blackberry, trailing blackberry, cascara, blue huckleberry, and elderberry. Hunters that note the location of a variety of berry patches will be able to move throughout the season to stay on the best available food source.

Early in the hunting season bears will be spending the majority of their time in cool and shaded areas trying to avoid the heat. Although bears are most active in the mornings and evenings, on relatively cooler days bears may be active all day. They will be feeding on the abundant berry crops primarily in the early morning hours so hunters will need to be up and on stands before daylight. When out scouting, hunters should be looking for bear sign close to streams, lakes and adjacent to cool north slopes of timber.

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WILLAMETTE ZONE: VIEWING

Lots of critters to see down on the river

Beaver, river otter, mink, muskrats and the introduced non-native nutria are common residents along waterways in the Willamette Valley. They can be seen by quietly floating the Willamette River in a canoe or other non-motorized boat and watching the shoreline. They are most visible early in the morning or in the evening when other boat traffic is minimal. Occasionally these animals are seen in the Delta ponds or from the river bike path in Eugene and Springfield or in many of the farm ponds on the valley floor. The non-native nutria has displaced the muskrat from much of the Willamette Valley.

The pileated woodpecker

Late summer is a good time to be on the lookout for pileated woodpeckers around the Willamette Valley and throughout Oregon.

The pileated, or crested, woodpecker was the model for the cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker. It is a large black-and-white bird with a bold red feathered crest and distinctive call. You may hear its powerful drumming before you see it.

In Oregon, look for it in older forests in the Blue Mountains, East and West Cascades, Klamath Mountains, Willamette Valley and Coast Range ecoregion. They prefer mature forests and younger forests with large snags and logs, requiring large diameter snags for nesting and foraging.

The pileated woodpecker eats the carpenter ants, beetles and termites it uncovers while excavating large diameter dead or fallen trees and logs. Once the woodpecker has moved on, its rectangular excavations serve as home to other birds and mammals.

Pileated woodpeckers prefer the forested, which doesn’t necessarily mean the wilderness. Visit the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, which in only 10 minutes from downtown Portland or the running trail in Forest Park.

East of Salem, Silver Falls State Park provides good habitat for this and several other woodpeckers. Hikers on the Bruno Meadows Trail in the Willamette National Forest out of Detroit will enjoy many mountain forest birds and may see or hear a pileated.

At EE Wilson Wildlife Area near Monmouth, focus on the hardwood-conifer forest east of the angling pond where it borders Forest Service property.

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, five miles west of Eugene, is another great place. In the Zuwalt Park area you will find several parking areas along Jeans Road. A variety of habitats are available here. Pileated woodpeckers use the older stands of firs towards the north end of this unit.

Viewing sites at Fern Ridge

Additional wildlife viewing opportunities

Eugene Area

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

Watch the sky as white pelicans ride the thermals and spiral in the airspace above Fern Ridge Lake. These large white birds with black wing-tips have been observed frequently on the lake and in the flooded impoundments on the Fisher Butte unit. There are many access points around Fern Ridge Lake that provide entry for hiking, birdwatching, canoeing and enjoyment of the outdoors. Visitors are reminded that dogs are welcome on the wildlife area but must remain on leash at all times Fern Ridge Wildlife Area remains open daily for public use throughout the summer months. Bird checklists and maps are available at area parking lots or by contacting the Wildlife Area headquarters at (541) 935-2591. 

Directions to Fern Ridge Wildlife Area.

Monmouth Area

EE Wilson Wildlife Area

Go birdwatching at the EE Wilson Wildlife Area while the waterfowl broods and songbirds are caring for their young.

Directions to EE Wilsong Wildlife Area

Portland area

The migration has begun. Look for large chimneys in urban areas to view the fall migration of the Vaux’s Swifts. From late August to early September, swifts gather at migratory roosts—which include chimneys and large hollow trees—before traveling to their winter homes in Central and South America. In the fall, up to 40,000 birds may use the larger roosts at one time. Oregon City High School’s large brick chimney is one place to witness thousands of birds inhabiting a single roost site. Another is Chapman Elementary School in northwest Portland.

More information on Vaux’s Swifts in Portland.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

Fall migration has begun for shorebirds. The best viewing areas for shorebirds are Sturgeon, Crane or Racetrack Lakes. Wild Himalayan blackberries are ripe and ready to be picked. Visitors to Sauvie Island Wildlife Area are welcome to pick the berries after obtaining a free permit from the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area office at 18330 NW Sauvie Island Road

Take Hwy. 30 to the Sauvie Island Bridge. After crossing the bridge, stay on NW Sauvie Island Road for about two miles. Stay left at the “Y” intersection. The wildlife area office is on the right about 1/4 mile from the intersection.

A parking permit is required for ODFW Wildlife areas, including Sauvie Island, and can be purchased at ODFW Point of Sale vendors. A daily permit is $7 and an annual permit is $22.


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CENTRAL ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Summer steelhead fishing on the Deschutes continues to be good from the mouth to Macks Canyon.
  • Bass fishing has been excellent in Haystack Reservoir and Lake Billy Chinook.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
  • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

2014 trout stocking for the Central Zone

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

Fishing has been good for trout ranging from 10- to 17-inches long; however, the quality of the flesh isn’t very good due to the warm water. The water level is a couple of feet below the end of the gravel portion of the ramp.

BIG LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

Recent reports have indicated a few fish still being caught, but fishing might be slowing down due to warmer water temperatures.

CLEAR LAKE: rainbow trout

Water levels continue to be good in Clear Lake, and should continue to provide good fishing opportunities. Anglers should be warned that lake levels could be diminishing, as irrigation demand will draw down the lake throughout the remainder of summer.

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

Anglers report good fishing in the channels. Closed from 1 hour after sunset until 1 hour before sunrise.

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

No recent reports.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout and mountain whitefish

Fishing has been consistently good. Anglers are reminded that trout over 20-inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed. Flows below Bowman Dam

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

No recent reports.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

Anglers report fair fishing. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

DESCHUTES RIVER, Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam: fall Chinook, summer steelhead, redband trout, whitefish

Steelhead fishing on the lower Deschutes from Macks Canyon downstream to the mouth has been good for the early season. Dam counts at both Bonneville and The Dalles also have been good. If good numbers of steelhead continue up the Columbia River, expect good fishing in the lower Deschutes. Periodic high glacial flow from White River has been causing some clarity issues in the lower river.

No recent reports on trout fishing, but fishing should still be good for anglers fishing the early morning and evenings.

The Deschutes opened for fall Chinook Aug.1, and will remain open through Oct. 31, 2014 from the mouth at the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls. The catch limit is two adult Chinook salmon, and 5 jack Chinook salmon per day. While early for fall Chinook, anglers should pay attention to counts at Columbia River Dams, in order to time when these fish will begin arriving in the Deschutes. Anglers should expect another large return this season.

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.

Check the trap the seasons catch at Sherars Falls as an indicator of fish movement in the Middle Deschutes. The trap is only in operation from July to the end of October.

Lake Billy Chinook to Bend: rainbow trout, brown trout

No recent reports. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures.

Bend to Wickiup Dam: rainbow trout, brown trout

No recent reports

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, Atlantic salmon, kokanee

Anglers report good fishing with reports of large rainbow being caught. Catch-and-release for all rainbow trout that DO NOT have an adipose-fin clip.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

River was stocked last week and this week with rainbow trout. Anglers report fair fishing. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

Anglers who catch a tagged hatchery trout with a colored anchor tag are encouraged to report catch information to ODFW at 541-388-6363. Please do not remove the anchor tag if the fish is caught and released. Contact Erik Moberly 541-388-6145 for additional information.

FROG LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked and fishing should be good.

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

Fishing has been excellent for bass. Trout fishing has been slow.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead, trout

The Hood River closed for fin-clipped Chinook on June 30, 2014 The mainstem and most tributaries are open to catch-and-release trout fishing. A few hatchery origin stray, along with wild summer steelhead are entering the river, and should provide anglers with some opportunity. Anglers are reminded that all non fin-clipped steelhead must be released.

Hot weather can cause rapid glacial melting on Mt. Hood creating extremely turbid water conditions in the Hood River. Successful anglers should pay attention to weather conditions, and avoid the Hood River during extended periods of hot weather.

HOSMER LAKE: Atlantic salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat

Anglers report fair fishing. Restricted to fly angling only with barbless hooks.

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

Fishing has been excellent for bass. Anglers are reminded there are small numbers of spring Chinook and summer steelhead in Lake Billy Chinook as part of the reintroduction effort. Please release these fish unharmed. Kokanee are beginning to stage in the upper end of the Metolius Arm prior to spawning and are averaging 11 to 13-inches.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

Fishing for rainbow trout has been fair in the upper part of the reservoir. Anglers report catching many pikeminnow.

LAURANCE LAKE: Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

No recent reports, however, creel studies in past years have shown some of the best fishing in the lake is in late August and September.

LITTLE LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Anglers report fair fishing.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

No recent report, but anglers should find good success throughout the summer.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

No recent reports. Opportunities for catch-and-release fishing for bull trout are good from Canyon Creek downstream to the mouth. Fly-fishing only above Bridge 99.

NORTH TWIN: rainbow trout

No recent reports

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

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

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

No recent reports. The water level is getting low enough that it will make launching larger boats difficult or impossible.

ODELL LAKE: kokanee, lake trout, rainbow trout

No recent reports. Twenty-five kokanee per day (no size limits) in addition to other trout species catch limit. Trout daily catch limit may include only 1 lake trout, 30 inch minimum length.

The Oregon Health Authority lifted a health advisory for Odell Lake on Aug. 8.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Anglers report fair fishing. Catch-and-release for all rainbow trout that DO NOT have an adipose-fin clip.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The reservoir is warming up and has been stocked, and is still providing good fishing early morning and late evening.

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

Fishing has been slow for trout but the fish that have been caught have been large. Bass and crappie fishing has been good.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Anglers are reminded that fishing is limited to kids 17 years old and younger. There is also a 2 fish bag limit.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports, but irrigation withdrawals have drawn the reservoir to a low level that will limit good fishing.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Two trout per day, 8 inch minimum length. Fishing restricted to juvenile anglers 17-years-old and younger.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

No recent report.

