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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - October 28, 2014

Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

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Fall trout fishing continues

Yes, many rivers and streams will close to trout fishing after Oct. 31, but don’t put away the trout gear quite yet. Lots of water bodies are open for trout year-round, and this time of year the fish are feeding heavily in anticipation of winter. Check out the zone reports for your best bet, and visit the Trout 365 page for some fall fishing tips.

Deer hunting continues, First Season Rocky Mtn Elk Oct. 29-Nov. 2

Rainy and cooler weather should help hunters.

2014 Big Game and Bird Hunting Forecasts

Field biologists weigh in on what hunters should expect for bird and big game seasons.

Take a kid hunting

Kids age 9-13 who haven’t passed hunter education yet can still go hunting under the Mentor Youth program. Youth hunts on an adult’s license and tag. Learn more.

Turkey hunting open in western Oregon until Dec. 31

There is still time to put a wild turkey on your Thanksgiving table. See our turkey hunting page for tips. If you are new to turkey hunting, join ODFW at a workshop Nov. 8 at Cabela’s in Tualatin (pre-registration required).


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NORTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

2014 Coastal coho and fall Chinook seasons

Now available on the ODFW Website.

Send us your fishing report

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

2014 trout stocking

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

NORTH COAST LAKES

Lost Lake, Cape Meares Lake, Coffenbury Lake and Sunset Lake have all been stocked in past month. Town Lake near Pacific City was also stocked last week.

MID COAST LAKES

The wild coho salmon fishery in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Lakes is producing fair to good results. Recent rain events and the pulsing of the lake levels have brought a good number of coho into the lakes. The peak fish return is typically around late October through mid-November. A good rain event is normally needed to move fish up into the lakes so watch the weather carefully. Anglers have success either trolling or casting lures such as spinners, spoons, hot shots, mag warts or some type of rattle / wiggle bass plug. Areas to focus on are near the lake outlets or the major tributaries to the lakes.

ALSEA RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

The fall Chinook fishery is producing fair to good results with anglers having the best success in the river above tidewater either from a drift boat or bank fishing. Recent rains have moved a lot of fish up river towards the spawning grounds. Fishing above tidewater should be productive through the weekend.

The wild coho salmon fishery is producing fair to good results with the best action in the river above tidewater. The fishery should remain productive through the weekend.

The cutthroat trout season will be over at the end of this month. Cutthroat can be found throughout the mainstem and the Alsea has many opportunities for bank fishing along Hwy 34.

BIG CREEK: Chinook, coho

Fishing for hatchery coho has been fair. Chinook numbers have decreased and there are no bright fish available this late in the season. Anti-snagging rule is in effect.

KILCHIS RIVER: Chinook, coho, chum

Recent rains have brought Chinook and chum into the river. The river continues to run on the high side after recent heavy rains. Watch for the periods between storms in order to hit it while the river is falling. Fishing should be very good over the next few weeks.

NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook, coho

Chinook fishing was good in the mainstem before it blew out with recent rains. Chinook remain available in the bay, but don’t expect them to hold there long. Fish the edges of the main river when it is high and off color as Chinook tend to hold in these areas. It is not too late to catch a wild coho in the bay although most of the fish that had been holding there have now blasted up river. The bay remains open to wild coho retention through November. Trolling spinners further up the bay or bobber and bait in tidewater and river holes can still be effective this time of year. The North Fork Nehalem will be one of the first rivers to clear and both hatchery coho and Chinook are available.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook, coho

Fall Chinook fishing will be very good as the river drops and the fishery effort shifts from tidewater into the river. Bobber fishing or casting spinners will still produce fish in upper tidewater areas, but river fishing with bait-wrapped plugs, drifted or back-bounced baits, or bobber and bait will be the best bet over the next couple of weeks.
The wild coho fishery in the bay is open Sundays and Mondays through November. Check with ODFW for details on seasons and bag limits. Summer steelhead fishing is fair. Several hundred summer steelhead have been recycled from Cedar Creek Hatchery in recent weeks (released at Pacific City). Spinners or small baits like crawdad tails are good options.

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat trout, Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing is fair with anglers catching fish in upper tidewater and through the mainstem up to the deadline. Many fish are in spawning condition this time of year. Casting lures or floating bait under a bobber can be effective.

Cutthroat trout fishing is fair through the mainstem with the season over at the end of this month.

SILETZ RIVER: Chinook, coho, steelhead, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing is fair to good. Anglers are having success from mid to upper tidewater and all through the river below the deadline at Illahee Park. Recent rains have pushed a lot of fish out of tidewater for their migration to the spawning grounds. The wild coho fishery has slowed down but anglers can still catch bright fish in tidewater up to the deadline. Summer steelhead fishing is slow in the upper river above Moonshine Park. The cutthroat trout fishery has slowed down and the season closes at the end of this month.

SIUSLAW RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down in tidewater as recent rains have pushed most fish up into the river. Fishing from the bank or drift boat above the head of tide should produce the best results this week. The wild coho fishery has slowed down for anglers in the lower to mid sections of tide water but should be fair to good for those fishing near the deadline.Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair with the season closing at the end of this month.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, coho

Fishing for salmon is good as weather conditions and flows allow. Fall Chinook and a few wild coho are being caught throughout the bay. On softer tide series, troll herring in the lower bay. On stronger tide series, trolling herring or spinners in the upper bay is a good bet. Some anglers are finding success in the west channel. Fish are not holding for long periods in the bay right now so consider moving your fishing effort upstream to one of the local rivers. The wild coho fishery in the bay is open Fridays and Saturdays through November. Check with ODFW for season and bag limit details.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

An occasional summer steelhead is being caught but Chinook are the go-to fish these days. Good numbers of Chinook are available throughout the system but most of the hatchery coho have already entered the hatchery. When the river levels drop and clear a bit, fishing for Chinook should be very good all the way up to the deadline at the north and south fork confluence. The Hatchery Hole opened on October 16 to take advantage of strong returns.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

Fishing for fall Chinook was very good just before the last big rain. As the river drops, fishing should continue to be very good either from a boat or the bank. Spinners (sizes 4-6) cast from the bank should produce fish as well as bobber and bait set-ups.

YAQUINA RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing is slow to fair with anglers having the best results in the mid to upper areas of tidewater. Recent rains have pushed many fish upriver and onto the spawning grounds but new bright fish should be around over the next couple weeks.

The wild coho salmon fishery has slowed down a bit as recent rains have pushed many fish up river towards the spawning grounds. Bright fish can still be caught from Sawyers landing up through tidewater. Trolling herring or spinners faster than for Chinook and higher in the water column have been productive. Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair with the season scheduled to close at the end of this month.

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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, RIFLE DEER, GROUSE, QUAIL, MOURNING DOVE (closes Oct. 30), WATERFOWL (duck reopens Oct. 29, see regs)

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

See the bird and big game hunting forecasts.

General Deer Rifle season goes through Nov. 7. Hunter success will largely depend on weather conditions, with wet weather being best. If the weather is dry and warm, look for deer in openings during the early morning and late evening hours of daylight, and otherwise focus on timbered areas and north-facing slopes.

Duck season opened Oct. 11 on the north coast and goes through Jan. 25, 2015 with a short break in late October. The overall liberal bag limit with some species restrictions, continue this fall. See the 2014-15 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for details. The opener will likely be slow as no appreciable numbers of migratory birds have moved down yet from the north. Weather will also be a key factor in determining success early in the season, with the best hunting occurring during the wettest and stormiest weather.

Forest grouse and mountain quail is likely to be fair as it appears that there was not a strong hatch of young that have survived into the fall. If hunting for grouse, look for ruffed grouse on mid-slopes and along riparian areas, and sooty (blue) grouse are usually found at higher elevations on ridge tops. Mountain quail are most often found in brushy clear-cut areas on south or west facing slopes.

Mourning dove season continues this fall through Oct. 30. The north coast typically does not have a lot of these birds, so the hunting for them will be rather slow. However, the Eurasian collared dove that closely resembles the mourning dove is an introduced exotic that is unprotected. It, along with the exotic rock dove, can offer good year-round hunting opportunity where they occur in more developed areas.

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

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

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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST VIEWING

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

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

Substantial numbers of great egrets are now in Tillamook County, where they should be present in farm fields and along estuaries in the county through the winter months. These large white birds are easy to spot as they usually provide a strong contrast to their surroundings, and can often be seen foraging in close proximity to great blue herons.

CLATSOP COUNTY

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. The breeding season or “rut” is starting to wind down. Some bulls are still with the larger herds and occasional bugling in the evenings is still being heard. With the onset of fall, larger bulls should start to segregate themselves from the herds and hang out in bachelor groups. Elk have been visible most mornings and evenings, depending on the weather. With cooler temperatures, elk are staying out in the fields a little later in the morning and returning a little earlier in the evenings. Good places to look are the Fishhawk Tract along Hwy 202 and the Beneke Tract along Beneke Creek Road.

Visitors are reminded that areas posted as “Wildlife Refuge” are closed to public entry and posted portions of the Beneke Tract are closed to entry during elk seasons. Black-tailed deer hunting only is allowed on portions of the Beneke Tract during the general Western Oregon rifle deer season. Consult the 2014 Big Game Regulations for additional information and exceptions. Wildlife Area Parking Permits are now required on the wildlife area.

Pelicans

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


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Expo and Reinhardt ponds and Lake Selmac were recently stocked and fishing should be good.
  • Rain this week should move Chinook throughout the lower sections of the Chetco and Elk rivers.
  • With the recent rains, wild coho should be moving into Tenmile Lakes.

2014 Coastal coho and fall Chinook seasons

Now available on the ODFW Web site.

2014 trout stocking

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

Send us your fishing report

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

AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullhead

Agate Lake is less than 3 percent full and the boat ramp is no longer usable. An estimated 130-acre feet of water remains for anglers wanting to fish for bass and panfish from shore. Jackson County Parks closes the park at 8pm at this time of year.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Applegate Reservoir is less than 22 percent full. The Hart-tish facility and boat ramp are closed for the season. The Copper ramp may not be usable, but the low water ramp at French Gulch will still be accessible. Cooling temperatures should mean improving conditions for trout anglers now and into the fall.

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

APPLEGATE RIVER: rainbow and cutthroat trout, winter steelhead

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

ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout

Pond levels have been lowered to help control aquatic vegetation.

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

The reservoir was stocked with about 3,500 trout during March and another 500 trout were stocked in April. An additional 1,000 trout were stocked the first week of September.

Warmwater fishing for bass and crappie will be best around the edges where there is some structure. Jigging with crappie tubes in the electric motor section has been successful.

CHETCO RIVER: Chinook

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

Rain this week is expected to raise water levels and bring more Chinook into the river. It is still early in the run, so most Chinook will be holding in the mainstem holes until late November and December when they will move into the tributaries to spawn. Because bobber and single point hook rules are still in effect through Nov. 3, anglers may need to adapt their bobber techniques to the higher flows.

Chetco River flows near Brookings

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

Cooper Creek was stocked with about 9,000 trout and received an 2,000 additional trout for fall fishing. Some of the trout do have copepods which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked.

COOS COUNTY Lakes/Ponds: trout

Bradley Lake, Saunders Lake, Powers Pond, Middle Empire Lake, and Butterfield Lake were all stocked this month with fall “trophy” trout. Anglers are having the best success catching trout fishing PowerBait near the bottom. A few anglers are catching trout by casting small spinners or spoons.

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

Trout season in the Coos Basin rivers closes on Oct. 31. Trout season will open again in the end of May.

Fishing for chinook and coho salmon is still open in the Coos Basin even though most anglers have put away their salmon fishing gear. The majority of the chinook and many coho have moved out of the bay into the rivers in preparation to spawn. A few anglers are trolling for chinook in the Millicoma and South Fork Coos rivers while anglers trolling for coho are fishing lower in the bay. The wild coho season is open in the Coos Basin until Nov. 30. The daily bag limit for wild (unclipped) coho is 1 per day and 2 for the season.

Crabbing in Coos Bay has been good with boat crabbers picking up limits. The best crabbing has been near the jetties but crabbers are getting legal size crab all the way up to the BLM Boat Ramp. In a cooperative effort including ODFW and OSU researchers, hundreds of red rock crabs have been tagged with a small blue “floy tag” in Charleston to gain an understanding of their growth, age, movement, population size, and fishery. Red rock crabs are native to Oregon and are found in only a few Oregon estuaries. If you catch a tagged red rock crab please contact the ODFW Charleston office at 541-888-5515.

Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay. For more information on shellfish in Coos Bay click on the following link: Shellfish Assessment of Coastal Oregon. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: trout, salmon,

Trout season in the Coquille Basin rivers closes on Oct. 31.

The recent rains have salmon moving into the rivers in preparation to spawn. A few coho are still being caught from Bandon to Rocky Point Boat Ramp for anglers trolling cut plug herring or spinners. The wild coho season is open in the Coquille Basin until Nov. 30. The daily bag limit for wild (unclipped) coho is 1 per day and 2 for the season.

DIAMOND LAKE: trout

Fishing has been improving. The lake is cooling down and the fish are moving around more. Most of the fish are 12 to 14-inches, but larger fish are also being caught. The fish are very plump and healthy! Mealworms and PowerBait have been successful. Some of this year’s fingerlings are nearing 8-inches in length and anglers are also beginning to catch them.

The algae blooms have been off and on. General cautions signs are still in place as a reminder to anglers should another bloom occur. The blooms have been benign.

For campground information call the Forest Service at 541-498-2531. Anglers can check fishing conditions at Diamond Lake on their website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 236 or 238 for updates.

ELK RIVER: Chinook

Chinook fishing really took off this week as salmon are spread throughout the lower river from the rains. Anglers can call Elk River Hatchery information line (541) 332-0405 for river height and color. The river fishes best at 5 feet and dropping.

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

The reservoir is currently 9 percent full and the boat ramp at the county campground is no longer in use. Anglers fishing from personal watercraft like float tubes or fishing from shore should have good luck on trout, bass and panfish now and into the fall.

EXPO POND: trout

Expo Pond was recently stocked with 100 one-pound and 500 legal-sized trout. Fishing should be good.

FISH LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook

Water levels at Fish Lake have dropped below the Bureau of Reclamation measuring gauge, and trailered boats can no longer launch at the lake. Fish Lake was a natural lake before the dam was built, however, so fishable water will remain through the fall. Trout anglers may want to give places like Fish Lake a try from the shore or from small watercraft or float tubes. In addition to stocked rainbow trout, anglers can catch land-locked Chinook salmon, brook trout and tiger trout.

Fish Lake should be great for trout fishing in the coming weeks. The lake bottom near the water line has crusted fairly well so that bank anglers can walk along the shoreline with hiking boots or knee boots. When releasing the salmon and trout, be sure to handle them gently and keep them in the water at all times, using barbless hooks will help. Salmon were caught on Panther Martins, super dupers cast from shore, and a streamer fly fished behind a casting bubble.

FLORAS LAKE: rainbow, cutthroat trout

Trout fishing is hit or miss depending on the wind. The best method for catching trout is slow trolling flies or wedding ring spinners from a boat. Bank access is limited. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. The lake can be very windy, so anglers will want to check the weather prior to heading out. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

GALESVILLE RESERVIOR: rainbow trout, bass

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

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

GARRISON LAKE: rainbow trout, cutthroat

Early morning or late afternoon is the most productive. Boat anglers will want to keep an eye on the weather and fish the lake when there is no wind. Access for bank anglers is best at the 12th Street boat ramp, Arizona Street, or along the foredune accessed through Tseriadun State Park. Garrison Lake is located in the middle of Port Orford. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

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

Hemlock has received over 6,000 trout this season, including some large fish just before the Labor Day holiday. PowerBait has been effective. Anglers fishing the high lakes in the Umpqua District are encouraged to e-mail fishing reports.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass

Anglers are reminded that Howard closes to all angling on Nov 1. Howard Prairie is 28 percent full. An old road near the resort appears to be launchable for boaters. Anglers should note that fall fingerling averaging 6 to 7-inches in length have been stocked at Howard for next year’s fishery. Careful catch-and-release practices must be followed, including keeping the trout in the water at all times. Barbless hooks would be helpful as well. Trout anglers may want to give places like Howard a try from the shore or from small watercraft or float tubes. Fishing for trout should improve as water temperatures cool through the next several weeks.

