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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - April 26, 2016

Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

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Fly fishing, razor clam workshops coming up

Learn to fly fish May 14 at the beautiful Fall River Hatchery in Bend. Find out how to spot, dig for and prepare razor clams at workshops on Saturday, May 7 or Sunday, May 8 at Fort Stevens State Park.

Apply for a controlled hunt by Sunday, May 15

Beat the long lines that happen right before the deadline and apply now—online, at a license sales agent or by mail or fax order. Don’t forget to put in for Oregon’s new Premium Hunts. Note the deadline falls on a Sunday this year and ODFW offices aren’t open on weekends.

Spring turkey hunting continues

Season continues thru May 31. We’re already seeing lots of success stories, see tips and outlook for this season at the Spring Turkey Hunting Forecast.

Reservoirs filling up nicely for spring fishing

Reservoirs around the state are filling up nicely, which after last year’s drought, bodes well for boat fishing prospects this year. Oregon offers many spectacular lakes and reservoirs where boat fishing is allowed and offer an array of interesting game fish to consider … from the warmwater variety such as bass, crappie and bass to big game species such as steelhead, brown trout, and salmon. Consider putting a reservoir, lake or two into your spring fishing plans.

36 Family Fishing Events happening this year

These popular events take place in some great places and are typically stocked in advance with a lot of fish. On top of that, ODFW provides loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait, along with helpful tips from experienced angling instructors. List of events

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NORTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • A Family Fishing Event is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at Vernonia Pond from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

EVENT: Razor clamming workshops Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 at Fort Stevens State Park. Bring the kids as this is a family friendly workshop where everyone can learn how to spot, dig for and cook razor clams. Pre-registration and fee ($12 for kids, $52 for adults) required; see event listing links for more information or go to www.odfwcalendar.com

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.

Trout season in coastal river systems will re-open May 22, 2016.

2016 trout stocking schedule

The 2016 trout stocking schedules for the North Coast Watershed (pdf) District and the South Willamette Watershed (pdf) District are posted on the ODFW Trout Stocking Page. Take a look to find out when and where Oregon’s hatchery trout are being released around the state.

NORTH COAST LAKES

Sunset, Lost and Coffenbury lakes were stocked last week. The next round of trout stocking is scheduled for the week of May 2. Town, Hebo, and Cape Meares lakes, and Vernonia Pond will be stocked that week.

Warmwater fish may become more active with warm weather forecasted. Look for some possible early largemouth bass action in Lake Lytle, Coffenbury Lake, Cullaby Lake, Sunset Lake, and Cape Meares Lake.

Town Lake, Cape Meares Lake, Coffenbury Lake, Lost Lake, Lake Lytle, and Lorens Pond have been stocked with surplus hatchery steelhead over the winter.

MID COAST LAKES

Rainbow trout stocking is underway in many locations along the mid coast. Look at the stocking report to see the full stocking season.

Fishing for the various warm water fish species tends to be slower during the winter month but can pick up quickly as spring nears and fish move to the shallows for spawning. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunity and have both boat and bank access.

ALSEA RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is slow. The river closes to all fishing effective May 1 and will reopen with the cutthroat trout fishery on May 22.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook

A few early summer steelhead, along with some winter steelhead (mostly dark fish), are being caught. Spring Chinook angling is showing some signs of improvement. The best opportunity is in the lower bay and tidewater, but a few fish should be moving into upstream areas also. Gear restrictions take effect in Three Rivers May 1. Check regulations.

SALMON RIVER:

The river basin is closed to all fishing above the head of tide and will reopen for cutthroat trout fishing on May 22.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is slow. This time of year is typically dominated by mostly wild fish. Side drifting, bouncing bottom or bobber fishing can be productive.

SIUSLAW RIVER:

The river basin is closed to all fishing above the head of tide and will reopen for cutthroat trout fishing on May 22.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, sturgeon

Spring Chinook are available in increasing numbers, although angling is still relatively slow. The tides this weekend are conducive to fishing the lower bay or nearshore ocean. Try trolling herring along the bottom. Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon is slow to fair. Fish the channel edges on the outgoing tides.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

Steelhead fishing is fair, with mostly dark winter steelhead being caught. An occasional summer steelhead may show up also. Use lighter lines and smaller presentations in the clear water. Spring Chinook angling is improving as a few fish are entering tidewater and the river. Angers are reminded that gear restrictions take effect May 1 from the Cedar Creek Wooden boat slide to the marker at the Lorens Drift wooden boat slide site.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

Winter steelhead fishing is slow. This time of year is typically dominated by mostly wild fish. Summer steelhead season is around the corner and a few early fish could start to show up at any time.

YAQUINA RIVER: steelhead

The river basin is closed to all fishing above the head of tide and will reopen for cutthroat trout fishing on May 22.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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 (pdf).

Controlled spring bear opened April 1, see the hunting forecast for tips.

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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST WILDLIFE VIEWING

The Oregon Coast Birding Trail is a great resource for all things birding along the Oregon coastline. The website includes lists of trails by region, a planning guide, checklists, a schedule of special events and more. For example, in the north coast region, there are 43 suggested bird trails alone! It’s a resource well worth investigating. 1/25/16

Starting in April, and going well into May, is the migration period for shorebirds on their way north to Arctic breeding grounds. Many of the birds use the beaches as their navigation route, and can often be seen resting and feeding on north coast beaches during the daylight hours. Binoculars, along with a good field guide, are great aids in viewing and distinguishing the various species that may be encountered.

The forests in the north coast area are starting to come alive with sounds of songbirds declaring their nesting territories. As of now, most of the birds are those species found here year-round, but soon the songs of many neo-tropical migrants will also fill the forest. For areas of highest songbird diversity, look for mixed stands of hardwoods and conifers.

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

Three Arch Rocks NWR, located just west of Oceanside, has historically been home to thousands of nesting common murres and other colonial seabirds, and it is still possible to see large numbers of them staging below the rocks in the water. However, few birds nest there anymore due to the near constant presence of bald eagle that has severely disrupted nesting on the larger rocks in recent years. Instead, the Steller sea lions are a very reliable denizen on the lower rock in front, Seal Rock. They can be seen loafing on the rock, often with young pups in the mix. These are the larger and lighter-colored cousin to the more common California sea lion.

CLATSOP COUNTY

The Twilight Eagle Sanctuary, located east of Astoria, just off of Hwy 30 is a great place to observe not only bald eagles, but a host of wintering waterfowl. The viewing platform is complete with interpretive panels and provides a great overview of Wolf Bay on the lower Columbia River. Tundra swans are occasional seen there off in the distance near the main river channel. As always, optics are very helpful here.

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. With the recent warm weather elk have been visible in the mornings and evenings. Good places to look are the Fishhawk Tract along Hwy 202 and the Beneke Tract along the first 1.5 miles of Beneke Creek Road. Bull elk have shed their old antlers and new growth is already visible. Many returning visitors have arrived at the wildlife area. Tree and violate green swallows can be seen gliding over fields and checking out nest boxes along view area fence lines. Band-tailed pigeons have been observed near area bird feeders. Many other song bird species can be seen in and around viewing areas.

Visitors are reminded that areas posted as Wildlife Refuge are closed to public access and that Wildlife Area Parking Permits are required on the Wildlife Area.

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • The Rogue closes to trout fishing on April 1, while fishing for winter steelhead should be good in the middle and upper sections of the river.
  • The boat ramp at Willow Point Campground is now open for Howard Prairie anglers, although all other facilities remain closed.
  • Winter steelhead fishing is winding down on the South Umpqua and North Umpqua Rivers but there are still opportunities to catch hatchery winter steelhead around the confluence of Canyon Creek on the South Umpqua River.
  • Anglers have been catching good numbers of hatchery winter steelhead on the South Umpqua River around Stanton Park.
  • Bottom-fishing has been good at Winchester Bay.
  • This time of year, winter steelhead anglers should keep an eye on river conditions and be ready to hit the rivers as waters start to drop and clear.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

2016 trout stocking schedules

2016 trout stocking schedule for the South Coast (pdf) North Coast Watershed (pdf) District and the South Willamette Watershed (pdf) District are posted on the ODFW Trout Stocking Page. Take a look to find out when and where Oregon’s hatchery trout are being released around the state.

Ice-fishing safety

With several water bodies beginning to ice over, it’s a good time to be reminded that anglers should always use caution during first-ice conditions. Take the following precautions: use the “buddy system,” wear a PFD in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice. Vexilar’s Ice Fishing Today website has a quick 2-minute video describing how to be safe during early ice.

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, blackcrappie, bluegill, bullheads

Agate Lake is full. Angling for bass and other warmwater gamefish will be best on the warmer days. The boat ramp is open from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Applegate Reservoir was stocked last week with legal-sized trout. Anglers have reported good success on larger, holder trout as well. Still fishing with bait or trolling a fly, lure, or wedding ring/bait combination should produce trout. The lake is 87 percent full. The Copper and French Gulch boat ramps are available, but Hart-tish remains closed.

APPLEGATE RIVER: steelhead, trout

The Applegate River is closed to angling until May 22.

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

This is a small pond and provides for some great fishing. Some of the best techniques for catching these trout are bobber and worm, spinners, or flies. The pond is managed by Oregon State Parks for youth-only fishing and is located at Arizona Beach State Recreation Area; approximately halfway between Gold Beach and Port Orford.

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

Ben Iriving has been stocked with 3,000 legal trout so far this year, and there are still opportunities to catch rainbow trout from previous year’s stockings. Warmwater fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill can be slow during winter months. The lake will be stocked the week of April 11 with an additional 1,000 legals.

BURMA POND: rainbow trout

Burma Pond, located on BLM land east of the town of Wolf Creek, was stocked last week with legal-sized rainbow trout.

CHETCO RIVER:

Closed to angling until May 22.

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Cooper Creek has been stocked with approximately 6,400 legal and 400 pounder size rainbow trout in 2016. Fishing for bass and bluegill should improve as water temperatures increase and fish move into shallower areas.

COOS COUNTY LAKES/PONDS: trout, warmwater fish

Bluebill Lake is scheduled to be stocked with legal size trout this week. Trophy and legal size trout were recently stocked into Empire Lakes and Powers Pond. Anglers that catch a tagged trout in Empire Lakes can report the tag number to ODFW by stopping by the Charleston Office, calling 541-888-5515, or report tags online. A few of these tags are worth a $50 gift card.

Bradley Lake was stocked last week with trophy trout. These fish were planted from the north side of the lake to avoid the aquatic vegetation problem at the boat ramp. Legal size trout have also been stocked recently into Tenmile Lakes and Mingus Park Pond. Fishing in the area lakes for trout has been ok with anglers having the best success using small spinners, spoons, or garlic flavored Powerbait. The daily trout bag limit in these lakes is five trout per day with only one trout over 20 inches.

Largemouth bass fishing is picking up with the warmer days. This time of the year bass will be found in shallow water typically near a weedline or structure. Plastic worms, shallow crankbaits, and spinner baits are good to use for bass.

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

Steelhead angling closes in the Coos Basin rivers after April 30. Trout season opens in rivers and streams on May 22.

Anglers have been catching rockfish along the jetties, submerged rock piles, and also along the railroad trestle. The marine fish daily bag limit for bottom fish (rockfish) is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers can only keep 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback, or copper rockfish. Retention of cabezon is prohibited from January 1 through June 30.

Crabbing has been decent to slow with the best crabbing near high tide. It is still recommended you discard the crab viscera (guts/butter) before cooking.

Recreational harvest of bay clams remains open along the entire Oregon coast. Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay. Due to low tide exchanges this week, the next good opportunity to dig bay clams will be in a week. Recreational harvest of razor clams is closed for Tillamook Head south to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays.

Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: salmon, crab, smallmouth bass

Steelhead angling closes in the Coquille Basin rivers after April 30. Trout season opens in rivers and streams on May 22.

Fishing for smallmouth bass is starting to pick up in the South Fork Coquille and mainstem. Jigs, crawdad crankbaits, and nightcrawlers will all work to catch smallmouth bass. This is a good time of the year to catch bigger smallmouth bass.

Crabbing has been slow in the lower Coquille. It is still recommended you discard the crab viscera (guts/butter) before cooking.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

As part of the new regulation simplification process, Diamond Lake is now back to the Southwest Zone regulation of 5 trout/day.

Anglers that are planning on taking a trip to Diamond Lake should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) or Diamond Lake Resort for information on seasonal camp and ramp closures.

The ice has melted off of Diamond Lake and fishing should be excellent in the open-water. Diamond Lake is expected to be stocked with over 300,000 fingerling rainbow trout around late-May, and there are plenty of legal-sized holdover trout currently in the lake.

Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 5 for updates.

DUTCH HERMAN POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Dutch Herman Pond, located on BLM land east of the town of Wolf Creek, was stocked last week with legal-sized rainbow trout.

ELK RIVER:

Closed to angling until May 22.

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

Emigrant has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Anglers need to be prepared for turbid water, however. Still fishing with bait or using lures that will put off vibrations in the water will be most effective. Warmwater fishing will be best on the warmer days. Emigrant Reservoir is currently at 96 percent of capacity.

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

Due to construction, trout stocking has been switched to the southern-most pond at Expo, which has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Access to this pond is available at gate 1.5. Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie should be best on the warmer afternoons.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Fish Lake will be stocked this week with 5,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Brook trout, landlocked spring Chinook salmon, and tiger trout are also available. The lake is 61 percent full and is free of ice. The Forest Service boat ramp is open; however, Sno-Park permits are required through April 30. The Fish lake Resort restaurant, boat launch, and campground are open. Rainbow trout, brook trout, landlocked spring Chinook salmon and tiger trout are available. Anglers are encouraged to report catches of larger spring Chinook or tiger trout to the local ODFW district office at 541-826-8774. Tiger trout must be released unharmed.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

The best method for catching trout is slow trolling flies or wedding ring spinners from a boat. Bank access is limited. This time of year anglers will want to keep an eye on the weather before heading out.

Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

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

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest. Galesville has been stocked with about 6,000 legal size trout and 50 trophy trout over five pounds each this year.

Bass fishing should improve as we move towards warmer spring temperatures. Fishing for bass and other panfish with the use of bait and artificial lures such as swimbaits around structure should give positive results. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

This is the first year of increased trophy trout stockings. Anglers can do quite well just fishing from the docks at the 12th Street boat ramp, but a boat is the most effective way to fish the lake. This is the time of year to keep an eye on the weather and fish when weather conditions are good.

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

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

Stocking for 2016 should begin in April as road/lake conditions allow, and there are still opportunities to catch holdover rainbow trout that were stocked in previous years. Remember only trout over 8-inches may be harvested, and only one trout over 20-inches may be kept per day.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR:

Anglers fishing powerbait near the dam have had success at Howard Prairie recently, with trout to 21 inches being caught. The boat ramp at Willow Point is available. The boat ramp at the Howard Prairie Resort will open on April 15. The lake is now 65 percent full.

HYATT LAKE:

Fishing by early season anglers has been slow at Hyatt. The reservoir is now 65 percent full. The campgrounds and boat ramps are still closed. Anglers can find bank access and places to launch small boats along the west shore.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

The Illinois River is closed to angling until May 22.

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout, yellow perch

Lake Marie has been stocked with 3,000 legal trout this year. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms. Perch fishing should continue to be productive for those using worms on the bottom.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Selmac has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. The bass bite has reportedly picked up with the warmer weather. Fishing for bluegill, crappie, and other warmwater species should be good on the warmer days.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: brown trout, rainbow trout

This reservoir is stocked several times a year with rainbow trout of various sizes, and the lake has been stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout so far in 2016. There are also excellent opportunities to catch large brown trout in Lemolo with many anglers having luck trolling in deeper areas of the reservoir. Contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354 for weather/road conditions and additional information.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Loon Lake has been stocked with 5,500 legal size rainbow trout this year. The lake should offer decent fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass,and anglers should use slow presentations with lures or bait for best results as water temperatures increase. Visit the BLM and Loon Lake Resort websites for information on opening dates and camping this summer.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, spring Chinook, bass

Lost Creek Reservoir was stocked last week with 10,000 legal-sized and 800 trophy-sized rainbow trout. Anglers fishing powerbait near the dam have caught good numbers of planters, while boat anglers trolling shallow in the lower areas of the reservoir have caught more big trout. A wedding ring/bait combination can be very effective at Lost Creek, along with small-sized Little Cleos and other lures. The lake is 96 percent full, and the surface temperature is currently 57 o F.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Medco Pond will be stocked this week with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout, which should make for excellent trout fishing over the weekend.

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

Recreational harvest of crab is open along the entire Oregon Coast. It is still recommended you discard the crab viscera (guts/butter) before cooking.

Anglers fishing the beaches from Coos Bay to Bandon have been catching redtail surf perch. Sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp sand worms have been working the best for bait. Surf perch fishing is usually best on the incoming tide.

Recreational ocean salmon fishing from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is open for all salmon except coho salmon. Anglers are allowed two salmon per day with a minimum size for Chinook at 24 inches or larger. The selective coho (fin-clipped) season will open on June 25 with a quota of 26,000 coho.

The first All-Depth Halibut fishing days from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will be May 12-14. The Nearshore Halibut season will not open until June 1.

