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Welcome to the ODFW Recreation Report - November 18, 2014

Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

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Fall trout fishing continues

Yes, many rivers and streams closed 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.

Late season archery deer, coast elk seasons on tap

General coast elk second season runs Nov. 22-28. Late season archery deer hunting is open in select western Oregon units in November and December.

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.

Report big game and turkey tags

Don’t forget to report your hunt results no later than Jan. 31, 2015 for most hunts. Report online or by phone (1-866-947-6339).

Hunters need to complete a report for each deer, elk, cougar, bear, turkey and pronghorn tag purchased (or picked up as part of a Sports Pac)—even if they didn’t hunt or weren’t successful. Deer and elk hunters who don’t report will have to pay a $25 fine to get a 2016 hunting license.

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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.

Most rivers and streams closed to trout fishing on Oct. 31.

NORTH COAST LAKES

Trout stocking is complete for the year. Construction activities are winding down at Town Lake, but a few tasks remain to be completed. Due to recent tampering at the dam, the lake will have to be drawn down again to install the water control headgate. The dock will be moved to accommodate the drawdown, and will be inaccessible for a period of time.

MID COAST LAKES

The wild coho salmon fishery in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Lakes is producing fair to good results. Look for the next good rain event to help move new fish up into the lakes. This time of year is typically peak season.

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, steelhead

Fall Chinook and coho salmon fishing is slow. The fall Chinook run is nearing the end but some new fish will still be trickling in. Fresh coho salmon will also continue to move through the river but in smaller numbers. Winter steelhead season is approaching quickly and chrome bright steelhead could be targeted in the lower river starting anytime now.

BIG CREEK: coho, steelhead

Low, clear flows have made fishing conditions very tough. Rain is needed to get fish moving. A few hatchery coho may still be around. Expect a few early winter steelhead to show in the next few weeks.

KILCHIS RIVER: Chinook, coho, chum

Fall Chinook angling is slow due to low, clear water and lack of fish movement. Fishing may improve toward the weekend if forecasted rains raise the river and bring in new fish. Angling for chum is now closed. Wild coho may be harvested only downstream of Hwy 101 on Fridays and Saturdays through November.

NEHALEM RIVER AND NORTH FORK: Chinook, coho, steelhead

Chinook fishing is slow to fair, with fewer fresh fish available as the month goes on. Best opportunity may be in the bay or lower river where fish may be holding until more rain comes. The bay also remains open to wild coho retention through November. The North Fork Nehalem still offers some hatchery coho and Chinook opportunity, but rain is needed to improve fishing conditions. Look for a few early winter steelhead to show in the next few weeks.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook, coho

Fall Chinook fishing has generally been good, but fishing has slowed lately with low, clear and cold water. Fish are not actively migrating, and likely are holding in tidewater or the lower river. Bobber fishing or casting spinners will still produce fish in upper tidewater areas. Fishing the river with bait-wrapped plugs, drifted or back-bounced baits, or bobber and bait are the accepted methods, but tone down the presentation until fishing conditions improve.

The wild coho fishery in the bay is open Sundays and Mondays through November. Check with ODFW for details on seasons and bag limits. An early winter steelhead could show later this month, especially in Three Rivers.

SALMON RIVER: Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing is slow as most fish have or are now actively spawning. A small number of new fish should continue to enter the river over the next couple weeks.

SILETZ RIVER: Chinook, coho, steelhead

Fall Chinook and coho salmon fishing is slow with anglers having the best success fishing the river between Illahee Park and Morgan Park. Most Chinook have moved onto the spawning grounds but some fresh coho are still pulsing in. Summer steelhead fishing is slow in the upper river and winter steelhead could start showing up in small numbers at anytime.

SIUSLAW RIVER: Chinook, coho

The Fall Chinook and wild coho fisheries are slow with anglers having the best success above tidewater. Most fall Chinook have moved onto the spawning grounds but some quality coho should continue to pulse through over the next couple weeks.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, coho

Fishing for salmon is fair to good as lower river flows have slowed movement through the bay. There was a decent bite as a group of fish moved in over the weekend, so look for good opportunity to continue. 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, coho

Fishing for Chinook slowed last week under low flow conditions. Rain is needed to bring more fish in. Most of the hatchery coho have already entered the hatchery. The Hatchery Hole opened on Oct. 16 to take advantage of strong returns. An occasional summer steelhead is still being caught, and the first winter steelhead of the season are anticipated to arrive soon.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

Fishing for fall Chinook slowed considerably last week as cold weather and low flows slowed movement and put the bite off. Rain later in the week should improve conditions. Spinners (sizes 4-6) cast from the bank should produce fish as well as bobber and bait set-ups. Bait wrapped plugs or back bouncing from boats can be very effective also.

YAQUINA RIVER: Chinook, coho

Fall Chinook fishing is slow as most fish have moved onto the spawning grounds. Small numbers of new fish should continue to move through over the next couple weeks. Coho salmon fishing has slowed down but pulses of fresh coho should also continue to move through over the next few weeks.


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NORTHWEST ZONE: NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, COAST ELK (2nd season Nov. 22-28) GROUSE, QUAIL, WATERFOWL (see regs)

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

See the bird and big game hunting forecasts.

Second COAST ELK season runs Nov. 22-28. Bulls should be available in good numbers as carryover from last year was above average. Weather conditions will determine hunter success to a large extent.

Duck season goes through Jan. 25, 2015. The overall liberal bag limit with some species restrictions, continue this fall. See the 2014-15 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for details. More migratory ducks are present now than earlier in the fall, and the weather has been generally more conducive to productive hunting. Some of the best hunting occurs during the onset of stormy weather when ducks are moving around a lot.

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.

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

Migratory waterfowl have been moving into the north coast area in recent weeks, and a wide variety of ducks and geese are now available for viewing in and around north coast estuaries, including the lower Columbia River.

Snow geese, a relatively uncommon species on the north coast, have recently been seen in Tillamook area pastures. More birds should be coming in as storms further north develop.

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” has wound down, but 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.