HYATT LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Anglers are reminded that Hyatt closes to all angling on Nov 1. Hyatt continues to produce fish despite very low water levels. Fishing for largemouth near the dam has slowed but is still very good. Even worms fished 5-6 feet below a bobber will catch some bass. A 4-5 pound bass was reported caught near the dam on Sunday. Trout fishing has slowed. The lake is 6 percent full, and there is no ramp available for trailered boats. Anglers are encouraged to keep largemouth in the 7 to 12-inch range. These fish are part of a stunted group of bass, and are a good option to take home to eat. Trout anglers planning to release most of the fish are reminded to handle the fish carefully, keeping them in the water at all times, and remember that fishing with dough bait on treble hooks can make a safe release very challenging.

ILLINOIS RIVER: trout, steelhead

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

Illinois River flows at Kerby

LAKE MARIE: rainbow trout

The lake was stocked with over 5,000 trout this year. Most anglers use PowerBait or worms. The lake also received some Labor Day lunkers and was stocked again the first week of September.

LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

Selmac was recently stocked with 1,200 one-pound rainbows and fishing should be good for trout. Fishing for warmwater species has likely slowed with cooler weather.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, kokanee

Lemolo was stocked with about 8,000 trout in late spring and received about 1,500 nice 14-inch trout in time for Labor Day. Fishing has been good. Brown trout are being caught and the rainbows are 12 to 16-plus inches depending on the stock. People are also catching kokanee, by trolling deeper water with a small spoon and single hook. The reservoir is drawn down, so only Poole Creek boat ramp is still open and it is becoming more suitable for smaller boats. From Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, all brown trout must be released. The reservoir will still be open for fishing, and rainbow trout and kokanee can be harvested for the 5 trout limit. Only 1 trout over 20 inches can be harvested per day. For information on fishing conditions, contact Lemolo Lake Resort at 541-957-8354. For information on campgrounds contact the USFS at 541-498-2515.

LOON LAKE: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill

Loon Lake has been stocked with nearly 8,000 trout. The lake is also providing good fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass. The boat ramps will be open through early fall. For additional information call the BLM at: 541-599-2254.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, spring Chinook, bass

Lost Creek Reservoir was recently stocked with rainbow trout. The surface temperature was 57F Monday morning. Trout anglers will probably want to fish deep in the main body of the reservoir. Trout fishing is probably still best upstream of the Hwy 62 Bridge. Water temperatures will continue to improve for trout anglers in October. Anglers caught smallmouth on spinners and crankbaits recently. Lost Creek Reservoir is 40 percent full. All boat ramps are accessible.

MEDCO POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

Trout fishing should improve as lake waters cool in the fall. Fishing for warmwater species has likely slowed with colder weather.

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

The ocean is closed for harvest of Dungeness crab through Nov. 30. Fishing for bottom fish, including rockfish and lingcod opened back up to all depths starting Oct. 1. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Retention of cabezon is now allowed but only one cabezon per day per angler. Ocean salmon and nearshore halibut close for year on Oct. 31.

PLAT I RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, warmwater fish

In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bullhead fishing. Bass can be harvested from March 1 to Oct. 31 and are catch-and-release only from Nov. 1-Feb. 29. The reservoir received about 4,500 trout this year. The water level in the reservoir is currently low.

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

REINHARDT POND: trout

Reinhardt Pond was recently stocked with 100 one-pound and 250 legal-sized trout. Fishing should be good.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: half-pounders, steelhead, Chinook

Rains have really put a damper on fishing. Until flows drop anglers may want to plunk a Spin-N-Glo from one of the many gravel bars along the lower river.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout

Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall, and the flow at Grants Pass was 1560 cfs on Monday morning. The water temperature was averaging about 52. Summer steelhead are available, and fishing should be good. An angler fishing from Chinook Park to Schroeder Park on Saturday reported 5 steelhead landed and a good number of trout. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos,and release fish quickly. Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be harvested.

Anglers are reminded that the area from Hog Creek boat landing to the Fishers Ferry boat ramp is closed to the harvest of Chinook salmon starting Oct. 1, 2014.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

Anglers are reminded that beginning Nov. 1, the river opens to the use of lures and bait as well as flies upstream of the Shady Cove boat ramp to the deadline at Cole Rivers Hatchery. Also beginning Nov. 1, from Fishers Ferry boat ramp upstream to the Shady Cove boat ramp, the river opens to the use of lures as well as flies. Consult the synopsis for more information. Anglers may want to try nymph patterns, or a big stonefly pattern in combination with a smaller nymph, or standard steelhead patterns. Trout fishing should be very good as well. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos and release fish quickly. Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be harvested.

Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1029 cfs and the water temperature was 43F°F the morning of Oct. 27. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 50F. As of Oct. 23, 1,328 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

Trout are still available in the waters above Lost Creek Dam! Fish stocking has ended for the year upstream of Lost Creek, but fishing remains open and should be very good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber.

In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

SIXES RIVER: Chinook

Rain this week will probably blow out the river. When the river drops, Chinook should be scattered throughout the lower river, with new fish moving in daily.

SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: steelhead, sturgeon, striped bass

Fall Chinook will continue moving up the Smith as fall progresses and provide an excellent bobber fishery.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR:

Closed to fishing.

TENMILE BASIN: yellow perch, largemouth bass, coho salmon

Yellow perch are biting on nightcrawlers or jigs tipped with a worm in Tenmile Lakes. Yellow perch will be moving towards the deep water (20 feet) and concentrating in big schools. Sometimes anglers need to try several spots before finding the bigger fish. There are lots of smaller yellow perch that anglers have to sort through to catch enough keepers for a meal. Some of the keeper yellow perch are over 12-inches long.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good. Most of the bass are being caught in deep water associated with cover like submerged logs or vegetation. Crankbaits and plastics like senkos or brushhogs have been working to catch bass.

With the recent rains, wild coho should have moved into Tenmile Lakes. The best fishing tends to be in the upper arms of the lake like Big Creek and Templeton. The wild coho season opened Oct. 1 in Tenmile Lakes. The bag limit for wild coho in Tenmile Lakes is 1 wild coho adult per day and a total of 5 wild adult coho for the season in aggregate with other NW and SW Zone waterbodies. Anglers are also allowed 1 wild coho jack per day.

TOKETEE LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing is open in Toketee year-round. The boat ramp is currently closed and the reservoir is partially drawn down. For more information call the U.S. Forest Service at 541-498-2531.

UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout

Clearwater Forebay #2 received nice 14-inch trout in time for Labor Day. For brook trout anglers should try Cliff, Buckeye, Skookum (North Umpqua), Maidu, Twin and Wolf lakes. Linda, Pitt Lake, and Calamut have been stocked with a native rainbow for the last couple of years. Bullpup and Fuller still have brook trout, but were also recently stocked with some fingerling native rainbows.

Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, smallmouth bass, trout, Chinook

The wild coho season below Scottsburg Bridge was closed Oct. 2. There are still some hatchery coho moving through the system and fall chinook. Only fin-clipped adult and jack coho can now be harvested. The upstream fishery between Osprey and River Forks is still providing some fall Chinook harvest opportunity but this season is beginning to wind down as lots of fish have pushed upstream into the South Umpqua (which is currently closed to fishing) to spawn. Most of the chinook are fairly dark now.

The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. This fishery is primarily catch-and-release since the number of hatchery fish is relatively low compared to the number of wild fish. People interested in harvesting a steelhead should fish the North Umpqua for summer steelhead. Trout fishing in the tributaries to the mainstem closes Sept. 16. The mainstem will close to trout fishing starting Nov. 1.

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

Umpqua River flows near Elkton

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead

Rock Creek Hatchery is once again open for visitors. The hatchery is open to visitors from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The new RockEd facility is lacking displays, but can be opened on request by calling the hatchery at 541-496-3484. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Anglers are getting some summer steelhead in the Narrows and Swiftwater areas. Steelhead are also up in the fly waters and anglers are fishing the area more. Trout fishing in the tributaries to the North closes Sept. 16. The mainstem of the North will continue to be open for catch-and-release trout fishing through Oct. 31.

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

North Umpqua River water levels at Winchester Dam

UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH:

The South Umpqua will be closed for all fishing from Sept. 16 through Nov. 30.

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

At 43 percent of capacity, Willow Lake has the most water among all irrigation reservoirs in the Rogue watershed to date. Trout are available, though fishing for warmwater species is likely slowing with colder weather.

WINCHESTER BAY: chinook, fin-clipped coho

The wild coho season in the Umpqua closed October 2. Now only fin-clipped adult and jack coho can be retained as part of the daily salmon limit. Harvest information for other basins will be posted regularly on the ODFW website.

Success for bank anglers at Salmon Harbor, Half Moon Bay and Osprey Point is beginning to slow down. Both Chinook and fin-clipped coho are still being caught but not in great numbers. The hatchery coho being caught are however still very bright.

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

WINCHUCK RIVER: closed

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

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: RIFLE DEER, GROUSE, QUAIL, MOURNING DOVE (closes Oct. 30), TURKEY, COUGAR, BLACK BEAR

See the bird and big game hunting forecasts.

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

COOS COUNTY

Duck and Goose season in the goose Southwest Zone and duck Zone 1 opened October 11. Canada goose numbers appear to be good in the local area so hunting for them should be good. Hunters will find these birds will be attracted to green grass. The flocks are generally habitual about where they go to feed during the day. So, scouting for these areas is beneficial for hunters. With the onset of stormy weather duck numbers appear to be improving. However, rain has caused flooding in agricultural lands in Coos County. This appears to have caused birds to scatter to some extent. As the season progresses waterfowl numbers should continue to build.

Deer populations have been showing recovery in much of Coos County. General Rifle Deer season opened Oct. 4 and runs through Nov. 7. Generally the best hunting for deer locally is found on private land such as those owned by timber companies. Because those lands are private hunters cannot assume they are all open to public access. Weather conditions have deteriorated considerably over the past few weeks on the coast, which means things have improved for deer hunting. Cool, wet weather systems that have come to the coast have gotten deer start rutting activity. Hunters are reporting seeing more deer and many have harvested bucks in the past week. Hunters will find deer moving in or near brushy clear cuts. Early mornings or late evenings are the best times to be out hunting but hunting mid-day on rainy days is worthwhile, as well.

Grouse and Quail seasons opened Sept. 1. This summer was a good one for grouse and quail production. Broods seemed to have survived well. However, the past several years of poor survival for these young birds has resulted in populations that are low and that will need several good years of reproductive success to rebound. Hunters will find the best hunting for both quail and grouse on closed roads on public land. Grouse will generally be found near streams and quail will generally be found neat ridge tops, with the exception of Valley quail, which are usually found near agricultural lands.

Black Bear - General Bear season continues thru Dec. 31. Bear populations are robust in much of Coos County and offer opportunities for hunting. Due to the time of year and rain black berries are in low abundance and bears are no longer concentrating on them. Many landowners are complaining of bears damaging apple and other fruit trees. With landowner permission good hunting for bears can be found around isolated orchards. With cooler wet weather occurring bears will not be active for much longer.

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY

BIG GAME

Deer -Western Oregon deer rifle and many controlled doe seasons continue through November 7th. A reminder to youth hunters that their buck season can be extended 2 days (Nov. 8 & 9) for youth only that have not harvested a buck. The fall weather and rut will help hunters to locate bucks for the last few days of the season. General bow season re-opens from November 15th - December 7th in the Melrose and Evans Creek units for Douglas County. Also, the controlled Melrose-N.Sixes muzzleloader deer hunter in SW Oregon is open from Nov. 15th – 23rd.

Elk - General coast bull 1st season opens November 15th for the Melrose and Siuslaw units in Douglas County. Elk populations are similar to last year so this hunting year will be average. Also, the controlled SW Cascade muzzleloader elk hunter in SW Oregon is open from Nov. 15th – 21st.

Cougar season is open. Hunters can expect an average year. Cougars are abundant and widely distributed. Hunting success is best around high deer population areas using a predator call.

Bear – General bear season opened August 1st. Hunters can expect an average year. Some nice size bears have been harvested in the last few weeks. Successful bear hunters are reminded there is a mandatory check-in for all harvested bear within 10 days of harvest (see regulations for details).

Western Gray Squirrel – Currently open but ends November 6th. Hunters can expect an average year. Squirrels are widely distributed throughout the county with good numbers in areas of oaks and conifers. Many areas of high squirrel populations are on private lands so hunters are reminded to ask for permission on these lands before hunting.

UPLAND GAMEBIRDS:

Grouse & Quail - The season is currently open. Blue grouse success is best in mid to high elevations of the Cascades in partly open conifer stands. Ruffed grouse can be found near creeks mostly at mid elevations of both the Cascades and Coast Range. Success is best in the lower elevation agricultural lands for California quail and mid-elevations of the Cascades and Coast Range near brushy clear cuts on secondary forest roads for Mountain quail.

Fall Turkey – The season is open through Dec. 31. Hunters can expect a good year. The 2014 summer chick counts showed above average production with excellent carryover from the last year. Most turkeys are on or adjacent to low-mid elevation private lands associated with oak savannah habitat.

MIGRATORY GAMEBIRDS:

Mourning Doves – Closes Oct. 30. Hunters can expect an above average year. The dove season is currently open. Most mourning doves have not migrated south since no rains have occurred in the last few weeks so their numbers are currently high. In addition, keep in mind the non-migratory Eurasian collared doves numbers are on the increase throughout the state and our county, and they are NOT part of the mourning dove bag limit. Check the 2014 game bird regulations for details. Also, don’t forget to ask for permission from local landowners before hunting doves on private land.

Crow– Crow season is open. Hunters can expect an average year. Crow are abundant and widely distributed on the Umpqua Valley floor. Hunting crow is a challenge with most being on or adjacent to private lands.

WATERFOWL:

Duck hunting is open Oct. 11th – 26th & October 29th – January 25th. Goose hunting is Oct. 11th – November 30th & Dec. 8th – Jan. 25th. Goose and duck hunters can expect an average to above-average year. Hunting for resident goose and duck in Douglas County should be very good because of an excellent production again this year. Nearly all goose and duck hunting in the Umpqua Valley is on private property and hunters should obtain landowner permission before hunting. Goose and duck hunters can expect an average to above-average year. Local duck production is historically good but small so a fair number of local ducks are available now with improved opportunity as the fall migrating ducks arrive later in the season. Hunting for resident geese in Douglas County should be very good because of an excellent production again this year. Nearly all waterfowl hunting in the Umpqua Valley is on private property and hunters should obtain landowner permission before hunting.

TRAPPING:
Furbearers –A reminder to trappers and hunters that specific licenses and tags are required to hunt many furbearer species, and hunters should refer to the Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations for details. Currently, bobcat, fox and raccoon pursuit season is open.
Bobcat - Healthy populations throughout Western Oregon. Harvest season is currently closed but the season opens on December 1, 2014. Pursuit season is currently open for bobcat.

River Otter, Beaver, Mink/Muskrat, Red Fox, Gray Fox & Raccoon – Healthy populations throughout Western Oregon. The harvest season opened for red fox on October 15, 2014. The harvest season opening for gray fox, mink/muskrat, river otter, beaver and raccoon is November 15, 2013. Pursuit season is currently open for fox and raccoon.

Marten – Good populations at higher elevations of the Cascades. The season opens November 1, 2014.

JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES

Winners of the C2 Ranch late archery deer hunt were announced on Oct. 28.

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

Bear general season closes Dec. 31, 2014. Hunters can expect another average year. Bear numbers continue to be abundant. The Applegate unit has one of the highest harvests for the fall season in the state for the past several years. With hot dry weather which is typical for this time of year, bears will be found around cooler wet drainages. As the berry crops become ripe hunters should locate these areas to find bears. The best times to look for bears are in the early morning and late evenings. Successful bear hunters are reminded there is a mandatory check-in for all harvested bear within 10 days of harvest (see regulations for details).

Youth Elk season started Aug. 1 for units in our area and runs to the end of December. This is a great opportunity for the youth to harvest an elk. These hunts are designed to provide young hunters with a safe, well supervised, low-stress setting where they can enjoy the hunt while building fundamental skills. Remember youth must wear hunter orange.

Deer rifle season will close November 7 except youth hunters with unfilled tags can hunt the 8th and 9th. Black tailed deer populations in Jackson, Josephine and Curry counties remain strong. The end of last year’s season showed a good buck ratio with high fawn ratios. This season will again be dependent on weather conditions. Because of the calendar year, season is set back a week potentially providing cooler temperatures. However we have recently been observing mortalities due to Adenovirus (ADHD), this is a natural disease that only affects deer and it could have some impact on hunting seasons in areas where natural mortality has occurred. We would like to hear from hunters this season if they have found dead deer in the woods. Black-tailed deer in Jackson County mostly migrate from high elevation to lower elevations of the valley floor. Migration usually occurs during the early part of the season and by the late season portion they have moved into their winter range. Although there is a growing population of deer that remain in the valley floor, hunters need to be aware of private property. In Josephine and Curry Counties deer migrate very little and hunters can find deer at all elevations. This year we have a good acorn crop, deer will take advantage of the acorns in our late fall season. Campfires are now allowed outside of campgrounds.