Fishing for bottom fish is now closed outside of a line approximating the 30-fathom curve. Fishing for black rockfish continues to be very good from Charleston to Bandon when the ocean is calm enough for anglers to get out on the water. Fishing for ling cod has been slow recently.

The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers can only keep 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback, or copper rockfish. Retention of cabezon is prohibited from January 1 through June 30.

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

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Plat I has been stocked with 3,000 legal size trout this year. In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bass fishing.

Anglers may have success catching trout and bass with bait such as PowerBait and nightcrawlers where access is available.

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

REINHART POND: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Reinhart Pond will be stocked this week with legal-sized rainbow trout, so trout fishing should be good this weekend. Angling for bass and other warmwater gamefish should be good on the warmer days.

ROGUE RIVER

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

Spring Chinook fishing continues to be hit and miss depending on river and weather conditions. Most fish are being caught by boat anglers as the river clears and drops.

Perch have been starting to show in good numbers at the mouth of the Rogue. One of the best spots to try is the sand spit extending from the south jetty into the mouth of the river. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out and fish when ocean swells are small and light winds are forecasted.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout

The Rogue is closed to fishing for trout until May 22 to protect salmon and steelhead smolts migrating out to sea.

Fishing for winter steelhead is slowing down now that many of the fish have spawned and are headed downstream. The first few spring Chinook salmon of the season have been landed. Anglers are reminded that only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained.

The flow at Grants Pass as of Monday morning was 4,290 cfs and the water temperature averaged 54o F. Turbidity is 2 NTUs. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on NTU’s at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.

The river is open for a limited harvest opportunity for wild steelhead at least 24" in length from Hog Creek boat ramp upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery, 1 per day and 5 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit. Consult the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more regulation information.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

The Rogue is closed to fishing for trout until May 22 to protect salmon and steelhead smolts migrating out to sea.

Fishing for winter steelhead has been fair; however, higher flows making fishing more difficult. With spring Chinook arriving in the area, anglers are reminded that only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained. As of April 13, 1,169 winter steelhead and 9 spring Chinook had been collected at Cole Rivers, with 276 new steelhead entering the hatchery last week. The flow at Gold Ray was 3,920 cfs and the water temperature was 50o F on Monday morning. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,996 cfs, but scheduled to drop to 2,700 cfs, with a temperature of 48o F. The river is open for a limited harvest opportunity for wild steelhead at least 24" in length from Hog Creek boat ramp upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery, 1 per day and 5 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit. Consult the synopsis for more regulation information.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

Rainbow and brook trout are available.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: sturgeon, striped bass, steelhead

Winter steelhead angling is winding down. Retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed in the Smith River mainstem from the mouth upstream to Sisters Creek and in the North Fork of the Smith River from the mouth upstream to Bridge 10 near the Middle Fork of the North Fork. Sturgeon fishing is catch-and-release only.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR:

Closed to fishing.

SPALDING POND: rainbow trout

Spalding Pond was stocked last week with legal-sized rainbow trout.

TENMILE BASIN: trout, steelhead, bass

Streams in the Tenmile Basin are closed for trout fishing until May 22. Tenmile Lakes is open all year for trout but trout fishing has been slow. Trout fishing in Tenmile Lakes has been slow but the lake was recently stocked with legal size rainbows.

Steelhead angling is open in the Tenmile Basin until April 30.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good over the past week. Anglers are catching bass in shallow water on spinner baits, jigs, and rubber worms.

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

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

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions. The first rainbow trout stockings of 2016 for Clearwater Forebay 2 in May, and Red Top Pond was stocked with 500 rainbow trout last week. In addition, there should be plenty of holdover legal-sized trout from previous stockings in those waterbodies.

Red Top Pond offers excellent bank angling opportunities.

Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, spring Chinook

The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Winter steelhead fishing is slowing down. The mainstem Umpqua is closed for trout fishing until May 22.

Spring Chinook are now being caught in the Scottsburg to Elkton area on a regular basis and as water temperatures approach the mid 50’s fishing should improve. Please note the changes in regulations this year on page 33 of the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. On the Main, anglers can harvest 2 wild spring Chinook per day and up to 5 wild springers from Feb. 1 – June 30. From July 1– Dec. 31, you can harvest 2 wild Chinook per day, and in combination with the other salmon/steelhead recorded on your salmon tag, up to 20 fish total. Fin-clipped hatchery fish can be recorded on a separate hatchery harvest tag that is available. There is no limit on the number of hatchery tags that can be purchased. Daily limits still apply.

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, NORTH: steelhead

Winter steelhead angling is slowing down, but bank anglers targeting winter steelhead have still been having luck around Rock Creek. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Spring Chinook fishing has been improving and should continue to do so as water temperatures warm. There have been reports of Spring Chinook being caught below Winchester Dam and around Rock Creek.

Note that from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 through June 30, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to fly angling only with a single barbless fly. Per the new regulation on page 31, 32 of the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet, from Feb. 1 – July 31, 2 wild Chinook per day can be harvested. Ten wild Chinook may be harvested in the North during this time frame in aggregate with wild Chinook harvested in the Main.

Remember that from March 1 through July 31 the anti-snagging gear restrictions apply on the North from the Lone Rock boat ramp upstream to the fly area boundary above Rock Creek. The Mainstem from Soda Springs Dam, including Soda Springs Reservoir, up to Slide Creek Dam is closed year-round to fishing.

North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: steelhead

The South Umpqua is currently open to adipose fin-clipped steelhead harvest, and a few hatchery winter steelhead are still being harvested below the confluence of Canyon Creek. There have also been reports of solid bass fishing as the water temperatures become warmer, but remember the South Umpqua is closed to all angling May 1-May 21.

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

Willow Lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. The lake is full, and fishing should be good. Still fishing with bait or trolling a fly, lure, or wedding ring/bait combination should produce trout. Fishing for bass and panfish will improve as the water warms this spring.

WINCHESTER BAY: bottomfish, perch

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


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

SW Oregon Spring Bear tags are sold out.

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

COOS COUNTY

Spring Turkey – Numbers across the county are strong. We have received many reports of harvested birds throughout the area. Hunters should focus their efforts on the agricultural lands and valleys where males are beginning to strut. Recently opened, lower elevation clear-cuts adjacent to private lowlands can also be productive. The vast majority of hunting opportunities will be concentrated on private lands so hunters should expect to have to knock on doors to obtain permission and access. If permission is granted, likelihood of success is high.

Bear - Prospects for spring bear hunters remain good. While early May is expected to bring more activity here on the coast, ODFW biologists have already checked in several bears during the first full two weeks of hunting. Hunters should focus themselves on south facing hillsides in the early mornings and evenings and work to identify grassing openings where bears may be attracted. An understanding of what bears are eating will help hunters focus their efforts.

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Spring turkey - The general spring season opened April 15th and runs through May 31st. Last year’s chick/poult counts showed good production so hunters can expect the spring gobbler hunt this year to be excellent. All indicators point to a healthy turkey population in Douglas County. In general, most turkeys are found on or adjacent to low-mid elevation private lands associated with oak savannah habitat. ODFW has also supplemented prime habitat within the Umpqua National Forest with turkeys over the last several years. Healthy turkey production around the Toketee, Tiller and Upper Cow Creek areas of the Umpqua National Forest can give hunters a different experience and opportunity to test their turkey calling skills. Hunters are reminded to obtain permission before hunting on private lands.

Spring Bear – Opened on April 1st and continues through May 31st. Bears are beginning to become active again! Scout and hunt south sloped early green-up areas to find the bear you want to tag. Bear numbers are good with the highest numbers at lower elevations in the coast range with lower numbers elsewhere in the coast range and Cascades. Hunters can focus on open meadows early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Hunters have been seeing active bears from day one of this hunt season this year. Successful bear hunters are required to check in the skull within 10 days of the kill.

ELK HUNTERS are reminded that for elk seasons extending into this year, they will be required to purchase a 2016 hunting license. Hunters also need to report on big game tags that are valid January 1st through March 31, 2016 by April 15, 2016 to avoid the $25 fee.

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. Check with landowners about access before going hunting.

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

JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES

The Jackson Cooperative Travel Management Area is in effect. This agreement between government agencies and private partners provides hunters with access to a variety of lower elevation areas to hunt. Now that hunting seasons are over the roads continue to remain closed within designated areas unless posted to provide very little disturbance to wildlife especially deer and Elk. Maps can be obtained online through ODFW’s website; click on the Oregon Hunting Access Map

Denman Wildlife Area: Remember to get your parking permit. Hunters get the permit free with their purchase of an annual hunting license. Reminder, starting April 1 bird dog training will be restricted to within the “dog training area” along Touvelle road except for organized permitted events.

TURKEY season opened April 15. After last year’s successful nesting season we have an increase in turkey numbers allowing this season to be better than those of the past few years. Turkey flocks continue to be found in a wide variety of places in our counties. Plenty of public lands have turkey, often found in grassy/oak savannas on BLM lands and lower elevation timber\meadow lands of the Rogue National Forest, although most will be found on private land where permission will need to be acquired before hunting. Turkeys will be feeding on green grasses and insects. Use locator calls before light or after dark to locate roosting trees; then set up in an area of their travel and begin calling as light approaches.

BEAR season is here. All spring bear tags are sold out. Typically spring bear hunting improves as the season goes along. Boars are usually first to show and sows show later. This is what usually occurs when we have a normal winter season. Season is expected to be average for the spring. When bears are out they will be feeding in grassy openings. Focus on south facing hill sides in the early mornings and evenings. Good spots to check are skid roads and side roads that are untraveled with lots of grassy margins and bear sign. Remember successful bear hunters need to checking-in an unfrozen skull; otherwise tooth collection, measurement and tagging is difficult. Biologists recommend propping the bear’s mouth open with a stick after harvest; it makes for easier tooth collection and measuring.

Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met. Most cougar hunters’ success comes from predator calls. Cougars travel many miles a day and often use major ridge lines to find prey, these ridge lines are location for predator calls.

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

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


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

COOS COUNTY

Marine Mammals

Seal and sea lion abundance in coastal waters around Coos County is high at this time of year, especially south of Coos Bay. At Simpson Reef, a heavily used haul out exists. 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.

Waterfowl

One of the best places on the Oregon coast to see large congregations of waterfowl is the Coquille Valley. The Audubon Society estimates as many as 50 percent of the migratory dabbling ducks that migrate along the coast winter in the Coquille Valley.

Inundation here has created a situation that is very attractive to waterfowl. Those interested in seeing large concentrations of birds are encouraged to visit Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and Coquille Valley Wildlife Area. Bandon Marsh is located near where Hwy 101 crosses the Coquille River, just upstream from the city of Bandon. Coquille Valley Wildlife Area is located near the junction of North Bank Road and Hwy. 42. There are also large congregations of birds in other places along North Bank Road, Hwy. 42S and Hwy. 42 between Myrtle Point and Coquille.

Also, for those interested in seeing a Eurasian widgeon up close, there has been one frequently visiting Mingus Park in Coos Bay with American widgeons. Over the winter several bird enthusiasts have reported seeing this bird at the park. While Eurasian Widgeons are not particularly rare in Oregon they are far less common than American widgeons. While they are closely related, Eurasian widgeons in North America are birds that migrated down the wrong side of the globe. They normally winter in Eurasia, thus their name.

Shorebirds

The number of shorebirds seen along the Oregon coast is increasing. These birds are the earliest of their kind migrating north for the nesting season. As the spring progresses the number of shorebirds in our area will increase. May is the month where we see the greatest number of shorebirds in Coos County. Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge often reports the highest concentrations of shorebirds on the west coast at times. Bandon Marsh Unit of the refuge is the place where these high concentrations are visible. Those interested in seeing these birds should visit the viewing platform located along Riverside Dr. on the outskirts on the city of Bandon.

Seabirds

A black-footed albatross was spotted off of the Charleston docks this past weekend by the western-most jetty. They are the most common albatross off the Oregon Coast, foraging off the coast year-round, but are only occasionally seen so close to shore. Their primary breeding grounds are in the along the Hawaiian island chain. The black-footed albatross can have a wingspan up to 7 ft and are known for their ability to soar long distances across the ocean. The oldest known bird was over 40 years old.

CURRY COUNTY

Whale watching is good along the coast through the end of May. The northern migration occurs March through May and whales will be cruising closer to shore than they do on the southern migration. Viewing points within Curry County from north to south are Battle Rock, Cape Sebastian, Cape Ferrelo and Harris Beach State Park.

Shorebirds are currently migrating north and can be observed on area beaches and the Rogue Bay. Ospreys are actively fishing in the Rogue estuary and also nesting on the Lower Rogue. Several nests are observable from the Jerry Flat Road along the Rogue River.

Migrant waterfowl are showing up in all the bays. Elegant terns are now seen in the Rogue bay. They are a mid-sized tern with long reddish bill that has a turned down appearance. The tail is forked and short. Their head has a black band along the top and wings are tipped with black other than that they are white.

Try waterfowl viewing at Storm Ranch near Langlois. You could find coots, bufflehead, wigeon, mallards, pintail and ringneck ducks. (3/21/2016)

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Birds – Songbird nesting is just around the corner. Now is a good time to clean out your songbird and wood duck boxes. Always remove old nesting material to encourage birds to take up residence. The most common birds that use songbird nest boxes are bluebird, swallow, chickadee, nuthatch and wren. Other species that can use other types of nesting boxes and nesting structures are wood duck, Canada goose, purple martin, robin, flicker, downy woodpecker, screech and barn owl and sparrow hawk.

Owls - Start to listen for Great Horned Owls and smaller owls calling in the evenings and early morning near local wooded habitats.

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

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

Osprey - Ospreys have returned to the Umpqua Valley from their wintering areas in Central and South America. Ospreys are also known as fish hawks and can be seen flying above rivers or lakes looking for fish in the water. This time of the year look for male ospreys diving into the water capturing fish, and taking the captured fish back to the female on the nest.

Turkey Vultures - Turkey vultures have arrived in the Umpqua Valley. Look for more turkey vultures returning from their wintering grounds in Mexico and points south. Vultures can be seen soaring high in the sky looking for food or on the ground utilizing expired animals. Also, look for them early mornings perched in a tree sunning themselves with their wings spread warming up.

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

Deer – Don’t feed the deer in your area. This is the time of year when we start receiving reports from the public of sick looking deer with little to no hair or patches of hair missing. This condition referred to as “Deer Hair Loss Syndrome or DHLS” has been affecting local deer populations for the last 19 years. Many of the affected deer are does or fawns but for more information on the syndrome check out the ODFW website. This condition is believed to be caused by exotic biting lice in high numbers on affected deer, and can result in death for some while others overcome this condition. An infected deer can pass lice easily to other deer when they congregate in areas where fed so ODFW recommends to not feed the deer to minimize lice transfer and increasing the DHLS in our area.

Shed Antlers – Now is a good time to get out in the woods and look for shed deer and elk antlers. Be careful not to harass deer and elk out of critical winter range habitat.

JACKSON and JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

Shed Antlers

Now is a good time to get out in the woods and look for shed deer and elk antlers.

Upper and Lower Table Rocks rise 800 feet above the valley floor. Habitat types 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.

Crows

Crows and Raven are similar to each other. Crows are smaller in size (17.5 inches) with smaller beaks with fan shape tail in flight and they make a caw sound. Whereas ravens are larger (24 inches) with long heavy bills, wedge shaped tail, with a low, drawn-out croak call and are protected.

Denman Wildlife Area

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

Song Birds

Several types of swallows are beginning to nest in our bird boxes around the Denman Wildlife area office. Also the ospreys are back and are currently building their nest.

A covered viewing station on the Denman Wildlife Area provides a good opportunity to view waterfowl, egrets, raptors and songbirds. The structure was built by the Oregon Hunters Association and is accessed by a paved, ADA-accessible pathway. It is on Whetstone Pond, just north of the ODFW Rogue Watershed Field Office in Central Point. For more information about the wildlife area, visit ODFW’s Web site.

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


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities  

  • ODFW will host a free family fishing event at Sheridan Pond on Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The ponds will be stocked with fish, including trophy-sized trout, and staff will be on hand to provide rods, reels, tackle, bait, and assistance to anyone who wants to come join in the fun. The event is free, although anglers 12 and older require a fishing license.
  • Chinook salmon fishing is slow to fair in Portland Harbor and should continue for the foreseeable future.
  • Trout stocking is in full swing around the region and state. This week’s Willamette Zone stockings include Bethany Pond, Dorman Pond, Haldeman Pond, Henry Hagg Lake, Salmonberry Lake, Silver Creek Reservoir, Timber Lake, Trojan Pond, Alton Baker Canal, Blue River Reservoir, Carmen Reservoir, Clear Lake, Detroit Reservoir, Dexter Reservoir, EE Wilson Pond, Foster Reservoir, Freeway Lake East, Junction City Pond, Leaburg Lake, McKenzie River above Leaburg Dam, Sunnyside Park, Timber Linn Lake.

NOTICE: Due to unsafe conditions, Linn County Parks has temporarily closed the boat ramp at the Stayton-Scio bridge. No time frame has been provided as to its re-opening. More information at 541-967-3917. Serious navigation hazards also have been reported between Shelburn and Green’s Bridge boat ramps on the North Santiam. Boaters are advised not to use that stretch of river.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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.