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SOUTHWEST ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Reports of good trout fishing in Lost Creek Reservoir.
  • Yellow perch are biting on night crawlers or jigs tipped with a worm in Tenmile Lakes.

2014 Coastal coho and fall Chinook seasons

Now available on the ODFW Web site.

Send us your fishing report

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

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. Fishing has likely slowed with cooler weather. Jackson County Parks closes the park at dusk this time of year.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout

Applegate Reservoir is 12 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 4,000 trout in the spring. 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. Temporary gear restrictions are no longer in effect. As of Nov. 4, anglers can fish the Chetco River per zone regulations. Chinook anglers are still under bag restrictions of 1 wild adult Chinook per day and 5 wild adult Chinook year.

Chinook fishing has slowed down with lower water conditions. Anglers will want to check rivers conditons before heading out. A few winter steelhead have been caught in the lower river.

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 last 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 closed on Oct. 31. Trout season will open again in the end of May 2015.

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 decent for boat crabbers. The best crabbing has been near the jetties but crabbers are getting legal-size crab all the way up to the BLM Boat Ramp.

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 closed on Oct. 31. 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.

The Forest Service campgrounds are closed for the season. Boats can still be launched from the north boat ramp near the Resort. 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 salmon are spread throughout the river, but low flows are making for some tough fishing conditions. 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.

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. The reservoir is currently low. 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. Most of the Umpqua’s high lakes are off of roads that are not plowed during the winter. Contact the Forest Service at 541-496-3532 for road conditions.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR:

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

HYATT LAKE:

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

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. 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. 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. The Forest Service campgrounds are closed for the season.

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 are closed for the season.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, spring Chinook, bass

Lost Creek Reservoir was recently stocked with rainbow trout. The surface temperature was 52F 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. Good reports came from anglers trolling flashers and worms and flashers and wedding rings last weekend. Bank anglers also caught fish near the Takelma boat ramp. 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,

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.

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

Slow.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout

Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall, and the flow at Grants Pass was 1,530 cfs on Monday morning. The water temperature was averaging about 45F. Summer steelhead are available, and fishing should be good. 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. 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 1085 cfs and the water temperature was 43F the morning of Nov 17. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 44F. As of Nov 12, 1,419 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

Chinook are scattered throughout the river. Lower flows are making for tougher fishing conditions.

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, coho salmon

Yellow perch are biting on nightcrawlers or jigs tipped with a worm in Tenmile Lakes. Yellow perch will be concentrated in big schools in deep water. 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.

Anglers have been catching bright coho trolling spinners from the County Boat Ramp to Rocky Point and also in the upper arms of South Tenmile Lake. The wild coho season open in Tenmile Lakes until Dec. 31. 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.

Most of these lakes are off Forest Service Roads that are not plowed during the winter. Contact the Forest Service at 541-957-3200 for road and trail conditions.

UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead

The wild coho season below Scottsburg Bridge was closed Oct. 2. There are still some hatchery coho moving through the system but the season is winding down. Only fin-clipped adult and jack coho can now be harvested. 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. The summer steelhead run is mostly over in the Main, and the winter steelhead will start arriving later this month, on through the winter. People interested in harvesting a steelhead should fish the North Umpqua for summer steelhead. The mainstem closed 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. Both hatchery and wild steelhead have been caught. Steelhead are also up in the fly waters and anglers are fishing the area more. Trout fishing is now closed for the season.

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 and effort by bank anglers at Salmon Harbor, Half Moon Bay and Osprey Point is slowing down. Most salmon have already moved upstream. 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: COAST ELK (2nd season Nov. 22-28, see regs), ARCHERY DEER (Nov. 15-Dec. 7, see regs) GROUSE, QUAIL, 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.

Elk populations and bull ratios are at or above management objectives in many units in the local area. Hunters will find that as hunting pressure occurs elk will move away from roads and into more secluded locations such as un-roaded creek drainages. Still hunting places with low road densities or behind gated roads where access is allowed is the best method to score on a bull. While elk use clearcuts extensively for feeding, hunting pressure will cause them to become more secretive and less likely to be found during daylight hours there. Elk hunters who will be hunting units in Coos County and the western portion of Douglas County need to be aware that access may have changed for some private lands. Hunters need to contact landowners to ensure lands ore open even if the hunter has hunted there in past years. Don’t assume private land is open, check to make sure that it is.

Grouse and Quail seasons continue. 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 -General bow season re-opens from November 15th - December 7th in the Melrose and Evans Creek units and November 22nd through December 14th in the Siuslaw 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 2nd season opens November 22nd 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 is open. 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).

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 currently open. Hunters can expect a good harvest year. Most turkeys are on or adjacent to low-mid elevation private lands associated with oak savannah habitat.

MIGRATORY GAMEBIRDS:

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. 29 – Jan. 25. Goose hunting is Oct. 11 – Nov. 30 & Dec. 8 – Jan. 25. 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 is currently open.

JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES

Youth hunters with Rogue Unit Youth Deer 630T tag, enter to win guided archery deer hunt on C2 Ranch. Deadline Nov. 30.

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. At this time of year bear finding the last of the berry crops and again are eating the new green grass along with acorns. 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.

ELK Coastal 1st season will open Nov. 15 thru Nov. 18. Hunters who plan to hunt the Applegate unit should spend time scouting the unit for elk. The herds in the unit are small and far between. Second season will be Nov. 22-28.

Elk – SW Cascades muzzleloader season open November 15-21. The season should be average. Current weather forecast shows rain for the season but if it snows hunters will have more opportunity at locating elk. Remember that muzzleloader hunters in the Dixon, Evans Creek and Rogue unit will not be able to take cows within National Forest lands.

Deer season for archery hunters will begin November 15 and end December 7 in Evans creek and Rouge units. Muzzleloaders season in the Applegate will also start November 15 and end December 7. Buck ratios remain high, and success remains to be good. Acorns are spotty this year and hunters should concentrate in elevation below 3500 feet and lower where deer are finding these acorns. The rut typically peaks around the week of Thanksgiving. Some sign of buck rutting activity has been reported.