TAYLOR LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Fishing for rainbows will be slow due to hot temperatures, but anglers can shift their efforts to largemouth bass.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Anglers report fair fishing.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing has been good.

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

No recent fishing reports. Restricted to flies and lures only upstream of the ODFW marker. The reservoir is closed from 1 hour after sunset until 1 hour before sunrise.


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CENTRAL ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR

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. ODFW appreciates hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; 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. Remember 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.

Ground squirrels are active in agricultural fields throughout Crook and Jefferson counties. Higher numbers are in Crook County on private lands along the Crooked River between Prineville and Paulina. Permission from landowners is necessary to access and hunt these lands.

Coyotes can offer an exciting challenge and will be closely associated with deer and antelope during the fawning time of year. 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

General Bear – Open August 1st through November 30st. Bears have transitioned there forage habits from grasses, forbs, tubers and roots to berries and insects. Most successful hunters focus there hunting areas around berry producing draws near water. Look for areas producing thimbleberries, wild strawberries, blackberries, and huckleberries. Look for browsing, rolled rocks, torn apart logs, and fresh scat. Hunting these areas during twilight hours can increase success. All harvested bears are required to be checked in to a local ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. Please make an appointment to check in the harvested bear. ODFW field office phone (541) 296-4628.

Coyote –There are high numbers of Coyotes in Hood River and Wasco Counties. Those wishing to pursue will find the best success near agricultural lands. Success can be increased if you locate dogs the night before hunting with a howl call and come back to that area with a predator call in the early morning. Be sure to ask permission to hunt private lands. Limited opportunities may also be found at White River Wildlife area, and on lower elevation forest service lands.

Cougar – Hunters wishing to pursue cougar will find best success near areas of deer and elk concentrations, or in canyons near bighorn sheep. Using predator calls in early summer is also highly effective. Hunters are required to check-in the unfrozen hide and skull, with proof of sex attached to an ODFW office within 10 days. Hunters are also required to provide the reproductive tract of harvested female cougars. See pg. 42 of the regulations for details.

WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA

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

Archery Buck Deer – Aug.30 to Sept.28Bag Limit: One buck with a visible antler. It was a good year for deer on the Wildlife Area with quite a few bucks being seen. Most of the larger bucks have moved off of the Wildlife Area and up higher in to the mountains. Many of the larger bucks can be found in drainages like the Badger Creek Wilderness Area or the upper potions of Three Mile Creek or White River. Hunting these areas are very difficult; thick trees, steep ground, very few if any roads, and miles of hard walking make it challenging.

Archery Elk - Aug.30 to Sept.28Bag Limit: One Elk – Elk can be found many places on the Wildlife Area. These elk can move long distances in a short amount of time and travel back and forth to and from the Mt. Hood National Forest frequently. Pre-season scouting to make sure elk are using an area is a good idea but don’t overdo it; you don’t want to chase them out of the area before you get to hunt it. Also, limit you’re calling, elk won’t respond very often to calls if people are calling at them all of the time.

Black Bear – Aug. 1 to Nov. 30 – Bag Limit: One black 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. Bears utilize the Wildlife Area quite often but are difficult to hunt. To see if bears are using an area look for tracks on trails and dirt roads and if you start finding rocks rolled over you know you are in a good area. Finding the bears favorite foods; grass, berries, or acorns will help in locating a bear.

Vehicle Access: Last year, new rules took affect that prohibit all recreational ATV use on the Wildlife Area, also camping is only allowed in designated camping areas. A parking permit is now required to use/park on the White River Wildlife Area along with other ODFW wildlife areas.

Cougar – Open all year or until zone mortality quotas have been met. Cougar can be found on White River Wildlife Area but are seldom seen. The annual migration of deer from higher in the Cascades will entice cougars to follow. Use weather to your advantage; look for tracks in snow, mud, and dirt.

Coyote – There are many coyotes prowling about this year. 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.

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CENTRAL ZONE: VIEWING

CROOK COUNTY

The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) north shore road opened to motorized traffic on April 15. The WMA offers camping, shoreline angling and opportunities to see 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 and at Prineville Reservoir State Park office.

Spring waterfowl migration is nearing its end. Resident nesting species such as mallards, gadwall and cinnamon teal are still numerous, but will be harder to locate as nesting begins. American wigeon, shoveler, green-winged teal and wood duck can still be seen, but are less common as most have migrated through. Numerous Canada Goose broods have been seen and can be found throughout Crook County.

Shorebird migration is in full swing a few that have been seen include American avocets, black-necked stilts and killdeer. Common loons, pied-billed, eared and western grebe, American white pelicans, Caspian terns and a variety of gull species can also be seen around Prineville and Ochoco reservoirs.

Spring passerine migrants continue to increase in diversity and numbers as the season progresses. Common bird species that can be seen this time of year include American robin, common flicker, red-winged and brewers blackbirds, western kingbirds, American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, mountain bluebirds, spotted towhees and tree, cliff and rough-winged swallows.

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.

Deer, elk, and antelope become harder to find this time of year as they become more secretive as fawning/calving nears. 5/20/14.

Deschutes County

At this time of year, warmer weather conditions in the high desert can make viewing wildlife challenging during the day. Birds are much more active in the early morning hours. Many mammals will find a shady bush, hollow tree, burrow, or safe rocky area to escape the heat of the day, becoming most active in the mornings and evenings. Even reptiles that require the sun to bring their bodies up to “working temperature” to hunt and digest prey will keep out of the sun for much of the day, again being most active in the early morning and evenings. Some species, such as rattlesnakes, may remain active all night during the hottest periods of the year.

If you are out and about when it’s hot, the best places to see the greatest variety of 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 temperatures heat up and wildlife in drier habitats change their activity patterns to avoid extreme temperatures.

Excellent places to visit and increase your chance of seeing wildlife during the day 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 the Deschutes River, especially in areas that have off river ponds such as those found on the west side of the river near Slough Camp Ground.

Western fence lizards are our most common lizard species and can be found in many habitat types, from forests to rocky foothills in Deschutes County and around the state. Sagebrush lizards look very similar to fence lizards, but have subtle coloration differences and much finer looking scales. However, they are more limited in habitat type and most easily found, as the name suggests, in sagebrush habitats. 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 in search of their favorite food; ants.

As already mentioned, August temperatures are generally too high for snakes to be abroad during the middle of the day, but they can be found in the early morning soaking up the first rays of the sun. And keep your eyes peeled when traveling on dirt roads in the evenings as snakes like to lie along roadway edges and absorb the heat from the ground as it is released to the cool of the evening. Be careful if you come across a rattlesnake, common in canyon areas, and never try to pick one up. If you hear the warning rattle, but cannot see the snake; locate the sound and move in an opposite direction. Rattlesnakes are not aggressive and will not chase you, but they will defend themselves if threatened.

Both bald and golden eagles can be seen at Smith Rock State Park where potential eagle food sources, yellow-bellied marmots and ground squirrels can also be seen.
Scan the skies for a glimpse of large birds with a “V” shaped wing pattern and you are likely to be looking at turkey vultures. Northern pintails, mallards, common mergansers, great blue herons and many other wetland bird species can be found throughout the counties water bodies, and Steller's jays, white-headed woodpeckers, junco’s, sparrows, ravens, spotted towhees, hairy woodpeckers, cedar waxwings and red-cross bills are just a few of the species that can be found in the Deschutes National Forest and BLM-managed lands.

Good sites to look for birds include forest edges surrounding meadows and wetland areas. Those with patience and stealth may be rewarded by the call and possible sighting of a Virginia rail moving through thickets of cattails. Specific birding destinations to consider include Tumalo Reservoir (west of Highway 20 between Sister and Bend), Pelton Dam wildlife overlook and Lake Simstustus (Deschutes River northwest of Madras), and Hatfield Lakes (just north of the Bend airport).

Late summer to early fall is also the time when most amphibian species metamorphose and, in the case of western toads, can be seen in the hundreds or even thousands, around the edge of lakes and ponds. Lost Lake on Hwy 22 (west of Santiam Junction) and Sparks Lake on Cascade Lakes Highway, just west of Mount Bachelor are good places to look for tiny hopping western toad and tree frog youngsters. 8/04/14

Wasco and Sherman counties

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 Sherar’s Falls (along Hwy 216). Lambs are up and active with ewe groups. Focus your efforts near large cliff complexes for best viewing. 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, and Golden Eagles. Most species have just finished nesting for the year so keep an eye out for newly fledged juveniles.

A large variety of songbird species can be viewed in riparian areas along the river also. It is best to go birding in the early morning hours before it gets too hot for birds to be very active. Some common species seen include Bullock’s Oriole, Lazuli Bunting, Mourning Dove, Violet-green Swallow, and Cliff Swallow.

Outdoor enthusiasts should always be aware of current fire restrictions and take extra precautions. 7/21/14

White River Wildlife Area

Hot summer weather has been baking the Wildlife Area for several weeks now, pushing up the fire danger level. A fire started in White River Canyon on July 12, burning a total of 652 acres; 390 acres was on ODFW lands and 262 acres was on BLM land. Most of the area that burnt was in the canyon and on the Pine Grove side of White River. A little of the fire burnt on the top edge of Smock Prairie but not much.

This serves as a good reminder to be extra careful when enjoying the Wildlife Area this time of year. It doesn’t take much to get a fire started so be careful when parking vehicles around dry grass and be aware that regulated closures are in effect. Entry into all lands protected by the Central Oregon Forest Protection District must comply with restrictions (pdf)

Deer can be found early in the mornings or later in the evening hours grazing in fields and pastures. They will be looking for water to drink and a cool place to retreat to in the heat of the day. There is still a bunch of spotted fawns running around with their moms that are fun to watch. Buck deer can often be seen in small bachelor bunches and their antlers are nearly grown but still in velvet.