Fall Turkey season is from Oct. 15 – Dec. 31. Hunters can expect a good year. The mild spring provided good survival of chicks and brood counts showed production up from the last two years. Hunters are allowed to shoot either sex, and are allowed to have two tags. Majority of our turkeys are found in low elevation and around private lands, although a growing number are found in conifer stands that have meadows or clear cuts.

Migratory Dove - New regulation changes allow for 15 doves and season goes to October 30.

Grouse and Quail - Both mountain quail and forest grouse numbers are higher this year due to the mild spring, so hunters can expect a good year. Forest grouse can be found in timbered creek draws and mountain quail will be found in brushy clear cuts near water. A good bird dog will aid greatly in bird retrieval.

Waterfowl - Both Duck and Goose season opens Oct 11. The fall flight forecast calls for high numbers of waterfowl, but weather conditions will determine migration patterns and hunter success. The best waterfowl hunting at Denman Wildlife Area tends to occur around the end of November; area managers continue to plant crops and flood fields to attract waterfowl to Denman. Due to lower water in many of our lakes and pond this year the Rogue River can be a little more productive. Hyatt Lake, Howard Prairie and Agate Lake will have waterfowl but will be difficult to hunt due to low water levels.

Pheasant - Statewide season started October 11 and will run through December 31. Pheasants on the Denman Wildlife Area will be few and far between now that the fee season is over. Few pheasants are found in the Rogue valley but there are some and they will be found on private lands. Be sure to ask for permission to hunt these areas.

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

Western Gray Squirrel is currently open until Nov. 12. The bag limit is five squirrels. Except 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. This is the time of years rancher will welcome hunters to come onto their property to take coyotes that are cause problems with live stock.

Furbearers – Pursuit season is currently open for bobcat, fox and raccoon. A reminder to trappers and hunters that specific licenses and tags are required to hunt many furbearer species, and hunters should refer to the 2012-14 Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations for details.

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: VIEWING

COOS COUNTY

Sea Birds

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

Marine Mammals

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

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

Shorebirds

Shorebird migration is in full swing. A large variety of birds can be found in local bays and along beaches. Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is probably the best place in Coos County to see these birds. The Bandon Marsh Unit is located immediately north of Bandon and is probably the best part of the refuge to visit for shore bird observation. Otherwise mud flats in Coos Bay, Winchester Bay (Douglas County) and the Coquille Bay are great places to check.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl numbers are increasing in Coos County due to the season. Many flocks of teal, widgeon and other ducks are beginning to congregate in places in local bays. The best places to find good numbers of birds are where tide inundates grassy areas. The islands around Coos Bay, Winchester Bay and the Coquille Bay are good places to look for waterfowl. As the season progresses numbers of birds will increase in the bays until flooding of inland agricultural lands causes birds to disperse inland. 10/21/14.

CURRY, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE COUNTIES

EVENT

Rogue Valley Audubon Society trip, Sat. Nov. 8, at Lost Creek and Holy Waters. More information.

White-fronted geese

Many flocks of Greater White-fronted geese have been spotted in the valley flying high heading towards Klamath Falls. Because they fly so high, it is easier to recognize them by their unique call.

Mourning Doves

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

Denman Wildlife Area

Hunting season starts Sept. 1 on the Denman Wildlife Area and will go into February. Other recreational users are encouraged to wear bright orange or other bright colored clothing and to stick to the trail systems. Be aware of hunters while watching the wildlife on the area.

Denman Wildlife Area has had an increase of hawks, accipiters and buteos. Many Northern Harriers, Red-tailed hawks, and Rough-legged hawks have been seen hunting throughout the valley.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Fish Passage

Coho Salmon are now migrating upstream and passing through Winchester dam fish ladder on the N. Umpqua River which is open to the public. The best time to view fish movement is from noon to 6pm. To view the migrating fish go to exit 129 on I-5, proceed southeast on 99 to the fish ladder on the north side of the river.

Fish Spawning

Each year there is opportunity to observe wild Fall Chinook spawning along the South Umpqua River and lower portion of Cow Creek. The South Umpqua has a large run of Fall Chinook so look for them spawning on the major gravel bars from Roseburg to Canyonville and on Cow Creek from Riddle to Byers.

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles are now commonly seen along the mainstem portion of the Umpqua River from Roseburg to Reedsport.

Buck Deer

Each year at this time bucks are in full rut so look for large bucks following does for the next couple weeks.

Winter Raptors

Wintering raptors, especially red-tail hawks, are commonly be seen along highways throughout the county.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Coho are now moving over Willamette Falls and are being caught in the Tualatin, Molalla, Santiam and other tributaries.
  • Coho fishing is good to excellent in the Clackamas and Sandy rivers, where the bag limit has been raised to three fish per day. Fish are also moving into Eagle Creek in strong numbers.
  • Tagged trout, including some with $50 prize tags, have been released into Henry Hagg Lake as part of a study to evaluate the trout stocking program. Information collected from tags can be submitted online at the tag-reporting page.
  • The following locations will be stocked with trout this week: St. Louis Ponds, Alton Baker Canal.

Send us your fishing report

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

2014 trout stocking

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

Check out the new trout stocking map

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

ALTON BAKER CANOE CANAL: trout

The Alton Baker Canoe Canal was recently stocked with a total of 1,110 fish, including 110 larger trout. These fish are released at multiple locations along the length of the Canal.

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

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

This is a 40-acre lake located in Benson State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. From Portland, head east on I-84, park is located on the south side of the freeway approx. 1/2 mile west of Multnomah Falls.

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

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 RIVER: trout, steelhead

Blue River above Blue River Reservoir was stocked for the last time this season the week of June 30. Steelhead are only available below the reservoir. The river is open through Oct. 31.

BLUE RIVER: trout, steelhead

Blue River above Blue River Reservoir was stocked for the last time this season the week of June 30. Steelhead are only available below the reservoir.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir was stocked for the last time this season the week of June 30, although bass and holdover trout may still be available. Blue River Reservoir is located east of Eugene near the town of Blue River, north of Highway 126 and is open to year-round fishing.

BREITENBUSH RIVER: trout

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

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

CANBY POND: rainbow trout

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

CARMEN RESERVOIR: trout

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

CLACKAMAS RIVER: Coho, summer steelhead

Water levels have increased significantly in the Clackamas over the past week, improving fishing prospects throughout the system.

Coho and summer steelhead are still the primary targets and can be found throughout the river. Coho will bite if targeted when they are moving; concentrate on riffles, pocket water, or holding areas adjacent to long stretches of fast water. Unlike most years when getting coho to bite in the Clackamas was a real struggle, this year the biters are in and catch is good. Fish are definitely congregated near the mouth of Eagle Creek waiting to move into it with higher flows.

Summers should be concentrated mainly in the reach from Carver up to McIver Park where acclimation ponds are found and recycled fish are available. Anglers fishing around McIver Park are still picking up a few decent summers. The spring Chinook fishery is over for the year.

Faster, more turbid water should favor eggs fished under a bobber or behind a diver, although hardware including spoons and spinners should continue to produce good results.

Tuesday hydrological data shows flows still low at 1,860 cfs, a gauge reading in Estacada of 11.95 ft., and the water temperature at 50° F.

CLEAR LAKE: trout

Clear Lake is open to fishing all year and was stocked in late August for the last time this season. Naturally reproducing brook trout are also available. The lake is accessed from Highway 126 approximately 70 miles east of Springfield. Cabins and row boats are available for rent from Clear Lake Resort.

COTTAGE GROVE POND: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Pond was last stocked in spring, but trout or bass may be available. To access the pond, travel east from Cottage Grove on Row River Road. Cottage Grove Pond is located behind the truck scales and may be accessed via an asphalt pathway. Only the pond with the dock is stocked with hatchery trout. This pond also offers wildlife viewing opportunities and is open to angling all year.

COTTAGE GROVE RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Cottage Grove Reservoir was stocked in mid-October with 1,700 fish, including 200 “pounders.” Holdover trout and warmwater species are also available to anglers. The reservoir is south of Cottage Grove and is open to angling all year.

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

CRESWELL POND (GARDEN LAKE): trout, warmwater species

The 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. Stocking has resumed for the season; 5,000 legal rainbow trout were planted during the week of Sept. 22 and another 7,000 legal-size rainbow trout were stocked Oct. 7.

Kokanee fishing is winding down as the larger fish are getting ready to spawn, but there are still plenty of trout left. Currently the reservoir is about 70 feet below full pool. The Low Water boat ramp at Mongold State Park is the only boat ramp available at this time. Check with local outfitters in the town of Detroit for fishing conditions.

DEXTER RESERVOIR: trout

Dexter Reservoir was stocked in late September with 5,000 rainbow trout. This will be the last release until early 2015. In addition to trout, some warmwater fish are also available. The reservoir is adjacent to Highway 58 near Lowell and is open to angling all year.

DORENA RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater

Dorena Reservoir was stocked in mid-October with 1,700 rainbow trout. The reservoir is east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road and is open to angling all year. Trout and warmwater fish are available.

EAGLE CREEK: coho

Eagle Creek is still low and clear despite some fairly good rainfall last weekend. Heavier rains in the forecast for this week should go a long ways towards improving creek conditions and getting the fish moving upstream. Despite the low water, angler effort has increased with a good number of folks giving it a test this past weekend.

There are coho in the creek and many down in the Clackamas River at the creek mouth near Bonnie Lure Park; they’re just holding until rainfall brings up the flows. Anglers can expect some decent coho fishing from Bonnie Lure up to the hatchery once the water comes up, even slightly. The hatchery has had over 400 coho swim in so far this fall.

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

ESTACADA LAKE: trout

Stocked in September with 1,200 legal-sized rainbow trout. Estacada Lake is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. There is a boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at the lower end of the reservoir. A fishing dock next to the boat ramp provides non-boating access to the lake.

FALL CREEK above FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked for the season in June. The river above the reservoir is open to angling through Oct. 31. Anglers may continue to enjoy catch and release fishing after Oct. 31 below the dam. Fall Creek and Reservoir are northeast of Lowell.

FALL CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir was last stocked for the season in June. This reservoir is drained to streambed over the winter. Fall Creek and Reservoir are northeast of Lowell.

FARADAY LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Oct. 6 with 3,800 legal- and larger-sized rainbow trout. This is a 25-acre reservoir located 1.1 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224 next to a PGE hydro plant.

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

This 9,000 acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. This reservoir is 8 feet below full pool at this time, so the only available boat ramp is Orchard Point. For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000. This lake is mostly shallow with a band of deep water from the original channel of the Long Tom River. The reservoir produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years. Best time of year for crappie is in spring after the water temperature reaches the mid-50s, but fish can still be found in deeper water year round. July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. The water level has dropped significantly over the last few weeks. The only boat ramp available is at Sunnyside County Park. This popular fishing destination has received 10,000 legal rainbow trout this fall. 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.

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. Kokanee are beginning to spawn at this time of year, but bass and trout are still available. Smallmouth bass can be found near underwater structure and at drop-offs. The reservoir level is currently approximately 86 feet below full pool. Thistle Creek boat ramp remains open, but Whitcomb Island is now closed until the spring water storage season.

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

Stocked with 16,000 rainbow trout on Sept. 30. Included in this release are 500 tagged trout. Some of these fish have “prize tags” that are worth $50 to the lucky anglers who catch them and return them to ODFW’s district office in Clackamas. It’s all part of a study to evaluate the trout stocking program at this popular fishery. ODFW asks that anglers on Hagg Lake help with this study by turning in information about any tagged fish they catch. Tagged fish can be harvested or released. If the fish is released, biologists recommend cutting the tag off at the base rather than try to rip the tag out. Anglers can report non-reward tags in person, by mail, by phone, or by using the tag-reporting page on the ODFW website. Reward tags must be returned in person or by mail to ODFW’s district office at 17330 SE Evelyn St., Clackamas, OR 97015. For more information, contact Ben Walczak, ODFW fish biologist at 971-673-6013.

This popular fishery has been stocked several times this year and there should be plenty of fish for anglers who are willing to get out and work for them. Hagg Lake is located within Scoggins Valley Park. The park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird watching.

HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater fish

Hills Creek Reservoir is open to fishing all year and was stocked in mid-October with 2,500 legal-sized and 1,200 trophy-sized rainbow trout. This reservoir is also stocked annually with 100,000 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook fingerlings and 200,000 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout fingerlings. These fish grow to catchable size within a year to provide a harvest fishery. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout and salmon must be released unharmed.

HILLS CREEK above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Hills Creek above Hills Creek Reservoir is open to angling through Oct. 31. Hatchery fish released into Hills Creek in previous years are now be released into Hills Creek Reservoir.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake was last stocked for the season just before Labor Day. The lake is open to angling through Oct. 31. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be kept. Leaburg Lake is closed to all angling after Oct. 31.

Vehicular and pedestrian access across Leaburg Dam is currently restricted weekdays from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Angler access will not be restricted on the highway side of the lake, but anglers will need to consider dam access when planning their weekday fishing activities on the park side of the lake. Check EWEB’s website for updates.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake was boat stocked in early September for the last time this season from Leaburg Town Landing down to Hendricks Bridge. Gear use is restricted to flies and lures below Hendricks Bridge. Use of bait is allowed from Hendricks Bridge upstream to Leaburg Dam through the end of the year.

Steelhead fishing has been very good recently below Leaburg Dam. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake was boat stocked below Finn Rock in mid-September for the last time this season. The river is open to angling through Oct. 31. All non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be released unharmed.

McKenzie basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir is open to catch-and-release fishing through Oct. 31. Angling is restricted to flies and lures. The Middle Fork above Hills Creek Reservoir was not stocked this year. Those fish were released instead into Hills Creek Reservoir for anglers.

Middle Fork basin-specific regulations and stocking schedule.

MOLALLA RIVER: Chinook, coho, summer steelhead

The Molalla is low yet fishable by drift boat or from the bank, and with passage of coho continuing strong at the falls there should be some fish to be found in the Molalla, particularly down near the mouth.

It’s also not unheard of for a few hatchery summer steelhead to poke their way into the lower river escaping the warmer waters of the Willamette.

MT HOOD POND: trout, crappie, bluegill

Stocked Oct. 17 with 1,800 rainbow trout.

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

NORTH FORK RESERVOIR: trout

No more stocking is planned at North Fork this year, although this is a large waterbody and some fish from earlier in the year should still be available.

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

OLALLIE LAKE: trout

This is the largest of more than 200 lakes within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area on the southern edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

QUARTZVILLE CREEK: trout

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

Trout season opened April 28 and ends Oct. 31. The river was stocked several times through the summer with over 5,000 rainbow trout. It was stocked one last time for 2014 the last week of July with 2,000 rainbow trout.

Wild cutthroat trout can be found here as well. Light gear works best and fly-fishing can be very good, but bait is also allowed. There are two BLM campgrounds as well as numerous designated campsites along the road.

Please be cautious with any source of fire while enjoying your outings this season. To get there, follow the directions to Green Peter Reservoir and continue around the lake until the river begins.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge. Salmon Creek was last stocked for the season in late August. Bait use and both native and hatchery trout harvest are allowed through Oct. 31.

SALT CREEK: trout

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

SANDY RIVER: coho, summer steelhead

Coho are on the move and should be distributed throughout the system in the wake of steady rains that have significantly raised flows.

The overall catch reports for the Sandy have been very good, with the usual spots showing plenty of effort. Corkies, red and yellow yarn, and spinners seem to be the offerings of choice.

Improved flows will open up new opportunities to both bank and drift anglers. The Oxbow to Dabney drift remains a good bet by drift boat. If you’re bank fishing, try Oxbow Park, Dodge Park, and the confluence of the Sandy and Cedar Creek below the Sandy hatchery. Be very cautious if you decide to ford the river – PFDs, good footware, and walking sticks are always a good idea, especially during periods of higher flows we can expect over the next several months.

Anglers who park at the hatchery to fish are reminded to obey all rules and signs; on any given day over 100 vehicles have been counted parked on hatchery grounds.