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.

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 is open. There will be a spilt in goose season December 1-7 where it will be closed. 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.

Wilson’s Snipe season opened November 1 – February 15. Snipe is another challenging bird to hunt for they are small, fast and erratic low-flying birds that can be hard to identify. Be sure to know how to differentiate it from killdeer and other shorebirds before you hunt. Snipe may be spooked in areas where there are high numbers of hunters but other times a person can walk up on them. Snipe almost always emit a call when they take off in flight. The best time to hunt snipe will be late fall and winter months. Denman Wildlife Area has decent numbers of snipe.

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. Martin is currently open, with population in high elevation strong and healthy. Gray Fox, Muskrat, Mink, Raccoon, River Otter and Beaver open November 15. Population for gray fox and raccoon is down due to distemper for the past two years.


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SOUTHWEST ZONE: VIEWING

COOS COUNTY

Focus on Salmon Spawning

Fall chinook salmon are spawning in local rivers, giving Oregonians a unique wildlife viewing opportunity. Please watch spawning from a short distance without disturbing the fish or walking on redds.

These locations around southwestern Oregon all offer excellent viewing.

Rogue Valley

Fall chinook spawn early October through early January. Peak viewing is October through November.

  • Bear Creek off the Pine Street Bridge and downstream of the pedestrian bridge at Railroad Park in Central Point; by the Rogue Valley Mall (McAndrews Road bridge); near Hawthorne Park, and other locations on the Bear Creek Greenway.
  • Valley of the Rogue State Park. Look for spawning salmon on shallow gravel bars.
  • Rogue River at the Reinhart Park pedestrian bridge in Grants Pass.
  • Cantrall Buckley Park on the Applegate River. Peak viewing is late October through November.

 Douglas County

Coho salmon spawn in late November through early December. The following sites can be seen by walking along tributaries. Walking is moderate to difficult.

  • South Umpqua River at Deer Creek, Myrtle Creek, and the Upper South Umpqua below Tiller. Island Creek Day Use Area and Long Fibre Park on Cow Creek are also excellent.
  • North Umpqua River at Little River along Highway 138.
  • Umpqua River at Dean Creek, Scholfield Creek, Paradise Creek, Weatherly Creek, Brush Creek, Calapooya Creek, and Wolf Creek.
  • Smith River at West Fork Smith River, North and Sisters creeks, North Fork Smith River, and Spencer Creek on BLM lands.
  • Winchester Dam Fish Viewing Area

Coos County

Fall chinook spawn October through mid-December, peaking in mid-November. The best viewing areas include:

  • West Fork Millicoma River beginning with the Millicoma Interpretive Center near Allegany. The Center is wheelchair accessible and kid-friendly. For the next several miles upstream, many spawning areas are visible from a vehicle.
  • The mouth of Glenn Creek about six miles upriver from Allegany.
  • Tioga Creek which can be accessed from Middle Creek Road above Fairview.
  • LaVerne Park on the North Fork Coquille River. Salmon are seen in the swimming hole area and jumping at the falls. They also can be seen spawning above the boulder weirs just upriver from the upper park boundary.
  • Frona Park on the East Fork Coquille River near Dora.
  • Baker Creek Boat Ramp on the South Fork Coquille River.

Coho salmon spawning peaks in December in the Coos River system. In the Coquille River system, coho spawning peaks in late December to early January. Coho can be seen spawning at the following locations:

  • Millicoma Interpretive Center.
  • Marlow Creek. One mile past Allegany, turn left onto County Road which eventually turns into State Forest Road 1000. Salmon can be seen from a vehicle.
  • LaVerne Park.
  • East Fork Coquille River above the mouth of China Creek, about three miles upriver of Dora.
  • Steel Creek, a tributary of East Fork Coquille River at Dora.
  • Middle Creek above the fish ladder, about two miles upstream from the BLM's Middle Creek Recreation Site. Spawning salmon can be seen from a vehicle.
  • Moon Creek about three miles upriver of LaVerne Park. Salmon can be seen spawning on gravel trapped by logs placed during fish habitat improvement projects as part of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.

Curry County

Fall chinook spawning in south coast rivers peaks in early to mid-December. Easily accessible viewing areas include:

  • Edson Creek, tributary to Sixes River, about 4.5 miles upriver from Highway 101. Chinook salmon, and occasionally coho, can be seen spawning throughout the lower mile of Edson Creek accessed through the BLM campground.
  • Elk River beginning at Elk River Hatchery. For the next 10 miles upriver, spawning areas are visible from a vehicle and at Siskiyou National Forest campgrounds at Sunshine Creek, Panther Creek, and Butler Bar.
  • Winchuck River beginning at the Siskiyou National Forest boundary about seven miles upriver from Highway 101. Spawning areas are visible from a vehicle upriver for about four miles to the East Fork and at Winchuck Campground and Ludlum House.

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

Project feeder watch has begun, where individuals and groups count birds that are found at bird feeders.

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.

Ringtails

Ringtails are small, forest carnivores, nocturnal in habits, and secretive in nature. Ringtails are common in South West Oregon, but rarely seen due to their nocturnal behavior. They are buff to dark brown in color with white under parts and a black and white striped tail. The ringtail prefers to live in rocky habitats associated with water. Often known as Ringtail cat or Miner’s cat but they are not a cat they are in the raccoon family.

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.

Buck Deer

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

Winter Raptors

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

Bald Eagles

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

White Pelicans

A couple dozen white pelicans have been seen regularly at Plat–I reservoir east of Sutherlin.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • 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.
  • Junction City Pond and St. Louis Pond #6 were stocked last week with 90 brood trout each. Timber Linn and Waverly lakes got brood trout this week. Other ponds scheduled to get brood stock include Canby Pond, EE Wilson Pond, Henry Hagg Lake, Mt. Hood Pond, Sheridan Pond, Walling Pond and Walter Wirth Lake.
  • Trout fishing rivers and streams in the Willamette Zone closed on Oct. 31.

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 last stocked for the season in early November. Stocking will resume in early February 2015.