Much like the deer, elk will be more active during the cooler morning and evening temperatures looking for shade in the timber or creek bottoms in the heat of the day.

If you can find their food sources in the mornings or evenings your chances of spotting them will greatly increase. Cow elk have had calves by now and the bull elk are still working on growing antlers.

It’s also possible to see bald and golden eagles on the Wildlife Area. Other raptors such as red-tailed hawks and rough-legged hawks are common sights. American kestrels and northern harriers are also easily seen hunting for food.

Lewis’s woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, flickers, western meadowlarks, Steller’s jays, scrub jays, gray jays, Townsend’s solitaire, horned larks, and robins are all at home on the Wildlife Area. There have also been lots of magpies spotted flying around this year.

Look on ponds, lakes and streams to see a variety of ducks and geese. 8/4/14


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • On Dog Lake, bass anglers have reported some of the best fishing in years. Boat and bank access are excellent.
  • Blue Lake in the Gearhart Wilderness provides a great day hike or pack trip for rainbow trout up to 17-inches.
  • Fly-fishing for monster brown trout using grasshopper or mouse patterns is very good on the Wood River.
  • The daily trout bag limit on Thief Valley Reservoir has been temporarily increased to 15 with no minimum size – this is to allow anglers a chance to harvest fish before the reservoir gets drawn down to dead storage.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
  • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.

2014 trout stocking for the Southeast Zone

Send us your fishing report

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

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

The boat ramp is useable and boats can be launched. Fish biologists recently sampled fish populations in the reservoir. Hook-and-line sampling yielded 12-inch trout on crank baits and jigs. Hybrid bass were captured in net sets, measured and released. One group averaged around 12-inches while the larger group averaged 20 to 21-inches.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

Rainbow trout are active throughout the year in the river and anglers have been catching fish with bait, flies or lures.

The river was sampled on June 5 to evaluate the current stocking strategy and size of trout in the river. We found smaller trout (8 to 10-inches) were dominant from the dam for about 2 miles downstream. Larger trout up to 14-inches are more common in areas were access is more difficult. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a pontoon or float tube. Flies that mimic grasshoppers can be quite effective this time of year. Ana River is spring fed and trout fishing remains good throughout the summer. Caddisflies are also common on the river.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Fishing is slow due to the small population size of brook trout. Public access is available on USFS and Oregon Department of Forestry land at the winter snow park area off highway 62 on your way to Crater Lake.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked with 2,500 legal-sized and 250 one pound rainbow trout the week of July 14. Approximately 1700 ¾ pound and 500 one pound rainbow trout were stocked on July 21. Reports after the first stocking in early July indicated that fishing has been slower than in recent years. Fishing should improve with the recent stockings.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is presently quite low, but was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the last week of May.

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

No recent fishing report. The reservoir water level is declining with irrigation use. In-flows are 44 cfs and it is now 17 percent full on July 15. The boat ramp is usable again.

USBR crews have been tagging fish populations in the reservoir over the last several years. If you catch a tagged trout report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: trout

No recent fishing report. Flows in the Blitzen River averaged 38 cfs on July 15. Water temperatures at Page Springs gauge ranged from 65˚F to 79˚F. The Little Blitzen River is catch-and-release for trout all year.

BLUE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Blue lake is a fantastic high elevation lake located in the Gearhart Wilderness between Bly and Lakeview. A three mile trail leads to the lake and is a 1-2 hour hike.

Fish were sampled by net and hook and line sampling. Rainbow trout ranged from 6 to 17-inches and were in healthy condition.

The trout at this lake see little pressure and are easy to catch using flies, lures or bait.

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

The reservoir water level continues to decline with irrigation withdrawl; it was 27 percent full on July 15. Boat ramp is still usable. No recent fishing report but anglers had been catching lots of crappie around 4-inches. The reservoir has been stocked with trout this spring but trout fishing will begin to fade as water levels decline and temperatures increase.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Anglers have recently caught largemouth bass and a large channel catfish in addition to stocked trout. Twenty tagged fish are in the pond, and one was recently caught. If you capture a tagged fish return the tag to the Hines office (237 Hwy 20 S) for a prize.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

The South Fork of the Burnt River was stocked in late May.

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Fish were stocked prior to the July 4 holiday and anglers are reporting good catches of rainbow trout from 8 to 14-inches.

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Fish were stocked prior to the July 4 holiday and anglers are reporting good catches of rainbow trout from 8 to 14-inches. The lake will be stocked with 12 to 14-inch rainbow trout next week.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout

The river downstream of Paisley opens to trout fishing on May 24.

The river upstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley is open and the use of bait in this section of the river is PROHIBITED! The river is flowing around 23 cfs with water temperatures in the low 70s. Access across property owned by the J-Spear Ranch will be closed to anglers beginning after July 7, 2014. The ranch is taking this action as a fish conservation measure to protect fish during months when the water becomes warmer.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent report on water conditions or fishing. Trout fishing will slow with increasing temperature and declining water levels. Look for fishing to pick in the fall when temperatures cool.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout

Recently stocked rainbow trout and hold-over fish up to 16-inches have been caught by anglers, but no recent reports have been received.

COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout
The upper lake is full and the lower one is dry.

As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality.

Ice fisherman reported poor success for warm water species and trout.

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout

Fish were stocked prior to the July 4 holiday and anglers are reporting good catches of rainbow trout from 8 to 14-inches. The lake should be stocked next week with 12 to 14-inch rainbow trout.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent reports, but fishing for holdover trout and recently stocked, legal-size trout should continue to be good.

DEMING CREEK: trout

Most redband trout in the stream are less than eight-inches long. Angling is closed for bull trout.

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

Water levels are unknown but fishing at Devils Lake should be fair for warmwater fish. Sampling in 2012 showed good numbers of 10 to 11-inch crappie. There also should be a good age class of 4 year old largemouth bass that average 10-inches.

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

Sampling in June confirmed that brown bullheads are dominating the fishery this year. The bullheads range in size from 8 to 14-inches and are a great fish for kids.

Bass anglers have reported the best bass fishing at the reservoir in years with fish of various sizes caught. Bank and boat access is excellent at the Lake.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Water temperatures are warm. Anglers might consider fishing this reservoir early in the day when water temperatures are cooler and fish are likely to be the most active.

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

Eagle Creek was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in the vicinity of the USFS Campgrounds and West Eagle Meadows the week of June 23. Many of these fish likely moved downstream due to high flows the last week of June.

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

Was stocked with 6,000 trout two weeks ago. Anglers have recently reported great fishing for both brook and rainbow trout. Contact Burns BLM for updates on road access this summer (541 573-4400).

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

Stocked with rainbows the last week of June. Fishing should be good.

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

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

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

The lake and campground have reopened. Fishing is fair. The lake was last stocked in mid-July. The lake should be stocked next week with trophy rainbow trout. Brook trout and lake trout are more numerous near the deeper water along the west shoreline and at the north end of the lake. The boat ramp at Fourmile Lake is unimproved and launching boats might be challenging due to low water levels. The boat ramp is accessible. The lake is currently only 10 percent full.

Fourmile Lake levels

Fourmile Lake is very windy in the afternoon therefore angling is best in early morning and evenings. The wind also blows towards the boat ramp making it difficult to place the boat on a trailer. There is an improved campground and numerous trails nearby that lead to other lakes that are stocked. Lakes within a mile of Fourmile Lake that are stocked by helicopter are Squaw, Woodpecker and Badger. Badger Lake is the most productive. Bring your mosquito repellant.

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

Fishing is very slow. The lake is very low and only 4 percent full, which makes launching boats challenging if impossible.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in the spring. Fishing will slow down with the hot temperatures.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

No recent reports.
HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Bag and size limits have been lifted at the reservoir to enable anglers to harvest rainbow trout before it goes dry. Anglers can also try fishing Lofton Reservoir or Heart Lake.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The pond has been stocked several times this spring with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Trout fishing should remain good until the heat of summer sets in.

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

Fishing is fair for warmwater fish such as crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish and brown bullhead catfish. Dense aquatic vegetation makes fishing challenging. The reservoir is turbid therefore anglers should try lures with high visibility and scent.

Access is great here with a BLM campground with fishing pier and boat launch. Boats can be launched in several locations in the reservoir. Unimproved ramps occur just north and south of the bridge crossing. No fees are required to launch at these locations.

Try the bay just south of the BLM campground for crappie and pumpkinseed. Also try the rocky areas near and under the bridge. Goldfish dominate the fish assemblage in the reservoir. Anglers should mimic the goldfish with bronze or copper lures or plugs to catch largemouth bass in the reservoir.

JUNIPER LAKE: cutthroat trout
The lake is very low (reduced to two small pools). The lake can be accessed on public land off the East Steens Loop Rd. on the SE side. A large portion of the lake is privately owned, as indicated by the fence lines; however, bank access is permitted. Please be respectful of private property.

KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: redband trout and yellow perch

Fishing has been good during days of overcast weather and thunderstorms. Otherwise fishing has been very slow.

Redband trout have moved into colder water areas of the Williamson River, Pelican Bay and Wood River delta area.

Fishing is generally slow with catch rates averaging 7 hours per redband from boat and 30 hours per redband from the shore. Most fishing takes place from a boat this time of year. The best bet is to fish near areas of colder water.

Water temperatures have declined this week to 70 degrees. Water temperatures around 58-60 degrees are ideal for redband trout activity. The lake is 4.2 feet below full pool. All boat ramps are accessible.

ODFW encourages catch and release as this fishery is managed for trophy trout. Redband trout captured should not be removed from the water, resuscitated by cradling and pumping gills by moving fish back and forth through the water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir (Topsy Reservoir) is closed to fishing until Oct. 1.

The Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse offers excellent spinner fishing as well as good dry fly-fishing with small flies. Most fish in this section are small and average 10 inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The most effective method this time of year it to cast black spinners upstream into the pools. Fishing with dry flies is also very good. Most attractor dry flies will work well. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Caddisfly imitations are working well.

Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed sixteen inches. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. Fishing trips should be planned when flows are lower. Please check with the Klamath Falls BLM Office 541-883-6916 with recent road closures to this area due to fire.

If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or bead head pheasant tails can be good. Caddisfly imitations work well this time of year. Most fish are in the 6-8 inch range but numerous 12 inch fish can be caught with 16 inches the maximum.

Currently, operation at the hydro system below the powerhouse has fishable flows in the very early morning till 7-8 am. Flow release estimates are now available by PacifiCorp.

Fishing will be slow most daylight hours during high flows.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

No recent reports on water levels or fishing success.

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

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194. Lake of the Woods will be stocked next week with trophy rainbow trout.

Most trout have moved to deeper water and occur around 15 feet due to the shoreline and surface temperatures approaching 70 degrees. Trolling with lead core line, downriggers or other gear to get down to the fish will be most effective.

Fishing for brown bullhead and yellow perch is a good backup plan if the trout are not cooperating. Small lures and bait will catch the numerous stunted yellow perch in the lake. Smallmouth bass should be active but most will be less than 14 inches as bass grow very slowly in the lake. Fishing for largemouth bass is very good around the many docks and large wood in the lake. Fishing is best in very early mornings and very late evenings. The lake is very busy with other recreational watercraft. The emergent vegetation north of the Sunset boat ramp is also productive.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Fishing will be slow due to dense aquatic vegetation and warm water temperatures.

LONG CREEK: brook trout, redband trout, bull trout

Fishing for brook trout is very good on Long Creek. Fly fisherman will have good success with grasshopper imitations as there are abundant grasshoppers this year. Fishing is best near the meadow areas above the 27 road crossing.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch

Fishing is very slow for warmwater fish due to poor water quality. Public access is available at Crystal Springs day use area. Anglers can fish from the specifically designed bridge for fishing at this location. Boats can be launched from an improved boat ramp at Crystal Springs. Sacramento perch had been reported captured below Horseshoe Dam. This is one of the only locations in the state to capture this fish.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is declining with irrigation withdrawl. Once recent fishing reports indicates fishing is slow and weeds were getting to be a problem. Please handle smaller fish with care when releasing them; they are next year’s holdover trout.

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

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir are 369 cfs June 24). Fishing the upper river area is expected to be fair for a few holdover trout, mostly near the outlet of South Fork Malheur River. This area has several parcels of private ownership, please be respectful of property boundaries.

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

Discharge at Juntura averaged 303 cfs on June 24. Fishing has been fair for holdover hatchery trout.

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

No recent reports. Trout fishing will be slower as water levels decline and temperatures increase.

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

No recent reports. Trout fishing will be slower as water levels decline and temperatures increase.

MANN LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports, but anglers had been catching good numbers of large cutthroat trout this spring. Most fish are 14 to 16-inches long, with several over 20-inches being caught. Expect water levels to be low.

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Fishing is fair for brown trout. Miller Lake was last stocked in late July with trophy and legal rainbow trout. Fishing should be excellent. Please report any circular wounds on trout that might be caused by lamprey to the Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732. Miller Lake will be stocked with legal and trophy rainbow trout next week.

MOON RESERVOIR: bass, trout

The reservoir is currently near full pool. Carp were plentiful in the reservoir but numbers likely declined due to low water over winter. The lake has recently been stocked with legal-size rainbow trout.

MUD LAKE: trout

No recent reports.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

Stocked with legal-sized rainbows the week of April 28. Fishing will slow down as the heat of summer sets in.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing will slow down as the heat of summer sets in.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Anglers can access the reservoir, but duck weed is beginning to present problems for bank anglers. It is best to take a boat, float tube, or pontoon boat this time of year so you can fish the open water. Trout up to 14-inches are available.

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

The water level in the reservoir is 5 percent of full (July 15) and inflows averaged 70 cfs (July 15). Anglers are catching a lot of smaller crappie. As of July 15, The Lake Owyhee Resort boat ramp appears to be the only usable ramp based on the Bureau of Reclamation webpage.

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

Fishing has been good for brown trout this spring. Water releases below Owyhee Dam have increased for irrigation season. Please use ethical angling practices; be respectful of other fisherman, use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep fish in the water at all times.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

Fishing for smallmouth is improving and still slow for channel catfish. The river is low but remains turbid, watch for debris.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

The reservoir is at 28 percent of capacity.

A second batch of tiger muskie were released into the reservoir in early July of 2014. Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are restricted to catch-and-release only. No harvest or removal from the reservoir is allowed. The last stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout occurred late June. Fishing for legal-sized rainbows should be fair to good until the water heats up. In early May, 7,500 tiger trout were released. These fish will be 8 to 10-inches when released and should be much larger by fall. As with the tiger muskie, fishing for tiger trout is restricted to catch and release only.

Launching boats at the Union Creek Campground boat launch is not advisable. Launching at the boat launch adjacent to the dam is feasible, but rough due to pot holes in the ramp.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir water level is receding, but the high water launch is still functional.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Trout fishing has been good for fish 16 to 18-inches. The limit is 2 per day, please be respectful of the angling regulations for the reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is less than half-full. Catch rates remain fair for holdover trout; however, several fish up to 17-inches have been caught recently using bait. The reservoir was stocked with legal-sized trout earlier this spring.

POWDER RIVER: trout, spring Chinook

The Powder River below Mason Dam was last stocked in June.

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

Flows will be low and ideal for a successful fishing outing. Access is available to the public upstream of Nicholson Road. Fishing above Nicholson Road is fair. ODFW encourages the harvest of brook trout in the stream.

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

Thirty-five lakes are stocked with fingerling rainbow or brook trout in the Sky Lakes and Mountain Lakes Wilderness. Several other lakes are not stocked and have natural reproduction of brook trout. Access to most lakes in the Sky Lakes and Mountain Lakes wilderness should be good. Concentrate fishing efforts on the larger lakes such as Como, South Pass, Harriette and Isherwood. Bring mosquito repellant. Contact the ODFW Klamath Falls office for a list of lakes with fish.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports, but fish should be available for anglers to catch.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout and brook trout

Fishing is always slow on Spring Creek as the creek is a spring fed system that is cold and clear with low catchable fish density. ODFW encourages the release of large, spawning redband trout.

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

Fishing is good for bass and yellow perch if you can find where they are concentrated. Fishing is slow on for trout the Sprague River. Most trout have moved to better water quality areas of the Sprague. The river is low and visibility will be good. Public access is available at numerous USFS properties along Sprague River highway, near the town of Sprague River, two county parks off Drews Road and just upstream of Beatty. Small boats can be launched at all these locations.

A boat is recommended for fishing most of the Sprague River as angling from shore is difficult. Best fishing is near the town of Beatty where numerous cold water springs enter the river. Most fish caught are redband trout that range from 10 to 14-inches. The Hex hatch occurs in numerous sections of the Sprague River.

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

Fishing is good throughout the North Fork Sprague. Fishing with dry flies can be good around the Sandhill Crossing campground and wading this stretch is relatively easy. The river from Sandhill Crossing campground to near the headwaters is a low gradient, meadow type stream.

Brook and brown trout dominate the catch above Lee Thomas Crossing while redband trout dominate the catch above the first 3411 crossing. Large brown trout are available near the first 3411 crossing. Bring your mosquito repellant. Large stoneflies and caddisflies are hatching.

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

Angling will be slow due to low fish numbers from drought in the years 2009-2010 and 2012-2013. Access to the South Fork Sprague occurs at a very nice picnic area off highway 140 and near Corral Creek campground. Flows will be ideal for fishing. Best fishing will be near the Corral Creek campground. Bring your mosquito repellant.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Anglers need to concentrate efforts below the bridge crossing on Sun Creek as the area above the road was treated in 2012 and 2013 to remove brook trout to benefit native redband trout and bull trout. The section of Sun Creek above the barriers upstream of the road crossing had bull trout only. Angling for bull trout is closed in the Klamath Basin.

Anglers should be able to identify brook, brown and bull trout. Various signs and trout identification cards are available around the Wood River and Sun Creek access points.

SYCAN RIVER: brook trout, redband trout

Fishing was slow for redband trout below the marsh due to low fish density caused by the 2013 drought. The Sycan River above Pikes crossing should be fair for brook trout and redband trout. Expect flows to be low and ideal.

THOMPSON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Water levels at the reservoir are lower than normal, but trout and bass are still available for anglers. No recent reports.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir currently is at 39 percent of capacity. The reservoir was restocked with sub-legal sized rainbow trout the first week of November 2013 and these fish should now be 12 to 16-inches long. Fishing is reportedly slow.

The water surface is now below the boat launch.

It is anticipated that the reservoir will likely be drained by mid-September, so the daily bag limit has been increased to fifteen trout with no minimum length to allow anglers increased opportunity to harvest these fish before being lost due to drawdown.

TWIN LAKES: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake at the campground was stocked with legal-sized rainbows the last week of June. Fishing should be good.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at 34 percent of capacity. Anglers are reminded that a new regulation restricts the harvest of bass to those under 15-inches long.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers can access the reservoir, but vegetation is beginning to present problems for bank anglers. It is best to take a boat, float tube, or pontoon boat this time of year so you can fish the open water.

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

The reservoir is 7 percent full and inflows averaged 20 cfs (July 15). The river and the reservoir are very turbid. The boat ramp is out of the water by a significant distance.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband and brown trout

The Williamson River switched to catch and release on Aug. 1. A recent float of the Williamson River above Chiloquin observed few trout.

Fishing remains good below Chiloquin but much more challenging above town. Most fish captured so far this year have been small (less than 20 inches.

Flows are extremely low and water clarity is very good for this time of year as currently no flow of dark, tannin colored water is coming from the Klamath Marsh.

ODFW encourages catch and release in this fishery to promote trophy sized fish as the Williamson River is managed for trophy redband trout. Hexagenia limbata (aka Hex or Big Yellow Mayflies) are still hatching on the Williamson River but are rare. The hatch typically occurs at dark around 9:15 p.m.; however, during dark, rainy days the hatch can occur during the day. Using flies that mimic the nymph can also work well.