2016 trout stocking

The 2016 trout stocking schedules for the North Willamette Watershed (pdf) District and the South Willamette Watershed (pdf) District are posted on the ODFW Trout Stocking Page. Take a look to find out when and where Oregon’s hatchery trout are being released around the state.

High Lakes stocking

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

North Willamette High Lakes Stocking |Mid-Willamette High Lakes Stocking |South Willamette High Lakes Stocking

Check out the new interactive trout stocking map

Find the location and details about the many lakes ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on the new Google-based stocking map. Click on the fish icons to bring up all the pertinent information about the state’s trout fishing locations.

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

The canal will be stocked this week with 1,300 trout. It will be stocked approximately every other week through mid-November.

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

ODFW’s Springfield staff and volunteers will be hosting a free Family Fishing Event on Sunday, May 1 at Alton Baker Canoe Canal behind Kowloon’s Restaurant. The event will run from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist young anglers and their families learn to fish. All necessary equipment is provided, although young anglers are welcome to bring their own equipment if they have it. Anglers 12 and older need to purchase a license prior to coming to the event. For information, call the Springfield Field Office at 541-726-3515.

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

Stocked the week of April 18 with 3,000 8-inch “legal” rainbow trout. This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84; the park is located on the south side of the freeway about 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

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

Stocked the week of April 25 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 18 with 1,500 8-inch “legal” rainbow trout.

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

BLUE RIVER: trout, steelhead

Blue River above Blue River Reservoir will be stocked this week at multiple locations with a total of 750 fish. Fish are released from the reservoir upstream to Quentin Creek. Bait use is allowed through October 31. Two wild trout may be harvested per day above Blue River Reservoir only.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Hwy. 126 and is open to year-round fishing. The reservoir will be stocked this week with 2,100 hatchery trout, including 100 larger trout.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

Regulation changes for 2016 year will allow fishing on this river year-round. Trout stocking will remain the same, with the first release scheduled for some time in May. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day.

Note that the river is closed to salmon fishing year-round.

CANBY POND: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill

Canby Pond will not be stocked again until fall due to warm water temperatures and thick aquatic vegetation.

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

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

Carmen Reservoir will be stocked this week with 3,000 rainbow trout, including 500 larger trout. The reservoir is accessed via USFS Road 750 off Hwy. 126, about two miles south of Clear Lake. It is open to fishing all year. Motor boats are prohibited on Carmen Reservoir.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: winter steelhead, summer steelhead

Clackamas River water conditions have changed some in the past few days after a weekend of heavy showers and cool temperatures, with increased flows and colder water temperatures. Winter steelhead catches have slowed down considerably as the run seems to be coming to an end, although a few fish have been landed around Dog Creek near the hatchery at McIver Park. Summer steelhead are appearing more regularly in the catch but this fishery will only improve as we head further into May. It’s still early to expect any springers to show up in the catch.

It’s been an exceptional season for winter steelhead on most local streams and Clackamas Hatchery at McIver Park has had nearly 4,000 winters swim in, a return that obliterates the previous season record 1,947 set in 2013. The sensational return allowed the hatchery to complete their spawning of winter steelhead earlier than normal, with all of the excess fish now going to community food banks or stream nutrient enrichment.

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

USGS hydrological data for April 25 shows river flows up at 3,450 cfs, with a gauge reading of 13.05 feet and the water temperature steady near 48° F. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year and will be stocked this week with 3,625 rainbow trout, including 1,125 larger trout. The lake is accessed from Hwy. 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield.

COAST FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER: trout

The Coast Fork Willamette River is open to angling. Bait use is allowed through Oct. 31. The river was recently stocked with 1,000 hatchery trout at several locations near town. In addition to 5 hatchery trout, two wild trout may be kept daily.

COMMONWEALTH LAKE: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie

Stocked the week of April 18 with 1,500 rainbow trout.

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

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

Cottage Grove Ponds are open to year round angling and are accessed via an asphalt pathway behind the truck scales on Row River Road. These ponds also offers wildlife viewing opportunities. The pond with the dock was recently stocked for the last time this season with 2,000 fish (listed as Row River Nature Park on stocking schedule).

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to fishing all year. Both boat ramps should be accessible. The reservoir will be stocked this week with 4,250 rainbow trout.

CRESWELL POND (GARDEN LAKE): trout, warmwater species

Stocked the week of March 28 with 1,500 rainbow trout. This was the last stocking of the season. Warmwater fish will continue to be available.

Garden Lake (Creswell Pond) is located in Garden Lake Park on the east side of I-5 in Creswell and is open to fishing all year. The pond and park offer additional wildlife viewing opportunities.

DETROIT RESERVOIR: trout, kokanee

This reservoir receives over 100,000 trout throughout the year. There are plenty of trout available, especially near submerged tree stumps and ledges. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit for fishing conditions.

Water storage season has begun which means we are starting to see reservoir levels increase. Reservoir elevation is about 17 feet below full pool and rising. Mongold boat ramp and several others, including Kane’s Marina, are currently usable. It will be stocked this week with 20,000 legal-sized hatchery rainbow trout.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Dexter Reservoir near Lowell is visible from Hwy. 58. Boat and bank access is available from state and county parks. Parking and bank access are also available from the causeway near Lowell. Dexter Reservoir will be stocked this week with 3,000 catchable rainbow trout. Largemouth bass and some smallmouth are also available to anglers in this reservoir.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to fishing all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available. Both boat ramps are accessible. Dorena was stocked the week of April 18th with 6,000 hatchery trout. It will be stocked again in October.

DORMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of April 25 with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. This is an eight-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6.

EAGLE CREEK: winter steelhead

The winter steelhead run on Eagle Creek is about over after a very good season was enjoyed by local anglers. Fishing effort has been nearly non-existent, a good indication that things have slowed quite a bit although rain over the weekend has improved fishing conditions.

Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery had a great return this winter with over 2,800 steehead coming back, a big improvement over what’s been experienced in the past couple of years. If flows exist in May or June the creek could see a return of spring Chinook from smolt releases at the acclimation pond and the hatchery.

Keep in mind that long stretches of Eagle Creek run through private property, particularly up near the hatchery and from an area below the lower ladder on down past Bonnie Lure to the mouth. Anglers are advised to pay close attention to where you fish and we encourage you to ask permission prior to accessing or crossing private lands on your way to your favorite fishing hole. See Page 15 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation pamphlet for more information on “Your Rights to Use the Surface, Bed, and Banks of Oregon’s Rivers and Lakes.”

EE WILSON POND: warmwater, trout

This pond is located at EE Wilson Wildlife Area, about a ¼ mile hike from the main parking lot. Recent changes to the fishing regulations now make this a year-round open fishery. It will be stocked this week with 2,000 legal, 300 larger, and 25 trophy size hatchery trout. A valid wildlife area parking permit is required.

ESTACADA LAKE: trout

Closed to trout fishing on Nov. 1; open to retention of hatchery (adipose fin-clipped) Chinook salmon and hatchery (adipose fin-clipped) steelhead all year.

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

FALL CREEK: trout

Open all year for trout, with bait allowed April 22 – Oct. 31. Open all year for hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead greater than 24 inches below Fall Creek Dam. Fall Creek was stocked at multiple locations above Fall Creek Reservoir with a total of 1,750 hatchery trout the week of April 18. Five hatchery trout and an additional 2 wild trout may be harvested daily.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek Reservoir was stocked the week of April 18 with 3,400 larger trout, including 400 one-pounders. North Shore and Winberry Creek Park boat ramps are open.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

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

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

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

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

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. At the moment, only Sunnyside Park boat ramp is currently available. It will be stocked this week with another 10,000 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout. Look for smallmouth bass and yellow perch near underwater structure and drop-offs.

Please remember that only kokanee and adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept and there are no limits on size or number of bass.

From I-5 take US 20 east from Albany to the town of Sweet Home. The reservoir is 3 miles past the town on the left.

FREEWAY LAKE, EAST: bass bluegill crappie

About 800 legal and 100 larger size hatchery rainbow trout will be released into the pond this week. This water-body actually consists of three interconnected ponds and features some good size bass and crappie. A boat ramp is available at East Freeway Lake, and there is good bank access around Middle Freeway Lake. Fishing for warmwater gamefish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish can be very good, especially early and late in the day.

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. Holdover trout and smallmouth bass can be found near tree stumps and near drop-offs in all parts of the reservoir. It will be stocked this week with 6,000 legal size hatchery trout.

Water storage season has begun and the reservoir is starting to fill up again. Reservoir elevation is currently about 17 feet below full pool. At the moment, both Whitcomb Creek and Thistle Creek boat ramps are available to launch boats.

HALDEMAN POND: trout

Stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout the week of April 25.

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

HARRIET LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of April 18 with more than 4,000 trout, including several dozen trophy-sized fish.

Harriet is a 23-acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River in the Mount Hood National Forest. Boat ramp is just past campground.

HARTMAN POND: trout

Stocked the week of April 18 with 1,750 legal-sized rainbow trout.

This is a year-round warmwater and spring trout fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge. Excellent for non-boating anglers.

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

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

The lake will receive an additional 5,500 rainbow trout this week, bringing to 30,500 the total number of trout released so far this year.

Henry Hagg Lake is now open year-round and is stocked regularly throughout the spring and fall. This is a 1,110-acre lake and premier fishery located seven miles southwest of Forest Grove. Maintained and operated by Washington County, the park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

This reservoir is located about four miles southeast of Oakridge and is open to year round fishing. Hills Creek Reservoir is stocked with 60,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings and 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon fingerlings annually to provide a harvest fishery the following year. Fingerlings are in addition to catchable trout releases, including 4,100 trout released the week of April 4. Trout and salmon must be adipose-fin clipped to be harvested. Large native trout are available for catch-and-release fishing.

All three boat ramps are accessible.

HILLS CREEK and Hills Creek Tributaries above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Hills Creek and its tributaries above Hills Creek Reservoir are open all year. Bait is allowed April 22 through October 31. Two wild trout 8” or longer may be kept per day. Hills Creek is not stocked.

HUDDLESTON POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Stocked the week of April 18 with 750 legal-size rainbow trout and 25 trophies.

Huddleston is a 5-acre pond located within Huddleston Pond Park in the city of Willamina, Ore. A former mill pond, it contains good habitat for bass and bluegill. It gets stocked with trout in the spring.

The pond reaches a maximum depth of about 10 feet, with shallow "kid-friendly" edges. It is ADA accessible in places, with a restroom and picnic areas nearby. There is paved parking lot and small ramp for people who want to launch small, non-motorized boats.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

Junction City is a popular stocked trout fishing pond located about two miles south of Junction City on Hwy. 99W on the west side of the highway. There is excellent access around the entire 5-acre pond. It will be stocked again this week with 2,250 legal-size, and 150 larger-size hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20-inches.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake is open to angling all year. Bait use is allowed April 22-October 31. Only hatchery fish may be kept. All wild trout must be released. The lake will be stocked with 1,400 trout this week, and will be stocked more or less weekly through the summer.

Leaburg Dam is scheduled to remain open without restrictions to vehicular and pedestrian traffic until construction work on the dam resumes in June 2016.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from the Leaburg Town Landing downstream to Hendricks Bridge from late April through early September. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. The lower McKenzie River was stocked the week of April 18th with 9,000 trout from about 1.4 miles below Greenwood Landing to Hendricks Bridge. Bait use is allowed April 22 through October 31.

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

Leaburg Dam is scheduled to remain open without restrictions to vehicular and pedestrian traffic until construction work on the dam resumes in June 2016.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake is stocked with hatchery trout from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Landing, with some summer releases from Forest Glen boat landing, from late April through mid-September. The upper McKenzie River will be boat stocked from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Bridge this week with a total of 9,250 fish.

All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed. Bait use is allowed April 22 through October 31.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above Hills Creek Reservoir: trout

The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir is open to angling using lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released upstream of Lookout Point Reservoir. Bait use is allowed below Dexter Dam. The Middle Fork Willamette River is not stocked with hatchery trout.

MOLALLA RIVER: winter steelhead

The Molalla River flows jumped considerably after a few days of heavy showers, providing improved angling conditions for late winter steelhead. The steelhead numbers moving upriver at Willamette Falls have seen some increase with fish moving through at a rate of 50 and 65 fish per day; this number is an indicator of how many fish could be available to catch as a few turn into the Molalla instead of heading further up the Willamette. With the counts continuing to plug along, passage at the falls for winter steelhead has reached 5,092 fish through April 22. As the spring Chinook counts improve there should be springer fishing available from acclimation pond returns.

USGS hydrological data for the Molalla River on April 22 shows flows increased at 1,620 cfs with a gauge reading of 12.59 feet, as measured in Canby.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Stocked the week of April 18 with 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Angling is restricted to youths age 17 and under and holders of ODFW's Disabled Anglers permits from April 1 - Aug. 31. Mt. Hood Pond is located on the Mt. Hood Community College campus in Gresham, at 26000 SE Stark St.

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout

Closed to trout fishing until May 22, 2016.

Fishermen are reminded that the boat ramp and marina at Promontory Park is 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. For more information about the closure, visit PGE’s website (pdf)

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

Stocking has been completed for the season. This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area. Located on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest it is a popular summer recreational destination for people from Portland and Salem, Ore.

There are three campgrounds and a rustic cabin resort on this lake as well as a hiking trail that encircles the perimeter. Yurts, cabins, and boat rentals are available at Olallie Lake Resort. There is a boat ramp at Peninsula Campground on the southwest shore of the lake. Camping is also available at Olallie Meadows Campground and Paul Dennis Campground.

Olallie Lake is also a popular jumping off point for backpackers who want to fish the surrounding high lakes or access the Pacific Crest Trail.

PROGRESS LAKE: trout, brown bullhead

Stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout the week of April 18. The pond was also stocked with trout two weeks ago and some of those should still be available.

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

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

This stream above Green Peter Reservoir provides excellent opportunities to fish for trout, with good bank access along most of its length. Regulation changes for 2016 makes this a year-round fishery with a bag limit of 5 trout per day. It will receive its first trout stocking in May. 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.

ROARING RIVER PARK POND: trout

This is a small one acre pond in Roaring River County Park near ODFW’s Roaring River fish hatchery. To get there, drive highway 226 east out of Albany and turn right onto Fish Hatchery Road and continue for about seven miles. Park is on the right. It will be stocked this week with 160 legal and 20 larger size rainbow trout.

SANDY RIVER: winter steelhead, summer steelhead

The winter steelhead fishery on the Sandy River should be considered over for spring 2016 as virtually no effort has been seen up near Cedar Creek and the hatchery. There could be a very small number of fish left to be found but for the most part the excellent winter steelhead run is about done. A few nice summer steelhead have been landed however, so as the winter steelhead fishery comes to a close anglers now have the opportunity to get in on the start of a summer steelhead run.

The Sandy Hatchery at Cedar Creek had excellent winter return numbers and began recycling fish back down to the Lewis and Clark boat ramp several weeks ago. They’ve had over 3,800 steelhead return to the hatchery total for the season and earlier had recycled over 2,200 of these winters back downstream to give anglers another shot at hooking them. Interested anglers can identify a recycled steelhead by a simple hole punch found in the right side gill plate cover of the fish.

A typical rule of thumb for the Sandy River is if snow levels are above 4,000 feet it could be a bit off but when below 4,000 feet angling conditions get good. With snow levels moving up some this week we should see conditions looking more typical of springtime.

USGS hydrological data for the Sandy River on April 25 shows flows up at 2,520 cfs, a gauge reading of 9.94 feet, and the water temperature falling down to 46°.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

Returns of adult steelhead and Chinook are in full swing at Willamette Falls and some of them have started to show up in the Santiam basin. The first Chinook arrived last week at Upper Bennett dam in Stayton, along with a handful of summer steelhead. As of April 14, they have counted 625 summer steelhead and 1,214 spring Chinook at the Willamette Falls fish ladder. Flows are coming down making for improved fishing conditions.

When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below Packsaddle Park (near the Minto Fish Facility) is open year-round to hatchery steelhead. Trout harvest season begins May 22. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (the Mehama gauge was at 2,450 cfs as of April 18). Current conditions

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

Regulation changes for 2016 makes this section a year-round fishery. The river will be stocked as in previous years starting in May. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day. This section of river is closed to salmon fishing.

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

Flows have moderated lately and will continue to decrease throughout the week as nicer weather moves in. This will make for improved fishing conditions – just in time, as more steelhead are moving into the basin. Current flows (as of April 18) are around 1,780 cfs as measured at Waterloo. Current conditions

Anglers can target winter and summer steelhead, which can be found in fair numbers in the upper sections. 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.

The first few summer steelhead and spring Chinook of 2016 have been reported at Foster dam fish ladder.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

Stocked with trout the first week of April.

Sheridan Pond is a 2 1/2-acre pond located on the edge of town. It provides excellent access for families and kids. Good parking. There is an outhouse provided. It is stocked throughout the year with hatchery trout.

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 4 for a free family fishing event. Holdover trout 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 April 25 with 3,500 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 half-pounders.

This is a 65-acre reservoir on Silver Creek 2.5 miles south of Silverton on Hwy. 214.