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 both above and below Blue River Reservoir is closed to angling until April 25, 2015.

BLUE RIVER RESERVOIR: trout, warmwater species

Blue River Reservoir has been drawn down for winter flood control. 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 fishery is now closed for the year and will re-open on April 25, 2015

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 is accessed via FS Road 750 off Hwy 126, about 2 miles south of Clear Lake, and is open to fishing all year. Motor boats are prohibited on Carmen Reservoir.

CLACKAMAS RIVER: Coho, summer steelhead

Water levels continued to increase over the past week, further 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.

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.

Only smaller kokanee are left after the larger adults have left to spawn in the creeks, but there are still plenty of trout left. Currently the reservoir is about 100 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

Flows have continued to improve with additional precipitation and fish are now on the move. Angler effort is steady as folks try to reel in salmon before they are too dark to eat. 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 is closed to fishing until April 25, 2015. 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 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 12 feet below full pool at this time, so there are no longer any boat ramps available. For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000. This lake is mostly shallow with a band of deep water from the original channel of the Long Tom River. The reservoir produces crappie over 12 inches and bass angling has been very good in recent years. Best time of year for crappie is in spring after the water temperature reaches the mid-50s, but fish can still be found in deeper water year round. July and August are peak months for largemouth bass. Fish the shoreline along the southern part of the reservoir, especially the sloughs and inlets where there is underwater structure.

FOSTER RESERVOIR: trout, bass, perch, catfish

This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. The water level 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 fishing is done for the year, but bass and trout are still available. Smallmouth bass can be found near underwater structure and at drop-offs. The reservoir level has dropped below the toe slope of Thistle Creek boat ramp. Storage season begins Dec. 1 after which the water levels will begin to rise. At the moment there are no boat ramps available.

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 closed to all fishing and will re-open April 25, 2015.

JUNCTION CITY POND: trout, crappie

Junction City is a popular stocked trout fishing pond located about 2 miles south of Junction City on 99W on the west side of the highway. There is excellent access around the entire 8-acre pond. It was stocked last week for the first time this fall with 90 extra-large brood trout as well as 80 summer steelhead released from Leaburg hatchery that are no longer needed for brood and are now considered trout. As a reminder, zone regulations apply: five trout daily may be kept and only one over 20-inches.

LEABURG LAKE: trout

Leaburg Lake is closed to all fishing and will re-open April 25, 2015.

Vehicular and pedestrian access across Leaburg Dam is currently restricted weekdays from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Check EWEB’s website for updates.

MCKENZIE RIVER below Leaburg Lake: trout, salmon, steelhead

The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake is open to fishing through the end of the year. Gear use is restricted to flies and lures below Hendricks Bridge. Use of bait is allowed from Hendricks Bridge upstream to Leaburg Dam through the end of the year.

A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the McKenzie.

MCKENZIE RIVER above Leaburg Lake: trout, steelhead

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake is closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015.

MIDDLE FORK WILLAMETTE RIVER above HILLS CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir is closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015.

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 fishery is now closed and will re-open on April 25, 2015.

SALMON CREEK: trout

Salmon Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge and is currently open to catch-and-release angling only while using flies or lures.

SALT CREEK: trout

Salt Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork Willamette River east of Oakridge and is currently open to catch-and-release angling only while using flies or lures.

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.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook

Fish can be found throughout the river, but are more concentrated in the upper sections (Mehama to Packsaddle). Counts at Willamette Falls as of Nov. 13 show around 22,900 summer steelhead had entered the upper basin. Of those, around 4,234 made it above Stayton on the North Santiam through Nov. 8. The coho salmon run is slowing down, but there are still some fresh, bright fish newly arrived in the basin, and anglers are permitted to catch up to 3 coho per day. 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. Trout fishing is closed until May 23, 2015.

River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (currently the gauge is around 3,660 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:

This section of the river is closed to trout fishing until April 25, 2015. This section of river is closed to salmon fishing.

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

Flows in the South Santiam below Foster dam are at 3,430 cfs as of Nov 17. Summer steelhead can be found primarily in the upper river. 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. There are still quite a few summer steelhead in the upper reaches. Closed to trout fishing until May 23, 2015.

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

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

The river is now closed to trout fishing for the year.

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

Stocked this week with 90 brood trout weighing 10+ pounds apiece. The fish were released in Pond #6. 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. 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 Oct. 29 with 400 legal and 50 larger size rainbow trout. It will be stocked again this week with another 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 in mid-October. It was stocked again last week with 500 legal size and 25 larger size rainbow trout.

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 adult coho passage through Nov. 2 stands at 17,731. Steelhead crossings are all but done for the season, with a total of 22,941 crossings as of Nov. 2.


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WILLAMETTE ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, COAST ELK (2nd season Nov. 22 – 28), see regs), late archery DEER, GROUSE, QUAIL, WATERFOWL (see regs), and 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:

See ODFW’s calendar for upcoming Learn to Hunt events.

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. Deer hunters are reporting good numbers of Mountain quail scattered through brushy clearcuts in the coast range. These brush loving birds are often found running between hiding and feeding areas in both brushland and riparian zones. While the use of dogs will improve your chances of locating and quickly recovering birds, hunters without dogs can easily get into the action with a little extra hiking. 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 success has slowed as rainy and stormy weather conditions persist. Look for grouse along the edges of timber patches and riparian areas during morning and evening times. Blue grouse will begin to move towards higher elevation timber stands to winter so hunters shouldn’t overlook those habitats. 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.

Migratory Birds

Waterfowl seasons have begun. Zone 1 duck season opened on October 11. Goose hunting will reopen for the second period in both the Northwest General Zone and Northwest Permit Zone from November 15 – January 10. 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. Remember to obtain permission before hunting on private lands.

Big Game

Coast Elk second season is open Nov. 22 - 28. Please remember the bag limit is spike only in the Wilson, Trask, and Siuslaw units. Refer to the current Big Game Regulations for details. Elk tend to feed during the night so hunters will want to target open grassy areas at dawn and dusk. During the day hunters will have the best success targeting bedding areas such as timber stands adjacent to clear cuts or open areas.