Tuesday hydrological data shows the river flows below Bull Run up significantly from a week ago to 1,120 cfs, with a gauge reading of 8.81 ft and a water temperature of 52° F.

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

Fish can be found throughout the river, but are more concentrated in the upper sections (Mehama to Packsaddle), where summer steelhead can find cooler water. Counts at Willamette Falls as of Oct. 23 show around 22,900 summer steelhead had entered the upper basin. Of those, around 4,050 made it above Stayton on the North Santiam through Oct. 18, including several hundred just in the last two weeks.

The river is now closed to spring Chinook harvest. There is lots of spawning activity going on, especially around Packsaddle boat ramp. Please be careful when launching boats there and avoid stepping on to spawning beds or otherwise harassing spawning fish.

Coho salmon have arrived in the basin, and anglers are permitted to catch up to 3 coho per day below Stayton. Above the Stayton-Scio bridge, coho fishing is closed until Nov. 1. It looks like it will be another banner year for coho - over 20,000 coho have already passed the Willamette Falls fish ladder as of Oct. 23. Many of these fish can be found from the mouth up to Stayton. When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below Packsaddle Park (near the Minto Fish Facility) is open year-round to adipose fin-clipped steelhead, while trout fishing will remain open to Oct. 31.

River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (currently the gauge is around 5,000 cfs). Current conditions

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

UPDATE: Maintenance work on the Upper Bennett Dam has been completed! The upgraded boat slide is once again available for use.

UPDATE: The gate at Green’s Bridge near Jefferson has been opened and will remain open until the next seasonal closure in June 2015.

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

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

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

Flows in the South Santiam below Foster dam are at 2,730 cfs as of Oct. 27. These are excellent conditions coinciding with the diminishing influx of new fish into the basin.

As a reminder, spring Chinook fishing closed on Aug. 15 and will not reopen until Nov. 1. Below Lebanon, however, there are coho salmon moving in and fishing for these wild fish can be very good.

Best sections to fish are from Wiley Creek to Pleasant Valley boat ramps, around Waterloo County Park, and from Lebanon down to the confluence with the North Santiam. As of Oct. 21, 3,126 summer steelhead had entered the fish ladder and nearly 2,450 were recycled back down river for another angler opportunity. The recycling has now ended for the year.

SHERIDAN POND: trout

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

SILVER CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, catfish

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

SMITH RESERVOIR: trout

Stocked for the last time this season in late June. Smith Reservoir is north of Trail Bridge Reservoir and is accessed by turning off Hwy 126 at Trail Bridge Reservoir and following FS Road 730 north to Smith Dam. The reservoir is not visible from the highway and is open to year-around fishing. Native fish are available for harvest.

SOUTH FORK YAMHILL RIVER: trout

Stocked the week of June 9 with 2,000 rainbow trout. The South Fork Yamhill from its confluence with the North Yamhill near McMinnville, upstream about 20 miles to Rock Creek near Grand Ronde is stocked with rainbow trout. Trout are released in multiple locations between Gold Creek Road Bridge and Willamina. The river is open to trout fishing through Oct. 31.

Yamhill River Road runs parallel to much of this section and provides adequate turnouts and parking at several locations near the river. The remaining 15 miles of river open to trout fishing has some public access but also meanders across private lands. ODFW reminds anglers to be aware of and respectful toward private property rights along the river.

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

Stocked the week of Oct. 20 with 500 rainbow trout. Anglers are reminded the gate to the park is closed for the season but the site is still open to fishing for those who are willing to hike in. Hikers are encouraged to follow the road from the gate to the main parking lot to avoid areas that may be inundated with water following cross-country paths.

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.

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

Timothy is one of the most popular family camping and fishing destinations in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The lake's south shore features four developed campgrounds and boat ramps. Three smaller, less developed campgrounds are found in the north. A trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians circles the lake. Motorboats are allowed on Timothy Lake, although a 10 m.p.h. speed limit is in place. The lake is currently accessible via Highway 26 as well as Forest Road 56 up the Clackamas River.

TRAIL BRIDGE RESERVOIR: trout

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

TRILLIUM LAKE: trout

Stocked the week of Oct. 6 with with 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 200 larger trout. Trillium is a 60-acre lake located approximately three miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy 26. This lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. A large campground at the lake features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock.

WALLING POND: trout, crappie, bass

In winter, spring, and fall, Walling Pond receives over 5,000 trout ranging in size from legal to multi-pound brooders. It was stocked on Oct. 7 with 400 legal and 50 larger size rainbow trout. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one may be over 20 inches. The pond is located within the Salem city limits west of I-5. Take Turner Road off Mission Street.

WALTER WIRTH LAKE: trout, crappie, bass

This popular Salem lake in Cascade Gateway Park receives thousands of hatchery trout annually. It will be stocked again this week with 1,300 legal and 100 larger size rainbow trout. As a reminder, only one fish over 20-inches may be kept.

WAVERLY POND: trout, bluegill, catfish

Waverly Pond is located in Albany and is regularly stocked in fall, winter and spring. It was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout averaging 10 inches last week. 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.

WEST SALISH POND: panfish, trout

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

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

WILLAMETTE RIVER: sturgeon, summer steelhead, coho

Coho season continues on the Willamette and these fish are moving over the falls in good numbers. Anglers fishing above the falls should be trying areas near the mouth of Willamette tributaries such as the Molalla, Tualatin, or Yamhill rivers. Hooking into coho below the falls can be very difficult except perhaps near the mouth of the Clackamas River in Oregon City. Coho passage makes up the bulk of fish crossings at Willamette Falls, with smaller numbers of summer steelhead and wild fall Chinook also moving into the upper river. Coho crossings over the past days have begun to decline a bit but the overall numbers are still very good. Total coho passage through October 25 stands at 17.023. Steelhead crossings are showing some decline and typically number less than 10 fish a day, with a total of 22,906 crossings as of Oct. 25.

Hydrological data as of October 27 shows the Willamette flows at 17,300 cfs, the water temperature near 56°, and visibility dropping to just 3.6 feet.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, WESTERN RIFLE DEER, GROUSE, QUAIL, MOURNING DOVE (closes Oct. 30), WATERFOWL (see regs), TURKEY

See the bird and big game hunting forecasts.

See ODF’s webpage for the latest on restrictions (click Landowner/Corporate Closure Chart for private land closures)

EVENTS:

Fall turkey hunting workshop for beginners, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Cabela’s in Tualatin, free. Pre-registration required.

Hunter orange required for youth

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

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

BE PREPARED

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

Upland Game Birds

Quail, Mountain / California – Open season from Sept. 1 to Jan 31. These brush loving birds are often found running between hiding and feeding areas in both brushland and riparian zones. Please remember that the daily bag limit is 10 birds singly or in aggregate when both California and mt. quail seasons are concurrent and the possession limit is 30 birds singly or in aggregate when both California and mt. quail seasons are concurrent.

Remember that wildlife laws state that the feathered head must be left attached while you are in the field or transporting the bird(s) home.

ODFW is conducting a survey to determine Mountain Quail locations east of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon. Please report and observations, including the date, specific location, county of observation, and number of quail to your local ODFW office.

Forest Grouse – Open season Sept. 1 - Jan 31. The forest grouse group collectively includes the Ruffed and Blue (dusky/sooty) grouse species. Forest grouse hunting has been very good so far this fall. The dry weather we experienced this spring was good for brood production and hunters can expect to find more young grouse in field this year. Look for grouse along the edges of timber patches during morning and evening times. Remember that the daily bag limit is 3 of each species and possession limit is 9 of each species.

Remember that wildlife laws state that the feathered head must be left attached while you are in the field or transporting the bird(s) home.

Your participation is greatly needed

ODFW would appreciate your help in obtaining important information about the health of populations grouse and mountain quail populations. To do so we would like the tail and one whole wing off of any grouse or mountain quail you harvest. Look in the 2014/15 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for specific instructions for removing wings/tails and sending them in.

The Western Oregon Fee Pheasant Hunts is open through October 31 at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area but is now closed at all other Wildlife Areas. In addition to a current hunting license and appropriate validations, participating hunters will need a fee pheasant tag. Please see page 14 of the 2014-2015 Game Bird Regulations for more information.

Migratory Birds

Waterfowl seasons have begun. Zone 1 duck season opened on October 11. Please remember that there will be a short closure on Oct 27 and 28 in Zone 1. Goose hunting is open for the first period in both the Northwest General Zone and Northwest Permit Zone from October 18 – 26. Hunters are reminded that a NW Goose Permit is required to hunt either of these zones. Please refer to pages 16 – 19 of the 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for bag limit, open area, and other restrictions.

Mourning Dove season has been expanded this year and is open from September 1 – October 30 with a bag limit of 15 per day. Hunters may find doves feeding in grain fields around the Willamette Valley.

Remember to obtain permission before hunting on private lands.

Big Game

Western Oregon General Rifle Deer Season opened Oct. 4. As is typical for early October, the weather has alternated between rainy periods and seasonally warm periods. Hunting conditions will improve as the month progresses and the weather changes to a consistently cool, damp pattern. Private timber company lands can be productive places to hunt if the landowner is allowing hunting access. Deer can be found early in the morning and late in the afternoon feeding along mid-elevation clearcuts or thinned areas that have varied densities of young shrubs and trees, which provide forage and hiding cover. During the day, deer may take to older timber patches or thick stands of young trees.

Hunters are advised that the Cascade Buck area is closed from October 18 through October 24, during the Cascade Bull Elk season. Coast Buck areas will remain open until Nov. 7.

Hunters are reminded that access road closures on Forest Service roads 4610, 4611, 4612, and 4613 due to the 36 Pit Fire outside of Estacada. Oregon 224 is open only on a limited basis between Milepost 31 and 36.

Cougar season is open in all zones beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. Hunters will need to purchase a 2014 hunting license and a 2014 cougar tag to hunt cougars. Successful cougar hunters will need to check-in any cougar taken at an ODFW office within 10 days of the kill. Hunters are reminded that biologists located in field offices may be out in the field handling other issues so call ahead to make arrangements to have your cougar checked-in. The hide and skull must be unfrozen and the skull and proof of sex must be attached to the hide. Hunters are required to submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken.

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

Fall Bear season is open and hunters looking for the best chance for success will want to become familiar with the wide variety of food sources bears utilize during the fall and move throughout the season to stay on the best available food source. They will be feeding on the abundant berry, apple, pear, and plum crops primarily in the early morning hours so hunters will need to be up and on stands before daylight. When out scouting, hunters should be looking for bear sign close to streams, lakes and adjacent to cool north slopes of timber. Please present the unfrozen skull (no hide attached) so that biologists can properly affix a seal. While hunters are NOT required to submit the reproductive track of female bear, the voluntary information is valuable for population modeling.

Fall turkey hunting prospects in the NWWD will be similar to last year. Turkeys are primarily found on private lands in Yamhill County and are not readily available to the public. Hunters with access to private lands should have moderate to high success rates.

In the southern Willamette district, hunting success is dependent on access to private lands with turkeys and early scouting. Turkeys are most often found on private lands in the foothills along the west side of these units. It is uncommon to find turkeys in the Douglas fir forests at higher elevations. Hunting can be very good in the McKenzie and southern portions of the Santiam Units for hunters that have done their homework and obtained access to private lands. Turkey are not abundant in the northern portions (north of Silverton) of the Santiam Unit and hunters will have difficulty finding the few scattered flocks.

Field Care of Harvested wildlife

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

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WILLAMETTE ZONE: VIEWING

Fall is the time to see salmon spawning

Chinook salmon are currently spawning in rivers around the region. Look for these impressive fish in the McKenzie, Sandy, Clackamas, and other streams. Please remember to be respectful of the spawning fish and to observe the salmon quietly without disturbing them.

Elk are in the rut

The elk breeding season or "rut" has begun and should last into the first couple weeks of October. Bulls are bugling now, especially from dusk to dawn and will battle for dominance. The whole process can be quite a sensory experience for the ears and eyes! Take a drive to Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area near Seaside for a great elk viewing opportunity.

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area directions

AROUND THE AREA

Foster Dam and Reservoir

Viewing sites are at the boat ramps, roadsides and a county park.A flock of Barrow’s Goldeneye regularlywinters just below Foster Dam,sometimes with Common Goldeneye.Deep water above the dam drawsmigrant Common Loon and Horned,Eared, Western, Clark’s and (rarely)Red-necked Grebes in migration, along with Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Common Merganser, and other diving ducks. Red-breasted Merganser, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, and migrant terns may drop in as rarities. US Hwy 20 at the E end of Sweet Home, take 60th Ave/Foster Dam Rd N to North River Dr.

EE Wilson Wildlife Area

Visit the Wildlife Area after 5 p.m. in October for the best wildlife viewing. Hunting in October ends at 5 p.m. so viewers have the area to themselves. Look and listen for songbirds and game birds—quail, doves and pheasants. There should be deer to see at dusk and last week viewers enjoyed watching a river otter.

Waterfowl and shorebirds are scarce but as soon as the wet weather comes, their numbers will start to build.

From Albany, take Highway 20 toward Corvallis and after 5 miles turn right on Independence Highway. Go 3 miles and turn left on Camp Adair Road, then proceed 2 miles to the wildlife area.

Find directions to EE Wilson Wildlife Area.

Fern Ridge Reservoir

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area is open daily for public use providing great wildlife viewing opportunities. 

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

There is an elevated viewing platform in the Fisher Butte unit just south of Royal Avenue that is open year-round. A second viewing platform is located 1/4 mile north of the Fisher Butte unit parking lot on Hwy 126.

Parking areas are located along Highway 126, Nielson Road, Cantrell Road, Territorial Road, and Clear Lake Road. Contact the wildlife area headquarters, (541) 935-2591 if you have any questions.

Directions to Fern Ridge Wildlife Area.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

Cackling Canada geese are showing up in large numbers.

The Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Eastside units and Westside, Oak Island and North are now closed and will remain so through April 30. The trail to Warrior Rock Lighthouse will remain open for hiking and Rentenaar Road, Eastside Viewing Platform and Coon Point will remain open for viewing. All areas require a Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Parking Permit.

Sauvie Island is a main stopping point for migratory birds as they travel along the Pacific Flyway, and ODFW actively manages the Wildlife Area to provide food and cover for them. An abundance of ducks and geese can be seen from many points around the island, as can raptors, including bald eagles, northern harriers, sandhill cranes, red-tailed hawks and American kestrel.

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, at the Sauvie Island ODFW office, Monday through Friday during office hours or online. For more information, call (503) 621-3488.

Directions to Sauvie Island Wildlife Area


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CENTRAL ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Several rivers and lakes remain open for trout fishing year-round including the Deschutes, Crooked and Metolius rivers, and Hosmer, Lost and Walton lakes. As long as access remains open, fishing can be very good in the fall.

2014 trout stocking for the Central Zone

Send us your fishing report

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

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports. The ramp is not usable for trailered boats but there is plenty of shoreline available for bank fishing or for launching pontoon boats.

BIG LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports. Big Lava Lake closes for fishing on Oct 31.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

CLEAR LAKE: rainbow trout

Water levels continue to get lower in Clear Lake. No recent reports on fishing.

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

No recent reports. Closed from 1 hour after sunset until 1 hour before sunrise. Crane Prairie Reservoir closes for fishing on Oct 31.

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

No recent reports.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout and mountain whitefish

Trout fishing has been excellent. The use of bait is only allowed through the end of October after which the regulations will revert back to lures and flies only until May 23, 2015. Anglers are reminded that trout over 20-inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

Flows below Bowman Dam

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

No recent reports.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

No recent reports. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

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

Steelhead fishing on the lower Deschutes has been good throughout the season. Now that fall is here, anglers can expect fish to be spread out from the mouth all the way to Warm Springs. Good fishing can be found just about anywhere, but good fishing has been reported from Macks Canyon to South Junction.  

No recent reports on trout fishing.

Chinook anglers are still catching fish below Sherars Falls. Anglers are reminded that Chinook season closes on Oct. 31. The river is open for Chinook from from the mouth at the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls. The catch limit is two adult Chinook salmon, and 5 jack Chinook salmon per day. Anglers should pay attention to counts at Columbia River Dams, in order to time when these fish will begin arriving in the Deschutes. Anglers should expect another large return this season.

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

Check the trap the seasons catch at Sherars Falls as an indicator of fish movement in the Lower Deschutes at river mile 43. The trap is only in operation from July to the end of October.