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy. 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following USFS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around bait fishing. Smith Reservoir was stocked the week of April 18 with 4,000 rainbow trout.

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

The ponds will be stocked this week with 700 trout, including some half-pounders.

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

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

SUNNYSIDE PARK POND: bass, bluegill

This 4-acre pond is located 2 miles above the upper end of Foster Reservoir. It was stocked March 25 with 1,000 legal and 50 larger size hatchery rainbow trout. The pond also offers bluegill and largemouth bass year round.

The park has a campground and picnic area and is a great place to take kids fishing. There is also boat ramp access to the Middle Fork arm of Foster Reservoir. To get there from 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.

TIMBER LINN LAKE: rainbow trout

Stocked the week of April 25 with 2,000 trout of various sizes.

This beautiful, family-friendly fishing pond is located within the 8-acre Timber-Linn Memorial Park in Albany. It will be stocked this week with 250 legal and 25 trophy size hatchery rainbow trout. Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be taken per day. Timber-Linn Lake can be reached by turning east off I-5 onto the Santiam Highway (Hwy. 20), then immediately turning north onto Price Road and proceeding to the park entrance.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

Trail Bridge Reservoir is open to year-round fishing. This waterbody is adjacent to Hwy 126 and is approximately 60 miles east of Springfield. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested from Trail Bridge Reservoir. Only flies and lures may be used. Stocking will resume in May.

TROJAN POND: trout, panfish

Trojan Pond will receive another 2,000 trophy trout this week.

ODFW staff and volunteers will be on site to hand out loaner gear and provide instruction. Kids 11 and younger fish free while everybody else needs a license.

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

TUALATIN RIVER and tribs: trout

These are now year-round fishing streams under the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Open all year for catch-and-release trout fishing. Harvest allowed May 22-Oct. 31.

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

This pond will be stocked this week with 400 legal and 50 larger size hatchery rainbow trout. There may still be a few surviving large brood trout weighing several pounds in there. As a reminder, only one trout over 20-inches can be kept per day.

This is an 8-acre privately owned pond located in Salem at the northeast corner of McGilchrist and 16th Streets, S.E.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

This pond will be stocked this week with 2,200 legal-size and 150 larger hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, only one trout over 20-inches can be kept per day. Walter Wirth is a 20-acre lake located within the City of Salem’s Cascades Gateway Park.

WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish

Waverly Pond is located in Albany and is regularly stocked in fall, winter and spring. It will be stocked again this week with 750 legal size hatchery rainbow trout.

Please keep in mind that only one fish over 20-inches may be taken per day. From I-5 take exit 234 west towards Albany. The pond is located a quarter mile down Pacific Boulevard on the right. A paved ADA-accessible path runs all the way around the pond.

WILLAMETTE RIVER: sturgeon, winter steelhead, spring Chinook

The Willamette River spring Chinook fishery is struggling to get going with both effort and catch down from what’s typically found in April. The boating effort has been pretty evenly spread out from Oregon City on down to the mouth of Multnomah Channel.

To date the catch has been disappointing considering we’re approaching the end of April with only an occasional decent bite popping up but slow fishing on most days. The lower Multnomah Channel continues to produce the best catch, mainly out of the Bayport Marina boat launch, but heading upriver the catch drops off all the way into Oregon City.

Moving through the last week of April and into early May it should be prime springer fishing time when fish should be found riverwide as long as decent water conditions hold up. The water is a few degrees warmer than normal for late April, but conditions are still pretty good for spring Chinook fishing and will hold this way into next weekend. On a positive note the catch and release sturgeon fishing in the Willamette has been very good for those looking to sturgeon action.

Fish crossings at Willamette Falls had a bit of a resurgence after some rainfall and slightly warmer water seemed to trigger movement. Total passage at the falls for winter steelhead through April 22 now reads 5,092. This winter steelhead passage number is running about in line with the ten year annual average. We’ve also had 997 summer steelhead pass upstream through April 22. There’s finally been a bump in Chinook passage with 3,352 adult springers passing so far through April 22. Given the warmer water temperatures and low flows that Chinook passage number should show a steady increase over the next couple of weeks.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on April 25 shows flows at 18,500 cfs, the water temperature moving up to 59° F and visibility still very good at 5.8 feet.

YAMHILL RIVER and tributaries: trout

These are now year-round fishing streams under the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Open all year for catch-and-release trout fishing. Harvest allowed May 22-Oct. 31.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: CONTROLLED Spring Bear, COUGAR, AND SPRING TURKEY

EVENTS: Big game hunting workshops coming up in June:

  • Finding and Evaluating Places to Hunt June 12 at Cabela’s Tualatin
  • How to Hunt Big Game Workshop June 12 at Albany Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Finding and Evaluating Places to Hunt June 16 at Albany Sportsman’s Warehouse

Please remember to check with the landowner for access restrictions prior to entering private lands. Private timberlands access policy.

In addition industrial forestland owners will usually have information regarding access to their property posted on their gates and usually have a “hotline” devoted to providing up-to-date access for hunters.

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

2016 Spring Turkey Hunting Forecast

2016 Spring Bear Hunting Forecast

SPRING TURKEY

Finding a place to hunt is challenging in Northwest Oregon. Most turkey hunting in the Willamette Zone occurs on private lands. Turkeys are primarily found on private lands in Yamhill County and are not readily available to the public. Those hunters without local contacts should be out talking to landowners to acquire access to the few and widely scattered flocks. Some hunters knock on landowners’ doors where they see turkeys and ask permission to hunt. To find public land opportunities, consult Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Service maps and look for pockets of public land off the main roads, but adjacent to agricultural land and mixed hardwood forests since turkeys key in on acorns, but also feed in meadows on grubs and other insects. Pay special attention to river bottoms in these areas too. At this time of year, turkeys are found at lower elevations in areas with mixed hardwoods (such as oak savannah) and pasture—the type of habitat found mostly on private lands, although some BLM and Forest Service lands feature this habitat. Hone your turkey calling skills by listening to the sounds of live wild turkeys.

BIG GAME

CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR season is open April 1 through May 31 for those hunters who drew a controlled spring bear tag. Tags were allocated through the controlled spring hunt drawing for all hunts except SW Oregon, which is a limited first-come, first-served hunt. Hunters are reminded to check the 2016 Big Game Regulations for their exact hunt boundaries, season dates and requirements for checking in their bear. Skunk cabbage and green grasses are preferred forage items for bears in spring. Early in the season hunters will want to focus on coastal areas or low elevation riparian areas. The key to early success is to target days with some sun and mild weather. Hunters will want to look for areas with abundant green grass or skunk cabbage. Freshly torn up stumps also indicates a bear is in the area.

Spring bear hunting improves later in the season as the bear activity increases. Cascade area hunters will want to pay attention to snow levels in the area they want to hunt. With warm weather dominating the forecast for early April, it is expected some hunters will have early success but biologists still expect the majority of spring bear harvest to occur in May.

Successful bear hunters will need to check-in any bear taken at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. 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 bear checked-in.Be sure to bring in the skull (The skull must be unfrozen and without the hide), the spring bear tag, and harvest location information. Biologists recommend propping the bear’s mouth open with a stick after harvest; it makes for easier tooth collection. Bear hunters are reminded that it is helpful to submit the reproductive tract of any female bear taken. The reproductive tract provides valuable information on the number and frequency of cubs born annually in Oregon and is a critical part of ODFW’s black bear population models. Please review the 2016 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

COUGAR season is open. A technique is to use predator calls to mimic a distressed deer fawn or elk calf. Approaching cougars can be difficult to see when you are predator calling so hunting with a partner is advised. Most deer and elk have moved into their wintering areas and cougars will spend time in these areas while they hunt. For the best success, cougar hunters will want to concentrate their effort in areas with abundant deer and elk sign.

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

COYOTE

Paired coyotes are very territorial during the breeding season and hunters should typically see more than one coyote respond to their calling. Hunters should start experimenting with coyote vocalization sounds such as challenge and interrogation howls to have the best chance of success. Remember to keep the volume low when you start to avoid scaring any animals near your stand, then increase the volume. Hunters are advised to keep a close watch downwind of their positions when predator calling. While bobcats are less disturbed by human scent, coyotes and fox will tend to circle downwind and once they have your scent – it is all over.

BE PREPARED

Remember to apply for your 2016 Big Game Controlled Hunts. Application deadline for fall controlled hunts is May 15, 2016. More Information

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.

PLEASE REPORT OBSERVATIONS OF ELK WITH HOOF DISEASE

Please use the online form below to report observations of live elk, hunter-harvested or dead elk showing signs of elk hoof disease that may include lame or limping elk or elk with damaged, injured, missing or deformed hooves. If you harvest an elk or locate a dead animal with suspected hoof disease, please take the following steps:

  • Remove and save the affected hoof/hooves in a plastic bag and place in a cool area for further evaluation by ODFW
  • Collect GPS locations
  • Take digital photos of affected hooves
  • Contact ODFW at the toll-free wildlife health lab at 866-968-2600 or email Veterinarians at Wildlife.Health@state.or.us.
  • Fill out this online form

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 sanitary by placing it into a clean dry cloth game bag.

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.

Be safe, be responsible and be legal.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

Valleywide

Wild turkeys are actively strutting and courting during this time of year. These birds were introduced into Oregon from other parts of the US where they are native. These birds are widely established in the foothills around the edge of the Willamette Valley. Look for them where there is a mix of wooded areas and pastures. Mixed hardwoods, especially oaks, are preferred over conifers. Tall pines or fir trees are often used for night roosts. Fortunately, turkeys are most active and easiest to see on warm sunny days! Landowners beware! While turkeys are fun to watch and have around, if you feed them you may create a serious problem for yourself and your neighbors. Turkeys will often become a serious nuisance when they concentrate in an area because they are being fed. Turkeys that are not fed will range widely and rarely cause such problems.

Three species of garter snake occur in the Willamette Valley. They are the most commonly seen snakes. Much variability in coloration exists in garter snakes but the best identifying characteristic is a stripe down the middle of the snake's back. No other snake species in western Oregon has a stripe down the middle. A good place to see these harmless snakes is on gravel roads and trails through wetland areas. Wildlife areas in the Willamette Valley such as Fern Ridge, Finley, EE Wilson, Baskett Slough and Ankeny are all good areas to see these beautiful animals. Best viewing conditions are on warm sunny days.

Ospreys are now returning to northwest Oregon from their wintering grounds in Central America. Ospreys mate for life and are building nests, which can be observed on the tops of communication towers, power poles, and broken off trees.

Turkey vultures are also on the move this time of year. Turkey vultures are migrating northward to their breeding grounds. Watch for these large birds on drier days riding the thermals and imagine what our world would look like (and smell like) if there were no turkey vultures to clean up all the dead critters!

Many of the migratory songbirds will begin returning to the area in the next few weeks. Good places to see these birds include Skinners Butte Park, Spencer Butte, Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Howard Buford Park, Elijah Bristow Park, Brown and Minto Island Park, and Ankeny, Finley and Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuges.

During April, listen closely for the musical call of sand hill cranes as they pass through the valley on their way north. Large flocks can be seen flying very high. They occasionally land in fields east and north of Salem for a few days of rest.

Continue to look for signs of spring―blooms on trees and the arrival of sparrows, tree swallows, robins and hummingbirds.

Corvallis Area

EE Wilson Wildlife Area

Many wintering waterfowl are taking advantage of the full ponds at EE Wilson Wildlife area. Waterfowl viewing is good as birds are preparing for breeding season and hunting season is over. Find directions to EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

Bald Hill Park

This park, west of the Benton County Fairgrounds, is home to sharp-shinned and cooper’s hawks that hunt as well as nest in this area. Barn owls have roosted in the sturdy old barn and could nest in the large oaks. Great horned owls and smaller owls are often seen. This is also a good spot for acorn woodpeckers and red-breasted sapsuckers. The willow flycatcher, whose numbers may be declining, has been observed in the riparian areas. The white oak savannas attract white-breasted nuthatches as well as western bluebirds, which can be seen near mistletoe berries in the treetops during winter. Visit the Audubon Society of Corvallis website for parking information and an area map.

Eugene Area

Delta Ponds

Many types of waterfowl and raptors currently use the area. With the higher water and earlier dusk, now is a good time to see beaver. Best viewing time is around sunset and sunrise. When viewing wildlife, please remember to be respectful and try not to disturb the animals’ natural behaviors. Sometimes, the best way to view animals is from inside your vehicle as to not frighten the birds/animals away. For more information on Delta Ponds on the Oregon Solutions website.

Salem Area

Walling Pond

Walling Pond in Salem is a fishing pond created by Walling Sand and Gravel near 16th St. and McGilchrist St. It is west of Interstate 5 off the U.S. 22 exit. In addition to good fishing, visitors to the pond can enjoy seeing a good selection of sparrows, swallows and wintering waterfowl.

Portland area

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

A record number of eagles were observed during the mid-winter eagle survey. Staff counted 205 eagles this year. The old record was 99 eagles. Out of the 205 recorded approximately 75 percent are juvenile eagles.

A huge amount of Snow geese, Tundra swans, and Sandhill cranes as well as other bird species are plentiful on Sauvie Island this time of year. While much of the Wildlife Area is closed, as not to disturb the birds, there are viewing opportunities at Coon Point, Eastside Viewing Platform and Rentenaar Road. All three require a Sauvie Island Parking Permit.

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


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CENTRAL ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Trout fishing has been fair around the dam at Prineville Reservoir, and warmwater fishing is starting to pick up.
  • Fishing has been fair at Ochoco Reservoir, with anglers reeling in trout averaging 16 inches
  • Kokanee fishing has been good lately in Lake Billy Chinook, particularly in the Metolius arm
  • Trout fishing on the Fall River has been fair. Sleep in cause the best fishing will be during the warmest part of the day, usually mid-afternoon.
  • Anglers have been catching a good number of lake trout on Crescent Lake.
  • Nymphs and streamer have been taking trout on the Metolius, where fishing has been fair.
  • Quite a few winter steelhead are still entering the Hood River, and fishing should be good

EVENT: Fly fishing workshop May 14 at Fall River Hatchery, Bend. Learn all the basics of this sport in the morning including tying flies and casting techniques; then fish the beautiful Fall River in the afternoon. Adults only, $52 and pre-registration required. See www.odfwcalendar.com for this and other events.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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

The road leading to the reservoir is passable. Anglers are having fair success in the dirty water. Anglers using gear that has lots of scent, flash or vibration will have the most success.

BEND PINE NURSERY: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year. Limit is two fish per day.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

Bikini Pond has been stocked and should be good fishing. Great spot for kids!

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: Closed to fishing until April 22, 2016.

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

Open to fishing all year.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout, mountain whitefish

Fishing has been slow and will continue to be so in the recent high flows. The flows will be fluctuating as the outflow is adjusted according to the inflow as the reservoir is filled. Fishing is usually slow for a few days after the flows have stabilized.

As a reminder, all trout over 20-inches are considered steelhead and must be immediately released unharmed. Please report any tagged fish to the Prineville Office (541) 447-5111.

Flows below Bowman Dam

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

Open to fishing all year. Access may be limited during winter months.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

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

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

New 2016 regulations opened the river the entire year from the I84 bridge upstream to Pelton Regulating Dam. Trout fishing continues to be productive throughout the entire reach. Great spring weather and warming conditions should improve angler success.

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

Counts at the Sherars Falls salmon and steelhead trap. Trap operation has ended for the season, but will resume again next summer.

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

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

Benham Falls upstream to Wickiup Reservoir:

Closed to fishing until May 22, 2016

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year. Check road closure information prior to driving to lake.

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

Open to fishing all year. Winter road closure information.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

River will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. Open to fishing all year. Anglers report mid-day hatches and fair fishing. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

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

The reservoir was not stocked last week as indicated. It will be stocked the first week of May. Fishing for warmwater species has been picking up.

HOOD RIVER: winter steelhead

Fishing for bright winter steelhead has been excellent with good numbers of fresh fish continuing to enter the river. Anglers will want to pay close attention to river levels, and to avoid runoff conditions.

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

Open to fishing all year. Winter road closure information. New fishing regulations beginning on Jan. 1, 2016 call for catch-and-release for all species.

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

Trout limit may include one bull trout with a 24 inch minimum length limit. Rainbow trout over 20 inches and kokanee over 16 inches must be released unharmed. There are no limits on bass or brown trout.

Fishing has been good to fair for kokanee with the best fishing on the Metolius arm. Recent sampling indicates the kokanee are averaging just under 11 inches. Bull trout fishing was fair and bass fishing has been picking up. 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.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

Open year-round.

LAURANCE LAKE: Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Closed to fishing until April 22, 2016.

LAVA LAKE (BIG): rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year. Winter road closure information.

LAVA LAVE (SMALL): rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year. Winter road closure information.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

Snow will likely block access to Lost Lake until late spring.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Open to fishing all year. Anglers report mid-day hatches and fair fishing. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake is still fishless and will be stocked with rainbow trout once levels of rotenone, used to remove illegally introduced brown bullhead, dissipates to lower levels.