Late season Archery Deer is open Nov 22 – Dec 14 in the McKenzie, Santiam, Willamette, Alsea, Siuslaw, Stott Mtn, and the northern portion of the Indigo unit. Refer to the current Big Game Regulations for details and bag limits. Black-tailed deer are still rutting. Although some does have been bred, hunters can expect to find bucks with does or looking for does. Bucks looking for does often travel ridges or well used trails and can be active all day long. Hunters may have success rattling and grunting at this time.

Cougar season is open in all zones beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. Biologists are checking in a few cougars harvested by hunters participating in other big game seasons. Hunters that specifically target cougar are still waiting for snow which will help them locate cougar and improve their chance for success. Until the snows arrive, hunters can use predator calls that mimic an animal in distress to draw cougar into the open. Approaching cougar can be difficult to see when you are predator calling so hunting with a partner is advised. 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 but success is starting to wane. Many of the berry food sources are gone for the season. Bears are looking for those last few meals before winter arrives so hunters need to locate food sources, such as nuts, apples and pears that remain. Abandoned orchards or old homesteads can be productive this time of year. Bears will be feeding primarily in the early morning hours so hunters will need to be up and on stands before daylight. 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.

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

Most of Fern Ridge Wildlife Area is open daily for public use providing great wildlife viewing opportunities. The East and West Coyote Units are now closed to access and will be open only to reservation permit holders beginning Nov. 15. The Fisher Butte and Royal Amazon Units are open daily but closed to all access after 2 p.m.

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

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 and the thousands of birds that stay to spend the winter on the wildlife area. 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 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.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

No recent reports. Ice likely a problem.

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

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

Open to fishing all year.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout and mountain whitefish

Trout fishing has been excellent. The use of bait is no longer allowed until May 23, 2015. Only artificial lures and flies may be use. 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

Open to fishing all year.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

DESCHUTES RIVER, Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam: 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. Anglers are reminded that Chinook season closed on the Deschutes River on Oct. 31, 2014.

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 Benham Falls: rainbow trout, brown trout

Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures.

Benham Falls to Wickiup Dam: rainbow trout, brown trout

Closed to fishing until May 23, 2015

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

Anglers report good fishing. Fall River downstream of the falls is closed to angling. Angling 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

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

Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly angling only with barbless hooks.

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

No recent reports.

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

LITTLE LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

No recent report. Ice and snow will limit access.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Metolius River upstream of Allingham Bridge closed to fishing until May 23, 2015. Metolius River downstream of Allingham Bridge open all year.

Special regulations in effect for this section.

NORTH TWIN: rainbow trout

Open all year to angling.

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

No recent reports. Ice on the lake will limit access.

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 Nov. 3. 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. Ice likely.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

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

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year.

TAYLOR LAKE: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The lake is covered with ice.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.


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CENTRAL ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR (closes Nov. 30), GROUSE, 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.

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.

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. 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.

Furbearers: Most harvest seasons for furbearing mammals have opened. Refer to the Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations 2014- 2016.

WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA

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

Controlled Antlerless Elk White River-Hood – Nov.22 – Nov. 30. Bag Limit: One antlerless elk. Elk can be found throughout the Wildlife Area and higher up in Mt. Hood National Forrest. Many of the elk are bunched up in small to large herds. Bull elk season split up some of the herds spreading the elk around the Wildlife Area. The early snow should help hunters in locating elk sign making it easier to locate them.

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 increases 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 – Closed Oct. 30. 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) 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.

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.

Deschutes County

The first dusting of snow has reached the highest Cascade peaks, but access to the mountain lakes is still good (as of this update) and visitors are likely to see loons, multiple gull species, and various grebes including horned, eared, western, and Clark’s. In addition to the water birds, you can expect to see hermit thrushes, Williamson’s and black-backed woodpeckers. Lower elevation water bodies, such as the Hatfield Lakes near the Bend Airport, 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.

Throughout the county most of our summer birds have left for warmer climes, however, our year round resident birds, such as California quail, house finches, pine siskins and dark-eyed junco’s are still plentiful.

As mentioned above, some bird species have left for the winter, but other species, such as robins and red-tailed hawks, have migratory “shifts” meaning that individuals present during the spring and summer migrate south, while other individuals that summer north of Oregon move south and winter here.

Small mammals, such as chipmunks and squirrels can still be observed conducting their pre-winter food gathering on national forest and BLM lands, but their activities, especially at higher elevations, will be curtailed as temperatures drop. Reptiles are now sequestered in underground winter quarters that protect them from freezing conditions. And although amphibians can be active at colder temperatures, they will be much harder to find until next spring. We’ll know spring is back when the chirrups of tree frogs can heard once again. 11/4/2014

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

Deer are starting into the rut which provides a good opportunity for viewing and photographs with some of the large bucks showing up. Best time to see them is early in the mornings or later in the evening hours grazing in fields and pastures.

There are several groups of elk using the Wildlife Area and much like the deer, elk will be more active in the mornings and evenings. They are just coming out of the rut and may still be seen in large groups but some of the larger bulls have pulled back away from the herds.

If you can find their food sources in the mornings or evenings your chances of spotting them will greatly increase.

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. 11/3/14


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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.
  • Thanks to a change in regulations, Krumbo Reservoir is now open for fishing year-round. Anglers have been having some success with rainbows up to 19-inches long.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

The reservoir is extremely low. Launching boats is unlikely. 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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

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 very low 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 river is currently flowing at 34 cfs with water temperatures in the low 40s˚F. The Little Blitzen River is catch-and-release for trout all year.

BLUE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

You will likely encounter snow on your way into Blue Lake. Fishing is not recommended at this time. 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.

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Access could be blocked by snow. 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

Access might be blocked by snow.

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

Access might be blocked by snow. Fishing should be good.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent reports, but fishing should become better as water temperatures decline during the fall. Anglers may consider using a boat, canoe, pontoon or float tube to get away from the weeds surrounding the edge of the lake.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout

Fishing is closed until April 25, 2015.