Fishing for redband trout is best from the confluence of the Sprague River to slack water above Modoc Point Bridge. Most effective fishing occurs from a drift boat as little public access occurs. Most anglers hire a guide to fish this river due to the challenge of catching fish. Most anglers fly fish this section of river.

Numerous insect hatches are occurring including various very small mayflies and caddis. Large brown trout can be stalked in the small pools above Spring Creek.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband and brook trout

Upper Williamson is a slow, meandering spring fed river. The best time to fish is when fish are rising steadily to insect hatches. Hexagenia limbata (aka Hex or Big Yellow Mayflies) are hatching on the Williamson River but the hatch is slowing. The hatch typically occurs at dark around 9:15 p.m.; however, during dark, rainy days the hatch can occur during the day. Using flies that mimic the nymph can also work well. The hatch on the Upper Williamson is much better than the lower Williamson.

Numerous other small mayflies are hatching on the Williamson River with 6-8 inch brook and redband trout rising. Anglers can pay to fish Yamsi or Sand Creek Ranches and the fishing is exceptional especially for abundant brook trout. A few large redband trout exceeding 20-inches are also available. River flows are low.

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

The current conditions at the reservoir are unknown but launching boats might be impossible.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is receding and the boat launch/dock is functional. Fishing should be fair to good for 10-12 inch rainbows.

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

Wood River is one of the best brown trout fisheries in the state. The best bet is to fly fish above Weed road using grasshopper imitations. The highest density of brown trout in the river occurs below Weed Road in the early season. Anglers should also have success fishing spoons and plugs in the deep pools for brown trout. If brown trout are not rising to insects they are typically holding in deep water or under cover. Flies and lures should be fished deep when no surface activity is observed.

Sculpins are also a favorite food for brown trout. Sculpins live on the bottom of the river which is another reason anglers need to present flies and lures near the bottom. Anglers should concentrate their efforts from Fort Klamath to the mouth.

A boat is recommended to fish the Wood River as little public land occurs on the river. Most anglers use a low profile boat to float under and portage around the many obstacles on the river. A typical drift boat can be used from Weed Road to mouth but can’t be used upstream due to low bridges.

Bank access is limited but public property is available on BLM property at the BLM wetland and the USFS Day use area above Fort Klamath. Small boats can be launched at Kimball State Park (breathtaking headwaters), USFS day use area, Highway 62 bridge crossing and Weed Road. Weed Road has the only semi-improved boat launch for larger boats such as drift boats.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

Anglers have had good success recently catching holdover trout as well as the legal-size trout stocked in early May.


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR

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. ODFW appreciates hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

HARNEY COUNTY

Hunting maps for Harney County

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

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

ANTELOPE season opens August 16th. Antelope will be concentrated around water sources due to lack of water throughout the desert this year.

SAGE GROUSE seasons were approved by the Commission. The deadline for applications is August 25th. Season dates are September 6th – 14th.

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 populations are fairly low throughout Harney County. Pups have dispersed from the den. Standard predator calls will be effective from now through December.

Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Antelope seasons are underway and hunters can expect animals to be distributed near available water sources.

Fall Bear seasons opened August 1st. Best prospects are in the east slope of the Cascades and in the Interstate Unit. All bears taken must be checked in at an ODFW office. Hunters should contact an office to schedule an appointment.

Cougar hunting is open year round. Best prospects are in areas with concentrations of big game.

Coyote populations are fairly low throughout Klamath County. Pups have now left their 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 separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

Seasons are now closed.

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 Unit are both open for hunting daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

Miller Island Unit

The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls. The Miller Island Unit is open to hunting on authorized hunt days (please see the 2013-14 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information) on a first-come, first-served basis by permit.

Waterfowl Hunting

Waterfowl hunting is now closed. Klamath Basin waterfowl numbers are available on the US Fish and Wildlife website.

Upland Game Bird Hunting is now closed.

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

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

LAKE COUNTY

Ground Squirrels are above ground and active. All of the opportunity for squirrel shooting is on private land, hunters must get permission from the landowner.

Cougar hunting is open. Populations are healthy due to good habitat and prey base. If hunters can find a fresh cougar kill, calling within a ½ mile of that kill can be very effective. Mule deer herds are still using spring green up, but are starting to move toward summer ranges. Cougar hunting near big game herds increases the chance for success.

Coyote pairs have pups and are very territorial. From now through June the most effective calls will be coyote vocalizations. Prey distress calls will still work but are less effective.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on March 10, 2014

All game bird hunting seasons have ended and discharging of firearms is prohibited.

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

Fire and Drought Most of SE Oregon is in extreme drought conditions however timely spring rains in March and April resulted in good growth of annual grasses creating prime conditions for wildfire. Hunters are reminded to check with the appropriate land management agency for fire restrictions and to follow those restrictions.

Water is extremely limited in places and is impacting distribution of wildlife and livestock. Please avoid camping near limited water sources.

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. Coyote pups are dispersing and can be responsive to calls this time of year.


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: VIEWING

HARNEY COUNTY

Resident breeding waterfowl with broods are abundant around Malheur Lake.
Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.
Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species are a few of what can be seen. Forester’s terns, black terns, franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.

A large number of breeding passerine species and woodpeckers can be found in National Forest land throughout the county. Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is the summer home to some unique passerines and is an excellent place for birding.

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.

Bighorn sheep viewing will be very difficult at this time as sheep are having their lambs and will stay near steep rugged terrain. Viewers are urged not to disturb sheep during this sensitive time period.

Mule deer, antelope and elk young can be seen traveling with mothers. 8/11/14.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Klamath Falls Area

Fall migration is right around the corner and will offer some excellent viewing opportunities for shorebirds, raptors, and passerines. Check riparian and wetland areas for best prospects.

White-faced ibis: These aquatic birds are colonial nesting birds; they nest in the emergent vegetation at Lower Klamath Refuge. They are readily observed foraging in flooded pastures south of Klamath Falls.

Sandhill cranes will begin staging in Yonna and Langell Valley over the next month. Check harvested grain fields near wetland areas for best viewing opportunities.

American white pelicans can be readily observed on Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes. These large piscivorous (fish-eating) aquatic birds are a colonial nesting species that nest in only a few locations in the Klamath Basin including Clear Lake Refuge, Lower Klamath Refuge, and on Upper Klamath Lake.

Klamath Wildlife Area

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

Klamath Basin waterfowl numbers are available on the US Fish and Wildlife website.

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit. If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734. 2/3/13.

LAKE COUNTY

All migrations are over and birds present in the county are summer residents. The Chewaucan and Summer Lake basins have shallow flooded hay fields and wetlands and will provide the best viewing opportunities for shore and water birds. Goose Lake is dry and most of the Warner Valley lakes are dry or very low.

Lake Abert is very low and there was not enough snow pack to substantially increase water levels. The low water will result in reduced invertebrate production so there will not be large concentrations of shore birds and water birds as is usual for this time of year. Most of the common species will be present but in substantially reduced numbers.

Mule deer and elk have had their fawns or calves. Fawns and calves will hide between nursing until they are old enough to travel with their mother. If you find a fawn or calf leave it alone, the mother is nearby and will come pick it up after you leave the area. 6/17/14.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area

This section was updated on August 19, 2014.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a new calendar year 2014 $7 daily parking permit or a $22 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any ODFW license agent or through the ODFW website. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Vehicle access to the Wildlife Viewing Loop and major dike roads (Windbreak and Work Road) are now open. Lateral dikes off Windbreak and Work Road remain closed to motor vehicles. Bullgate dike will be temporarily closed due to construction activities associated with a major wetland restoration effort. Viewers are cautioned to be aware of heavy equipment and dump truck traffic. Non-motorized access is permitted on all other dikes and levees, and the Wildlife Viewing Loop and major dike roads will remain open to motor vehicle travel until early fall.

Wetland conditions are fair; semi-permanent marshes and sizeable areas of seasonally flooded wetlands are receiving heavy waterbird use. Water levels in most seasonal wetlands and some semi-permanent marsh units are beginning to recede due to reduced flows and increased evapotranspiration due to hot summer temperatures. Emergent vegetation is growing vigorously and submerged aquatic plants are very prolific.

Breeding season is nearly over for all nesting species. Broods remain fairly numerous at this time and the molt continues for many ducks. If flightless birds are flushed or broods are encountered, please move away to reduce disturbance.
Also, area users are reminded that running or training of dogs is prohibited, except by permit.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations are beginning to increase as recently flighted birds are beginning to form staging flocks. Birds are widely dispersed across the entire wildlife area due to excellent habitat conditions.

Canada geese are widely scattered across the wildlife area’s wetlands. The molt is nearly over and flighted groups can be found throughout the Area’s wetlands and on recently hayed and newly flooded fields on adjacent private land.

Duck broods continue to be observed on a regular basis. Most early hatching mallards and cinnamon have attained flight at this time. Large flocks of drakes and unsuccessful hens are becoming very apparent as they come out of the molt. Please keep dogs under close control during this critical time in the life cycle of breeding birds; broods and flightless molting ducks can be encountered nearly anywhere.

Resident trumpeter swans number about 15-20 non-breeders, all part of restoration efforts, can be found scattered across the wildlife area. One pair successfully nested this year and are rearing one cygnet at this time. All of these birds will be neck-banded with green collars and white alphanumeric symbols. Viewers are encouraged to “read” the collars and report them to wildlife area personnel. Collars will have the Greek letter Theta (Ѳ) and two side-ways laying numerals that are read from the body toward the head.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers are increasing at this time as fall migration is now underway and breeding season is winding down. American avocet, black-necked stilt, killdeer, Wilson’s phalaropes and their chicks are beginning to form large post-breeding flocks. A large number of migrants from northerly and adjacent nesting locales are staging in good number at this time. Least and western sandpipers, lesser and greater yellowlegs, red-necked and Wilson’s phalaropes and long-billed dowitchers are especially numerous at this time. Most long-billed curlews and willets have departed the area. Snowy plovers have largely departed the area, but late nesters and migrants can still be found.