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 20 inches and greater must be released unharmed.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

Fishing has been fair for trout averaging 16 inches in length. Fishing for warmwater fish should start to pick up with the warming water.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing for kokanee and lake trout. Open to fishing all year. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year. Check road closure information prior to driving to lake.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Pine Hollow should offer excellent spring fishing, as the lake has received its spring stocking.

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

Trout fishing has been fair near the dam. Fishing for warmwater fish is picking up with the warming water.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Fishing for trout has been good.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Lake levels are currently good and Rock Creek Reservoir has received it’s spring allocation of rainbow trout, should be great fishing.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Pond will be stocked this week. Open to fishing all year. Limit is 2 trout per day, 8-inch minimum length. Fishing restricted to juvenile anglers 17-years-old and younger.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year.

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

Taylor Lake should offer excellent winter trout fishing opportunity, as the lake has received its winter stocking allocation.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year. Check road closure information before driving to lake.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

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

Closed to fishing until April 22, 2016.


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CENTRAL ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

PRINEVILLE/OCHOCO WILDLIFE DISTRICT

Turkey season opened April 15. Hunters are reporting mixed success throughout the district. Turkeys can be found on forestland in the Ochoco, Grizzly, and Maury WMU’s. Turkey numbers and distribution in the district are gradually increasing, with groups scattered throughout the national forest. This winter was more severe than the mild, open winters of recent years. Significant green-up is starting to occur at lower and mid-elevations, and turkeys will likely be found in these areas as they migrate up from wintering areas. Some north-slope and high elevation areas still have snow, and hunters should contact both the Ochoco National Forest and Prineville BLM offices for road conditions and motorized access restrictions. Motorized restrictions remain in effect year-around in the South Boundary Cooperative Travel Management Area (TMA) along the southern boundary of the Ochoco National Forest. Maps of the area are available at entry portal signs, and at ODFW and Ochoco National Forest offices in Prineville.

Cougar are present throughout the Maury, Ochoco, and Grizzly units. The Maury and Ochoco units are recommended because of their greater amounts of public lands and better accessibility.

Cougars must be checked in at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. Please consult the synopsis for all required parts and be sure to call first to make an appointment.

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

THE DALLES DISTRICT

Spring Bear – Controlled Spring Bear Open April 1st – May 31st. With spring weather arriving, bears activity should increase giving hunters an opportunity for some pre-season scouting. Hunters should focus on clear-cuts, meadows and grassy slopes where bears are feeding on fresh tender shoots of grasses and forbs. Good optics and patience glassing these areas are key to a successful hunt.

White River Unit- Bear numbers are good in the White River unit. Despite healthy bear numbers, success rates have been fairly low in the spring and hunters tend to have a tough time finding bears for this hunt. The edges of the major drainages, such as the White River, Badger and Tygh Creeks, should be good places to find bears in the eastern edge of the unit. Areas south of Mosier provide plenty of open areas in the northwestern portion of the unit.

Hood Unit- Bear densities are good in the Hood Unit. Focus on higher elevation areas with grassy slopes and good vantage points.

Turkey- General Spring Turkey Open April 15th- May 31st. Turkeys can be found throughout the White River Unit with many public land hunting opportunities. The dispersed turkeys can be difficult to locate during the season especially after pressured by other hunters. The key to a successful turkey hunt is good preseason scouting. Identify where they roost, travel and feed and you will be more likely to bag one of these wary birds. The White River unit came in third overall in terms of turkey harvest last year, but remains a heavily-hunted unit with lower success rates per hunter. Harvest in the White River Unit has continued to increase likely due to an increase in hunters. Be aware of other hunters in the area and take necessary safety precautions. This year, the season bag limit increased from 2 to 3 turkeys. Be sure to report on your turkey tags.

Coyotes: There are good numbers of coyotes in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties. Those wishing to pursue will find the best success near agricultural lands. Be sure to ask permission to hunt private lands.

Cougar: Cougars can be found in the same areas as deer and elk as they follow them through their migration routes. Calling with fawn in distress can be effective this time of year. Cougars have large home ranges so remember to be patient and persistent. Remember you need 2016 tag to hunt as of Jan. 1.

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.

Coyotes: There are good numbers of coyotes in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties. Those wishing to pursue will find the best success near agricultural lands. Be sure to ask permission to hunt private lands.

Cougar: Cougars can be found in the same areas as deer and elk as they follow them through their migration routes. Calling with fawn in distress can be effective this time of year. Cougars have large home ranges so remember to be patient and persistent.

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.

Controlled Spring Bear: April 1 – May 31 Bag Limit: One black bear except that it is unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old. Scan open areas in canyons and grassy hillsides to try to locate a bear. Bears will be actively feeding this time of year so be sure to look for food sources.

Don’t forget there is a mandatory check in for all harvested bears. You can find more information on mandatory check in on page 29 of the Big Game Hunting Regulations.

General Spring Turkey: April 15 – May 31 Daily Bag Limit: One male turkey or a turkey with a visible beard. Season Limit: Three legal turkeys. Turkeys can be found throughout the Wildlife Area and in the Mt Hood National Forest. Turkey hunting on the Wildlife Area is a popular sport making it very important to be sure what your target is. Be careful when using decoys and make sure that you are shooting in a safe direction; other hunters could be after the same bird that you are.

Road Closures: Green-dot seasonal roads are now closed to all motorized vehicles for the winter. These closures help prevent road damage and protect wintering wildlife. Walk-in access is still permitted once the roads are closed. The green-dot seasonal roads will reopen April 1.

Eurasian Collared Doves are UNPROTECTED with no season or bag limit restrictions. Hunters only need a hunting license to harvest these birds. Often found in urban areas, make sure you are outside city limits when discharging a weapon.

Cougar is open all year or until zone mortality quotas have been met. Use weather to your advantage; look for tracks in snow, mud, and dirt. Locating fresh tracks in the snow in conjunction with predator calling can be effective.

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


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CENTRAL ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

CROOK COUNTY

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

Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Area

The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Area offers access to view a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office, at Prineville Reservoir State Park office and the ODFW website.

Deschutes County

This winter saw higher than average snowfall in the mountainous regions of Deschutes County, which is good news for fish and wildlife, but wildlife watchers wishing to drive into the mountains should check conditions at ODOT’s Trip Check site before heading out. ODOT closed the Cascade Lakes Highway west of Mount Bachelor and highway 242 west of Sisters. Neither highway is ploughed and both will remain closed until the snow has melted.

The great snowfall provides an opportunity for cross country skiers and snowshoers to find and identify mammal tracks. Rabbits, deer, squirrels and many other species leave evidence of their comings and goings in the snow.

The bald and golden eagles nests at Smith Rock State Park are both active again this year and can be viewed from the parks hiking trails.

Red-tailed hawks are one of the most numerous birds of prey and commonly seen on fence and power poles scanning meadows, sagebrush shrub steppe. Bird watching is not just limited to wild places, as residents and visitors to Bend can watch an osprey pair nesting adjacent to the Parkway that runs through the city, and bird watching is very popular along the Deschutes River as it flows through Bend.

Whether you’re interested in song birds, waterfowl, or raptors and prefer remote birding locations, or those closer to urban areas, directions to a long list of great birding locations can be found at East Cascades Audubon Society. Birding locations

In addition to excellent birding opportunities, wetlands offer the promise of other wildlife viewing. Long toed salamander’s eggs are hatching in lower elevation wetlands and ponds. Cascade frogs are starting to lay their eggs in sites with open water, and choruses of Pacific tree frogs can be heard singing throughout the county. At this time of year, Pacific tree frogs are typically associated with water and breeding sites, but it’s not uncommon to hear them in desert habitats and even in the city.

Early April has seen temperatures climb into the 70’s and the warmer weather will bring reptiles out from their winter slumber. Western fence lizards are commonly found in the mornings on rocky outcroppings soaking up the sun’s rays, and several snake species are now active in a variety of habitats usually associated with water. 04/04/16

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).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. Bald eagles have returned and can be seen congregating at The Dalles Dam.

One of the earliest species to begin nesting, the great horned owl can begin breeding as early as January. Pay close attention to nests made of large twigs, often made by other birds, as you may start to see young owlet heads peering over the edge.

A large variety of songbird species can be viewed in riparian areas along the river. 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. (3/21/2016)

White River Wildlife Area

There are many different animals on White River Wildlife Area ranging from deer and elk to coyotes, bears, and the occasional cougar. Some of these animals are much harder to find than others. Wintering deer can easily be found throughout the wildlife area. Determining bucks from does is more difficult now that most bucks have shed their antlers. Remember, watch carefully for deer along the edge of roads. There are many deer mortalities every year from vehicle collisions. Not only is it bad for the deer but can cause serious injuries or be fatal to the driver and passengers.

It is 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, golden-crowed kinglets, 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, as well as western grebes, coots, and mergansers. 3/15/16



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SOUTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Krumbo Reservoir in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has reopened and fishing for trout is fair to good.
  • Some lakes are frozen and access blocked by snow. Check for access before heading out.
  • Trout fishing on the Blitzen River near Page Springs has been good.
  • Angling at Lake of the Woods for trophy rainbow trout should be excellent later in the week.
  • Fishing the Klamath River below JC Boyle Dam and above JC Boyle Powerhouse is good using dry flies and black spinners such as rooster tail or panther martins.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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

The boat ramp is usable for small boats 12-14 feet. The reservoir was stocked with legal rainbow trout for spring break. Recent angling reports from shore have been very productive. Ana Reservoir will be stocked again the week of May 16.

Hybrid bass are traditionally targeted using crank baits; however they can be caught in the reservoir using various methods including bait. Hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon. A new state record hybrid bass (white and striped bass cross) was caught in Ana Reservoir on Dec. 10, 2014. The fish was caught using a Rapala crankbait on 10 lb. test line and measured 31½ inches with a girth of 24 inches. The fish weighed 19 lbs. 12 oz. The potential new state record is 1 ½ inches longer and 1 lb. heavier than the previous record of 18 lbs. 9 oz. caught in 2009. Angling is allowed 24 hours for hybrid bass.

ANA RIVER: trout

Ana River was stocked with trophy rainbow trout in late October. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a float tube or by walking the banks. Caddis flies are the dominant invertebrate. Small blue winged olive (size 18) mayflies should be hatching. Ana River is a great match the hatch fly fishing river with good hatches throughout the winter. Hatches typically occur during the afternoon from 12-3 p.m. the best time. Small mayfly hatches are typically best on overcast days with light rain or snow. Tui chub and pit roach are abundant in the river therefore casting large flies or lures can be effective for catching larger fish. Ana River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Open to fishing with bait allowed. Fishing will be very slow due to cold water temperatures.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

Balm Creek Reservoir was treated last fall with the chemical fish toxicant, rotenone, killing all fish in the reservoir. The reservoir will be restocked with rainbow trout in early May 2016.

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

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is currently at 93 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is currently useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website.

USBR crews completed a tagging program in Beulah in 2011 and there may still be tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch a tagged trout, please report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

The Blitzen River has been flowing around 180 cfs with water temperatures fluctuating around 6oC. Flows can be checked on the USGS website.

Recent reports indicate that fishing has been fair to good on the Blitzen River around Page Springs and upstream to the weir. Fishermen have reported success swinging weighted streamers or other nymphs that are visible in non-clear water and some have been having good luck with small dry flies fished mid-day when a hatch is present. Fishing around the campground has been productive but higher flows make this a tough area to fish. Early spring can be a great time to fish the Blitzen if the conditions are right. Redband trout will be starting to migrate to upper spawning locations and will become aggressive. This is a good time to find them in riffles and other non-typical holding areas as they move throughout the system.

The South Steens Loop Road is currently closed at the first gate and the North Loop Road is closed at Page Springs. The Burns BLM usually opens the lower gates on the North and South Loop Steens Roads around May 15.

The Blitzen and Little Blitzen Rivers are open year round for catch and release only starting in 2016. Retention is still allowed in other tributaries. Please check the 2016 fishing regulations for changes in the Blitzen River system. It should also be noted that there has been some confusion over the fishing regulations for the Blitzen River as it pertains to rainbow versus redband trout. The regulations for the Blitzen River treat redband trout and rainbow trout as the same species. The confusion comes up because the new regulation states catch-and-release for rainbow trout and says nothing about redband trout.

BLUE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is limited due to snow. 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 it’s a 1-2 hour hike.

Fish were sampled by net and hook and line sampling the summer of 2015. Rainbow trout ranged from 6 to 16-inches and were in healthy condition.

The trout at this lake see little pressure and are easy to catch using flies, lures or bait. Fishing is excellent in June with rainbow trout targeting blue damselfly adults.

BIG ROCK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry last year. The reservoir is 1/3 full and there is no snow pack above the reservoir. The reservoir will likely not fill. The reservoir will be stocked with fingerling rainbow trout this spring.

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

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir is at 98 percent of capacity and the boat ramp is useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation website.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

Fishing has been good for legal-sized rainbow trout. The pond has already been stocked with legal sized rainbow trout and anglers have been catching these and holdovers from last year in consistent numbers this spring. Spring conditions have filled the ponds up and the canal connecting them is also full. Spring is generally the best time to fish the Burns Pond for trout. There are bass in the pond but the water needs to warm up before they become more active.

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

Access is blocked by snow.

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Access blocked by snow

CAMPBELL RESERVOIR: redband trout, largemouth bass, crappie

The reservoir is just outside of Bly on the road to Dairy Creek. Deming Creek irrigation ditch feeds the reservoir. Angling should be picking up for crappie and bass.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout, largemouth bass, brown bullhead

Fishing is slow above Paisley and flows have dropped (258 cfs). The entire Chewaucan River is now open all year. Bait is allowed downstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley, however the use of bait is prohibited upstream of highway 31. Largemouth bass and brown bullhead are available to anglers at the first Hwy. 31 crossing just north of Valley Falls. Small boats can be launched at this site.

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow. The boat ramp is currently useable but recent high winds have resulted in rough and murky water. Chickahominy will be stocked this spring with both legal sized and juvenile rainbow trout to augment the fishery following multiple drought years.

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

Access blocked by snow. Open to fishing, and use of bait is allowed.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Access blocked by snow.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR (Lake County): native redband trout

No fishing reports. The reservoir is likely accessible.

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

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

DEADHORSE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Access to the lake blocked by snow.

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

Flows are high as snow is melting fast (295 cfs) and fishing is slow. Check the Oregon Water Resources Near Real Time Streamflow website for current flow information.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

Fishermen have reported catching holdover trout this spring at Delintment. Fishing from the dock has been productive and fish have also been caught around the campground. The USFS 41 road is passable but there are some downed trees as a result of recent high winds. Most of these trees have been cleared but use caution when driving in the forest during high winds. Delintment Lake is a great place to fish in the spring and is also a great place to take the family.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout and bull trout

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

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

No recent report.

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

There have not been any current fishing reports. The lake is ice free. The road is currently plowed. Fishing is likely good for brown bullhead and yellow perch and picking up for largemouth bass.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Duncan Reservoir is full and has been spilling. There have not been any recent fishing reports. Access is available to the reservoir.

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

The North Loop Steens Road is still closed for the winter making access to Fish Lake almost impossible. The Burns District BLM usually opens the lower gate on the North Loop around May 15.

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

Open to fishing all year. Fourmile Creek off Westside road just north of Cherry Creek is open all year with bait allowed. A few large brown trout occur in the stream.

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

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

Access is blocked due to snow. The lake can be reached by snowmobile and ice fishing should be good. Fourmile Lake is currently 43 percent full. The lake should fill this year.

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

No recent report. Conditions at the lake are unknown. The lake is 51 percent full. Crappie should be biting very soon but the population abundance is low.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the second week of April. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

Access is available to four-wheel-drive vehicles. No recent fishing reports. An illegal introduction of brown bullhead catfish will likely affect survival of trout and kokanee. Expect very slow fishing on this lake in the future.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to 4wheel drive vehicles. No recent fishing reports. All fish likely died the summer of 2015 due to drought. Holbrook will be stocked again in 2016 with fingerling, legal and trophy rainbow trout.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

The pond is ice free. The first spring stocking of rainbow trout will be in the second week of April. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

JACKSON CREEK (UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER): brook trout

Access is blocked by snow. Fishing is open and bait allowed.

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

Fishing is has slowed for warmwater fish such as crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish and brown bullhead catfish due to the recent cold front. Water temperature is currently peaking at 53 degrees.

Fishing for largemouth bass is fair. Best bass fishing is from boat. The reservoir is turbidtherefore anglers should try lures with high visibility and scent. Boats can be launched in several locations in the reservoir. Unimproved ramps occur just north and south of the Highway 66 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.

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

ODFW and Oregon State University have begun to radio tag redband trout in Upper Klamath Lake. Any redband trout capture with a radio tag needs to be released immediately unharmed. There will be a long antennae sticking out of the side of the fish. The antennae looks like heavy 50 lb test fishing line (See attached picture). Please report the catch of these radio tagged redband trout. The lake is at full pool. Catch rates for trophy redband trout have slowed due to the recent cold front. The wind has increased turbidity on the Lake. Most anglers are trolling but some are casting with success. Water temperature has increased to a high of 52 degrees. Success angling from shore is similar to past weeks. Most anglers fish with dead minnows from shore.