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

No reports.

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

No recent reports.

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

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. Snow will begin to make access to this lake difficult.

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

Open to fishing all year. Fourmile Creek off Westside road just north of Cherry Creek is open all year with bait allowed. 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

Conditions at the lake are cold and snowy. 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. 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 stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout in late September.

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 very slow 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.

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 has slowed due to the cold front but should improve with warmer weather. The lake is still slightly turbid therefore bank fishing or still fishing has been more productive. Fishing is generally slow with catch rates averaging 7 hours per redband from boat and 30 hours per redband from the shore. November is one of the best months to fish Upper Klamath Lake from shore. Water temperature has dropped and is averaging around 38 degrees. Water temperatures around 58-60 degrees are ideal for redband trout activity. The lake is 4.8 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 599 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. 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. 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

A recent change in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge policy has allowed year-round fishing at this reservoir. However, no ice-fishing is allowed. ODFW has enacted a temporary rule to modify the regulation language to allow anglers to continue fishing at this reservoir from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 2014. The 2015 angling regulations will note the year-round angling regulation. Anglers have reported moderate success for rainbow trout up to 19-inches recently. 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. Fishing for brown trout can be fair this time of year as they move into the shallows and also feed aggressively after the spawn. Yellow perch can also be caught using small bait.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fishing is best in the afternoon when water temperatures have increased. Nearshore vegetation is thick and water levels are low.

LONG CREEK: brook trout, redband trout, bull trout

Long Creek is closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch

Lost River is open to fishing all year but will likely freeze sometime next month. 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 have been 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.

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

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir are less than 1 cfs as of Nov. 3 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

This is one of the best months to fish for brown trout if access is not blocked by snow. Fishing is good for brown trout. Look for brown trout cruising the shoreline or also feeding on kokanee near the surface. 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. Recent sampling showed low numbers of 12 to 16-inch brown trout. Please report any circular wounds on trout that might be caused by lamprey to the Klamath Falls ODFW office at 541-883-5732. Miller Lake 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. The dock has been taken out for the winter and the bathrooms with running water have been closed.

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

Fishing should improve with cooler fall temperatures.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout in late September.

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 11 cfs as of Nov. 3. 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. 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 and is now at minimum flow.

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

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

Fishing is likely slow at most wilderness lakes due to very cold water temperatures. Some of the lakes are likely beginning to freeze.

Access will be challenging due to some snow on the trails.

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

Closed to fishing until May 23, 2015. Significant numbers of brown trout continue to spawn at the mouth of Spring Creek at Collier State Park and make for great fish watching.

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

SYCAN RIVER: brook trout, redband trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

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 not be restocked with rainbow trout in November due to low water.

No opportunity for ice fishing will exist this winter. Stocking plans for spring 2015 will be dependent on water supply.

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.

Snow will begin to make access to this lake difficult.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at about11 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

Closed to fishing until May 23, 2015.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband and brook trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

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

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

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, CONTROLLED ELK, GROUSE

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

Elk – Only a few antlerless ELK hunts are still open, in addition to the Youth antlerless elk hunts that will continue through the end of December 2014.

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.

Forest Grouse season is open thru Nov. 30. Grouse can be found in the forested portions of the Silvies and Malheur Units, but population numbers are low.

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

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

KLAMATH COUNTY

Waterfowl Seasons remain open through December 7, then duck season will reopen on December 10 and goose season on December 15. Duck hunting is beginning to slow down as birds have begun moving south out of the Klamath Basin.

Second Season Rocky Mountain Elk opened on Saturday, November 8 and runs thru Nov. 16. 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 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 are open until Nov. 30. 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

Klamath Wildlife Area is open to hunting during the general waterfowl and upland game bird seasons. Please see the regulations for specific hunt information about hunting at Klamath Wildlife Area. 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 2014-15 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information) on a first-come, first-served basis by permit. Hunter numbers are limited to 35 hunters per each of three units until 1PM. At 1PM, all units close and all hunters must check out. Unit C then re-opens until the end of shooting hours on a self-serve permit. Permits are required and all hunters must check in and out at the check station located on Miller Island Road near the railroad tracks. The check station will open 1 ½ hours prior to the shooting hours posted in the Game Bird Regulations. Federally approved non-toxic shot is required for all hunting. Pheasants donated by the local chapter of Unlimited Pheasants will be released in all three units.

Waterfowl Hunting

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

For weekly updated hunt statistics please see ODFW Klamath Wildlife Area Harvest Summaries for more information.

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

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 continues thru Dec. 31. There are very few Ruffed Grouse in the county and Blue Grouse populations are restricted to the higher elevation forest openings. By this time of year Blue grouse will be roosting and feeding in fir trees. Through the winter they spend very little time on the ground.

Upland Bird – Chukar and quail seasons are open. 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 - 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 November 18, 2014

The fifth week of hunting season was good for ducks, upland and other game birds, but poor for geese and with greatly reduced hunter participation. Decoy hunters willing to spend time in the field did well, while pass shooters did very poorly. Upland bird hunting pressure remains light.

Weather conditions were generally mild during the early part of the week turning to very cold and stormy by the weekend. Snowfall and windy conditions occurred late in the week. Cold conditions (6 degrees F) were found on Sunday and a majority of the marsh was frozen over.

For the 5th week of the season, hunter participation (197 check-in) was down significantly (-38.4%) from last year and reported harvest (95.9% check-out) of 574 birds (522 ducks, 11 geese, 1 American coots, 3 ring-necked pheasants and 37 California quail) was up (9.8%) from the same week of the season last year. The bird per hunter average of 3.24 was up 86.6% from 2013.

Duck harvest was reported to consist of 148 mallards, 138 American wigeon,, 68 N. shoveler, 52 gadwall, 41 American green-winged teal, 27 N. pintail, 14 ringneck, 11 Bufflehead, 8 canvasback, and 15 other ducks of 7 different species. The duck per hunter average of 2.95 was up substantially (87.7%) from last year.