Now is the time to look for unusual vagrants passing through the area.

Both California and ring-billed gulls have completed nesting and have departed the area. A fair number of recently fledged chicks are dispersing across the area. Migrant Franklin’s and sometimes Bonaparte’s gulls are occasionally observed.

Caspian and Forster’s terns are dispersing at this time although a fair number can still be found. Forster’s terns are widely scattered across semi-permanent wetlands and successfully nested in most areas. Black terns continue to be observed sometimes in good numbers, especially recently fledged juveniles as migrants move through the area.

American white pelican and double-crested cormorants remain fairly numerous.
Sandhill cranes are widely scattered across the area. Crane chicks or “colts” are being reared at this time and most are flighted at this time.

Non-breeders and other migrants continue to stage as well, especially in the Foster Place grain fields and at the head of Summer Lake. Last week, over 50 were found in the recently mowed grain field strips.

American coots remain very numerous and a large number of broods and dispersing juveniles can be found at this time.

Grebes (eared, western, pied-billed and Clark’s) are rearing chicks at this time and eared grebes are especially numerous in the North Levee Impoundment. A few late nesting individuals continue to incubate.

A few American bittern, great blue herons, great egrets and good numbers of white-faced ibis continue to be observed.

White-faced ibis along with great egrets successfully nested in a breeding colony and now, small foraging flocks and dispersing chicks can be found scattered across the entire wildlife area. Black-crowned night-herons and probably Franklin’s gulls also nested if fair numbers.

Raptors and others

Resident raptors, especially red-tailed hawks are scattered throughout the Wildlife Area as well as on private lands along Hwy 31. Swainson’s hawks are now present around Headquarters and on the north end of the area. Northern harriers are commonly observed over marsh and hay meadows and newly fledged chicks are becoming very apparent. Bald and golden eagle can be occasionally observed. A few locally nesting pairs can be found hunting across the area. Adult bald eagles are frequently observed roosting in the River Ranch area. A red-shouldered hawk has been present at the Headquarters Orchard area for the past week.

Prairie falcons are frequently observed and peregrine falcons have been observed recently hunting migrant waterfowl and shorebirds.

Ospreys (3 pairs) continue to rear chicks at this time.

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

Short-eared owls have been observed recently.

Upland game birds

California quail and ring-necked pheasants are widely scattered across the north end of the wildlife area. Pheasant and quail broods are being seen on a regular basis now.

Passerines

Swallow breeding activity in nearly over and most have departed the area. A few remain but large flocks have already departed. Vaux’s swift are heard regularly over Headquarters on a daily basis and the occasional white-throated swift can sometimes be observed.

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex and mourning doves continue to be observed.

American and sometimes lesser goldfinches continue to be observed in fair numbers at Headquarters. Savannah sparrows are very common along dikes and levees. American robins, cedar waxwings, yellow warblers and remain fairly abundant around Headquarters now. Common yellowthroats are still common in marsh areas. Western wood-pewee is a fairly common flycatcher species at Headquarters. Western kingbirds and ash-throated flycatchers are sometimes heard calling during the early morning hours. Migrant western tanagers were observed over the past week and other migrant passerines should be detected as fall migration progresses. Bullock’s orioles have largely departed the area.

Hummingbird activity remains heavy at the Headquarters feeders, probably due to wildflowers drying out in surrounding locations and fledged young dispersing. Black-chinned, calliope and rufous have been observed recently.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail and are very numerous.

Brewer’s, red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds remain fairly numerous at this time. Large pre-migration flocks are beginning to form in preparation for their departure south..

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2014 parking permits are required!

Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a $7 daily parking permit or a $22 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any Point of Sale Agent or through the ODFW website.

Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

The Wildlife Viewing Loop and major dike roads (Windbreak and Work Road) are now open and will remain so until September 24.

Bullgate dike is temporarily closed due to construction activities associated with wetland restoration. Viewers are cautioned to be aware of heavy equipment and dump truck traffic.

All secondary roads and dikes continue to remain closed to motor vehicles and cross-country motor vehicle travel is prohibited.

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. Due to construction activities in Bullgate Refuge, camping at Bullgate Campground is discouraged.

Also, area users are reminded that running of training of dogs is prohibited, except by permit.

Habitat

Currently nearly most of the wildlife area’s wetlands are fairly well flooded although several units are have receded due to reduced water supply and increase evapotranspiration.

Bullgate Refuge remains dry in preparation for wetland enhancement work to take place during the next two months. Once construction activities have begun, viewers will need to be aware of heavy equipment and large dump truck traffic.

Summer Lake is nearly dry at this time. A limited amount of water is flowing into the northern portion of the lake now, but the remainder of the playa is dry. Exposed and newly flooded emergent marsh areas and muddy shorelines will provide good habitat conditions for post-breeding season and fall migrant shorebird staging.

Emergent wetland vegetation is actively growing across all wetland areas. New growth of broad-leaf cattail is progressing rapidly, in some areas it is over 6-8 feet tall. Submerged aquatic plants are filling the water columns of nearly all ponds.

Upland habitat remains in excellent condition with considerable residual vegetation and extensive new growth of grasses and forbs that is providing high quality food and cover for many wildlife species.

Planted tree and shrub plots are providing excellent sheltered sites for many wildlife species. Nearly all shrub species have set an abundant fruit crop at this time.

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

  • Jubilee Lake is a great location to beat the heat and catch some trout; the lake was stocked recently with both legal and trophy-sized trout.
  • The Walla Walla and Umatilla Rivers are at summer time flow levels making for some good trout fishing.
  • Anglers willing to hike off the beaten track will find good warm weather trout fishing at Jump-Off-Joe, Strawberry and Slide lakes.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
  • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

2014 trout stocking

The 2014 trout stocking schedule for the Northeast Zone is now posted on-line on along with other districts on the ODFW trout stocking page.

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: rainbow trout

Anglers can make either a 2 mile hike to Roosevelt Lake (Lower Lake) or a 2.5 mile hike to Stewart Lake (Upper Lake). Fishing is good for carryover rainbow trout at both ponds.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for carryover rainbow and brook trout is fair. Trout are now concentrated in the deeper part of the reservoir near the dam. Vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, bass

The Grand Ronde River flows have dropped and the water is warming up. Fishing for bass can be great under these conditions. Look for bass near rocky outcrops and shelves. Bass will take a variety of lures including top water baits. Trout fishing will be difficult under warm water conditions. Look for trout near turbulent water where the water is well oxygenated.

Remember, only adipose-fin clipped trout may be retained and all bull trout must be released unharmed.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: trout

Trout fishing is fair but vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

HUNTER POND: trout

Hunter Pond is located about 3 miles south of Hwy 244 off of USFS Rd 5160. The pond is located on the 710 spur just west of 5160. The pond was stocked the last week of May.

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, bass, Chinook

The Imnaha River is now closed to all salmon angling as of Sunday, July 27. Flows have dropped considerably from earlier in the season. Bass fishing should begin to pick up on the lower river as fish move up from the Snake. Trout fishing may be difficult in the lower river as water temperatures start to warm. Remember, below the mouth of Big Sheep Creek only adipose-fin clipped trout may be harvested. All bull trout must be released unharmed.

The upper Imnaha has a healthy population of mountain whitefish and can produce some large fish. Look for whitefish in deep pools and runs. Whitefish will take small bead-head nymphs and small spinners.

JOHN DAY RIVER: smallmouth bass, trout

Smallmouth bass fishing is good in the lower river but flows have dropped to 150 cfs making boat travel very difficult. Trout fishing is fair on the South Fork and on the Middle Fork but flows will stay very low for the remainder of the summer.
Check John Day River flows

JUBILEE LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked and should provide good fishing for rainbow trout. Anglers should concentrate on the deeper areas near the dam or use a non-motorized boat to reach the deeper areas of the lake.

JUMP-OFF-JOE LAKE: brook trout

This high lake near Desolation Creek fishes well all summer and presently has large brook trout available. It requires a ½ mile hike. Fishing is poor from the bank but packing in a float tube or raft will greatly improve your chances.

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

Bass fishing is fair but trout fishing is poor. Fish activity is limited by high water temperatures and vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

LUGER POND: trout

The pond was stocked the last week of May.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

The fishing has slowed for brook trout and rainbow as the lake temperature has warmed to over 65 degrees.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent report.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow, kokanee

This high lake stays cool all summer and is accessible by vehicle for bank or boat angling. There is a campground with boat launch. Kokanee fishing has slowed as water temperatures warmed but they can still be caught in deeper water. Carryover rainbows are available along with recently planted jumbo trout.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked several times this spring, the last being early June. Catch rates will decline as the season progresses into summer and water temperatures warm.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked several times this spring, the last being early June. Catch rates will decline as the season progresses into summer and water temperatures warm.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fish activity is limited by high water temperatures. Low water and vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers. Fishing is poor.

STRAWBERRY AND SLIDE LAKES: rainbow and brook trout

These high lakes in the Strawberry Mountain wilderness area provide good fishing all summer. Strawberry lake requires a 1.5 mile hike and Slide Lake is another mile further. Fish can be caught from the bank but packing in a float tube or raft will improve your chances.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

This was a new stocking site in 2013. The pond is located in a gravel pit just off USFS Rd. 7740, approximately ½ mile south of the Jct. with USFS Rd. 7700. The pond was stocked the last week of May. Fishing is good.

TROUT FARM POND: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is fair. Carryover and legal sized rainbows are available. Vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers.

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

The following ponds have been stocked to date: Ninemile, Shimmiehorn, skyline, Boundary, Key hole, Pearson Ridge Twin, Goldfish, 5412, Yellow Jacket, Granite Meadows, French Corral, Four Corners and Frog Heaven. The South Umatilla Ponds will be stocked this week (Ellis, Gopher springs, Divide well, Rock pit, Sugarbowl, 5320, Thompson and Stinkwater) All should provide good fishing.

UMATILLA RIVER: trout

The upper Umatilla is open to catch-and-release trout fishing and fishing for rainbow trout has been good. Anglers should consult the synopsis for detailed regulations.