Visibility is improving slightly with approximately 12 inches in most locations.. The outlet of Upper Klamath Lake is a location to try from shore at Putnams Point or near Link River Dam. Angling should continue to improve

Anglers are also fishing at areas where water is being pumped into lake. Please remember that angling is prohibited within 200 feet of Link River Dam.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir opened to fishing on Oct. 1. Flows are a little above optimum fishable level at 1470 cfs and fishing should be slow as fish begin to move back up river from spawning. Access can be challenging due to muddy road conditions.

Redband are typically feeding on caddisflies, leeches, mayfly, and minnows this time of year. Water temperature is currently peaking at 52 degrees.

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

Fishing on the Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse is very good at this time and likely your best bet for catching trout in the Klamath Basin.

Most fish in this section are small and average 10-inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow and water temperatures are warmer in this section in the fall and winter. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately 1 mile below J.C. Boyle Dam.

This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. Fishing is excellent for small redband for those willing to hike. Attractor dry flies and nymphs work well in this section. Black spinners cast upstream into the pools is also a great technique.

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12-inches but rarely exceed 16-inches. Most fish are in the 6 to 8-inch range. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. Flows are currently peaking at 1690 cfs. 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.

Flows below the powerhouse will typically be high during all daylight hours. Flow release estimates are no longer available and will be posted again next May 2016. Check the USGS real time website for flow information. Klamath River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

Fishing at Krumbo Reservoir has been fair to good this spring with bank and boat anglers reporting rainbow trout over 20 inches being caught. Bass fishing in Krumbo will pick up when the water starts to warm up. Krumbo was stocked with legal sized rainbow trout this month and anglers have already reported catching these fish in consistent numbers, especially from the rocky areas near the inlet.

Krumbo Reservoir can be a spectacular spring fishery and regularly produces rainbow trout over 18 inches. Warmer weather will help to get both the rainbow trout and bass moving around and actively feeding.

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

Lake of the Woods is ice free. The lake will be tocked with 1,000 trophies this week before Friday at 5 p.m.

Take an active role in the management of Oregon fisheries! If you catch a tagged rainbow trout, please report it ODFW. Some tags include rewards of up to $50, and fish can be kept or released. If you release a fish, please write down the tag number and release the fish with the tag intact. If the tag includes a reward, the tag must be removed from the fish and returned to ODFW to receive the reward. Anglers should report and return tags to ODFW Klamath Falls Field Office at 1850 Miller Island Road West Klamath Falls, OR 97603. Phone number is (541) 883-5732. Anglers can also report tagged fish online. Reporting forms will also be available at Lake of the Woods Resort and Store. Fourteen anglers have returned tags worth $50 each.

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Access is available to four-wheel-drive vehicles. No recent fishing reports.

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

Most roads are blocked by snow but some logging is occurring in the area with the 27 road plowed.

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

Angling for largemouth bass is very good if you can find where they are concentrated.

Lost River is open to fishing all year. Public access is available at Crystal Springs day use area. Boats can be launched from an improved boat ramp at Crystal Springs. Angling for brown bullhead is fair. Bait fished just off the bottom is the best method to catch fish at this point.

Sacramento perch have been captured below Horseshoe Dam. This is one of the only locations in the state to capture this fish.

LUCKY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Lucky Reservoir is full and spilled into Big Lake. Access is unlikely due to extremely saturated road conditions.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. The reservoir dam was repaired and starting holding water again in November of 2015 but very few fish are expected to be in the reservoir. This is because the reservoir completely dried up this past summer. Malheur Reservoir is filling up and there is a portion of the boat ramp that is submerged so it may be possible to launch boats this spring. The reservoir will be stocked with legal sized rainbow trout this spring to get the fishery started again following multiple drought years.

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

No recent fishing reports. Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir have been around 280 cfs according to the USGS stream data. Fishing is expected to be slow. Large streamers and nymphs can be productive in the spring on the Malheur, as the water tends to be a little murky and fish can see the larger presentations.

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

No recent fishing reports.

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

No recent fishing reports.

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

No recent fishing reports.

MANN LAKE: cutthroat trout

Recent high winds in the area have caused the water at Mann Lake to become muddy and fishing is expected to be slow. Some fishermen have reported catching consistent numbers of cutthroat trout recently and that they were all in the 18-24 inch range. Larger fly patters pulled in a jerking motion appear to be working well this spring at Mann Lake. ODFW staff sampled Mann Lake a few weeks ago and found plenty of large cutthroat trout available for fisherman.

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

Access is blocked by snow. Access is available by snowmobile.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

All fish died in the drought last year. Fingerling rainbow trout will be stocked in the spring if water levels increase. Water levels are very low and reservoir will likely dry again later this summer.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

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

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the second week of April. ODFW is currently conducting an angler opinion survey regarding fishing ponds in the Baker Valley. Please take a moment to let us know what you would like for fishing opportunities at these ponds. Survey forms are available at each pond (Hwy 203, Haines and North Powder) or on the ODFW website.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

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

The reservoir is at 60 percent of capacity. The county boat ramp will be closed indefinitely due to low water levels creating unsafe conditions. The Indian Creek boat ramp has been closed for repairs but is currently open.The Gordon Gulch boat launch is also currently open and people have been launching from it. Recent fishing reports indicate that fishing has been slow with water temps around 50-60oF. Some bass have been found close to shore but they are still very lazy this early in the season.

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

No recent fishing reports. Water releases below the dam have been around 150 cfs. Water clarity can fluctuate throughout the day so having a ride range of flies or lures can increase success in spring fishing on the Owyhee River.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

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

Paiute Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout and Lahontan cutthroat

The reservoir is very low and there currently are only approximately 1-2 surface acres of water. Piute Creek is flowing into the reservoir but expect reservoir levels to be low and fishing poor. Most fish likely perished last year due to drought.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

Reservoir storage is at 46 percent of capacity and rising. Legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked in late March. Holdover rainbow trout are available in modest numbers and are in better condition than they have been in many years. Yellow perch are post-spawn.

2,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout will be released into the reservoir the week of May 2nd. To measure the catch rate of these fish, ODFW will mark approximately 200 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are catch-and-release only.

PILCHER RESERVOIR:

Due to a rule change for 2016, the reservoir is open to fishing year-round. Fishing for rainbow trout up to 16 inches has been good. The water is getting high enough for the high water launch to be functional.

Pine Creek and tributaries (Snake River tributary): rainbow trout, brook trout

Beginning January 1, Pine Creek and tributaries will be open to trout fishing year-round, with a 5 rainbow trout bag limit. This is a new regulation for 2016.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports but Poison Creek Reservoir can be a great place to fish in the spring. Fishing can be slow but those fishermen that are willing to put in the time often catch trout over 20 inches. The reservoir has an abundant macroinvertebrate community and a population of especially large freshwater shrimp. If you can find out what the fish are feeding on and then match your flies or lures to that, it will greatly increase your chances of catching fish at Poison Creek Reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Ice fishing this past winter on Pole Creek Reservoir was productive and large fish were caught so spring fishing should also be productive with holdover trout available.

POWDER RIVER: rainbow trout

Effective January 1, the Powder River is open to trout fishing year-round, with a 5 trout bag limit. This is a new regulation for 2016.

PRIDAY RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Priday Reservoir is a reservoir on mostly BLM property between Plush and Adel. Please respect the private property on the reservoir. The reservoir was dry in 2015. This is great news as several illegally introduced species, crappie and brown bullhead catfish, occurred in the reservoir and have now perished. The reservoir is nearly full and expected to fill this year. This very productive reservoir was stocked again with legals and trophy rainbow trout during spring break. The reservoir is turbid but visibility is better than most reservoirs in the area. Fishing with bait from shore is the best method. Fly and lure fisherman should fish from shore as most fish cruise the shoreline looking for food. Fishing should be good.

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

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

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Fishing is open. Anglers can access Sevenmile Creek at Nicholson Road and fish upstream of Nicholson Road. Bait is allowed upstream of Nicholson Road. Flows are fishable. Angling is best above the large irrigation canal upstream of Nicholson Road.

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

Access to the wilderness lakes is blocked by snow.

ODFW District staff sampled Como, Harriette, Echo and South Pass Lakes in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness this summer. Como Lake is the first lake encountered from the Varney Creek Trail and is a 5.5 mile hike up a moderate incline.

Best fishing appeared to be using spinners particularly size two panther martins in black with gold blades. Six to 10-inch brook trout seemed common along the shoreline and are easily accessible by fly fisherman. Fish in all lakes were feeding on water boatmen/ back swimmers. Brook trout in Echo Lake were very common and schools of four to five could be observed feeding. Some large rainbow trout mortalities were observed on the shoreline of Como and Harriette. Como Lake appeared to have had a minor fish die off during the summer.

District staff also sampled Badger, Woodpecker and Long lakes off the Fourmile Lake trailhead. No fish were observed in Long Lake. Numerous brook trout were observed in the spring fed pond feeding Badger Lake. Fishing was good in this pond. A large school of 14-inch brook trout were observed in Badger Lake under a large tree that had fallen in the lake. Fishing was very slow in Badger and Woodpecker lakes.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is full. Fingerling rainbow trout will be stocked this spring.

Sid LUCE ReSERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is full and spilling. Fishing should be good once access is available.

Spaulding Reservoir: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir was dry in 2015 and surprisingly remains dry.

SPENCER CREEK: redband trout and brook trout

Spencer Creek is closed until May 22.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout, brook trout

Closed to fishing until May 22, 2016. Large redband trout can be observed spawning.

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

Fishing is slow. River flows are 10700 cfs at the mouth and water is turbid. ODFW encourages the release of spawning redband trout. Water temperature is peaking at 52 degrees.

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

The North Fork Sprague River is open to angling. Access on public property blocked by snow. Flow is high (286 cfs).

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

The South Fork Sprague River is open to angling. Access on public property blocked by snow. Flow is very high (166 cfs).

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Sun Creek is closed to fishing for bull trout. Only bull trout occur in upper Sun Creek just above the Sun Pass Forest bridge crossing. The road into Sun Creek is closed to protect wildlife until July 1.

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

The Sycan River is open to angling. Access is very challenging. Angling is very slow below the marsh as most of the river desiccated in summer of 2015. Flows are high at 421 cfs

THOMPSON VALLEY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Access to Thompson Reservoir is unknown but likely. Angling for trout will be very slow as most likely perished due to low water levels last year. The Reservoir will be stocked the week of May 16. Angling for largemouth bass should be fair as most should be moving into the shallows to feed.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir has now been stocked with both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout.

The reservoir was drained over the summer of 2015 so holdover trout are not available.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

Reservoir storage is at 99 percent of capacity. Fishing has been fair to good for 10”-19” rainbow trout.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

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

No recent fishing reports but fishing is expected to be slow. The reservoir is currently at 62 percent of capacity. The roads to Warm Springs Reservoir can be treacherous during the winter and spring months with snow and mud making it difficult to reach the reservoir.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: Redband Trout and Brook trout

Closed to fishing until May 22, 2016. When the Upper Williamson River opens catch and release will be required for redband trout the entire season. There is no size or bag limit on brook trout. No bait is allowed.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband trout and brown trout

Closed to fishing until May 22, 2016. When the Lower Williamson River opens catch and release will be required for redband trout the entire season. A bag limit of two brown trout per day will be allowed. No bait is allowed.

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

Conditions on the reservoir are unknown.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The reservoir is nearing full capacity. The boat launch is functional but the dock is not installed.

WOOD RIVER: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

The Wood River opened April 22. Fishing was slow. Brown trout are gorging themselves on worms. Lures and flies that mimic worms should be successful. Bag limit is catch and release for redband trout, two brown trout per day and no limit on brook trout.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

The road to Yellowjacket Lake is clear of snow and is passable by cars. Fishermen have reported consistent catches of rainbow trout in the 12-15 inch range with an occasional bigger fish being caught. The lake is full and is spilling water down the overflow. It will be stocked with legal sized rainbow trout in early May. Yellowjacket Lake is a great place to fish in the spring and throughout the summer and has plenty of bank access for those without a boat. It has a great campground and is a perfect family destination.


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR (see regs), SPRING TURKEY

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

HARNEY COUNTY

Spring TURKEY season is on thru May 31. Turkeys can be found in the northern portion of the county on or near national forestland.

Coyote populations are good throughout Harney County. They will be widely scattered on breeding territories this time of year. Barking can be very effective for locating coyotes during the breeding season. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

Cougar hunting is open year around. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Cougars at this time of year are generally concentrated along with their primary prey of deer and elk on big game winter ranges. Some hunters have reported limited success with calling at this time of year.

Don’t forget successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open so that field staff can quickly process the animal and get you on your way.

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

KLAMATH COUNTY

BEAR hunting is open controlled spring bear season in southcentral Oregon. Best prospects will be in the Cascade Mountains or in the Interstate Wildlife Management Unit. Some higher elevation areas will not be accessible until later in the season due to snow.

Spring Turkey season continues thru May 31 statewide. Prospects for hunting in the south Keno Unit should be good this year.

Cougar hunting is open year around. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Cougars at this time of year are generally concentrated along with their primary prey of deer and elk on big game winter ranges. With recent snowfall, hunters can find tracks much easier and do some calling when they find fresh sign. Don’t forget, successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open so that field staff can quickly process the animal and get you on your way.

Coyote populations are average throughout Klamath County. At this time of year, mimicking prey distress sounds can be an effective tool to bring coyotes within range. Mule deer and elk are still concentrated on winter ranges as lower elevations begin to flush with the first spring greens. Coyotes and other predators follow these concentrations of prey, and also can become concentrated. Focus on low lying areas where grasses and forbs are beginning to green up. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

Ground Squirrels – Ground squirrels and marmots are emerging now with the nice weather. Best prospects are on private lands although good opportunities exist on some public lands as well.

MULE DEER bucks have shed their antlers and the interest in hunting sheds is increasing. Due to extremely variable road conditions and the effect of increased harassment on mule deer survival, shed hunters are urged to keep ATV’s on existing roads or trails and minimize disturbance to wintering big game herds. Many wintering areas in Klamath County are closed to motor vehicle access during the winter months to protect vulnerable big game herds from harassment. Please respect these efforts on both public and private lands.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on April 19, 2016.

All Hunting seasons are now over on the Klamath Wildlife Area. Discharging firearms is prohibited, except by special access permit.

If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734.

LAKE COUNTY

Coyote are forming pair bonds and coyote vocalization calls will be effective through late winter and spring. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

Ground Squirrels are starting to be active. At this time of year their activity above ground increases on clear, calm days. Almost all hunting opportunities occur on private land and permission is required.

Spring Bear season opened on 15 April. All spring bear seasons in the county are limited entry. There is still a substantial amount of snow at higher elevations and road conditions get muddy the closer you get to the snow line. Access during the early part of the season will be restricted due to snow or mud. To reduce damage to road surface please keep vehicles on all weather roads at elevations above 5500 feet.

Turkey season opened on 15 April. There are very few wild turkeys in the Lake District and hunter success is extremely low. That said there are a few birds on public land on the western edge of the Goose Lake Valley. Access during the early part of the season will be restricted due to snow or mud. To reduce damage to road surface please keep vehicles on all weather roads at elevations above 5500 feet.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on April 25, 2016

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

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

MALHEUR COUNTY

Bighorn sheep: There will be no tags for the Owyhee Unit in 2016 due to a disease outbreak. Learn more

Remember not to pick up horns of bighorn sheep. These can only be taken with a valid tag. More info

Spring TURKEY season is on thru May 31. Turkeys can be found in the northwest portion of the county on or near national forestland. There are increasing numbers of turkeys associated with the river corridors in the Treasure Valley. Hunting in this area will require some work to obtain private land access.

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

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

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


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SOUTHEAST ZONE WILDLIFE VIEWING

HARNEY COUNTY

Spring migration is well underway and large numbers of snow geese, ross’s geese, and sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin. Pintail, shoveler, wigeon, goldeneye, mallard, green-winged teal and cinnamon teal can also be found throughout the basin.

Shorebird migration is just beginning and should improve over the next few weeks as spring migration progresses. Lesser yellow legs,killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans and western grebes are some species that have arrived. A large number of franklins, ring-billed and california gulls can also be found.

Wintering passerine species (dark eyed juncos and house finches) are still fairly active around the county. Spring passerine migrants should be increasing in diversity and number as the season progresses. Spotted towhees, red-winged blackbirds and white-crowned sparrows are a few that have already started to show up.

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

Sage grouse are actively attending leks. Binoculars or spotting scopes are needed to observe sage grouse as getting close to the leks will flush the birds.

Viewing opportunities around Burns/Hines and at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will continue to improve as migration continues to develop and more species of passerines and breeding water birds arrive in the area.

Bighorn sheep have moved up into the steeper country to begin lambing. Sheep can be viewed with a good pair of binoculars or spotting scope along rocky outcroppings south of Frenchglen and along the east side of the Steens. 4/11/16

KLAMATH COUNTY

Shorebird migration is mostly complete and many species are now on breeding territories. Excellent viewing opportunities exist for American avocets and black-necked stilts near very shallow waterbodies where they can be found foraging for aquatic insects and small crustaceans. Nests are generally found in open grassy areas adjacent to shallow waterbodies.