The goose harvest consisted of 7 Canada, 3 white-fronted geese and 1 snow, goose. The goose per hunter average of 0.0.06 was down (--30.7%) from last year’s average of 0.09.

American coot harvest of one was down from the 4 reported taken during the same week last year.

Ring-necked pheasant harvest was up (3 vs. 2), while California quail take (37) was up by more than 2 times compared to the 17 reported taken in 2013.

The prospect for the upcoming week remains fair to good. Weather conditions for the upcoming week are forecasted to be cold and frozen until mid-week. Afterwards and into the weekend chances of rain and snow are forecasted through the weekend At present, over 75% of the wildlife area is frozen over. Most waterfowl continue to remain in refuge and/or sanctuary areas, along Ana River and other small areas of moving water that remain open, or on Summer Lake proper. Food is becoming somewhat limited in these areas. If conditions moderate as forecasted and birds will have little need to make foraging flights to other areas since conditions become more 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, away from dikes and levees, should continue to have fair to good success.

The weekly waterfowl count conducted on Wednesday Nov. 12 found about 31,000 ducks and 1,000 geese present and new arrivals over the past week were not obvious with the exception of the arrival of tundra swans. It is expected that a considerable number of birds moved south following the freeze-up of most of the marsh. The next count is scheduled for November 19th and results will be posted on the department website and wildlife area’s telephone answering machine the following day.

Habitat conditions are only fair with most all units being fully flooded or nearly so and ice covered.

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.

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

The snow storm that came through Nov. 14 deposited 6 inches of snow in the northern portion of Malheur County. Currently the Treasure Valley is in an inversion with well below average temperatures. These cold temperatures have frozen up most standing water bodies concentrating waterfowl on the Snake River.

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. 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. 11/4/14.

KLAMATH COUNTY

Klamath Wildlife Area (Miller Island)

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.

Waterfowl

Great Basin Canada geese can be found scattered throughout the Miller Island Unit along with mallards, northern pintail, American wigeon, gadwall, Northern shoveler, and American green-winged teal. Large numbers of migrating divers have also started to show up including; canvasbacks, scaup, ringnecks, redhead, bufflehead, ruddy duck and goldeneye.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers continue to decline on the wildlife area as winter progresses. A few long-billed dowitchers, common snipe, yellow legs species and killdeer can still be seen on the wildlife area.

Double crested cormorants can be seen in large numbers on the Klamath River.

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

Ring-billed and Bonaparte’s gulls continue to be a common site on the area.

Raptors

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. American goldfinches, house finches, spotted towhees, white crowned sparrows 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.

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. 11/17/14.

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.

Rough-leg hawks have arrived. The fall migration is over and most summer residents have moved south. 11/12/14.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

This section was updated on November 18, 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 fair; a majority (>75%) of the area’s wetlands are frozen over. Emergent vegetation is beginning to lodge-over due to recent strong winds.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl populations remain in fair numbers, but are probably declining due to cold temperatures and frozen over condition. A few migrants such as swans continue to arrive, but the major fall migration is nearly over. Birds are widely dispersed across the entire wildlife area in small areas of open and ice-free water.

The weekly count conducted on November 12 found 31,000 ducks (15 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 nearly gone, less than 100 were still present. Canada geese are widely scattered across the wildlife area’s wetlands and numbered about 800 on the weekly count. Greater white-fronted geese are continuing to decline as they migrate to California wintering areas, about 100 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. Migrant tundra and trumpeter swans continue to arrive with around 1,200 swans observed during the weekly count.

Shorebirds, waders and other waterbirds

Shorebird numbers continue to decline at this time as fall migration is nearly over and because of the frozen over conditions. A few long-billed dowitchers, killdeer, peeps and yellowlegs were still present before ice-up occurred. It is expected that very few will be found on the next weekly count.

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, about 9,000 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.

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. Several rough-legged hawks were observed during the weekly count, their numbers should continue to grow over the coming weeks. 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 sometimes observed.

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 or heard at night at Headquarters.

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 observe 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 good numbers at Headquarters. Song sparrows are very common along dikes and levees. American robins and sometimes cedar waxwings are fairly abundant around Headquarters now.

Wintering Townsend’s solitaires are beginning to arrive in good number. Migrant white-crowned sparrows are numerous at this time and a few golden-crowned sparrows and spotted towhees have been observed recently. A fox sparrow and Harris’ sparrow, along with a brown creeper was observed over the past week at the Headquarters feeder.

Hummingbirds have departed the area to warmer climes. A late season sighting of barn swallows was made early in the 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 small flocks and scattered individuals 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 (>75%) of the wildlife area’s wetlands are frozen over and ice covered.

Summer Lake continues to increase in size at this time but is ice covered. A good amount of water is flowing into the northern portion of the lake now, but the remainder of the playa is dry.

Emergent wetland vegetation is well 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. Very little snow is on the ground at this time. 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

  • Bull Prairie Reservoir and Long Creek, Cavender and Holliday Park ponds were all stocked in late September and trout fishing should be good through the end of the year.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

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

Send us your fishing report

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

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Remains open all year. Approximately 200 trophy rainbow trout were stocked on Sept. 23. They will provide good fishing for the remainder of the year.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: steelhead

Cold weather has caused the flows to drop on the Grande Ronde River and the river is likely icy. Weather reports indicate a slight warm up later this week that could free the river. Angler success has been steady leading up to the cold weather.

Also, a healthy proportion of two salt fish has resulted in a large average size this year. So, expect a few larger fish and some screaming drags! Remember, only adipose-fin clipped rainbow trout may be retained and all bull trout must be released unharmed. 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

Remains open all year. Trophy trout were stocked on Sept. 23 and should provide good fishing for the remainder of the year.

HUNTER POND: trout

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

IMNAHA RIVER: Steelhead

PIT-tag detections show a number of steelhead moving up the lower river and anglers have had success finding good numbers of early fish. A few steelhead can be found in the lower river all winter; however, the best times to catch steelhead in the Imnaha are in the early fall and spring. 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 spawn.