Threemile Dam fish counts

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Fishing for rainbow trout has been great over the last month and there are no signs of catch rates slowing. Trout have been caught with a variety of methods but a simple rig with Powerbait has been best. The lake was stocked with tagged rainbow trout in an effort by ODFW to better understand the utilization of this fishery. Tagged fish have been caught at very high rates and over $1,700 in rewards have been paid.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish, chinook

The Wallowa River closed to all salmon fishing Sunday, July 27. The flows in the Wallowa have dropped considerably and the river is becoming easier to wade. Anglers are finding some larger fish and catch rates have been good. The best dry fly angling is in the late evening. During mid-day nymph fishing will produce the most fish. Most spinner and bait angling techniques will also be very effective. Look for trout where the water is well oxygenated and near structure. Remember, below Rock Creek only adipose-fin clipped trout may be harvested. All bull trout must be released unharmed.

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NORTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR

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. ODFW needs hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; 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

Closure of Wallowa Mountain Loop Road (Forest Road 39)

BEAR season opened August 1. Successful hunters, remember check-in of bear skull is mandatory; see the regulations for details. Biologists recommend propping the bear’s mouth open with a stick after harvest; it makes for easier tooth collection and measuring.

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.

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

Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area remains closed due to South Fork Complex Fires. ODFW will announce its reopening on the website.

Update from fire managers on Aug. 19, 2014: Fire managers understand the importance of restoring access to the closure areas and are working to reopen areas when it is safe to do so. Please contact the USFS or visit inciweb.nwcg.gov between now and Aug. 23 to check to see if any closures have been lifted.

A Level 1 evacuation remains in effect for the area bounded by the 2150 road on the south, the 21 road on the east, Hwy 26 on the north and on the west by a line running due north from the Aldrich Lookout to Hwy 26. A closure is in place on the Malheur NF, Ochoco NF and BLM and private lands surrounding the fires, with all roads and trails closed within the closure area.

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.

MORROW, GILLIAM AND WHEELER COUNTIES

YOUTH ELK hunts open in the Heppner and Fossil units on August 1st. Elk are generally well distributed across the forested areas of the Heppner and Fossil units. Fossil unit hunters should try any of the areas in the north and west of the forest. he upper end of Stahl canyon is usually a good place to start looking. Heppner unit hunters will want to focus in areas with good grazing near cover for elk. Any of the areas in northern portion of the forest or along any of the creeks running water would be a good place to start. As always hunters will want to focus in areas with fresh elk sign. Getting away from roads should improve your odds of success.

Cougar hunting is open. Cougar are well distributed in our forested areas. Calling with distress calls or cougar vocalizations can be effective. Locating a fresh, naturally made kill has the best chance of success

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.

Coyote are numerous throughout the District 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. Look for sign around fruit trees and in canyon bottoms. Bears can be concentrated along creeks and rivers in the late summer. This year’s bumper berry crop should make for good early season bear hunting in Union County. Huckle, Service and Hawthorn berries are all in full swing. 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.

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.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Hunting seasons now closed. Ladd Marsh harvest statistics

Note: all visitors including hunters must have in their possession a free daily permit to access the wildlife area. Permits will be available at several self-check-in stations at entry points and parking lots beginning in late September. Wildlife hunters, viewers and anglers also need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area. Hunters receive a free parking permit with their hunting license. The $7 daily or $22 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. Parking permits are to be displayed on the vehicle dash. More information

WALLOWA COUNTY

Closure of Wallowa Mountain Loop Road (Forest Road 39)

Closure of Whisky Creek Road: Whisky Creek Road 2 miles east of the Troy Road will be closed for construction until the end of August.

Closure of Upper Imnaha River and Hat Point Roads: The Upper Imnaha River Road from the town of Imnaha to its junction with the Freezeout Creek and the Hat Point Road are both closed because of firefighting activities associated with the 5 Mile Fire.

ANTLERLESS ELK: The youth hunts for antlerless elk are underway in most hunt units. Numbers of elk are strong throughout most of Wallowa County and most elk are on their summer ranges. They are often in large herds this time of year and so are localized. Consequently, hunters should be aware that there are large parts of their range that have no elk, but when they do find elk they are likely to find 100-200 in a herd. When hunting or scouting look on timbered ridges where they can rest in the shade during the day. Elk this time of year usually move to the larger meadows at night to feed.

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.

COUGAR: Cougar numbers are strong 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.


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NORTHEAST ZONE: VIEWING

BAKER COUNTY

Upland game bird broods are beginning to be seen in the area. Along the Snake and Burnt River are good places to look.

Bighorn sheep can be seen in the Burnt River Canyon west of Durkee or along the Snake River Road south of Richland. Ewes can be seen with their lambs this time of year. 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.

Elk and deer can be seen with their young. Give them extra space to avoid separating young from the group. Remember to leave any young wildlife where you found them. 7/29/14.

GRANT COUNTY

Quail chicks can be viewed along roads and in riparian areas. For the avid birder, the best place to see the most diversity of songbirds this time of year are in and around riparian areas.

As the snow recedes on the Strawberry Mountains mountain goats can be readily seen. The best places to see mountain goats are High Lake and Little Strawberry Lake. Nannies can be seen with their kids at both locations.

Fawns and calves are becoming more visible this time of year. Deer and elk will be seeking higher elevations as summer heats up and this is a great opportunity to view some of their young as they migrate. Please leave fawns and calves alone; moms may not be visible but are close by. 7/7/14.

MORROW, GILLIAM and WHEELER COUNTIES

Summer is here, and most of our birds are fledged for the Heppner District. House finches, northern oriels, mourning doves, western kingbirds, horned larks, and the ever present American kestrel, can be seen in many of the yards of the area.

In areas with sage brush loggerheaded shrikes can be seen moving about. Horned larks can be seen in most open areas of grass and wheat. Grasshopper sparrows can be seen in the northern portion of the District.

California quail can be seen with their broods along most areas that have good riparian vegetation. Chukar and Hungarian partridge can be seen out with their broods along the steeper areas of the foothills. Pheasant can be seen with their broods along the alfalfa fields in the area,

Only our common raptors remain―northern harrier, red-tailed hawk and a few golden eagles in areas with habitat for them. The occasional Swainson’s hawk can still be seen in the north end of the District.

Deer and elk can be seen with their young in the forested areas of the district. The fawns and claves are moving with their mothers now. Watch meadows at dawn and dusk for the best chance so see elk; deer are more hit and miss. Pileated woodpeckers can be seen in the areas of the forest with large snags. Turkeys can be seen with their young moving around and feeding. 7/29/14.

UMATILLA COUNTY

Deer and elk are starting to orient to green-up areas of annual grass in the low and mid slope areas of the Blue Mountains. Large herds of elk will be intermingled in the trees at mid elevation areas. Deer will be more widespread with small groups present from near field edge to upper forest areas.

UNION COUNTY

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Note: New this year: 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 $7 daily or $22 annual permit can be purchased online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent. Learn more about ODFW’s Wildlife Area Parking Permit Program.

The Tule Lake Public Access Area and auto route are open to the public. The Glass Hill Unit is open to public entry for foot and horse traffic only. Please see the note above regarding daily permits.

Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult game bird regulations before entering the wildlife area. Dogs are not permitted within the Wildlife Area, on or off leash except during authorized 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.

Waterfowl are numerous and varied but somewhat harder to find in the tall, late-summer vegetation. These include Canada Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Redhead, Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shoveler. Eared Grebes, Horned Grebes, Pied-billed Grebes and American Coots are also present. Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets can be seen in shallow flats and at wetland edges.

Shorebird migration is in progress with recent observations including Spotted, Solitary, Least, Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers; Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher and both Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalarope.

Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets have fledged from a nearby rookery and several of each species may be seen in a single pond or wetland along with Black-crowned Night Herons.

Local Greater Sandhill Cranes have hatched and the young have fledged. Cranes may begin to gather in large groups in preparation for their 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.

Raptors are common in the area and include Northern Harriers, Swainson’s Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks. Red-tails have fledged and the Swainson’s Hawks have either fledged or are very close to it. Swainson’s may stay another 3 to 4 weeks before heading south.

For more information on access rules for Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, please consult the Oregon Game Bird Regulations or call the wildlife area (541) 963-4954. 8/4/14

WALLOWA COUNTY

Most mule deer are on their summer ranges now. Look for them in open timber habitats at mid- to high elevations. White-tailed deer usually can be found in open grassland areas adjacent to brushy areas and in agricultural areas.

The elk on the Zumwalt Prairie are on the open prairie now and also in the mid-elevation forests. Occasional large herds can be seen from the Zumwalt Road or on The Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. Once you find a herd, use binoculars or a spotting scope to observe the animals. Another good area to spot elk is from the Troy Road as it passes through the Shilo Ranch on the north end of Powwatka Ridge. This is a county road, but is bordered on both sides by private land. Please watch from the road and don’t trespass on the ranch.

Young mountain goats and bighorn sheep are now venturing out with their nursery herds and now is a good time to view them near Hat Point above Hells Canyon. They often congregate just north of the USFS lookout tower to lick salt along the rim.

Resident waterfowl can still be seen flying into Wallowa Lake in the evenings from the county park at the north end of the lake. Canada geese can be seen feeding in agricultural fields and along streams around the county, and many broods have already hatched so look for young goslings around ponds and along streams in the valley.

Our three species of forest grouse have finished their mating season and the hens are escorting broods of young grouse around in their respective habitats - ruffed grouse in brushy areas, especially near riparian strips, dusky grouse (the old name was blue grouse) in grassy openings in the forest near steep canyon areas, and spruce grouse a in densely forested areas on the Eagle Cap wilderness, especially along McCully Creek. 8/19/14.


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SNAKE RIVER ZONE: FISHING

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement.

See a map of the Basin and get more information.

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.

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

Anglers are reportedly catching good numbers of crappie averaging 7 to 8-inches. Fishing is also good for bass and catfish.