Lake Billy Chinook to Bend: rainbow trout, brown trout

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

Bend to Wickiup Dam: rainbow trout, brown trout

Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout.

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

Anglers report fair fishing. Catch-and-release for all rainbow trout that DO NOT have an adipose-fin clip. East Lake closes for fishing on Oct. 31.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

Anglers report good fishing. Fall River downstream of the falls is closed to fishing. Fishing upstream of the falls is open all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

FROG LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports on fishing.

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

No recent reports.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead, trout

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

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

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

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

Anglers are still doing well on kokanee. 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

No recent reports. As a reminder, the lake is now open all year.

LAURANCE LAKE: Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

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

LITTLE LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent fishing reports.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

No recent report.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Fly-fishing only above Bridge 99. Metolius River upstream of Allingham Bridge closes for fishing on Oct. 31.

NORTH TWIN: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

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

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

No recent reports.

Recent sampling revealed good numbers of trout ranging from 12 to 16-inches long. There were also some smallmouth bass up to 15-inches long.

ODELL LAKE: kokanee, lake trout, rainbow trout

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

Odell Lake closes for fishing on Oct. 31.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Anglers report fair fishing. Catch-and-release for all rainbow trout that DO NOT have an adipose-fin clip. Paulina Lake closes for fishing on Oct. 31.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The reservoir has been stocked and should offer good fishing this fall.

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

No recent reports. Fishing should be good as the fish are feeding heavily to get ready for winter.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

The pond will receive a load of trout the week of Oct. 20. Anglers are reminded that fishing is limited to kids 17 years old and younger. There is also a 2 fish bag limit.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

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

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports. South Twin Lake closes for fishing on Oct. 31.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

No recent fishing reports.

TAYLOR LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The lake has been stocked recently and should be a good opportunity for fall trout.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent fishing reports.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

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

The Deschutes River arm, upstream of ODFW marker located near West South Twin boat ramp, closed to angling from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31. The reservoir is closed from 1 hour after sunset until 1 hour before sunrise. Wickiup Reservoir closes for fishing on Oct. 31.

A blue green algae advisory has been issued for Wickiup Reservoir. The lake remains open for fishing, but the Department of Human Services provides recommendations for how the public can protect themselves and their pets.


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CENTRAL ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, RIFLE DEER (see regs), ROCKY MTN ELK (Oct. 29-Nov. 2, see regs) GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE (closes Oct. 30), WATERFOWL (see regs)

See the bird and big game hunting forecasts.

Hunters planning to hunt new area open on Columbia River (from the railroad bridge at Celilo to Arlington) – reminder that most Corps of Engineer lands are closed to hunting.

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

PRINEVILLE/OCHOCO WILDLIFE DISTRICT

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

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

Coyotes can offer an exciting challenge and will be closely associated with deer and antelope during the fawning time of year. Both the Maury and Ochoco have sizeable areas of public lands that provide hunting opportunities. Hunters should use caution, be properly equipped and prepared for whatever the weather might bring.

THE DALLES DISTRICT

Waterfowl- Expect an increase in waterfowl as weather fronts continue to push through. Please see Oregon Game Bird Regulations for all waterfowl season dates.

General Rocky Mountain Elk: 1st season open Oct. 29-Nov. 2 Elk numbers remain stable or increasing throughout the district. Hunting public lands will be competitive during the general season. Hunter may increase odds of success by keying in on roadless areas and looking for fresh sign. Please remember to ask permission to hunt on private lands.

Upland Game Birds:

Chukar and Hungarian Partridge – Oct. 11-Jan. 31: Chukar numbers continue to be low throughout the district. Hunters can expect chukar and Hungarian partridge to be similar to last season.

Ringneck Pheasant Oct. 11-Dec. 31: Pheasants numbers continue to be stable but at low levels.

Forest Grouse and Quail – Sept. 1- Jan 31, 2105. Hunters are encouraged to place Grouse and Mountain quail wings in ODFW grouse wing barrels located along select roads in the district. Grouse and quail numbers are good throughout the district.

Mourning Dove - Sept.1- Oct 31. The season is now 2 months long with a daily bag limit of 15 doves/day. Hunters seeking doves should seek areas with open spaces and water.

Note: 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.

General Bear – Open Aug. 1-Nov. 30. Bears are focusing on adding critical energy reserves in the last couple months before winter. Bears can still be found on open hillsides and clearcuts with good glassing opportunities. Hawthorn patches, acorns, and pine nuts can draw in bears with most berry crops having ended. Look for browsing, rolled rocks, torn apart logs, and fresh scat. Hunting these areas during twilight hours can increase success. All harvested bears are required to be checked in to a local ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. Please make an appointment to check in the harvested bear. ODFW field office phone (541) 296-4628.

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

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

WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA

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

General Rocky Mt. Elk 1st Season: Oct.29–Nov.2, 2nd Season: Nov.8–Nov. 16. Bag Limit: One Bull Elk with visible antler. Elk can be found spread around the Wildlife Area. They move back and forth from the Wildlife Area to the Mt. Hood National Forest. Elk numbers in the White River Unit have been on the increase recently giving hunters a better chance of successfully tagging a bull elk.

Forest Grouse and Quail –Sept 1- Jan 31, 2105. Hunters must possess an upland game bird validation to hunt these species. Hunters seeking forest grouse will find grouse activity typically increase following recent rains. Grouse prefer sites that transition from thick timber to open areas particularly with a forage component such as wild rose or snowberry. Quail densities increase in brushy areas adjacent to water. Hunters are also encouraged to place Grouse and Mountain quail wings in ODFW grouse wing barrels located along roads in district.

Mourning Dove – Sept.1- Oct 31. The season is now 2 months long with a daily bag limit of 15 doves/day. Hunters seeking doves should seek areas with open spaces and water. Note: 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.

Black Bear – Aug. 1 to Nov. 30 – Bag Limit: One black bear per tag, except that it is unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old. Bears use the Wildlife Area quite often but are difficult to hunt. To see if bears are using an area look for tracks on trails and dirt roads and if you start finding rocks rolled over you know you are in a good area. Finding the bears favorite foods; grass, berries, or acorns will help in locating a bear.

Vehicle Access: New rules took affect that prohibit all recreational ATV use on the Wildlife Area, also camping is only allowed in designated camping areas.

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

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

Coyote – There are many coyotes prowling about this year. Try calling for them from open fields, meadows, and pastures. The best areas to find them will be near farm grounds on the eastern boundary.


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CENTRAL ZONE: VIEWING

CROOK COUNTY

The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) north shore road opened to motorized traffic on April 15. The WMA offers camping, shoreline angling and opportunities to see a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office and at Prineville Reservoir State Park office.

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

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

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

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

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

Deschutes County

The first snowfall is unlikely to hit the ground before Thanksgiving, and we are still enjoying warm days, but the nights are cooler and signs of bird migration is heralding the transition from summer into fall. This is a very good time to enjoy the higher elevation lakes in the Cascade Mountains, numbers of mosquitoes and other biting insects are waning. Lake visitors may be treated to the sight of thousands of newly metamorphosed western toads feeding on insects around the shoreline and preparing to head into the forest to find terrestrial homes for the winter. In some instances, numbers of these little animals can be very impressive and you will need to tread lightly and carefully.

As mentioned above, many bird species have started to migrate or are preparing for their journey south. Voraciously feeding night hawks are one of the species on the move, and it won’t be long before turkey vultures disappear to warmer climes. However, many species of warbler, Cassin’s vireo, Anna’s hummingbirds and many others, can still be found at Whiskey springs and other birding hotspots around the county. Likewise, Hatfield Pond is a great place to find a full cadre of waterfowl and wetland species, such as Canada geese, northern pintail, wood duck, American bittern, and great blue heron.

Western fence lizards and sagebrush lizards can be seen through most of the day and can be found in many areas around Deschutes County, which have rocky outcrops. If you find yourself in open areas with volcanic soils or in pine woodlands, look for the diminutive short-horned lizards as they sit motionless near active ant mounts in search of their favorite food; ants. Keep your eyes peeled when traveling on dirt roads in the evenings as snakes like to lie along roadway edges and absorb the heat from the ground as it is released to the cool of the evening.

Be careful if you come across a rattlesnake, common in canyon areas, and never try to pick one up. If you hear the warning rattle, but cannot see the snake; locate the sound and move in an opposite direction. Rattlesnakes are not aggressive and will not chase you, but they will defend themselves if threatened.

Both bald and golden eagles can still be seen at Smith Rock State Park in north east Deschutes County, along with one of their potential food sources; yellow-bellied marmots. 9/2/14

Wasco and Sherman counties

The Lower Deschutes River provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities.

California bighorn sheep are frequently observed in the canyon and can provide fantastic viewing all times of the year. Rams are starting to rut and can provide excellent viewing opportunities. Listen for rams butting heads (sounds like two large blocks of lumber being smashed together) along the Deschutes and John Day River corridors. 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. Migrating raptors have been showing up in large numbers, focus on high ridgelines where migrating birds travel.

A large variety of songbird species can be viewed in riparian areas along the river also. It is best to go birding in the early morning hours before it gets too hot for birds to be very active. Some common species seen include Bullock’s Oriole, Lazuli Bunting, Mourning Dove, Violet-green Swallow, and Cliff Swallow. 10/1/2014.

White River Wildlife Area

Hot summer weather has been baking the Wildlife Area for several weeks now, pushing up the fire danger level. Be careful when parking vehicles around dry grass and be aware that regulated closures are in effect. Entry into all lands protected by the Central Oregon Forest Protection District must comply with restrictions (pdf).

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

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

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

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

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

Look on ponds, lakes and streams to see a variety of ducks and geese. 9/2/14.


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SOUTHEAST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • The Klamath River below Keno Dam is open. This area typically provides excellent fishing for large redband trout.
  • With recent rain large trout are moving into the Sprague River from the Williamson River in good numbers. If you can find the large trout, fishing can be excellent.

2014 trout stocking for the Southeast Zone

Send us your fishing report

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

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

Although fishing pressure at Ana Reservoir is typically low this time of year, fish are active with cooling temperatures. Hybrid bass are traditionally targeted using crank baits, however they are caught in the reservoir using various methods including bait. Trout are averaging 12 to 14-inches and hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing should be good for rainbow trout in Ana River. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. The river was sampled on June 5 to evaluate the current stocking strategy and size of trout in the river. We found smaller trout (8 to 10-inches) were dominant from the dam for about 2 miles downstream. Larger trout up to 14-inches are more common in areas where access is more difficult.

Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a pontoon or float tube. Caddis flies are the dominant invertebrate.

Ana River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.
ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Fishing is slow due to the small population size of brook trout. Public access is available on USFS and Oregon Department of Forestry land at the winter snow park area off highway 62 on your way to Crater Lake. Annie Creek closes to fishing after Oct. 31.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked several times in July with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fall is a special time to fish this lake as fishing pressure is light and the bite picks up with cooler water temps.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

The reservoir has been drained. Trout will be restocked next spring.

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

No recent fishing report. The reservoir water level is declining with irrigation use and boat ramps are not useable. USBR crews have been tagging fish populations in the reservoir over the last several years. If you catch a tagged trout report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: trout

No recent fishing report. The Little Blitzen River is catch-and-release for trout all year.

BLUE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

Blue lake is a fantastic high elevation lake located in the Gearhart Wilderness between Bly and Lakeview. A three mile trail leads to the lake and is a 1-2 hour hike. Fish were sampled by net and hook and line sampling. Rainbow trout ranged from 6 to 17-inches and were in healthy condition. The trout at this lake see little pressure and are easy to catch using flies, lures or bait.

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

The reservoir water level continues to decline with irrigation withdrawal. Boat ramp is not usable. No recent fishing report but anglers had been catching lots of crappie around 4-inches. The reservoir has been stocked with trout this spring but trout fishing will begin to fade as water levels decline and temperatures increase.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

About 2,000 legal (8 to 11-inches) rainbow trout were stocked in the pond the week of Oct. 3. Fishing should be good for rainbow trout over the next few weeks and consistent throughout the winter.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

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

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Fishing should be very good as fish begin to feed heavily in preparation for overwintering.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout

The river downstream of Paisley closes to trout fishing after Oct. 31.

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

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is low and the boat ramp is out of the water. Trout numbers will be down this fall, but anglers may be able to catch some trout as temperatures decline.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout

Fly anglers have experienced excellent late season trout fishing in recent years. Keep an eye out for flying carpenter ants and be able to match them with flies if they hitting the water surface in great numbers. Fishing from a boat with olive colored flies can be very productive. Rainbow trout and brook trout also feed on fat head minnows along the shoreline especially in the fall months. Casting flies that mimic minnows on a very fast retrieve can work well. Lures that mimic small bait fish also work great.

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

The upper lake is full and the lower one is dry.

As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality. Ice fisherman reported poor success for warm water species and trout.

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing should be good.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent reports, but fishing should become better as water temperatures decline during the fall.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout

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

Deming Creek will close to fishing after Oct. 31.

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

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

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

Sampling in June confirmed that brown bullheads are dominating the fishery this year. The bullheads range in size from 8 to 14-inches and are a great fish for kids.
Bass anglers have reported the best bass fishing at the reservoir in years with fish of various sizes caught. Bank and boat access is excellent at the lake.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Water temperatures are cooling and fishing should improve.

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

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

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

Fish are available for anglers to catch. Contact Burns BLM for updates on road access this summer (541 573-4400).

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

Stocked with rainbows the last week of June. Fishing should pick up with cooler fall temperatures and light fishing pressure.

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

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

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

The lake was stocked during Labor Day weekend with 12 to 14-inch rainbow trout. Brook trout and lake trout are more numerous near the deeper water along the west shoreline and at the north end of the lake. Fishing should be very good for lake trout and brook trout as they actively spawning along the shoreline.

The boat ramp at Fourmile Lake is accessible; however, it is unimproved and launching boats might be challenging due to low water levels. The lake is currently at dead pool.

Fourmile Lake levels

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

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

The lake is only 2 percent full, which makes launching boats challenging if possible. Fishing is slow.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond was recently stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

No recent reports.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Fishing for trout and warmwater fish should improve with cooler fall temperatures.

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

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

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

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

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

UPPER KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: native redband trout and yellow perch
Fishing is generally slow with catch rates averaging 7 hours per redband from boat and 30 hours per redband from the shore. Most fishing takes place from a boat this time of year but fishing from the shore begins to improve as November approaches. November is one of the best months to fish Upper Klamath Lake from shore. Redband trout are scattered sparsely around the lakes fishing will be slow. Water temperature has dropped and is averaging around 49-50 degrees. Water temperatures around 58-60 degrees are ideal for redband trout activity. The lake is 5 feet below full pool.

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

Upper Klamath Lake is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir (Topsy Reservoir) opened to fishing Oct. 1. Currently river flows are 659 cfs. Flows remain ideal for a successful fishing outing. The Klamath River is a rugged river with extremely difficult wading. The river is also always turbid. ODFW recommends wearing studded wading shoes, wading belt, and polarized glasses to observe boulders. Fish can also be landed easier with a landing net in the fast pocket water. Most fish being captured are less than 16 inches. Most fish are feeding on minnows. Fishing remains open throughout the fall and winter. Fishing in November can be excellent.

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

Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed sixteen inches. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day but expect flows to be low this week during the afternoon Fishing should be excellent during the low flow period.

If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or bead head pheasant tails can be good. Caddisfly imitations work well this time of year. Casting leech or wooly buggers upstream into fast water pockets and pools and stripping can be very effective. Look for blue winged olive mayfly hatches in the afternoon. Most fish are in the 6-8 inch range but numerous 12 inch fish can be caught with 16 inches the maximum.

Flows will be high through most daylight hours. Flow release estimates have been discontinued until next spring.

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

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

No recent fishing reports. Water remains high and boats can be launched at the boat ramp.

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

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194. Lake of the Woods was stocked recently with 12 to 14-inch rainbow trout. Most trout have moved to deeper water and occur around 15 feet. Trolling with lead core line, downriggers or other gear to get down to the fish will be most effective.

Fishing for brown bullhead and yellow perch is a good backup plan if the trout are not cooperating. Small lures and bait will catch the numerous stunted yellow perch in the lake. Smallmouth bass should be active but most will be less than 14 inches as bass grow very slowly in the lake. Fishing for largemouth bass is very good around the many docks and large wood in the lake.

Fishing is best in very early mornings and very late evenings. The lake is very busy with other recreational watercraft. The emergent vegetation north of the Sunset boat ramp is also productive.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fly anglers have reported good fishing early and late. Nearshore vegetation is thick and water levels are low.