A number of grebes can be found in area lakes and rivers including pied-billed grebes, eared grebes, western grebes and clark’s grebes. One red-necked grebe colony exists at Pelican Bay near Rocky Point. This colony only numbers approximately 30 birds. They have also been known to nest at Howard Prairie and over at Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge.

Canada geese are well into their nesting season and many goose broods are beginning to appear. Many duck species are just initiating their nesting season.

Greater sandhill cranes have returned from southern wintering areas. Best viewing opportunities are at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Cranes are just beginning their nesting season. Cranes build nests made of dead aquatic vegetation on the ground.

The Link River offers great viewing for common merganser, bufflehead, common goldeneye, lesser scaup, and great blue heron. The Link River trail provides great viewing opportunities. The Wingwatcher’s Trail along Lake Ewuana is another great opportunity to view many species of aquatic wildlife.

Bald eagles well into their nesting season with most pairs back on their breeding territories and beginning incubation. Bald eagles generally nest in large live pine trees usually in the top 1/3 of the tree. Nests are usually located in close proximity to waterways.            

Please watch for game and use caution while traveling on area highways and county roads. Recent research indicates that highway collisions are a significant source of mortality for migrating deer. Traffic volumes on Highway 97 are increasing over time with corresponding effects on big game populations. PLEASE USE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING. 4/25/16

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on April 25, 2016

From February 1-April 30 public use is restricted to public roads and parking areas to minimize disturbance to migrating waterfowl. The short birding trail next to the check station and the dog training area remain open.

Running or training of dogs is prohibited from February 1-July 31, except on the designated dog training area. Leashes are required while walking dogs on roads and on the birding trail.

Water levels in most wetlands are high, except areas that will be dried up this summer for habitat work.

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $10 daily or $30 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

Waterfowl

Spring migration is slowing for waterfowl with the recent departure of Ross’s and snow geese, however white-fronted geese can still be found using the area. White-fronted geese can be observed using the area’s agricultural fields and pastures, early morning and late afternoon are the best times to observe geese.

Canada geese pairs can be found scattered throughout the area, many have started and are continuing to nest. Large numbers of goslings have been observed over the past week. There are still good numbers of migrant dabbler species and they can be found scattered around the area, but continue to decline in numbers. Mallards and cinnamon teal have started nesting and the year’s first mallard brood was seen this week.

Mallards, northern pintail, northern shoveler, American wigeon, green-winged and cinnamon teal, wood duck and gadwall area common sight on the area. Many different diver species can been observed using the Klamath River along the Miller Island Unit stretch, sometimes in significant numbers. Common and barrow’s goldeneye, lesser scaup, ring-necked duck, canvasback, redhead, ruddy duck, bufflehead and common and hooded mergansers have all been seen over the past week.

 

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Great blue herons, great egret, black-crowned night-herons and American bitterns can be observed on the area.

American white pelican, and double-crested cormorant have been observed flying over the area during the past week, their numbers should increase as the weeks go on, look for them on the Klamath River. Ring-billed gulls continue to increase in number. Caspian and forster’s tern can be seen but numbers remain low. Franklin’s gulls have recently arrived.

There are still a few Sandhill cranes scattered throughout the area and have initiated nesting. Killdeer and snipe can be observed all across the area now. Black-necked stilt, yellowlegs, spotted sandpipers, long-billed dowitchers, white-faced ibis and American avocet are becoming more common as spring progresses. Several flocks of peeps were observed in the Hooper Lowlands HMU over this past week. A long-billed curlew was observed over this past week.

Pied-billed grebes are becoming a common site in wetland areas while western grebes continue to grow in numbers and are most common along the Klamath River.

American coot numbers continue to increase and Virginia rails can be heard throughout the area but can be hard to spot.

Raptors

Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, cooper hawks, sharp-shinned, American kestrels, prairie falcons can be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area. A peregrine falcon was also seen this past week. Osprey can be observed flying around the area or resting on old power poles.

Bald eagles use of the area has decreased over the past few weeks with the departure of the white geese, but can still occasionally be found. The red-shouldered hawk is another that has been recently seen.

Turkey vultures are commonly seen scavenging throughout Klamath WA Miller Island Unit.

Upland Game Birds

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

Passerines

Mourning and Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. American and lesser goldfinches, house finches, mountain chickadees, American robins, white crowned sparrows, golden-crowned sparrows, western meadowlark, spotted towhee, black-billed magpies and Northern flickers continue to be a common site throughout the area. Tree, cliff and barn swallows can now be observed on the area.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of tall emergent hard stem bulrush and broad-leaf cattail and are very numerous. Red-winged, brewers and Yellow-headed blackbirds are now very common and scattered across the area.

Reptiles

Western pond turtles can be found sunning themselves on pond edges, on logs and on small hard stem and cattail tuber islands. Gopher and garter snakes can be found throughout the area. 4/26/2016

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

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on April 25, 2016.

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

Motor vehicle access on major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) is closed to reduce disturbance to migrating and breeding waterbirds. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall. A detour is in place, access around the loop is now on the Northside of Link Canal from Bullgate Campground to Link Corner. The traditional loop road on the south side of Link Canal is closed to motor vehicle travel. Please be aware of other vehicles along the Loop road. It is too narrow to permit passing, but turnouts are spaced about ½ to ¾ of a mile apart. Viewers please be aware, occasionally the Viewing Loop may be temporarily closed due to habitat management activities.

Wildlife viewing continues to improve with the arrival northward migrants. Spring migration is well underway. Breeding season is well underway for early nesting species such as Canada geese, killdeer and mallards.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations continue to stage and migrate through the area in fairly good numbers although a major portion of many spring migrants have already moved through the area. Western Canada geese are widely distributed across the area and most pairs have dispersed to breeding territories initiated nests, are incubating and many are rearing newly hatch broods. Lesser snow geese have largely departed the area, but a few individuals can sometimes be found. Greater white-fronted geese made a major exodus over the past week, but a few hundred still remain.

A few resident trumpeter swans remain widely scattered across the wildlife area. Most of these birds a part of restoration efforts and will be neck-banded with green collars and white alphanumeric symbols. Viewers are encouraged to “read” the collars and report them to wildlife area personnel. Collars will have the Greek letter Theta (Ѳ) or the symbol “@” and two numerals that are read from the body toward the head.

Migrant tundra and trumpeter swans have largely departed the area headed towards more northerly staging area. An occasional straggler can still be found.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

A variety of shorebirds has returned and is increasing in number. American avocets, black-necked stilts, dunlin, greater and lesser yellowlegs, killdeer, long-billed dowitchers and long-billed curlews continue to increase. Last week saw the return of snowy plovers and increasing numbers of other breeding species. Breeding is underway for several species and the season’s first killdeer chicks were observed over the past weekend. Other migrant and breeding species are expected to arrive soon. Large flocks of least and western sandpipers and other peeps were present last week.

American coot migrants continue to arrive in increasing numbers and are widely scattered across the entire wildlife area at this time. Virginia rails and soras continue to be found, occasionally seen and/or heard and are scattered across the entire wildlife area.

Sandhill cranes pairs continue to return, breeding pairs are on territories and have become very vocal during most of the day. Nesting is underway for most pairs. Migrant flocks and non-breeders continue to stage along the westside of the valley, especially at the Foster Place.

Grebes numbers are increasing, eared, pied-billed and Western are commonly found. Several Clark’s grebes were observed during the weekly count. A few eared grebes were observed in nuptial plumage.

Gulls (predominantly ring-billed) continue to increase in number and many have occupied the nesting island in E. Link Unit, and nest initiation is underway. Caspian and Forster’s tern and Franklin’s gull numbers are increasing.

Resident double-crested cormorants and American white pelicans are increasing in number at this time and can be found scattered across the larger open water ponds and features.

A small number of American bitterns and great blue herons continue to be observed during the weekly survey and past week. Great egret and white-faced ibis numbers are increasing. Turkey vultures are becoming fairly common now and readily observed throughout the day.

Raptors and others

Northern harriers and red-tailed hawks are common this time of the year. All raptors are well into nesting and many pairs are rearing chicks at this time. Bald and golden eagles, American kestrel, peregrine and prairie falcons as well as accipiters (Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawk) can occasionally be found. Nearly all rough-legged hawks have departed north now and Swainson’s hawks returned over the past week.

Great horned owls were found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds and remain very vocal at night. Nearly all nests have chicks at this time.

Upland game birds

Fair numbers of California quail can be found and pheasants can sometimes be observed, especially around old homesteads on the north end of the wildlife area. Crowing pheasants are commonly heard most of the day. California quail coveys are beginning to break-up and pairs can be found scattered across the area.

Passerines

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex. Mourning doves are increasing in number.

American goldfinches and sometimes lesser goldfinches are observed at Headquarters. Song, golden-crowned and white-crowned sparrows and spotted towhees have been observed recently. Over the past weekend, a white-throated and chipping sparrows were observed. American robins remain fairly common and occasionally cedar waxwings are sometimes observed around Headquarters. Steller’s jays can usually be found around Headquarters. House wrens and Western kingbirds were recent arrivals. Tree swallows are present in increasing numbers at scattered locations in the marsh; some are beginning to explore nest boxes. Cliff swallows are increasing and many are constructing nests. The season’s first barn swallows were observed last week. Evening grosbeaks are common at the Headquarters feeder now. Yellow-rumped warblers are becoming more common at this time and other warbler species are expected to arrive soon.

Marsh wrens and song sparrows can be found in dense stands of hardstem bulrush and broad-leaved cattail along dikes and levees throughout the wetlands and are fairly numerous. Marsh wrens are beginning to sing during sunny days.

Blackbirds (Brewer’s, yellow-headed and red-winged) are becoming more numerous and several groups have been observed in tall emergent vegetation throughout the marsh and a few are visiting the feeder at Headquarters. Brown-headed cowbirds made their first of spring arrival over the past weekend. European starlings are increasing number and are actively singing and exploring nest cavities.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2016 parking permits are required beginning on January 1, 2016! Summer Lake Wildlife Area requires a $10 daily parking permit or a $30 annual parking permit. Parking permits can be purchased at any Point of Sale Agent or through the ODFW website. Locally, parking permits can be purchased at the Summer Lake Store, 1.3 miles north of Headquarters.

Motor vehicle access to major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work Road) and now closed. The Wildlife Viewing Loop remains open, but please be aware, a detour is in place. The detour is well signed. However, On occasion, the Viewing Loop may be temporarily closed due to habitat management activities. Please be aware of other vehicles along the Loop road. It is too narrow to permit passing, but turnouts are spaced about ½ to ¾ of a mile apart. The Wildlife Viewing Loop will remain open into early fall.

Camping is permitted at four sites on the Wildlife Area. Campgrounds are primitive but each has vault toilets, trash barrels and a few picnic tables.

Habitat

The Area’s wetland units are fairly well flooded, although considerable adjustments are being made in preparation for the start of irrigation season (and declining water supply) in early May. This is resulting in considerable shallowly flooded areas for the returning migrant waterbirds to disperse to. Spring migrants are expected to continue to arrive and increase in number as mild temperatures and conditions continue. Arctic breeding species such as tundra swans and lesser snow geese have largely departed. Emergent marsh vegetation is actively growing at this time, especially along edges of open water. Muskrat houses are very prevalent at this time.

Summer Lake is beginning to decrease in size at this time, due to increased evaporation and declining inflow due to the onset of irrigation season.

Upland habitat remains in good condition, forbs and grasses are growing robustly at this time. Planted tree and shrub plots and the orchard are well into blossoming providing excellent sheltered sites and food resources for wildlife.

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:

  • Steelhead are still present in the Imnaha River, although the season closes April 30.
  • Steelhead fishing is slow to fair on the Wallowa River

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These water bodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

The Grande Ronde is running high and may not be produce well for the rest of the season unless flows come back into shape. Look for flows at the Troy gauge to be less than 4,000 CFS before the river starts to fish well. Remember, the new closure date for the Grande Ronde River steelhead fishery is now April 30. Year-round fishing for hatchery trout will also be allowed beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

Pond was stocked last September with trophy-sized trout and will be stocked second week of April. An ADA fishing dock for anglers with disabilities is available.

HUNTER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This pond will be stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 16. From I-84 take Hwy 244 towards Ukiah. At the Blue Mtns summit, turn left onto USFS Rd 5160. Proceed for approximately 3 miles to the Jct. of roads 5160 and 5155. Stay on 5160. Just past this Jct. on the right will be spur 710. Take this spur. The pond is just off 5160.

IMNAHA RIVER: Steelhead

Steelhead are still available in the Imnaha River, however flows will make catching fish difficult. Warmer weather will likely keep the flows high with runoff till the close of steelhead season on April 30. This year’s run is one of the best in recent past. Year-round fishing for hatchery trout is also allowed under the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

JOHN DAY RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead fishing has been slow on the John Day River due to high flows. Steelhead have dispersed throughout the system and numbers are increasing above Service Creek in the upper John Day. Best success is likely in the upper river reaches.

Anglers have success primarily drifting with jigs, shrimp or eggs with a bobber. Another popular method is drifting a worm along the bottom. Fly anglers are primarily nymphing with lower success.

ODFW encourages all anglers to keep any ad-clipped steelhead taken in this fishery. All wild (adipose intact) steelhead must be released unharmed.

John Day River flows

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

Cavender Pond was stocked last fall with trophy trout and is schedules to be stocked second week of May.

LUGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Luger Pond was treated with the chemical fish toxicant rotenone in the fall of 2015 and all fish were removed. The pond with be restocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 16, 2016.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

Unsure of lake condition. Lake may not be accessible at this time due to snow covered spots along the access road (4-wheel drive is advised). Stocking is scheduled to occur second week of June.

McHALEY POND: rainbow trout

Pond was recently excavated to improve capacity and to remove aquatic weeds. Very few fish are in the pond post excavation treatment and fishing will be poor. Stocking is scheduled to occur second week of April.

McKAY RESERVOIR:

Opened for angling March 1, early season trout fishing is fair, the water is still cold and turbid. Yellow perch, are the first warm water fish to be active and bite in the spring, and McKay has good numbers of perch but they are small.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

Opens to Fishing Friday, April 22.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, and kokanee

Unsure of lake condition and the access road is snow covered in locations (4-wheel drive is advised). Stocking is scheduled for second week of June.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the first week of April.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the first week of April.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Remains open all year. Fishing is fair for carryover and stocked trout. Stocking is scheduled for third week of May.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Will be stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 23. From Hwy 203 at Union, turn left staying on Hwy 203 towards Medical Springs. At the summit between Union and Medical Springs, turn left onto USFS Road 7700 (opposite snowpark area). Proceed East on 7700 road for about 9 miles to USFS Road 7740 on the right. Proceed on the 7740 road for about 1/4 mile. The rock pit pond are on the right.

UMATILLA/WALLA WALLA FOREST PONDS: trout

Boundary, Keyhole, Yellowjacket, Granite Meadows, Goldfish and Windy Springs ponds are closed to angling until Dec. 31 due to pesticide applications to remove unwanted fishes. These ponds are closed to access by the public until all signage is removed. Stocking of these ponds will resume during the spring of 2016.

UMATILLA RIVER: steelhead

Last week catch rates were slow, the water level has been high and off color. Steelhead are spread throughout the river system, creel surveys are now concentrated on the upper river area, but good angling opportunities are still available in the lower river. Anglers can access fish counts at Threemile Dam fish counts. Flow data

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

The Wallowa county ponds will be stocked in early May but may have a few holdover fish available.

ODFW is currently assessing the management of these ponds and wants to know what is important to the people who fish these ponds. Future plans may involve changes in the number of trout stocked, fish species available, or facility improvements. A survey is available at the ponds and on the ODFW website.

New to Kinney Lake this year, non-motorized watercraft will be allowed at Kinney Lake. Remember, to be respectful of the private land access that the Triple Creek Ranch and WVID#1 have provided and pack out any trash you bring or find.

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Holdover trout are being caught with a few fish to 18 inches. During the spring the fish have keyed in on more natural baits so shy away from the brightly colored baits. Kokanee can also be caught by jigging deep during the winter months. Wallowa Lake does not reliably freeze every year. However, when the lake does freeze, ice fishing can produce good catch rates for trout and kokanee.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

Steelhead fishing on the Wallowa has slowed but fish are still available. This will be the first year anglers can fish for trout through May. Some great hatches occur during this time of year and may result in some great fishing. Remember, the new closure date for the Wallowa River steelhead fishery is now April 30. Year-round fishing for hatchery trout is now allowed under the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Remember, the Wallowa is a whitefish factory and can produce some large fish. Whitefish are native to Oregon and are a respected sportfish across the west. Whitefish can be great in the smoker and are a great way to keep kids interested while steelhead fishing. To catch them, use beadhead nymphs a size #12-16 hook and fish for them in quick runs that are knee to waist deep.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Winter/spring provides the best opportunity for trout fishing, bank anglers use bait fished on the bottom.


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NORTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR (see regs), SPRING TURKEY

Wolves in Northeast Oregon

Wolves are protected by state law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters in northeastern Oregon need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to La Grande office (541) 963-2138 or online with the Wolf Reporting Form.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

BAKER COUNTY

Black Bear - Green up has begun to appear in the lower elevation areas. The mild weather of the past couple of weeks will have bears out and active in the early part of the season. Look for bears close to timber stringers feeding on open ridges. Successful hunters need to remember to check in their bear within ten days of harvest. It cannot be frozen and propping open mouth of bear will help in aiding tooth collection later.