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

Fishing remains good for bass and channel catfish, some trout are also being picked-up at tributary mouths.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing remains good for bass and channel catfish, some trout are also being picked-up at tributary mouths.

SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, bass

The Snake River closed to salmon fishing Sunday, July 27.

Fishing for smallmouth bass can be fantastic throughout the summer in Hell’s Canyon. Start the season with jigs and rubber baits and switch to spinners and other hardware later in the summer. Smallmouth are abundant in Hells Canyon and can be found in nearly every spot where the water slows. Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in Hells Canyon. Also remember a Columbia Basin Endorsement is required when fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in the Snake River.

Most anglers will access the canyon via jet boat launched at Heller Bar or Hells Canyon Dam. Oregon and Idaho regulations require barbless hooks in the Snake River when fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon.

Get updated information on flow levels.

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

Catfish on the Snake River has been good, as is bowfishing for carp. Fishing for bass has been slow, most bass appear to be post-spawn and are trickier to catch. Bass fishing will improve gradually over the next few weeks.

Flows at the Nyssa gauge were 9,860 (June 17). Flows at the Weiser gauge were 14,800 cfs. Over the last week water temperatures ranged from 55 to 72˚F at the Weiser gauge and 62° to 74°F at Nyssa.

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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. Over 1,500,000 fall Chinook and 600,000 coho are expected to return to the Columbia this fall. Catch rates for Chinook ranged from fair to good this past weekend.
  • Summer steelhead fishing is fair in the Columbia gorge and near the mouths of some tributaries.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that some spawning sanctuaries are in effect (see special regulations for details).
  • Walleye fishing is fair in Troutdale.

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 the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 498 salmonid boats and 79 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (8/16) flight; and 1,590 Oregon boats at Buoy 10. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 1.49 Chinook and 0.56 coho caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.32 fall Chinook and 0.51 steelhead caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.12 fall Chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.10 steelhead caught per angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.03 steelhead caught per angler.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 42 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for seven boats (17 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed five adult Chinook kept for 41 boats (75 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one unclipped steelhead released for 38 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:

Weekend checking showed 30 adult Chinook, six jack Chinook and 30 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one adult Chinook and 20 unclipped steelhead released for 98 boats (215 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Tongue Point to Clatsop Spit):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10):

Weekend checking showed 313 Chinook and 79 adipose fin-clipped coho kept, plus 67 Chinook, 65 unclipped coho and one unclipped steelhead released for 255 boats (863 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed one legal, one oversize and 13 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (three anglers).

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools: WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary

WALLEYE

Gorge:

No report.

Troutdale:

Weekly checking showed one walleye kept, plus two walleye released for five boats (12 anglers).


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MARINE ZONE: FISHING

Send us your fishing report

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

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.

Marine Reserves

Prohibitions at Oregon’s marine reserves at Cascade Head, Cape Perpetua, Redfish Rocks and Otter Rock are in effect. Fishing, crabbing, clamming, hunting and gathering seaweed are all prohibited. Beach walking, surfing, bird watching, diving and other non-extractive uses continue to be allowed. See complete details and a map of the boundaries of the reserves:

Otter Rock Marine Reserve

Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area

Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area

Cascade Head Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area

TUNA

As always, access to the albacore is highly dependent on weather and ocean conditions. This past week, excellent albacore fishing occurred from Astoria to Newport with average catch rates approaching 7 tuna per angler. Many of the albacore being landed have been larger fish in the 25-35 lb. class. Some central coast anglers reported tuna around 30 miles offshore.

Albacore are typically in areas where sea surface temperatures (SST) are warmer than 58 degrees and in areas where chlorophyll concentrations are close to 0.25 milligrams per cubic meter. Both of these conditions can change very quickly due to weather and upwelling.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

The summer all-depth Pacific halibut season in the Columbia River Subarea (from Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon) is open Thursday-Sunday until the quota is reached or Sept. 30. So far there has been little effort or landings in the summer season.

The Columbia River Subarea is open inside the 40-fathom line on days when the all-depth halibut fishery is closed (Monday through Wednesday). Through August 10, 88 percent of the nearshore quota remains.

The Central Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain) nearshore Pacific halibut season (inside the 40-fathom line) is open seven days a week until the quota is taken or Oct. 31. Through Aug. 10, 50 percent of the quota remains for this fishery.

The summer all-depth Pacific halibut season between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain was open Aug. 15-16. Initial word from the docks suggests that many folks were successful, with a nice grade of fish. ODFW will evaluate halibut catch numbers by noon on Friday, Aug. 22 and determine whether or not sufficient quota remains for a subsequent opener.

From Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California border, Pacific halibut fishing is open seven days per week until the quota is reached or October 31. Through Aug. 10, 27 percent of the quota remains for this area.

A complete map of the sport halibut regulations for 2014 is available on the sport halibut web page.

BOTTOM FISHING

Fishing for bottomfish has been slow to moderate coast wide when weather permits. Lingcod have been elusive on the central coast.

The ocean outside of the 30-fathom curve (defined by coordinates) is closed to bottom fishing through Sept. 30. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish, including one cabezon during the cabezon season from July 1 through Sept. 30. There are separate daily limits for lingcod (two) and flatfish other than Pacific halibut (25).

Remember: yelloweye rockfish and canary rockfish may not be retained.

The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, is closed to the take of rockfish, lingcod, flatfish and other species in the groundfish group. The waypoints are the same as in previous years but were misprinted on page 105 of the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations book. The correct coordinates are:

ID       Latitude        Longitude
1        44o 37.46'     124o 24.92'
2        44o 37.46'     124o 23.63'
3        44o 28.71'     124o 21.80'
4        44o 28.71'     124o 24.10'
5        44o 31.42'     124o 25.47'

 OCEAN SALMON

Fishing off the Columbia River was very good this last week with better than 1.5 salmon per angler. Anglers are reminded that in this area only one Chinook may be retained within the two salmon bag limit.

South of Cape Falcon, retention of coho salmon is prohibited until the season reopens on Aug. 30 for ports from Garibaldi to Port Orford. Anglers are reminded to be sure of the correct identification of their salmon. During the recent week, we had a number of anglers that have incorrectly identified coho as Chinook. The most reliable identification feature is the lower gum line as described in the regulation book on page 19. The following features should NOT be used to identify salmon because they vary substantially between individuals: spotting, fish size and tongue color.

Chinook fishing was slow along most of the coast, but anglers at Brookings and Depoe Bay had the best catches with 0.5 Chinook per angler out of Depoe Bay, and 0.4 Chinook per angler out of Brookings.

SHELLFISH

Razor clams

The annual razor clam conservation closure for Clatsop beaches started on July 15. Since 1967 ODFW has closed the 18 miles of beach north of Tillamook Head so that young clams can establish themselves there during the summer. ODFW’s annual razor clam stock assessment survey is underway. Preliminary information indicates that large numbers of small razor clams have entered the population, and adult razor clams should be abundant in 2015. Clatsop beaches will reopen to recreational razor clamming Nov. 1.

Opportunities to razor clam are available elsewhere along Oregon beaches. Cannon Beach, Cape Meares, Agate Beach, Yaquina North Jetty, South Beach (Newport), Bob’s Creek, Bastendorff Beach, Coos Bay North Spit, Bailey Beach and Myers Creek are some of the most consistent. The beaches with the best opportunity are around Newport.

Clammers should pay close attention to the surf forecasts and be on the beach one to two hours before low tide. If the forecast calls for combined seas over 8 or 10 feet, razor clamming can be very difficult because the clams tend to show much less in those conditions.

Bay Clams

There are only two more early morning low tide series in 2014; beginning in mid-September, the low tides shift to the evenings. Low tides as high as +1.0 to +2.0 feet can still allow clamming opportunities, especially for purple varnish clams that can sometimes be found when the tide is as high as +4.0 feet. Sport clammers should be able to collect daily limits of cockles, gaper clams and butter clams from the popular sites in Tillamook Bay, Netarts Bay, Siletz Bay, Yaquina Bay, Alsea Bay, Coos Bay and several other locations along the coast.

Recreational shellfish safety status as of Aug. 11:

  • The entire Oregon coast is open to recreational mussel and shellfish harvesting (except razor clams on Clatsop beaches due to the conservation closure).
  • Due to potential biotoxins, consuming whole scallops is not recommended. However, a scallop’s adductor muscle does not accumulate biotoxins and may be safe for consumption. Scallops are not being sampled for biotoxins at this time.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture's shellfish safety hotline is toll free and provides the most current information regarding shellfish safety closures. Please call the hotline before harvesting: 1-800-448-2474. Press 1 for biotoxin closures and 2 for general safety recommendations.

Check out the recreational shellfish pages on the ODFW website. The pages contain everything you need to know for identifying and harvesting Oregon’s clams, including maps of individual estuaries that show where to crab and clam.

Crabs

Bay crabbing is still quite good in most Oregon bays and estuaries, with reports of good success in Tillamook Bay, Alsea Bay, and on the south coast. Shellfish biologists report that crabbing is much better this year than last. The best months for bay crabbing in Oregon are August through November. Check out the monthly crabbing report for the most recent data.

Crabbing is also good in the ocean from virtually every port in Oregon. The recreational ocean crabbing season is open through Oct. 15.

Some sport crabbers have difficulty correctly measuring the minimum size for Dungeness crab, which is 5 3⁄4 inches measured in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but not including, the points. See an illustration showing the correct measurement (jpg).

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MARINE ZONE: VIEWING

Seabirds

Great places to view seabirds and perhaps a bald eagle are: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area – the deck behind the lighthouse; Heceta Head State Park – the viewing area in front of the lighthouse; Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint – the north deck by the parking lot, and Ecola State Park – the westernmost viewing platform at Ecola Point overlook.

Flocks of brown pelicans have already been observed in the Yaquina Head area, and a lot of Heermann’s Gulls are being seen along the coast and offshore, which is early in the season for this species too.

There will be a seminar titled, “Seabirds and the Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Programat the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Guin Library on Thursday, August 14 at 3:30 pm. More information


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