LONG CREEK: brook trout, redband trout, bull trout

Fishing for brook trout is excellent on Long Creek. Fly fisherman will have good success with grasshopper imitations as there are abundant grasshoppers this year.

Fishing is best near the meadow areas above the 27 road crossing. Brook trout are actively spawning and easy to catch. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish Long Creek for the season.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch

Public access is available at Crystal Springs day use area. Anglers can fish from the specifically designed bridge for fishing at this location. Boats can be launched from an improved boat ramp at Crystal Springs.

Sacramento perch had been reported captured below Horseshoe Dam. This is one of the only locations in the state to capture this fish. The Lost River is open to fishing year round.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

The reservoir is low and fishing is slow. Please handle smaller fish with care when releasing them; they are next year’s holdover trout.

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

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir are 3 cfs as of Sept. 22 and the reservoir is at dead-pool. Fishing is poor.

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

Fishing is slow and water temperatures are warm.

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

No recent reports. Trout fishing will begin to improve as water temperatures decrease.

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

No recent reports.

Trout fishing will begin to improve as water temperatures decrease.

MANN LAKE: trout

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

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

Fishing is fair for brown trout but will be improving as brown trout begin to cruise the shoreline looking for places to spawn. Please report any circular wounds on trout that might be caused by lamprey to the Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732. Recent sampling showed low numbers of 12 to 16-inch brown trout cruising the shoreline.  Miller Lake has an improved USFS campground with running water, a nice boat ramp and great swimming beach. The 12 mile gravel road into Miller Lake is in horrible condition with numerous washboards. Most anglers use a boat and troll deep to capture brown trout in the lake. Good places to try for brown trout are Evening Creek and near the outlet at Miller Creek.

MOON RESERVOIR: bass, trout

The reservoir is very low with warm water and the boat ramp is out of the water. Carp remain available.

MUD LAKE: trout

No recent reports.

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

Stocked with legal-sized rainbows the week of April 28. Fishing should improve with cooler fall temperatures.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond was recently stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

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

No recent reports, but angling is expected to be slow. No boat ramps are useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation webpage.

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

Water releases below the dam were at 143 cfs as of Sept. 22. Please use ethical angling practices; be respectful of other fisherman, use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep fish in the water at all times.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

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

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

The reservoir is at 15 percent of capacity. Fishing for rainbow trout and yellow perch should improve with cooler fall temperatures.

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

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

PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir water level is low, and the water level is now below the low water boat launch. Launching of boats is not possible. The reservoir closes to fishing on Nov. 1.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Trout fishing has been slow, but should improve as water temperatures cool. The limit is 2 per day, please respect the fishing regulations for the reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

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

POWDER RIVER: trout, spring Chinook

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

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

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

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Flows will be low and ideal for a successful fishing outing. Access is available to the public upstream of Nicholson Road. Fishing above Nicholson Road is very good for 6 to 8-inch brook trout. Fly fishing with dry flies can be very good. ODFW encourages the harvest of brook trout in the stream. Larger brown trout can be found on Sevenmile Creek lower in the system but the only public property is on Sevenmile Canal near the mouth with Agency Lake.

Sevenmile Creek closes to fishing after Oct. 31.

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

This is a great time to visit the Wilderness lakes as most mosquitoes are gone. Access is available to all the lakes but snow is beginning to fall. Thirty-five lakes are stocked with fingerling rainbow or brook trout in the Sky Lakes and Mountain Lakes Wilderness. Several other lakes are not stocked and have natural reproduction of brook trout. Concentrate fishing efforts on the larger mountain lakes such as Como, South Pass and Harriette. Marguette and Isherwood in the Sky Lakes wilderness are also fishing well for rainbow trout up to 16-inches. Flies that mimic dragonfly larvae and lures were effective. Bubble and fly is recommended as most fish are a distance from shore. Packing a floating device into the lakes would improve catch rates. Stomach samples of rainbow trout showed they were eating large dragonfly larvae. Brook trout fishing has also been good at Marguette. Fishing is best in the late afternoon and evening. Contact the ODFW Klamath Falls office for a list of lakes with fish.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout and brook trout

Fishing is always slow on Spring Creek as the creek is a spring fed system that is cold and clear with low catchable fish density. ODFW encourages the release of large, spawning redband trout. A few brown trout have entered the creek in preparation for spawning. Spring Creek closes for the season after Oct. 31.

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

With recent rain large trout are moving into the Sprague River from the Williamson River in good numbers. If you can find the large trout, fishing can be excellent.

The river is low and visibility will be good. Public access is available at numerous USFS properties along Sprague River highway, near the town of Sprague River, two county parks off Drews Road and just upstream of Beatty. Small boats can be launched at all these locations.

A boat is recommended for fishing most of the Sprague River as angling from shore is difficult. Best fishing is near the town of Beatty where numerous cold water springs enter the river. Look for blue winged olive hatches in the afternoon.

Most fish caught are redband trout that range from 10 to 14-inches. The Sprague River will close to fishing after Oct. 31.

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

Fishing remains very good throughout the North Fork Sprague. Fishing with dry flies can be good around the Sandhill Crossing campground and wading this stretch is relatively easy. The river from Sandhill Crossing campground to near the headwaters is a low gradient, meadow type stream. Brook trout are spawning in large concentrations in the upper sections of the NF Sprague and Tributaries. Fishing can be excellent for brook and brown trout this time of year.

Brook and brown trout dominate the catch above Lee Thomas Crossing while redband trout dominate the catch above the first 3411 crossing. Large brown trout are available near the first 3411 crossing. Bring your mosquito repellant. Caddisflies are hatching and caddisfly dry fly imitations work very well. Brown trout fishing is very good in the late evening as they come out of hiding.

The North Fork Sprague and all tributaries will close to fishing after Oct. 31.

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

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

The South Fork Sprague and all tributaries will close to fishing after Oct. 31.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Anglers need to concentrate efforts below the bridge crossing on Sun Creek as the area above the road was treated in 2012 and 2013 to remove brook trout to benefit native redband trout and bull trout. The section of Sun Creek above the barriers upstream of the road crossing had bull trout only. Angling for bull trout is closed in the Klamath Basin. Anglers should be able to identify brook, brown and bull trout. Various signs and trout identification cards are available around the Wood River and Sun Creek access points.

Sun Creek will close to fishing after Oct. 31.

SYCAN RIVER: brook trout, redband trout

Fishing was slow for redband trout below the marsh due to low fish density caused by the 2013 drought. The Sycan River above Pikes crossing should be excellent for brook trout and redband trout. Expect flows to be low and ideal. Large concentrations of brook trout up to 10 inches can be observed spawning near the Hanan Trailhead on the Upper Sycan River.

The Sycan River and all tributaries will close to fishing after Oct. 31.

THOMPSON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

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

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was recently drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District. The reservoir will be restocked with sub-legal rainbow trout in November. These fish will not be to legal-size until spring of 2015. Until then no fishing opportunity exists at this reservoir.

TWIN LAKES: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake at the campground was stocked with legal-sized rainbows the last week of June. Fishing should improve with cooler fall temperatures.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at about 5 percent of capacity. Anglers are reminded that a new regulation restricts the harvest of bass to those under 15-inches long.

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

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

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

The reservoir is at dead-pool and fishing is slow.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband and brown trout

The Williamson River switched to catch-and-release for rainbow trout on Aug. 1.

Fishing is good above Chiloquin as multiple mayfly species are hatching. Mayflies hatching are small and should be matched with size 16-20 flies.

ODFW encourages catch and release in this fishery to promote trophy sized fish as the Williamson River is managed for trophy redband trout. Hatches of small mayflies in the evening with some surface activity occurring especially above the town of Chiloquin.

Many of the redband trout below Chiloquin have either moved back into the lake or upstream towards spawning grounds. Most effective fishing below Chiloquin occurs from a drift boat as little public access occurs. Most anglers hire a guide to fish this river due to the challenge of catching fish. Most anglers fly fish this section of river.

Numerous insect hatches are occurring including various very small mayflies (BWO, Trico, Mahogany duns) and caddis including the large October caddisflies. Look for hatches of small mayflies in the evening with some surface activity occurring especially above the town of Chiloquin. Large brown trout can be stalked in the small pools above Spring Creek.

The Williamson River closes to fishing after Oct. 31.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband and brook trout

Upper Williamson is a slow, meandering spring fed river. The best time to fish is when fish are rising steadily to insect hatches.Numerous other small mayflies are hatching on the Williamson River with 6-8 inch brook and redband trout rising. Anglers can pay to fish Yamsi or Sand Creek Ranches and the fishing is exceptional especially for abundant brook trout. A few large redband trout exceeding 20-inches are also available. River flows are low.

The Upper Williamson closes to fishing after Oct. 31.

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

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

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

Fishing for 8 to 11-inch rainbow trout is very good. The water level is now below the boat launch so fishing with larger trailered boats is not possible. Try flyfishing with a float tube or trolling with a small car-top type boat.

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

Wood River is one of the best brown trout fisheries in the state. Fishing is good for brown trout and slow for redband trout. Fair hatches of blue winged olive mayflies, mahogany dun mayflies, October caddis and other various small caddisflies are getting the interest of brown trout and the occasional large redband trout. Brown trout are near spawning and have moved up higher into the system. The highest density of brown trout in the river occurs below Weed Road in the early season. Anglers should also have success fishing spoons and plugs in the deep pools for brown trout. If brown trout are not rising to insects they are typically holding in deep water or under cover. Flies and lures should be fished deep when no surface activity is observed.

Sculpins are also a favorite food for brown trout. Sculpins live on the bottom of the river which is another reason anglers need to present flies and lures near the bottom.

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

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

The Wood River will close to fishing after Oct. 31.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout

About 4,000 legal (8 to 11-inches) rainbow trout were stocked into the lake during the week of Oct. 3. Fishing should be good for the next few weeks and consistent throughout the winter.

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SOUTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, RIFLE DEER (see regs), CONTROLLED ELK, GROUSE and MOURNING DOVE (closes Oct. 30)

See the bird and big game hunting forecasts.

Wolves and coyotes can look alike

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

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

HARNEY COUNTY

Hunting maps for Harney County

Hunters are reminded of four Travel Management Areas in the Harney district. Two in the Silvies Unit (Dairy Creek and Burnt Cabin) and two in the Malheur River Unit (Conroy Cliff and Devine-Rattlesnake). Maps are available at each major entry point of the travel management area as well as online and at the Hines office. Period of restrictions are Oct. 1 through Oct. 10 and Oct. 26 through Nov. 16.

Elk – First season Bull ELK opens on Wednesday Oct. 29. Elk populations are stable, with good numbers of yearling bulls available due to good recruitment last spring. The mild winter experienced throughout southeast Oregon in 2014 has benefited most desert species. Elk season is expected to be fair to good depending on weather conditions. Youth antlerless elk hunts also continue.

Upland Game Bird season opened on Oct. 11. From late winter through summer of 2014, extremely dry weather persisted across much of SE Oregon which was poor for habitat. Recent precipitation may help bird populations by providing some much needed fall green up. Overall chukar and quail populations are expected to be similar to the past two seasons, and are still below the 10 year average. PHEASANT hunting opportunities are limited in Harney County. Check out the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge website for pheasant and quail hunt areas open to the public.

Waterfowl season opened Oct. 11 as well. Hunting may be limited in the Harney Basin due to low water conditions in Malheur Lake and most local reservoirs. Best hunting opportunities will be for Canada geese on private lands, hunters are reminded to get permission from the landowner before hunting on private lands. Check out the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge website for detailed maps.

Fall Bear season continues thru Nov. 30. Bear populations in Harney County are generally low. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations appear to be stable. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.

Mourning Dove season closes Oct. 30. Best prospects will be around agricultural areas or near water sources. Hunters are reminded that Eurasian-collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year round. As a reminder Mourning Dove season has been extended until Oct. 30 statewide.

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

Cougar hunting is open. The deadline to purchase a general season tag for the 2014 calendar year is Oct.3. If you have already purchased the general season tag you may purchase an additional cougar tag at any time. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging.

Coyote populations are fairly low throughout Harney County. Pups have dispersed from the den. Standard predator calls will be effective from now through December. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

KLAMATH COUNTY

First Season Rocky Mountain Elk seasons open on Wednesday, October 29. Cooler wet weather should improve hunting conditions. Elk numbers, although at fairly low densities, remain stable with good older age bulls available.

Controlled archery deer season for the Keno Unit remains open through November 19. Recent precipitation and cooler temperatures should improve hunting conditions.

Mountain quail season is now open with best prospects in the southern Keno Unit. Look for brushy areas. Hunters are reminded of the daily bag limit of 2/day in Klamath County.

Grouse Season opened Sept. 1 and includes both Blue and Ruffed Grouse with a daily bag limit of 3 per species. For Blue Grouse, hunters should concentrate on semi-open ridge lines. Ruffed grouse are restricted primarily to creek drainages in the Cascades although birds can be found in some areas further east as well.

Fall Black Bear seasons opened Aug. 1. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations appear to be increasing. Highest concentrations of bears in Klamath County will be found along the eastern slope of the Cascade Mtns. In previous years, hunters have found success with stand hunting near water holes and by glassing open hillsides where bears commonly feed on berries during morning and evening hours. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office for sample collection and measurement. Field office staff are frequently out of the office, so please call ahead to the nearest ODFW field office and make an appointment. Field office locations and contact information can be found on the ODFW website.

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

Coyote populations are fairly low throughout Klamath County. Pups have now left their dens, however adults are still very territorial. Coyote vocalization calls still work best until the pups start to disperse, which will be mid to late August. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

KLAMATH WILDLIFE AREA

See the regulations for information about hunting at Klamath Wildlife Area. Hunters must obtain a self-serve permit available at the check station on Miller Island Road if hunting on the Miller Island Unit otherwise hunting is open on the Shoalwater Bay, Sesti Tgawaals, and Gorr Island Units without permit. Dove hunting (which closes Oct. 30) has slowed on the Miller Island Unit due to doves migrating south for the winter. Federally approved non-toxic shot is required for all game bird hunting on the Klamath Wildlife Area.

Gorr Island Unit

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

Shoalwater Bay Unit and Sesti Tgawaals Unit

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

Miller Island Unit

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

Waterfowl Hunting

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

Upland Game Bird Hunting is now closed.

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

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

LAKE COUNTY

Rifle Elk Elk populations throughout the county are very low compared to other parts of Oregon. Hunter success usually ranges from 2 to 6%. All rifle elk hunts in the county are under limited entry rules with a bull only bag limit.

Bear season continues thru Nov. 30 and populations in the county are low compared to western Oregon or the Blue Mountain zone. Hunters are finding the best success in forest openings that have berry producing shrubs. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be checked in at an ODFW field office within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.

Cougar hunting is open. Populations are healthy due to good habitat and prey base. If hunters can find a fresh cougar kill, calling within a ½ mile of that kill can be very effective.

Coyote Pups have dispersed. Calls mimicking prey distress sounds will be effective through the fall. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.

Forest Grouse season opened on 1 September. There are very few Ruffed Grouse in the county and Blue Grouse populations are restricted to the higher elevation forest openings with berry producing shrubs or aspen. Hunters are asked to provide one wing and the tail of each bird harvested for population monitoring. Contact the Lakeview Office at 541-947-2950 for collection bags.

Upland Bird – Chukar and quail seasons opened on 11 October. The chukar hatch appears to be better than last year. Hunters should focus on the major rims with desert vegetation in the Beatys Butte, Juniper, Wagontire and Warner units. Almost all quail populations are restricted to private land and hunters must get permission before hunting. Hunting opportunity for quail on public land are restricted to the Warner Wetlands and Summer Lake Wildlife Area.

Waterfowl - Season opened on 11 October and hunting conditions are poor throughout most of the county. All the Warner Valley lakes are primarily dry, with the only water being from the springs along the shore line or at the mouths of the creeks. After the recent rains Lake Abert has sheet water but the only permanent water is at the springs along the shore line. Goose Lake is dry.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on October 28, 2014

The second week of hunting season was only fair for ducks, but poor for geese and upland game birds. Decoy hunters willing to spend time in the field did well, while pass shooters did very poorly. Upland bird hunting pressure was light.

Weather conditions were generally unsettled and somewhat stormy most of the week, especially over the weekend. Winds were very strong over the weekend, associated with storms that brought 1.35 inches of precipitation. Skies were mostly cloudy and winds were moderate to very strong most of the week.