Turkey - Look for spring turkeys to be moving from wintering grounds to their nesting areas. Listen for males to be calling early and late in the evenings to help locate gobblers. Over winter survival was good this past year so expect good numbers of birds this season.

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

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

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

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 County and hunters should have good success calling. Remember to ask permission before hunting on private lands.

UNION COUNTY

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

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

Spring Bear hunters can expect better than anticipated access to mid-elevations for April, due to the warmer weather early in the month. Expect timbered north aspects to have snow above 5000 feet elevation. Bears will be out feeding in early mornings and evenings. Spot and stock techniques remain the most productive for spring hunters with a few bears being taken with fawn distress calls in late May.

Turkey hunters can expect better numbers of birds than in previous years. An excellent hatch in 2015 put plenty of chicks on the ground for this season. Look for birds anywhere in the county with the largest numbers still found in the Wenaha and Mount Emily units. Road access will be good, snow will block some access above 5000’ in April.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

The portion of Ladd Marsh East of Foot Hill road is now closed to all hunting.

Glass Hill Unit is again open to wildlife recreation activities beginning April 1, 2016. This portion will be open and available to both spring bear and turkey hunting. Bears have been seen at the higher elevations of the property in the past but sightings have been very sporadic. The habitat is dense making visibility very limited. Hunters should try to scout for recent activity before spending much effort in bear hunting the property.

Turkeys can be found at the lower elevations but hunting pressure is high.

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

Vehicles, camping and fires are prohibited on the wildlife area at all times.

For more information please call 541 963 4954

WALLOWA COUNTY

BLACK BEAR: Spring bear season is in full swing, and a good density of black bears exists throughout the district. Most of our snow is gone from mid and low elevation areas of the district and bears will begin waking up and making forays away from their dens in search of early season foods, such as green grass, ground squirrels, and roots and tubers. In spring, black bears are fair weather fellows and really only venture out of their dens on warm, sunny days. The best strategy for finding them this time of year is to sit on a spot with a good view of open canyon sides and use binoculars or a spotting scope to locate them. The animals feed off and on during all daylight hours and patience is the order of the day when spotting spring bears.

TURKEY: Spring turkey season also is going now. Turkey numbers have increased this year in the district and they over-wintered very well with the warm winter that we had this year. Most of our snow is gone from mid and low elevation areas of the district. Turkeys are spread into nesting areas. The best strategy for finding them this time of year is to travel the forest roads or hike into areas where turkeys might be and call for them or just listen for their calls early in the morning.

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

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NORTHEAST ZONE: WILDLIFE VIEWING

BAKER COUNTY

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

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

Deer can be seen throughout the valley. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon are good times to view wildlife. Driving through the foothills of the Baker valley and through the Keating valley can turn up good numbers of deer. 2/23/16

Grant County

For the adventurous person, there is a great opportunity to snowshoe or cross country ski up the trail to Strawberry Lake in the Strawberry Wilderness area to view groups of nanny and kid mountain goats. Or try snowshoeing up Onion Creek trail to view the billies.

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

MORROW, GILLIAM AND WHEELER COUNTIES

The cold weather has mule congested in the valley bottoms. During a quick drive from Heppner to Lexington the average viewer should be able to spot lots of mule deer. Any of the meadows in the forest one can spot bucks chasing does. One can also spot great grey owls in the forest as well. Try the Swale creek area, there is usually one that can be found in that area. Grey-crowned rosy finches, blue birds, western and mountain, grey jay, Steller’s jay, Clark’s nutcracker can all be seen in the forest as well.

Umatilla County

Winter has broken and birds are starting to come out and be visible in all of the low and mid elevation habitats in the County. Ferruginous hawks started arriving in late February and have been forming pairs and working on their nests. They can be seen during the day soaring in loose pairs. Rough-legged hawks are still present and observable from public roads in open grassland areas and valleys in timbered forest areas. Bald eagles are still moving up and down the larger river systems looking for carrion to scavenge. Riparian areas are beehives of activity by migrating and resident birds.

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.

Turkeys are starting to move off their wintering areas and dispersing into the mid slope areas. Toms should start gobbling early in the morning as the weather improves. 2/23/16

UNION COUNTY

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

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

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

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

It is baby season on Ladd Marsh. Please use care not to approach or disturb wildlife, especially those with young as this may make them more vulnerable to predators. Many Canada Goose broods have hatched. Goslings may be seen in ponds and wetlands throughout the area. Thousands of ducks of many different species are in ponds and flooded fields. Mallards have begun nesting. American White Pelicans have been using Schoolhouse Pond sporadically. Also watch for pelicans in flight above the wildlife area.

Great Horned Owls have hatched and Red-tailed Hawks are sitting on eggs. Northern Harriers And Swainson’s Hawks are beginning to nest

Tree, cliff, northern rough-winged and violet-green swallows are back and may be seen on bridges and power lines throughout the area. Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets and other shorebirds are using shorelines and mud flats, especially in Schoolhouse Pond.

A few Sandhill Cranes have hatched their young. Pairs with young may be seen in meadows from a distance. 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. 4/26/16

WALLOWA COUNTY

Common raptors in the open areas of the county in winter are red-tailed hawks and rough-legged hawks. Look for bald eagles perched in the larger trees along Wallowa Lake shore or on power poles near water in the valley. Migrating bald eagles can also be seen in the Prairie Creek and Elk Mt. Road areas east of Enterprise.

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

Elk are returning to the Zumwalt Prairie and can be seen from the Zumwalt Road. Be prepared for snow on the roads as several places have drifted and can get soft in the afternoon due to warmer temperatures. These are county roads that run through private property, so please respect the landowner’s privacy and remain on the county road but park out of the traffic lanes while watching the elk. Once you find a herd, use binoculars or a spotting scope to observe the animals.

While most of our migrant waterfowl have already headed north with the advent of warmer weather, some can still be seen flying into Wallowa Lake in the evenings from the county park at the north end of the lake. Canada geese and several species of ducks can also be seen feeding in agricultural fields and along streams around the county.

Other migrants have begun to move into the area including, Say’s phoebes, horned larks, and robins. Mountain bluebirds have also arrived back from their southern haunts and can be seen in the lower areas of the Imnaha Canyon. 3/28/16


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SNAKE RIVER ZONE: FISHING

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

Fishing for crappie has been good in the Powder River Arm. Average length has been about 9 inches. Anglers are finding the crappie at a depth of 25-30 feet.

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 for trout is good a tributary mouths. Fishing for crappie and yellow perch has been good as well and bass fishing should pick up with increasing temperatures.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing for trout is good a tributary mouths. Fishing for crappie and yellow perch has been good as well and bass fishing should pick up with increasing temperatures.

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

Spring Chinook season is open on the Snake River from Doug Bar to Hells Canyon Dam. While the fishery has opened, the fish have not made their appearance in catchable numbers. As the season progressed more fish will arrive and fishing will improve. The bag limit is four Chinook salmon of which no more than two can be adults over 24 inches.

Bass anglers have reported hot fishing for decent sized small mouth. Carp are also in the shallows and available to bow fishermen.

Only barbless hooks may be used on this stretch of the Snake River while fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, and anglers should consult the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other rules that may apply.

Updated information on flow levels

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

No recent Reports.

 


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COLUMBIA RIVER ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Spring Chinook angling is open from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks only between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines.
  • White sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles and John Day pools until the respective guidelines of 100 and 500 legal white sturgeon are met. Anglers are catching a few keepers.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
  • Walleye fishing remains good to outstanding for boat anglers fishing in The Dalles and John Day pools.

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

As of Sunday April 24, 14,977 spring Chinook have crossed over Bonneville Dam.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook released for 97 bank anglers; and no catch for nine boats (13 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam and John Day Arm):

Weekly checking showed one unclipped spring Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 49 bank anglers; and one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for seven boats (11 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam):

Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for eight bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, one oversize and 37 sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (10 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed one oversize and two sublegal sturgeon released for five bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 27 sublegal sturgeon released for 10 boats (20 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam):

No report.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam):

Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 107 walleye kept, plus 27 walleye released for 15 boats (34 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam):

Weekly checking showed four walleye kept for one bank angler; and 124 walleye kept, plus 96 walleye released for 36 boats (66 anglers).



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MARINE ZONE: FISHING

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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 and Other Management Designations

Fishing, crabbing, clamming, hunting and gathering seaweed are prohibited at Oregon’s five marine reserves, including the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area (new for 2016). Beach walking, surfing, bird watching, diving and other non-extractive uses continue to be allowed at reserves. See complete details and marine reserve maps (listed north to south):

More information on marine reserves regulations and downloadable GPS coordinates

Want to know more? Subscribe to semi-monthly marine reserves e-news updates.

In addition to marine reserves, there are several other management areas to be aware of, such as the Stonewall Bank conservation area (west of Newport) and marine gardens, described in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations (pages 79-83).

OCEAN SALMON

The Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Chinook salmon recreational fishing season opened March 15, 2016 and is scheduled to go until October 31, 2016. This season is open for all salmon except coho salmon, with a bag limit of two salmon per day, and minimum sizes for Chinook at 24 inches or larger, and steelhead at 20 inches or larger. Ocean Chinook fishing so far this season has been relatively slow, due to overall low effort levels. Most anglers are concentrating on bottomfish for now, particularly on the central coast.

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

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

The 2016 ocean recreational and commercial troll salmon seasons were approved the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on April 22, 2016. Details and more information on ocean salmon seasons are available here.

BOTTOM FISHING

Central coast bottom fishing for rockfish has been good, although highly weather dependent. There were a few bar restrictions over the past week making it difficult for smaller sport boats to get out. But, charter boats did well with limits of rockfish. Lingcod catches have been spotty – likely due to lackluster ocean conditions. Patchiness aside, there were some large lingcod caught on the central coast. On the north coast rockfishing has been hot – with many near limits and about 1 lingcod per angler (when boats are able to get out).

Blue and deacon rockfish catches are up with these species showing up frequently over the last week. Because of the increased catches of these species, this would be a good time for angers to acquaint themselves with how to tell the difference between blue and deacon rockfish. Deacon rockfish is a newly identified species that was formerly referred to as the solid version of blue rockfish. What does that mean for you? Nothing in 2016. Every rule that refers to blue rockfish (like the daily bag limit of 3) now applies to blue rockfish and deacon rockfish combined.

Just a reminder to anglers: Groundfish (bottomfish) is open only inside of the 30-fathom management line (April through September). Waypoints (pdf):

Port-specific maps showing various management fathom lines

Lingcod move closer to shore in spring to lay large egg masses, which are guarded by males. To catch lingcod, try a white plastic grub on a lead jig head in rocky areas when the tide is not running fast.

Cabezon retention is prohibited January-June; this is an annual seasonal closure.

If you’re lucky enough to catch a colorful assortment of fish, keep in mind that the following species of rockfish are prohibited: China, copper, quillback and yelloweye. Several handouts, including “What Can I Keep, and How Many?” and species identification tips, are available on the ODFW sport groundfish webpage.

Although anglers may legally retain one canary rockfish, there is an annual management quota that, if exceeded, could restrict angling opportunities for other species, including black rockfish and lingcod. Therefore, anglers are urged to (1) avoid canary rockfish and (2) retain 1 canary rockfish only if it is bleeding from injury.

What about barotrauma? Signs of barotrauma, such as bulging eyes and a gut protruding from the mouth, are reversible when fish are returned to depth with a descending device. ODFW encourages anglers to use a descending device when releasing rockfish with signs of barotrauma. An underwater video recorded by ODFW researchers shows the dramatic results of recompressing a fish; another video demonstrates various types of descending devices.

PACIFIC HALIBUT

ODFW staff recommended dates for the sport halibut fishery are available on the ODFW sport halibut webpage. Dates will be finalized by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission dates at its meeting on April 22.

SURFPERCH

Surfperch have been caught on the beaches on the central and south coast. However, perch haven’t moved into the estuaries yet – although that should be happening any day. Surfperch are a diverse group of fish that provide a variety of angling opportunities. Spring is traditionally the time when marine perch species like Pile Perch and Walleye Perch are found in numbers in Oregon estuaries; Striped Seaperch are found year-round in rocky areas like jetties; and ocean surf is the place to find Redtail Surfperch and Silver Perch. For details on how to catch these guys, see Surfperch Fishing (pdf).

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

SHELLFISH

Current shellfish harvest closures in the ocean and bays due to elevated levels of domoic acid as of April 15:

  • Razor clams: Open north of Tillamook Head to the Columbia River. Closed south of Tillamook Head to the CA border. (The Oregon Department of Agriculture is continuing coast-wide sampling, but as of April 15, razor clams are closed in all areas south of Tillamook Head)
  • Bay clams: Open coastwide
  • Crabs: Open coastwide
  • Mussels: Closed from the Columbia River to Cascade Head (north of Lincoln City) - Open from Cascade Head to the OR/CA border.

The Oregon Dept. of Agriculture (ODA) will continue testing for shellfish toxins as ocean conditions allow. An area cannot reopen until two consecutive tests indicate toxin levels are safe. Commercial shellfish products sold in restaurants and retail markets are safe to eat.

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

For everything you need to know about identifying and harvesting Oregon’s shellfish, including maps of individual estuaries that show where to crab and clam, see the recreational shellfish pages on the ODFW website.

A couple of regulations were inadvertently left out of the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation booklet. (1) The daily bag limit for shrimp (edible) is 20 lb. in the shell; may be taken by traps, pots or rings. (2) Each digger of razor clams (as with all clams) must have his or her own container, must dig his or her own clams, and may not possess more than one limit of clams while in the digging area (except under an Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit).

Razor Clams

For the tide series of April 6 -April 1th, razor clam harvesting along the Clatsop Beaches was nothing short of phenomenal. Effort over the low tide series was the highest on record, with Saturday the 9th having an estimation of more than 6,000 harvesters on the beach. During this tide series, harvest was the best in the area between Sunset Beach and Gearhart Beach where harvesters had 14.6 clams per person on average. The Seaside beaches were also quite productive with an average of 14.2 clams per person while the rest of the beach areas averaged between 12-13 clams per person. Overall, the average clams per person for the tide series was excellent at 14.3 clams.

Clams harvested were mainly medium clams (4 ¼ inches) during the tide series with few larger clams (>5 inches) taken. The larger clams were found in the Sunset Beaches and the Peter Iredale beaches. Currently, the entire Clatsop Beach has a very abundant set of 4 ½ inch clams plus another abundant set of 3 ¾ inch clams. Last summer’s stock assessment estimated that there were over 17 million clams on Clatsop Beach.

As encouraging as it is to see this robust population of clams, it can also lead to increased discard issues as some harvesters will be looking for the very large clams that were harvested previous years. Staff observed discard rates (clams replanted) on the Clatsop beaches this past tide series upwards of 10%. Staff has also observed harvesters retaining more than a daily limit when the harvesting is good. Harvesters are reminded to keep accurate count of the clams they have retained and need to keep the first 15 clams they dig regardless of size or condition as per permanent regulations.

The next set of low tides begins April 21 – April 27. This is a smaller low tide series in both strength and duration. Harvesters 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 clam harvesting can be very difficult because the clams tend to show much less in those conditions. When referencing tide tables, Clatsop beach razor clam harvesters should use the tide gauge at the Columbia River entrance.

Clams

Clamming has been great thanks to the good low tides that occur throughout April. Several bay clam species can be found even when low tides aren’t so low: softshell and purple varnish clams occur primarily above +1.0, and cockles, butters and gapers can sometimes be found at tides as high as +2.0.

Crabs

Ocean crabbing has been spotty on both the north and central coasts, with crabbers landing roughly between 2-6 crabs per pot. Estuary crab catches have very low along the entire coast.

Red rock crab are caught using the same gear as Dungeness crab but have a larger daily limit (24), and, unlike Dungeness crab, any size or sex of red rock crab may be retained (although most crabbers keep only the largest crabs, which have a lot more meat than small ones). Red rock crab are not present in all Oregon bays; good places to harvest them include the docks in Tillamook, Yaquina and Coos bays.

For Dungeness crab, the correct way to check for minimum size (5 3⁄4 inches) is to measure a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but not including, the points. See an illustration (jpg).

ODA recommends always eviscerating crab before cooking and avoiding consumption of crab guts.


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MARINE WILDLIFE VIEWING

Beach goers may notice millions of tiny, harmless, jellyfish, called Velella velella, washing up on coastal beaches. These jellyfish are small, ranging anywhere from the size of a grain of rice to the size of a pencil eraser. During certain ocean conditions, usually in spring, these offshore jellyfish species are pushed onshore, giving beach visitors a glimpse of this unique oceanic species. Velella velella have no means of locomotion other than a small sail that is easily visible on the larger organisms. Velella velella are at the mercy of the wind, and are regularly subject to mass standings. However, they likely won’t be here for long. The winds that brought them to the shore will likely take them out to sea again soon.

Birds like scoters and buffleheads winter along the coast. Bird viewing tips are available from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Another great source for birders is the Oregon Coast Birding Trail website, which includes self-guided itineraries for any area of the Oregon Coast and a species checklist.


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