JOHN DAY RIVER: smallmouth bass, trout

Flows are now over 300 cfs and summer steelhead have begun moving into the lower river. Cold temperatures have frozen the river in places. The mouth of Rock Creek and Cottonwood Canyon State Park provide the best bank access. Floating with drift boats will be difficult until the ice melts and flows increase to 450 cfs or over.

Flies and lures will not do as well in the cold water but bait fishing should still produce steelhead. ODFW encourages all anglers to keep any ad-clipped steelhead taken in this fishery. All wild (adipose intact) steelhead must be released unharmed.

Check John Day River flows

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

Remains open all year. Trophy trout were stocked on Sept. 23 and should provide good fishing for the remainder of the year. Bass fishing is likely poor with the onset of freezing temperatures.

LUGER POND: trout

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

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

Remains open all year. Ice fishing is fair for brook trout and rainbow

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

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

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout in late September.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout in late September.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Remains open all year. Fishing is fair.

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.

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

The forest ponds remain open to angling year around and can provide a good opportunity for ice fishing during the winter months.

UMATILLA RIVER: steelhead/salmon

The cold weather has put a stop to steelhead fishing for all but the hardiest angers this week but catch rates were very good again last week. Steelhead fishing was great last week with anglers averaging 1.8 hours per steelhead caught. Angling effort for salmon has dropped off as salmon are getting dark and are nearing spawning and should be handled with care prior to release. Catch rates continue to be fair for salmon in the lower river (2.7 hours per salmon caught); Anglers are concentrating on the lower river downstream of Threemile Dam and the backwater area of the Columbia River. Anglers are find best success using bobbers and jigs for steelhead and eggs for salmon. 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 occasionally being reported. Trout have been caught with a variety of methods but a simple rig with PowerBait has been most effective. If the cold weather continues and the lake freezes, ice fishing can be good for both kokanee and trout.

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

The Wallowa is currently open for steelhead angling and a few fish may be available. However, the best catch rates will be in the late winter and spring.


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NORTHEAST ZONE: HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, BLACK BEAR (closes Nov. 30), GROUSE, WATERFOWL (see regs)

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)

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.

Elk – Cow season begins Nov. 22 and runs until Nov. 30. Fresh snow may help hunters locating cows by looking for tracks and then following them.

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.

Cougar hunting remains open. Successful hunters should remember that check-in of the hide with skull and proof of sex attached is mandatory; see the regulations for details.

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

MORROW, GILLIAM AND WHEELER COUNTIES

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

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

UMATILLA COUNTY

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

Coyote are numerous throughout the 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 season. 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. 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 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 in their winter dens now. For those few 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. Recent snow storms began moving some animals to lower ranges, and second bull season hunters had 10% success during the opening weekend.

Forest Grouse hunting has been poor – fair in recent years and this year is similar. Blue grouse numbers are below the long term average, and most birds have moved to timber stands where they spend the winter eating conifer buds. 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 first of our winter migrants has been spotted, a rough-legged hawk. As winter’s bite increases so will the number of rough-legged hawks in the area. Try any of the areas in the northern portion of the District to see one in the grasslands. As raptors continue their migration into winter, take a longer look at any hawks you spot on power poles, occasionally it is a rare species.

Deer are grouped for the winter and anywhere in the foothills is a good place to watch deer, river bottoms are best.

Waterfowl are starting to show up on the waterways of the District. Canada and snow geese can be seen along the Columbia in moderate numbers. While on the Columbia you can see, mallards, buffle-heads, teal, northern shovelers, scaup, American wigeon, and gadwall. 11/12/14.

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.

Water levels had begun to recover when the unseasonably cold temperatures struck. Now the wildlife area is completely frozen. Waterfowl are using grain fields and high numbers can be seen loafing on Hot Lake.

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. Northern shirkes have been seen in several locations across the area.

Raptors are very busy trying to meet energy needs during the cold snap. These include Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Great horned and Barn Owls, Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrel.

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. 11/17/14.


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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

No recent fishing report.

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

No recent fishing report.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Outplants of adult steelhead from the Hells Canyon Dam trap will begin soon.

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

Fall chinook season is closed in Hells Canyon as of Nov. 17. Steelhead fishing can be good in the canyon throughout the winter and into spring. 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:

  • Steelhead angling is good in the John Day Arm.
  • 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

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume February of 2015.

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

Weekly checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 25 unclipped steelhead released for 12 boats.

STURGEON

Catch-and-release only. No report.


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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 2014 Pacific halibut seasons have all closed for the remainder of the year. The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) will set 2015 quotas for all areas in late January 2015. More information on the 2015 seasons will be available after that time.

BOTTOM FISHING

The ocean is open to bottom fishing at all depths. Fishers have had a few days of nice (if cold) weather and ocean conditions recently, and central coast charter anglers have been successful with rockfish limits, including some nice “colorful” fish such as yellowtail and blue rockfish in addition to the common black rockfish, and good lingcod catches. Two charters loaded up with 35-40 cm Pacific Mackerel on one day last weekend, and the mackerel themselves were “loading up” on large schools of bait fish (mostly anchovies). 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'

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 Nov. 17:

  • 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! Yaquina Bay crabbing was described as good to spotty over last weekend. Keep in mind that major rain events can dramatically lower the salinity is some bays and prompt crab to move lower in the bay or out to the ocean. 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.

Marine Mammals

They’re still out there, and they’ve been active! A few recent sunny days and good ocean viewing conditions have offered plentiful gray whale sightings from shore, including lots of breaching activity, rewarding visitors who braved the cold east wind. “Rafts” of California sea lions have been spotted hanging out just outside the surf zone at South Beach and Agate Beach in the Newport area.

Seabirds

The Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex is reporting what is being called a MEGA rare bird at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge: a Tundra Bean Goose. This may be the first time this species, normally found in Asia and Europe, has been seen in the lower 48 states. In other avian news, Surf Scoters, regular winter visitors to Oregon, are returning in large numbers from their summer range in northern Canada and Alaska. Nicknamed “skunk-headed coots”, Surf Scoters are large, velvety black ducks with white patches on their heads and faces and colorful beaks.

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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