For the 2nd week of the season, hunter participation (398 check-in) was up slightly (1.5%) from last year and reported harvest (97% check-out) of 541 birds (395 ducks, 113 geese, 15 American coots, 13 California quail and 5 ring-necked pheasants) was up (5.5%) from the same week of the season last year.

Duck harvest was reported to consist of 116 mallards, 87 American wigeon, 65 gadwall, 57 N. shoveler, 34 N. pintail, 15 American green-winged teal, and 21 other ducks of 9 different species. The duck per hunter average of 1.14 was up considerably (66.5%) from last year.

The goose harvest consisted of 91 snow, 13 Canada geese and 9 white-fronted . The goose per hunter average of 0.33 was down -49.4% from last year.

American coot harvest was 66.7% from 2013.

Ring-necked pheasant harvest (5) was one less than last year, while California quail take (13) was down by over half (-53.9%) compared to 2013.

The prospect for the upcoming week remains is fair to good. Weather conditions for the upcoming week are forecasted to mild with cool temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, chances of precipitation and moderate winds. Most waterfowl continue to remain in refuge and/or sanctuary areas or on Summer Lake proper. Food is abundant in these areas and birds will have little need to make foraging flights to other areas unless weather conditions become favorable.

Pass shooting from dikes or along refuge boundaries will continue to be very poor.
Hunters utilizing decoys and willing to spend most of the day in the marsh should continue to have fair to good success.

The weekly waterfowl count conducted on Wednesday Oct. 22 and found about 54,900 ducks and 4,400 geese present and new arrivals over the past week were not obvious. The next count is scheduled for October 29th and results will be posted on the department website and wildlife area’s telephone answering machine the following day.

Habitat conditions were good with most all units being fully flooded or nearly so. Flooding continues to increase, especially along the northwest portion of the head of the lake. Wetland areas off the west side of Bullgate Dike are beginning to flood as is the recently enhanced Bullgate Refuge.

Hunter must obtain a free daily hunting permit that can be obtained at the Checking Station 1.3 miles south of the town of Summer Lake. Permits may be obtained for 2 consecutive days (one for each day) at one time and check-out is required daily or at the end of the 2 day period.

The Check Station lobby area is open and daily hunting permits are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hunters will need current year hunting licenses with appropriate HIP and Game Bird validations. Please remember, if have a Sports-Pac license; you will have had to return to a POS agent in order to update your waterfowl and upland game bird validations and complete the HIP validation. Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps (duck stamps) are required for hunters over 16 years and are available from US Post Offices and sometimes license agents. Stamps must be signed across the face in ink to be valid for hunting.

Youths under 18 must have a hunter education card (or certification on their hunting license) in their possession. Please consult the 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for licensing requirements and bag limits.

Mourning dove season remains open through Oct. 30.

Please remember, posted refuges are closed to all hunting. Non-toxic shot is required for all game bird hunting on the wildlife area. Please contact Summer Lake Wildlife Area at (541) 943-3152 or email martin.j.stlouis@state.or.us for additional information.

MALHEUR COUNTY

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

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

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

Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. Coyote pups are dispersing and can be responsive to calls this time of year.

UPLAND BIRDS – Record rain fall in the North end of Malheur County in September 2013 resulted in good fall green up, combined with a mild winter and favorable rains early in the spring upland bird production increased significantly from previous years.

Chukar surveys on established routes yielded 47 chukar per 10 miles and very good production with 11.5 chicks per brood. This is a 135% increase from last year when 20.2 birds per 10 miles were measured and is 7% below the 10-year average of 50.7 birds per 10 miles. The Succor Creek/Leslie Gulch area has only experienced limited recovery. The poor range conditions caused by ongoing invasion of exotic annual grass (medusahead) likely limits the ability of birds in this area to successfully raise broods. The most productive routes were South of Harper in the Cottonwood Canyon, Freezout/Dry Creek (west side of the Owyhee reservoir a North of Hwy 20.

Pheasant - The surveys along established routes yielded 7.4 birds per 10 miles which is a 21% increase in number of birds observed from last year’s survey and 14% below the 10-year average. Chick production above averaged at 4.4 chicks per brood. Hunting prospects will vary depending on the farming practices in the area where you have permission to hunt. The outlying areas around Willow Creek and Vale have higher bird numbers than areas closer to Ontario and Nyssa. There is very little public land pheasant hunting opportunity in the area and the few parcels that are available tend to get hunted daily. One option for private lands access is the Cow Hollow fundraiser to benefit the Cow Hollow Park.

California quail

Quail production was up in agricultural areas and good in rangelands. Surveys on established routes showed 44 quail per 10 miles, up 35% down over last year and 16% above the 10-year average. Production was 9.8 chicks per brood with similar production observed in rangelands. Overall quail populations still remain low in rangelands due to depressed populations from previous years.

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SOUTHEAST ZONE: VIEWING

HARNEY COUNTY

Most migrant shorebirds and sandhill cranes have passed through the area for wintering areas further south. Migrant waterfowl species such as greater white-fronted geese, American widgeon, and northern pintail have started to arrive. Look to agricultural lands near Burns for viewing opportunities of migrant Canada geese.

As the fall season progresses, look for deer, elk, and antelope to remain active for longer periods of the day. Many populations of deer and elk will begin to move into lower elevations as severe weather events increase in frequency and daylight hours dwindle. This annual transition into winter ranges often makes large animals more visible, and may provide opportunities for viewers and photographers. 10/29/14.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Klamath Falls Area

Fall migration will offer some excellent viewing opportunities for shorebirds, raptors, waterfowl, and passerines. Check riparian and wetland areas for best prospects.

Shorebird numbers are increasing as fall migration is underway and breeding season is concluded. American avocet, black-necked stilt, killdeer, Wilson’s phalaropes and their chicks are now present in the Basin. A large number of migrants are staging in good number at this time. Least and western sandpipers, lesser and greater yellowlegs, red-necked and Wilson’s phalaropes and long-billed dowitchers are especially numerous. Most long-billed curlews and willets have departed the area.

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

Sandhill cranes are now staging in Yonna and Langell Valley. Check harvested grain fields near wetland areas for best viewing opportunities.

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

Thousands of lesser scaup, bufflehead, goldeneye, and northern shovelor have arrived on Upper Klamath Lake. Rafts of up to several thousand ducks can be seen from either Highway 97 north along Upper Klamath Lake or Highway 140 west near Howards Bay. This is a must see opportunity for any uninitiated to this areas migration. 10/13/14.

Klamath Wildlife Area

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

Due to severe drought conditions a large portion of the Miller Island Unit is dry, however some areas have retained a little water and these areas can be excellent for wildlife viewing.

Waterfowl

Great Basin Canada geese can be found scattered throughout the Miller Island Unit along with mallards, northern pintail, gadwall, northern shoveler, cinnamon teal and American green-winged teal. At the Shoalwater Bay Unit ruddy duck, bufflehead and wood ducks can also be seen.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers continue to increase on the wildlife area as fall progresses. Large numbers of long-billed dowitchers, least and western sandpipers, lesser and greater yellow legs, American avocets, black-necked stilts and white-faced ibis can currently be seen on the wildlife area.

White pelicans and double crested cormorants can be seen in large numbers on the Klamath River.

Pied billed, western and Clark’s grebes can also be found on the wildlife area and Klamath River.

Raptors

Turkey vulture can be seen riding the thermals above the Miller Island Unit. Great horned and barn owls can be seen at dusk. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, cooper hawks, prairie falcons and American bald eagles can be seen foraging throughout the wildlife area.

Upland Game Birds

California quail are scattered around the old homesteads and the headquarters area.

Passerines

Mourning and Eurasian collared dove can be found scattered over the area. Barn and cliff swallows, American goldfinches, house finches, spotted towhees and yellow rumped warblers continue to be a common site throughout the area.

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

Brewer’s, red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds remain fairly numerous at this time.

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

Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit. If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5734. 9/16/14.

LAKE COUNTY

All of the large shallow lakes in the county are dry and therefore most migrating shore birds will bypass the county this fall. There are a few shore birds using the fresh water springs and shallow channels remaining in Lake Abert. Summer resident passerines are starting to leave the county.

Sumer resident raptors are common throughout the county. Winter raptors should be showing up throughout October. 10/28/14.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on Oct. 27, 2014.

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

Vehicle access to the Wildlife Viewing Loop and major dike roads (Windbreak and Work Road) is closed for the remainder of the year.

Wetland conditions are good; semi-permanent marshes and sizeable areas of seasonally flooded wetlands are receiving heavy waterbird use. Water levels in most seasonal wetlands and some semi-permanent marsh units continue to increase due to precipitation, reduced evapotranspiration, cooler temperatures and the end of irrigation season diversions. Emergent vegetation remains very robust and erect.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations continue to increase as migrants arrive. Birds are widely dispersed across the entire wildlife area due to excellent habitat conditions.

The weekly count conducted on October 22 found nearly 55,000 ducks (12 species) on the area. Good numbers of migrant northern pintail, northern shoveler, American wigeon and American green-winged teal and some divers (canvasback and ringneck) were observed.

Lesser snow geese are staging in fair numbers now, nearly 3,400 were present. Canada geese are widely scattered across the wildlife area’s wetlands and numbered about 750 on the weekly count. Greater white-fronted geese are beginning to decline as they continue their migration to California wintering areas, about 200 were observed.

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

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers continue to decline at this time as fall migration is nearly over. A few long-billed dowitchers, killdeer and yellowlegs remain. Very few gulls and terns remain and only a few American white pelican and double-crested cormorants can still be found on the area.

Sandhill cranes have migrated south to wintering areas in California. American coots remain very numerous, over 20,000 were found during the weekly count.

Several species of grebes (eared, western, pied-billed and Clark’s) can be found scattered across the wildlife area. A few American bittern, great blue herons, great egrets and an occasional white-faced ibis continue to be observed. Of interest was the observation of a snowy egret over the past weekend.

Raptors and others

Resident and migrant raptors, especially red-tailed hawks are scattered throughout the Wildlife Area as well as on private lands along Hwy 31. Northern harriers are commonly observed over marsh and hay meadows. Bald and golden eagle can be occasionally observed. A red-shouldered hawk has been present at the Headquarters Orchard area for the past several weeks, and migrant accipiters are occasionally observed.

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

Great horned owls can be found scattered across the entire wildlife area, especially in the trees at campgrounds and common-barn owls are sometimes observed at Headquarters. Over the past weekend, short-eared owls were observed at the head of Summer Lake.

Upland game birds

California quail and ring-necked pheasants are widely scattered across the north end of the wildlife area. Coveys of quail are sometimes seen, especially around the Headquarters Refuge. Pheasants are difficult to observed since hunting seasons have started.

Passerines

Eurasian collared doves remain very numerous at Headquarters Complex and mourning doves are occasionally observed.

American and lesser goldfinches continue to be observed in fair numbers at Headquarters. Song sparrows are very common along dikes and levees. American robins and sometimes cedar waxwings are fairly abundant around Headquarters now. Migrant white-crowned sparrows are numerous at this time and a few golden-crowned sparrows and spotted towhees have been observed recently.

Hummingbird activity at the Headquarters feeders is nearly over, although a couple of individuals were observed over the past week.

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

Blackbird numbers are declining at this time, although a few large flocks continue to be observed. Large flocks of European starlings continue to be observed.

Facilities and Access

Please remember: Calendar year 2014 parking permits are required!

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

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

The Wildlife Viewing Loop and major dike roads (Windbreak and Work Road) are now closed for the remainder of the year.
The Wildlife Viewing Blind on the edge of Schoolhouse Lake Refuge affords an excellent opportunity to view a wide variety of waterbirds.

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

Currently nearly most of the wildlife area’s wetlands are fairly well flooded.

Bullgate Refuge remains largely partially dry from the recently completed wetland enhancement work. Flooding is underway at this time.

Summer Lake continues to increase in size at this time. A good amount of water is flowing into the northern portion of the lake now, but the remainder of the playa is dry. Exposed and newly flooded emergent marsh areas and muddy shorelines will provide good habitat conditions for waterfowl staging.

Emergent wetland vegetation is beginning to move into fall senescence across all wetland areas now.

Upland habitat remains in excellent condition with considerable residual vegetation and extensive new growth of grasses and forbs that is providing high quality food and cover for many wildlife species. Planted tree and shrub plots are providing excellent sheltered sites for many wildlife species. Nearly all shrub species have set an abundant fruit crop.

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

  • Good numbers of both salmon and steelhead are in the Umatilla River; coho fishing in the lower river had been good.
  • Grande Ronde River steelhead fishing has been HOT over the last week!

2014 trout stocking

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

Send us your fishing report

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

ALDRICH PONDS: rainbow trout

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

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for carryover rainbow and brook trout is fair. Trout are now concentrated in the deeper part of the reservoir near the dam. Vegetation growth is affecting fishing access for bank anglers. Approximately 200 trophy rainbow trout were stocked on Sept. 23. They should be fully acclimated and provide good fall fishing.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, bass

The Grande Ronde River is open for steelhead as of Sept. 1. Catch were great last week at 3.7 hours a fish. Flows are still currently low, but there is still the opportunity to fish a few holes using different techniques. The best fishing can be found when flows are decreasing following a peak in the hydrograph which usually occurs after a heavy rain. Current run forecasts show a high proportion of older fish. So, expect a few larger fish this year.

Remember, only adipose-fin clipped rainbow trout may be retained and all bull trout must be released unharmed. Trout fishing closes on Oct. 31.

Fall chinook are in the lower Grande Ronde and anglers a catching a few. There is no open Chinook season on the Grande Ronde. Please release these fish immediately and allow them to finish spawning.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: trout

Trophy trout were stocked on Sept. 23 and should provide good fall fishing.

With cooler weather pond vegetation is beginning to die back and provide better fishing access.

HUNTER POND: trout

Hunter Pond is located about 3 miles south of Hwy 244 off of USFS Rd 5160. The pond is located on the 710 spur just west of 5160. The pond was recently stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout.

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, bass, Chinook

The Imnaha River is open for steelhead as of Sept. 1. PIT-tag detections show a number of steelhead moving up the lower river and anglers are beginning to have success. Fall chinook are in the lower river to spawn. There is no open Chinook season on the Imnaha River. Please release these fish unharmed and allow them to complete the cycle.

Trout anglers may find some success as the water cools and trout become more active. Remember, below the mouth of Big Sheep Creek only adipose-fin clipped trout may be harvested. All bull trout must be released unharmed. The upper Imnaha has a healthy population of mountain whitefish (a member of the trout family) and can produce some large fish. Look for whitefish in deep pools and runs. Whitefish will take small bead-head nymphs and small spinners. Trout fishing closes Oct. 31. Trout fishing closes Oct. 31.

JOHN DAY RIVER: smallmouth bass, trout

Smallmouth bass fishing is good in the lower river but flows are near 100 cfs making boat travel very difficult. Trout fishing is fair on the South Fork and on the Middle Fork but flows will stay low until fall rains. Check John Day River flows

JUBILEE LAKE: rainbow trout

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

JUMP-OFF-JOE LAKE: brook trout

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

Trophy trout were stocked on Sept. 23 and should provide good fall fishing. Bass fishing is likely fair to poor with dropping fall temperatures.

LUGER POND: trout

The pond was recently stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

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

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout should improve with the recent cooler weather.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow, kokanee

This high lake stays cool all summer and is accessible by vehicle for bank or boat angling. There is a campground with boat launch.

Kokanee fishing has slowed as water temperatures warmed but they can still be caught in deeper water.

Carryover rainbows are available along with recently planted jumbo trout.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond was recently stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout.

PENDLAND LAKE: rainbow trout

As water temperatures cool with fall weather, angling pressure diminishes and catch rates improve. Bring a boat or float tube to reach the best fishing areas. Fly-fishing shines during the fall months.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond was recently stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

STRAWBERRY AND SLIDE LAKES: rainbow and brook trout

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

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

This was a new stocking site in 2013. The pond is located in a gravel pit just off USFS Rd. 7740, approximately ½ mile south of the Jct. with USFS Rd. 7700. The pond was recently stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout.

TROUT FARM POND: rainbow and brook trout

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

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

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

UMATILLA RIVER: salmon, trout

Good numbers of both salmon and steelhead are available in the lower Umatilla. Catch rates continue to be good for coho in the lower river; effort is picking up for steelhead. Anglers should concentrate on the lower river downstream of Threemile Dam and the backwater area of the Columbia River. Anglers are find best success using eggs for salmon in the upstream areas of the Umatilla and spinners and plugs in the mouth of the Umatilla. Fish numbers and catch will improve as the flows increase and water temperatures decrease. The upper Umatilla is open to catch-and-release trout fishing and fishing for rainbow trout has been good. Anglers should consult the synopsis for detailed regulations.

Threemile Dam fish counts

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Fishing for rainbow trout has slowed. However, some fish are still available and some tagged fish are still being reported. Trout have been caught with a variety of methods but a simple rig with PowerBait has been most effective.

The lake was stocked with tagged rainbow trout in an effort by ODFW to better understand the utilization of this fishery. Tagged fish have been caught at very high rates and over $2,700 in rewards have been paid.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish, chinook

The Wallowa River has been fishing well for larger trout. Catch rates on fin-clipped trout have also been good and anglers are encouraged to harvest these fish. For fly anglers, October caddis’ are on the river and trout are keying in on these large snacks. The best dry fly fishing is in the late evening. During mid-day nymph fishing will produce the most fish. Most spinner and bait fishing techniques also will be very effective.

Remember, below Rock Creek only adipose-fin clipped trout may be harvested. All bull trout must be released unharmed. Angling for whitefish (a member of the trout family) can be very good in the fall. Use small gear fished in the slow deep runs. Whitefish in the Wallowa are often large and can exceed 18 inches. Trout season closes on Oct. 31. The Wallowa is also open to steelhead fishing as of Sept. 1. While a few fall fish are caught every year, the main run will not show in mass till late winter.


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NORTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: ROCKY MTN ELK (controlled seasons, see regs), COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, GROUSE, WATERFOWL (see regs), MOURNING DOVE (closes Oct. 30)

See the bird and big game hunting forecasts.

Wolves in Northeast Oregon

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

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

BAKER COUNTY

Closure of Wallowa Mountain Loop Road (Forest Road 39)

Elk- First season bull starts October 29 and runs through November 2. Elk numbers are good in most units. Elk may be scattered and hard to locate. Look in areas of green up from late summer rains. It has been dry for the last several weeks and there has not been much green up in the lower elevations.

Chuckar, Hun, and California Quail - The season opens Oct. 11 and ends Jan. 31, 2015. Hunters should expect another season very similar to last years. Chukar numbers are still low for the county, however quail numbers showed a slight increase from last year.

Grouse - Blue grouse can be found in the higher elevations while ruffed grouse are more common in wetter areas. Hunters should expect an average year for grouse. Successful hunters are asked to place the tails and wings from harvested birds in the collection barrels.

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

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

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

GRANT COUNTY

The Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area (Murderers Creek Unit, Grant County) is open to public access. Contact the Malheur Forest Service website for more information on any area closures related to South Fork Complex fire earlier in the year.

Travel Management Area (TMA) closures will be effective beginning Oct. 1 - Oct. 15 and Oct. 26.- Nov. 16 for the areas in Murderers Creek-Flagtail TMA (Murderers Creek Unit, Grant County) and Camp Creek TMA (Northside Unit, Grant County).

Grouse season started Sept. 1 and will remain open through Dec. 31. Blue grouse can be found in the higher elevations while ruffed grouse are more common in wetter areas. Hunters have had great success so far this season. Successful hunters are asked to place the tails and wings from harvested birds in the collection barrels.

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

There are some road closures on the Umatilla NF in the Heppner ranger district. The road closures are in the southwest portion of the forest in the Heppner unit mainly associated with the Sunflower Flats fire. Hunters can still access all areas of the forest; the route needed may make it a longer trip.

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

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

UMATILLA COUNTY

Public use restrictions on the Umatilla NF and Wallowa-Whitman NF have been eased; see their website for latest and always check for conditions and restrictions before heading out.

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

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

UNION COUNTY

Elk hunters can expect some moist weather for the first season opener on October 29. Elk numbers are stable in the Starkey and Catherine Creek Units, both of which are close to management objective (M.O). Bulls should be in good condition with the abundance of forage this year. Hunters are reminded that weather changes rapidly this time of year and to be prepared for snow and ice.

Black Bears are plentiful throughout the county. Look for sign around fruit trees and in canyon bottoms. Bears can be concentrated along creeks and rivers in the late summer. This year’s bumper berry crop should make for good early season bear hunting in Union County. Huckle, Service and Hawthorn berries are all in full swing. Hunt in the early morning and evenings for the best chance of seeing bears. Bear skulls must be checked in within ten days of harvest, see regulations.

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

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

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area is open Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and federal holidays during pheasant, quail, partridge and waterfowl seasons. Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult game bird regulations before entering the wildlife area. Early season waterfowl hunting has been fair to good. Spring nesting conditions were excellent and waterfowl production on Ladd Marsh and Oregon in general was up this year. As usual waterfowl hunting will depend largely on fall wetland conditions and weather. Continued drought in NE Oregon may limit early season hunting opportunities. At this time most areas along Peach road have good water. However, wetlands west of state highway 203 remain dry. Hunters should watch local weather reports for high winds near Ladd and Pyles canyons. This generally means good waterfowl hunting at Ladd Marsh. Upland hunting has been good for pheasants and quail. Nesting conditions were good for both this year. Access for upland hunting is excellent due to low water. Hunt areas near water with dogs for the best success.

Ladd Marsh harvest statistics

Note: all visitors including hunters must have in their possession a free daily permit to access the wildlife area. Permits and area maps/regulation are are available at several self-check-in stations at entry points and parking lots. Wildlife hunters, viewers and anglers also need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area. Hunters receive a free parking permit with their hunting license. The $7 daily or $22 annual permit can be purchased online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent. Learn more about ODFW’s Wildlife Area Parking Permit Program. Parking permits are to be displayed on the vehicle dash. More information

WALLOWA COUNTY

Closure of Wallowa Mountain Loop Road (Forest Road 39)

Black Bear - A good density of black bear exists throughout the district. Most bears are starting to move to denning areas. For those bears that are still active, hunters should focus efforts in berry patches and old fruit orchards.

Elk - Numbers of elk are strong throughout most of Wallowa County with good bull to cow ratios in all units. Weather has been mild this fall and many elk in the Imnaha and Minam units are still at higher elevation summer ranges. Recent snow storms may begin moving some animals to lower ranges, so first bull season hunters may see some movement during the bull season.

Forest Grouse hunting has been poor – fair in recent years and this year is similar. The season started Sept. 1. Blue grouse numbers are below the long term average, but hunters can still find a few birds along open grassy ridges adjacent to timber. Ruffed grouse hunting opportunities will be best along riparian areas where abundant shrubs are found.

Chukar hunting has been poor to fair in recent years, but this year a good hatch should produce an improvement in chukar numbers. The season started October 5.

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

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NORTHEAST ZONE: VIEWING

BAKER COUNTY

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

Bald and golden eagles can be seen along the Snake River. Take the Snake River Road between Richland and Huntington. 10/7/11.

GRANT COUNTY

Sandhill cranes have started to migrate through the valley. They are best viewed early in the morning along the John Day River.

Mountain Goats can still be viewed along the rocky outcrops above Strawberry Lake. Small mammals such as black squirrels and chipmunks are readily seen while walking up the trail to the lake.

Watch for deer and elk crossing the highways. This is the time of year when deer begin to migrate. Dawn and dusk are the most active time for deer and elk and are not easily seen due to low light conditions by drivers alongside the road. 10/6/2014

MORROW, GILLIAM and WHEELER COUNTIES

The sandhill cranes can be heard flying above heading south for the winter. So fall is here with winter approaching. This can be an interesting time of year as fall migration can bring rarely seen birds to the area. Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen along the waterways of the District. Red-tails and northern harriers are around the area in their usual haunts. 

The weather is not cold enough to really bring in much for waterfowl but white-fronted can be seen around Willow Creek Reservoir and Canada geese can be seen in many areas. Juncos are showing up in yards, another sign that winter approaches. The occasional pine siskin has been seen in the yards of the area. 10/7/14.

UMATILLA COUNTY

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

UNION COUNTY

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Note: New this year: All visitors must have in their possession a free daily permit to access the wildlife area. Permits are available at several self-check-in stations at entry points and parking lots. Wildlife viewers and anglers also need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area. The $7 daily or $22 annual permit can be purchased online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent. Learn more about ODFW’s Wildlife Area Parking Permit Program.

The Tule Lake autoroute is closed to vehicles, the Tule Lake unit and most of the wildlife area is open Sat., Sun., Wed. and holidays during the waterfowl and pheasant hunting seasons. The Glass Hill Unit is open to public entry 7 days a week for foot and horse traffic only. Be aware that hunting seasons are open. Please see the note above regarding daily permits. 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, 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, on or off leash except during authorized hunting seasons. There are numerous quality viewing opportunities from county roads that pass through the area. Binoculars or a spotting scope will help as many animals are best viewed from a distance.

As is typical for late summer and early fall, water levels are extremely low. Waterfowl are concentrated in the remaining ponds and wetlands including the Foothill Road refuge. A few greater white-fronted geese have been in the area along with Canada geese and a variety of ducks, coots and mergansers.

At least three Lesser Yellowlegs remain in the area. Warm, dry weather seems to have delayed their movement south. A few Great Egrets have been seen in the refuge with Great Blue Herons and waterfowl.

Large numbers of white-crowned sparrows have been found in shrubby areas along with song sparrows. Cedar Waxwings can be found foraging in fruit trees, mountain ash and hawthorn.

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.

For more information on access rules for Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, please consult the Oregon Game Bird Regulations or call the wildlife area (541) 963-4954. 10/21/14.

WALLOWA COUNTY

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

A good place to view mountain goats and bighorn sheep is near Hat Point above Hells Canyon. They often congregate just north of the USFS lookout tower to lick salt along the rim.

Resident waterfowl can be seen flying into Wallowa Lake in the evenings from the county park at the north end of the lake. Migrants are beginning to move into the area as well. Canada geese can be seen feeding in agricultural fields and along streams around the county. Some winter migrants have begun to move into the area with a western grebe observed on Wallowa Lake this week. 10/21/14


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SNAKE RIVER ZONE: FISHING

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

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

See a map of the Basin and get more information.

Send us your fishing report

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

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

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

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

Reservoir level information

OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

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

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

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

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

Angling for smallmouth bass is still good and anglers are finding a few larger fish. Spinner baits and large streamer flies seem to be the trick.

Fall Chinook season is open in Hells Canyon from the Washington state line to the boundary below Hells Canyon Dam. Fish will be arriving soon and catch rates can be good. Steelhead are arriving and fishing will start picking up sharply in the coming weeks. Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in Hells Canyon. Also remember a Columbia Basin Endorsement is required when fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in the Snake River.

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

Get updated information on flow levels.

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

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

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COLUMBIA RIVER ZONE: FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details). Beginning Nov. 1, boat angling is prohibited in the gorge between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam.
  • The heavy rains washed out most of the lower Columbia River tributaries; however, some lucky anglers still managed to catch a few coho before the water got too muddy.
  • White sturgeon retention is closed but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 27 salmonid boats and nine Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Sunday’s (10/26) flight. Anglers had the best success in the gorge where boat anglers averaged 0.33 Chinook and 0.17 coho caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.29 coho caught per boat.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

Weekend checking showed one adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus one adult Chinook released for six boats (12 anglers).

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed one jack Chinook and nine adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus one unclipped adult coho released for 35 boats (64 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult coho kept, plus two unclipped adult coho released for 15 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:

Weekend checking showed no catch for two boats (three anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm):

Weekly checking showed five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus seven unclipped steelhead released for 30 boats.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River:

Catch and release only. No report.

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


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MARINE ZONE: FISHING

Send us your fishing report

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

Saltwater News Bulletins

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

Marine Reserves

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

PACIFIC HALIBUT

The Central Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain) nearshore Pacific halibut season (inside the 40-fathom line) closes at midnight Oct. 31. Weather and ocean conditions will probably keep most ocean anglers ashore, trading fish stories rather than reeling in that last halibut of 2014.

From Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California border, Pacific halibut fishing is open seven days per week through Oct. 31.

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

BOTTOM FISHING

The ocean is open to bottom fishing at all depths.

Rough conditions continued to keep anglers off the ocean last week and may do the same for this one, but anglers don’t despair: bottom fishing in winter can be very productive.

The sport cabezon season remains open because there is quota remaining and will likely continue through Dec. 31.

The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish, only one of which may be a cabezon while cabezon is open. There are separate daily limits for lingcod (two) and flatfish other than Pacific halibut (25).

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

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

The correct coordinates are:

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

OCEAN SALMON

Salmon fishing off the Columbia River is closed.

From Cape Falcon south to Humbug Mountain, the last day for Chinook salmon fishing in the ocean is Oct. 31. Anglers who are able to get out before then are likely to have best success in waters near river mouths targeting fish returning to local rivers.

SHELLFISH

Razor clams

This year’s Clatsop beaches stock assessment survey found the highest number of razor clams since ODFW began conducting the surveys in 2004. About 16 million razor clams inhabit the 18-mile stretch of beach located between the Columbia River south jetty and Tillamook Head. This estimate of clam abundance is significantly greater than the previous peak of 9 million clams in 2005. The average size of clams was a little over 2 ½ inches, and only a few larger than 4-inches were found. Razor clams were distributed fairly evenly along the entire stretch of beach.

Due to the large number of small razor clams on the beach, diggers should be highly selective about which shows they pursue. Harvesters are reminded they must retain the first 15 clams regardless of size or condition.

During the fall and winter months, low tide series are in the evening so harvesters should plan ahead. Razor clam 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 clamming can be very difficult because the clams tend to show much less in those conditions.

Bay Clams

Low tides are now in the evenings. Low tides as high as +1.0 to +2.0 feet can still allow clamming opportunities, especially for purple varnish clams that can sometimes be found when the tide is as high as +4.0 feet. Sport clammers should be able to collect daily limits of cockles, gaper clams and butter clams from the popular sites in Tillamook Bay, Netarts Bay, Siletz Bay, Yaquina Bay, Alsea Bay, Coos Bay and several other locations along the coast.

Recreational shellfish safety status, as of Oct. 28:

  • Razor clams remain closed from the Oregon/California border north to Heceta Head (north of Florence) due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The closure includes razor clams on all beaches, rocks, jetties, and at the entrance to bays in this section of the Oregon Coast. Opportunities to collect razor clams are still available along Oregon beaches north of Heceta Head.
  • Mussels are open along the entire Oregon coast.
  • Due to potential biotoxins, consuming whole scallops is not recommended. However, a scallop’s adductor muscle does not accumulate biotoxins and may be safe for consumption. Scallops are not being sampled for biotoxins at this time.

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

For more information, call ODA’s Food Safety Program at (503) 986-4720 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page.

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

Crabs

Recreational crabbing in the ocean is closed through Nov. 30. Bay crabbing remains open year-round; and, in fact, the best months for bay crabbing in Oregon are August through November! Check out the monthly crabbing report for data by port.

Crabbing is fun, but sometimes the cost, weight, and waiting can be a lot of work. Next time try a lightweight (and affordable) folding crab trap (e.g., a Crab Max or CrabHawk). Most commonly attached to a sturdy fishing rod or lightweight line, these traps are perfect for dock or shore crabbing. Just zip-tie a chicken leg for bait, cast or drop your line, and wait for a “tug.” With these traps, crabbers often check them every 5 minutes! Popular places to use lightweight folding traps are the mouth of Siletz Bay or Alsea Bay, and any public fishing pier.

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

See an illustration showing the correct measurement (jpg).


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MARINE ZONE: VIEWING

Sea Turtles
Although several species of sea turtles occur in the ocean off the Pacific Northwest coast, they typically are not found on our beaches unless they are seriously sick or injured. Strandings that do occur in Oregon are often seen in late fall and early winter when ocean conditions are transitioning, possibly trapping turtles in colder waters, where they may become hypothermic.

Stranded sea turtles (and marine mammals) should be reported to the Oregon State Police Wildlife Division at 1-800-452-7888.

A trained response team will evaluate stranded turtles and transport them to an authorized rehabilitation facility, such as the Oregon Coast Aquarium, for appropriate treatment and, hopefully, release in warmer waters after recovery.

More information on this and other wildlife topics is available from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Seabirds

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

Wildlife Viewing Map

Get more coastal viewing ideas from the ODFW wildlife viewing map. For example, at Cape Blanco, trails lead to the beach and viewpoints where abundant seabirds like loons, grebes and scoters can be seen in winter; and marbled murrelets, rhinoceros auklets and raptors are around all year.


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